Andreas Kuhlmann has been dena's Chief Executive since July 2015. The graduate physicist previously held positions at the Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft, BDEW (German Association of Energy and Water Industries), the German Embassy in Stockholm, the European Parliament, the German Bundestag, and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.
Andreas Kuhlmann (born in Recklinghausen in 1967, catholic, married, one daughter) majored in physics and minored in economics at the universities of Bonn, Heidelberg and Corvallis (USA). He started his career at the Institute of Environmental Physics at Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg.
As a next step, he worked as a consultant and office manager at various political organisations and establishments, including the Environmental Committee of the European Parliament, followed by the SPD party, the SPD parliamentary group and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.
In 2007, Mr Kuhlmann joined the German Embassy in Stockholm where he was in charge of the department for social matters and, temporarily, the economics department.
Upon his return from Sweden in autumn 2008, he was appointed office manager of the SPD party leader Franz Müntefering. Two years later, in 2010, he became Director Strategy and Politics of the BDEW where he managed the Politics and Economics departments. In this position, he was responsible for the association's strategic and political development as well as its communications with politics, business and the public. He was furthermore in charge of coordinating all activities relating to the energy transition, the positioning of the energy industry in matters of the future electricity market design, the conceptualisation and processing of energy industry data, analyses and scenarios and of future fiscal issues surrounding the energy transition.
Since September 2015, Andreas Kuhlmann has also been the spokesperson for the Allianz für Gebäude-Energie-Effizienz (geea), Alliance for Building Energy Efficiency, and a member of the executive committee of the World Energy Council in Germany.