Günter Nooke

BMZ's Commissioner for Africa
German Chancellor's Personal Representative for Africa in the Federal Ministry for Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment

Günter NookeCurriculum Vitae

Born 21 January 1959 in Forst (Lausitz),

married, 3 daughters


Since May 2014
BMZ's Commissioner for Africa

Since April 2010
German Chancellor's Personal Representative for Africa in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

2006 – 2010
Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office

2003 – 2014
Deputy chair of the Broadcasting Board of Deutsche Welle

1998 – 2005
Member of the German Bundestag,
spokesperson of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group on culture and the media;
spokesperson and chair of the working group on the Culture in Germany Study Commission;
spokesperson of the CDU Bundestag members from Eastern Germany and deputy chair of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group

1995 – 1998
Head of the management control and resource planning department,
Office of the Steering and Budgetary Committee responsible for Redevelopment and Ecological Restructuring of the Landscape in Lignite Mining Regions, Berlin

1990 – 1994
Member of the Brandenburg Landtag (regional parliament),
chair of the Parliamentary Group of Alliance 90, later renamed Alliance (a party founded by members of the GDR civil rights movement)

Member of the Volkskammer (first democratically elected parliament) of the GDR and member of its Economic Affairs Committee
Member of the Administrative Board of the Treuhandanstalt (agency responsible for privatizing formerly state-owned industry in the GDR)

1985 – 1990
Head of department, Cottbus District occupational medicine inspectorate


1986 – 1990
Read occupational medicine in Berlin, post-graduate degree in medical physics

1980 – 1985
Read physics at the University of Leipzig

1978 – 1980
Military service

1975 – 1978
Construction industry apprenticeship and diploma in Cottbus, higher education entrance qualification

1965 – 1975
Secondary education in Forst (Lausitz)


Many articles in newspapers, periodicals and books on a wide range of subjects, editor of "Lexikon des DDR-Sozialismus" (UTB Wissenschaft), 2nd edition, Paderborn/Munich/Vienna/Zürich 1997, co-editor of "Gelten Menschenrechte universal? Begründungen und Infragestellungen", Freiburg/Basel/Wien 2008


Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

German National Award


basic Russian


Reading, hill-walking, travel, carpentry and gardening

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