Supervisory Board

The members of the BGE Supervisory Board were appointed by Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze for a four-year term of office. The 15 members advise and supervise the BGE Management Board. Their cooperative work will be focused on the search for a repository for high-level radioactive waste as well as the operation of the Asse II mine and of the Konrad and Morsleben repositories.

The Supervisory Board meets at least once in every six months. For certain transactions, the Management Board’s decisions are subject to approval by the Supervisory Board. This includes actions that may lead to essential changes in the operational activities within the framework of the articles of association or to fundamental alterations in the assets, financial position and results of operations of the BGE, such as major investments.

The Management Board reports regularly to the Supervisory Board in accordance with § 90 of the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG). Reports include, for example, the intended business strategy and other fundamental elements of corporate planning (in particular financial, investment and personnel planning) and the performance of the BGE (in particular profitability, turnover and situation of the company).

Members:

Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Jochen Flasbarth is State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Flasbarth has been State Secretary at the Federal Environment Ministry since 2013. From 2009 to 2013 he headed the Federal Environment Agency and before this he from 2003 to 2009 head of Nature Conservation Department at the BMU. Between 1992 and 2003 Flasbarth was president of the nature conservation association NABU. From 2017 to 2018 Flasbarth was Chairman of the BGE Supervisory Board.

Chairman of the BGE Supervisory Board
Jochen Flasbarth
© Thomas Imo / BMU

Gregor van Beesel, Dipl.-Ing. Kartographie, Federal company for radioactive waste disposal, Peine (employee representative)

Gregor van Beesel has been elected to the BGE Supervisory Board as an employee representative. He holds a degree in catrography engineering and has been BGE's data protection coordinator since October 2018. Gregor van Beesel has worked for DBE since 1986. He was Chairman of the Works Council in Peine from 1994 to September 2018, Chairman of the General Works Council of DBE from 1988 to 2015 and Chairman of the General Works Council of BGE from 2017 to 2018. As a member of the DBE Supervisory Board, he represented the interests of employees from 2002 to 2017. Since 2017, he represents the interests of employees as a member of the BGE Supervisory Board.

Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Gregor van Beesel

Dirk Alvermann, mining foreman, federal company for radioactive waste disposal, Morsleben repository (employee representative)

Dirk Alvermann was elected to the Supervisory Board as an employee representative. The mining engineer has been working at the Morsleben repository since 1987. He works as a mining foreman in the repository for low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste. Alvermann has represented the Morsleben workforce on the works council for 16 years and has been chairman of the Morsleben works council since 2018.

Dirk Alvermann

Ursula Borak, deputy director at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Ursula Borak has been Head of the Energy Division of the Federal Ministry of Economics 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 at the University of Cologne as a research assistant. Since 1987 she has been working at the BMWi in various areas of competition policy and energy policy. Ursula Borak has been seconded abroad several times: to Geneva to represent the BMWi at the United Nations, to Paris to represent BMWi at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and to Brussels as Head of the Economic Department of the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the EU.

 
 

Dr. Wolfgang Cloosters, head of directorate-general at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

Dr. Wolfgang Cloosters has been Head of Department for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection at the Federal Environment Ministry since 2014. Even though the reactor safety no longer appears on behalf of the department, it is also one of Wolfgang Cloosters' tasks. Prior to this, he was head of the reactor safety department in Schleswig-Holstein for 19 years. 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, then from 2009 in the Ministry of Justice and finally from 2012 in the Ministry of Energy Turnaround, Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas.

Dr. Wolfgang Cloosters
© BMU

Sabine Diehr, head of unit at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Sabine Diehr is a Ministerial Councillor in the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Since 2014 she has been head of the department "Decommissioning of Nuclear Experimental Plants; Decommissioning Research". From 2001 to 2014 she worked in the fields of large-scale research, international affairs and universities of the BMBF. Sabine Diehr previously worked for the German Science Council and various science policy structural commissions.

 
 

Leonie Gebers, state secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Leonie Gebers has been State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs since March 2018. From 2017 to March 2018, she was sub-department head for Environment, Climate and Bioeconomics at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, where she was head of the Political Coordination Unit from 2014 to 2017 and later head of the Political Planning sub-department. In 2017, Leonie Gebers was Head of the Political Coordination Unit at the Federal Foreign Office. Before moving to the SPD parliamentary group from 2009 to 2014 as a consultant for economics and labour, she was a consultant in the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth from 1999 to 2009.

Leonie Gebers
© Konrad Schmidt/BMAS

 
 

Prof. Dr. Karin Holm-Müller, chair of Resource and Environmental Economics at the University of Bonn

Prof. 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 chairwoman of the council. From October 2015 to April 2016, the economist 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, on whose recommendations the current financing of the search for repositories and the construction of repositories is based.

Prof. Dr. Karin Holm-Müller
© University of Bonn

Franz-Gerhard Hörnschemeyer, 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.

Franz-Gerhard Hörnschemeyer
© IG BCE

Dr. Holle Jakob, head of unit at the Federal Ministry of Finance

Since 2016, Dr. Holle Jacob has been Head of the Department for Fundamental Issues of Privatisation Policy at the Federal Ministry of Finance. From 2006 to 2016, the lawyer 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, referent at the Federal Ministry of Finance

After working as a corporate lawyer, Dr. Andreas Kerst joined the Federal Finance Administration in 2005. Initially, he was head of department at the Chemnitz regional finance office. Then 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, the lawyer with a doctorate in law has been responsible for investment management in Deutsche Telekom AG, among other companies, after accompanying the service law department of the post office successor companies from 2012 onwards. He studied at the universities of Jena, Hagen and Münster/Westfalen. In addition to his activities at the Federal Ministry of Finance, the finance and digitization expert 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, member of the federal parliament (Bündnis 90/DIE GRÜNEN) and chairwoman at the Comitee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Sylvia Kotting-Uhl has been a member of the federal parliament for Bündnis 90/Die Grünen since 2005. From 2009 to 2017, the dramaturge and lecturer was atom political spokeswoman for her parliamentary group. Since 2017, the Karlsruhe Member of Parliament has been Chairwoman 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 in the development of the site selection law. She was also a member of the Repository Commission.

Sylvia Kotting-Uhl
© Stefan Kaminski/Sylvia Kotting-Uhl

Jens Lindner, shift leading faceworker, federal company for radioactive waste disposal, Konrad repository (employee representative)

Jens Lindner has been elected to the BGE Supervisory Board as an employee representative. The mining mechanic has been employed at the Konrad mine since 1983. Lindner has been a works council member since 1994. Jens Linder has been chairman of the Konrad mine works council since 1998. From 2002 to 2007 and 2017 he was a member of the Supervisory Board of the German Society for the Construction and Operation of Waste Repositories (DBE), which was merged into the BGE in 2017.

Jens Lindner

Gabriele Theisen, field manager finance and accounting, federal company for radioactive waste disposal, Asse II mine (employee representative)

Gabriele Theisen was elected to the BGE Supervisory Board as an employee representative. She has been Head of Accounting at Asse-GmbH since 2012. Prior to this, she held management positions in the commercial sector at various companies.

Gabriele Theisen

Peter Wolff, employee, federal company for radioactive waste disposal, Asse II mine (employee representative)

Peter Wolff has been elected to the BGE Supervisory Board as an employee representative. He has been working as system administrator for the Asse II mine since 2012, initially for Asse-GmbH and since 2017 for the BGE. After studying pharmacy, Wolff went into chemical-biological research and specialised in information technology from 1997 onwards. He became system administrator and later deputy director of the computer centre of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig.

Peter Wolff