The members of the Supervisory Board of the BGE were appointed by Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze for a four-year term in office. The current 14 members advise and monitor the Management Board of the BGE. Within the framework of this co-operation, the search for a repository for high-level radioactive waste materials and the operation of the Asse II mine and the Konrad and Morsleben repositories will be central topics.
The Supervisory Board meets at least once every six months and must approve the decisions of the Management Board on certain activities. These include measures that could lead to a significant change in business activities within the scope of the articles of association or to a fundamental change in the net assets, financial position, or results of operations of the BGE, including major investments.
Regular reporting by the Management Board to the Supervisory Board is carried out according to Section 90 of the German Companies Act (AktG). It includes, for example, the intended business policy and other fundamental questions of corporate planning (especially financial, investment and personnel planning) as well as the development of the BGE (especially profitability, sales, and the position of the company).
Rules of Procedure of the Supervisory Board
The rules of procedure govern the internal order of the Supervisory Board as well as the cooperation between the Supervisory Board and the Management Board. Among other things, it specifies which activities the members of the Management Board may carry out only with prior consent of the supervisory board.
Jochen Flasbarth © Thomas Imo / BMU
Chair of the Supervisory Board
State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety
Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety. Flasbarth has been State Secretary in the Federal Environment Ministry since 2013. From 2009 to 2013, he headed the German Environment Agency. Prior to that he was head of the Nature Conservation Department at the BMU from 2003 to 2009. From 1992 to 2003, Flasbarth was president of the nature conservation association NABU. From 2017 to 2018, Flasbarth was Chair of the Supervisory Board of the BGE.
Mine Captain, Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung mbH, Morsleben repository (Employee Representative)
Dirk Alvermann is an employee representative on the Supervisory Board. The mining engineer has been working at the Morsleben repository since 1987. He works as a mine captain in the repository for low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste. Alvermann has represented the workforce in Morsleben on the works council for 16 years. He has been chair of the works council in Morsleben since 2018.
Ursula Borak © BMWi
Deputy Director at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Ursula Borak has been Deputy Director at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) since 2008. She is responsible for international energy policy, fossil fuels, and nuclear energy. She began her professional career at the Energy Economics Institute (EWI) at the University of Cologne as a research assistant. Since 1987, she has been working at the BMWi in various areas of competition and energy policy. Ursula Borak has been seconded abroad several times: to Geneva to the United Nations Mission, to Paris to represent BMWi at OECD, and to Brussels as Head of the Economic Department of the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany in the EU.
Dr. Wolfgang Cloosters © BMU
Dr. Wolfgang Cloosters
Head of directorate-general at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Dr Wolfgang Cloosters has been responsible for nuclear safety and radiation protection in the Federal Environment Ministry as head of department since 2014. Even though it no longer appears in the name of the department, reactor safety is also one of Wolfgang Cloosters’ tasks. Prior to this, he was responsible for reactor safety in Schleswig-Holstein for 19 years as head of department. His nuclear supervisory department in Kiel was located in the Ministry of Finance and Energy, from 2003 in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, from 2009 in the Ministry of Justice, and from 2012 in the Ministry of Energy Turnaround, Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas.
Head of the Division for Basic Issues of Occupational Safety and Health and Technical Supervision BAuA at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)
Lena Daldrup, ministerial councillor has been Head of the Division for Basic Issues of Occupational Safety and Health and Technical Supervision BAuA at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) since January 2020. Before that, she had been delegated to the German federal parliament for two years. From 2009 to 2017, she was employed at the BMAS, where she headed the Press and Communications division from 2013 to 2017. After her studies and legal traineeship in North Rhine-Westphalia, the fully qualified solicitor held various positions in the German federal parliament in Berlin, on the SPD party executive board, and at a management consultancy between 2003 and 2009.
Employee in Radiation Protection/Authorization Management, Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung mbH (employee representative)
Christina Egelkraut is an employee representative on the Supervisory Board. In 2013, she started as a legal assistant in radiation protection/authorization management at Asse-GmbH. Even after it was merged into the BGE in 2017, she retained this position. She has also been on the Asse works council since 2018 and a member of the BGE economic committee since 2021.
Karin Holm-Müller © Universität Bonn
Prof. Dr. Karin Holm-Müller
Chair of Resource and Environmental Economics at the University of Bonn
Professor Dr Karin Holm-Müller has held the Chair of Resource and Environmental Economics at the University of Bonn since 1999. From 2008 to 2016, she was a member of the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU), the oldest advisory body of the German Federal Government for environmental policy. Most recently, she was deputy chair of the council. From October 2015 to April 2016, she worked in the “Commission for the Review of the Financing of the Phase-out of Nuclear Energy” (KFK) set up by the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The current financing of the search for and construction of repositories is based on the recommendations of this commission.
Franz-Gerhard Hörnschemeyer © IG BCE
Industrial group secretary for energy sustainability at the Industry Trade Union for the Mining, Chemical and Energy sector (IG BCE)
Franz-Gerhard Hörnschemeyer is trade union secretary of the IG Bergbau, Chemie, Energie (IG BCE). The economist and social scientist first worked in the parliamentary office of Erwin Stahl (SPD), former state secretary and long-time Member of Parliament. From there, he moved to Ruhrkohle AG. Hörnschemeyer has been trade union secretary of IG BCE since 1992.
Dr. Holle Jakob © BMF
Dr. Holle Jakob
Head of Unit at the Federal Ministry of Finance
Since 2016, Dr Holle Jakob has been Head of the Department for Fundamental Issues of Privatisation Policy at the Federal Ministry of Finance. From 2006 to 2016, the legal specialist was employed in various departments of the Central Department of the Federal Ministry of Finance. In 2015, she spent several months with the German Embassy in Washington on secondment. She studied in Würzburg, Barcelona, and Potsdam. Her first professional station after her doctorate was the Federal Customs Administration.
Dr. Andreas Kerst © BGE
Dr. Andreas Kerst
Advisor at the Federal Ministry of Finance
After working as a corporate lawyer, Dr Andreas Kerst joined the Federal Finance Administration in 2005. He was initially head of department at the Chemnitz regional finance office. In 2008, he moved to the central department of the Federal Ministry of Finance and was responsible for the IT of the Federal Finance Administration. Since 2015, he has been responsible for investment management in Deutsche Telekom AG, among other companies, after supporting the service law department of the post office successor companies from 2012 onwards. He studied at the universities of Jena, Hagen, and Münster/Westphalia. In addition to his activities at the Federal Ministry of Finance, he is also a deputy member of the Board of Trustees of the Museumsstiftung Post und Telekommunikation and a member of the Joint Legal Examination Office of the Federal States of Berlin/Brandenburg.
Sylvia Kotting-Uhl © Stefan Kaminski/Sylvia Kotting-Uhl
Member of the federal parliament (Bündnis 90/DIE GRÜNEN) and chair of the Committee for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Sylvia Kotting-Uhl has represented Bündnis 90/Die Grünen in the German Bundestag since 2005. From 2009 to 2017, the lecturer and dramaturge was the nuclear policy spokesperson for her parliamentary group. Since 2017, she has been Chair of the Environmental Committee in the German federal parliament. As a member of parliament, she was involved in the development of the “Lex-Asse” as well as the Repository Site Selection Act. She was also a member of the Final Repository Commission.
Shift supervisor, Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung mbH, Konrad repository (employee representative)
Jens Lindner is an employee representative on the Supervisory Board. The mining mechanic has been employed at the Konrad mine since 1983. He has been a works council member since 1994. He has been chair of the Konrad mine works council since 1998. From 2002 to 2007 and in 2017, he was a member Supervisory board of the Deutschen Gesellschaft zum Bau und Betrieb von Endlagern für Abfallstoffe (DBE), which was merged into the BGE in 2017.
Project Engineer Electrical Engineering, Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung mbH (employee representative)
Carsten Meyer is an employee representative on the Supervisory Board. In 2011, he started working for the Deutsche Gesellschaft zum Bau und Betrieb von Endlagern für Abfallstoffe (DBE), which was merged into the BGE in 2017. He was employed in the TEK-TI.2 section as a project engineer for electrical engineering. He has been an alternate member of the works council in Peine since 2014 and a permanent member since 2018 as well as deputy chair of the works council for Peine since 2020.
Employee, Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung mbH, Konrad Repository (employee representative)
Christina Offermanns is an employee representative on the Supervisory Board. The trained solicitor and notary clerk worked for many years at EON Kraftwerke and has been working at the Konrad mine since January 2014. She has been a member of the works council and its deputy chair since 2018.
Solicitor in the Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau, Chemie, Energie (trade union for mining, chemicals and energy industries; trade union representative)
Marike Vornkahl was elected to the supervisory board of the BGE as a trade union representative. The solicitor worked for IG Metall from 2005 to 2008 in both board administration and legal counselling of members. Since 2014, she has worked as a solicitor in the IGBCE – first in the collective bargaining law and structuring section and since October 2021 in the North regional district. In addition to completing a specialist solicitor course for labour law and further training as a mediator, she also completed the IHK examination as a personnel clerk, worked at Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH as an advisor to the works council, and was a member of the supervisory board of HFC Prestige Service Germany GmbH.
Employee, Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung mbH, Asse II mine (employee representative)
Sebastian Zwetkow-Tobey is an employee representative on the Supervisory Board. In 2004, the trained systems electronics technician joined Deutsche Gesellschaft zum Bau und Betrieb von Endlagern für Abfallstoffe (DBE), which was merged into the BGE in 2017, via Thyssen Schachtbau as a miner and plant operator, initially at the Morsleben and Gorleben sites. Since 2008, he has worked as a miner in mine operations and access solution management at the Asse II mine and has been deputy works council chair there since 2018.