Press Release, Berlin

New members on the German Energy Agency’s Supervisory Board

Federal government appoints Thomas Bareiss, Jochen Flasbarth, Dr. Astrid Freudenstein and Michael Stübgen/KfW appoints Dr. Katrin Leonhardt and Dr. Velibor Marjanovic

The federal government and KfW have nominated six new members for the Supervisory Board of the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency: Thomas Bareiss, Parliamentary Under Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy; Jochen Flasbarth, Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety; Dr. Astrid Freudenstein, Head of Department at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure; Michael Stübgen, Parliamentary Under Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture; Dr. Katrin Leonhardt, Director of KfW, Head of SME Bank; and Dr. Velibor Marjanovic, Director of KfW, Head of Group Development and Economics. Their term of office will last for four years from 1 September 2018. Thomas Bareiss will be the Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

‘We’re looking forward to working with the newly appointed members of the Supervisory Board. Together we’ll move dena and the energy transition forward into an exciting era,’ said Andreas Kuhlmann, Chief Executive of dena. ‘Close collaboration with our shareholders, the federal ministries and KfW is an important element of our work. As the national energy agency, we’re helping the federal government to implement the energy transition and achieve its energy and climate policy targets. We’d like to offer our sincere thanks to the outgoing members of the Supervisory Board. They’ve shown a great deal commitment in supporting dena during a period of radical change.’

Besides the six newly appointed members of dena’s Supervisory Board, there are three other prominent figures from the fields of industry and international cooperation: Tanja Gönner, Chair of the Management Board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (German society for international cooperation); Dr. Helmut Schönenberger, Managing Director of Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners GmbH, and of UnternehmerTUM GmbH; and Ewald Woste, business consultant/Supervisory Board member.

About dena

dena was established in 2000 as a private limited liability company predominantly federally owned. It considers itself to be an independent innovator and pioneer of the energy transition – nationally and internationally. dena's shareholders are the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, in consultation with the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, as well as the KfW Group.

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