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HANNOVER MESSE 2019, 01 - 05 April
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Ursula Heinen-Esser

Minister for the Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Ministerium für Umwelt, Landwirtschaft, Natur- und Verbraucherschutz,  Ursula Heinen-Esser

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Ministerium für Umwelt, Landwirtschaft, Natur- und Verbraucherschutz

Düsseldorf
Germany

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Born 7 October 1965 in Cologne, Roman-Catholic, married, one child.

1984 Higher School Certificate (Abitur) from Liebfrauenschule grammar school, Lindenthal, Cologne

1990 Economics degree (Diplom-Volkswirtin) from University of Cologne

1987-1990 Freelance business editor with Kölnische Rundschau newspaper

1990-1994 Editor with AKTIV, a Cologne-based periodical with a special emphasis on business and economic news

1994-1998 Worked at national headquarters of the Christian Democrats (CDU) as assistant director for economic, social and community policy and deputy director for political affairs

1998-2013 Member of the German Parliament

2002-2005 CDU parliamentary spokesperson on consumer protection and food safety

Since 2003 Deputy chair of the CDU state branch in North Rhine-Westphalia

2005-2007 Chair of the parliamentary party’s women caucus

Since 2006 Served on the CDU’s national executive

2007-2009 Parliamentary Secretary at the German Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

2009-2013 Parliamentary Secretary at the German Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Nuclear Safety; chair of the supervisory board of the safety technology institute, IsTec GmbH

November 2013 Headed the German delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw; acting Parliamentary Secretary at the German Ministry of the Environment

2009-2014 Chair of the supervisory board of the nuclear and plant safety company, GRS, the ‘Institute for Safety Technology’ and the SME advisory board at the KfW development bank

Since April 2014 Co-chair of a commission of inquiry, appointed by Federal Parliament, on the storage of highly radioactive waste

Since July 2016 Chief executive of the Federal Government’s nuclear waste disposal operator, BGE

Since 29 May 2018 Minister for the Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

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