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).
Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Jochen Flasbarth has been State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) since 2013. From 2009 to 2013, he was president of the German Environment Agency, and prior to that he was head of the Directorate-General for Nature Conservation at the BMU from 2003 to 2009. From 1992 to 2003, Flasbarth was president of the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU). From 2017 to 2018, he was chair of the Supervisory Board of the BGE.
Chairman of the BGE Supervisory Board
– Jochen Flasbarth
© Thomas Imo / BMU
Gregor van Beesel, certified engineer (cartography), BGE, Peine (employee representative)
Gregor van Beesel was elected to the Supervisory Board of the BGE as an employee representative. He is a certified engineer in cartography and has been the data protection coordinator of the BGE since 2018. Gregor van Beesel has worked at the Deutsche Gesellschaft zum Bau und Betrieb von Endlagern für Abfallstoffe mbH (DBE) since 1986. From 1994 to 2018, he was chair of the Works Council in Peine. In addition, he was chair of the Central Works Council of the DBE from 1988 to 2015 and chair of the Central Works Council of the BGE from 2017 to 2018. From 2002 to 2017, he represented the interests of DBE staff as a member of the Supervisory Board of the DBE. Since 2017, he has represented them as a member of the Supervisory Board of the BGE.
Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board
– Gregor van Beesel
Dirk Alvermann, foreman, BGE, Morsleben repository (employee representative)
Dirk Alvermann was elected to the Supervisory Board of the BGE as an employee representative. The mining engineer has worked as a foreman at the Morsleben repository for low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste since 1987. Alvermann has represented the workforce at Morsleben on the Works Council for 16 years and has been chair of the Works Council at Morsleben since 2018.
Ursula Borak, Deputy Director-General at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Since 2008, Ursula Borak has been a Deputy Director-General at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), where she is responsible for international affairs, fossil fuels, and nuclear energy. She began her professional career as a research assistant at the Institute of Energy Economics (EWI) at the University of Cologne. Since 1987, she has been working in various areas of competition and energy policy at the BMWi. Borak has been seconded abroad several times: to Geneva for the United Nations Mission, to Paris to represent the BMWi at the OECD, and to Brussels as head of the economic department of the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union.
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.
Dr. Wolfgang Cloosters
Prof. Dr Karin Holm-Müller, Professor of Resource and Environmental Economics at the University of Bonn
Professor Karin Holm-Müller has held the Chair of Resource and Environmental Economics at the University of Bonn since 1999. She was a member of the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU), the oldest environmental-policy advisory body to the German federal government, from 2008 to 2016 and most recently served as the Council’s deputy chair. From 2015 to 2016, the economist worked at the “Commission for the Review of the Financing of the Phase-out of Nuclear Energy” (KFK), which was set up by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The current financing of the search for and construction of repositories is based on the recommendations of this commission.
Prof. Dr. Karin Holm-Müller
© University of Bonn
Franz-Gerhard Hörnschemeyer, Industry Group Secretary Energy Sustainability at the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industries Union (IG BCE)
Franz-Gerhard Hörnschemeyer is a trade union secretary at the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industries Union (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 the Bundestag. From there, he moved to Ruhrkohle AG. Hörnschemeyer has been a trade union secretary at IG BCE since 1992.
© IG BCE
Dr Holle Jakob, head of division at the Federal Ministry of Finance
Dr Holle Jakob has been head of the division for “Organisation, human resources and budget of the customs administration – resource management and target agreement” at the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) since 2020. Prior to that, she was head of the General Issues of Privatisation Policy division. From 2006 to 2016, the legal specialist was employed at various divisions of the Directorate-General for Central Administration and Services at the BMF, and in 2015 she was seconded to the German Embassy in Washington for a period of several months. She has studied in Würzburg, Barcelona and Potsdam. Her first professional position after her doctorate was at the Federal Customs Administration.
Dr. Holle Jakob
Dr Andreas Kerst, head of division 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 division at the Chemnitz regional finance office. In 2008, he moved to the Directorate-General for Central Administration and Services at the Federal Ministry of Finance and was jointly responsible for the IT of the Federal Finance Administration. From 2015, the doctor of law was responsible for investment management at Deutsche Telekom AG, among other companies, after supporting the employment law department of the post-office successor companies from 2012 onwards. Since 2020, he has been head of the division for “General issues of holdings management; Public corporate code; §§ 65 and 68 Federal Budget Code; coordination of international activities”. He has studied at the universities of Jena, Hagen and Münster/Westphalia. In addition to his activities at the Federal Ministry of Finance, the expert in finance and digitalisation is also a deputy member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum Foundation Post and Telecommunication and a member of the Joint Legal Examination Office of the Federal States of Berlin and Brandenburg.
Dr. Andreas Kerst
Sylvia Kotting-Uhl, member of the Bundestag (Bündnis 90/DIE GRÜNEN parliamentary group) and chair of the Committee for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Sylvia Kotting-Uhl has represented the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen parliamentary group in the German Bundestag since 2005. From 2009 to 2017, the lecturer and playwright was the group’s nuclear policy spokesperson. She is a member of parliament for Karlsruhe and has been Chair of the Environmental Committee of the German Bundestag since 2017. As a member of the Bundestag, she was involved in drafting the “Lex Asse” legislation as well as the Repository Site Selection Act. She has also been a member of the Repository Commission.
© Stefan Kaminski/Sylvia Kotting-Uhl
Jens Lindner, Shift supervisor, BGE, Konrad repository (employee representative)
Jens Lindner was elected to the Supervisory Board of the BGE as an employee representative. The mining engineer has been employed at the Konrad mine since 1983. Lindner has been a member of the Works Council of the Konrad mine since 1994 and chair of the Works Council since 1998. From 2002 to 2007 and in 2017, he was a member of the Supervisory Board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft zum Bau und Betrieb von Endlagern für Abfallstoffe (DBE), which merged into the BGE in 2017.
Gabriele Theisen, head of finance and accounting, Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung mbH, Asse II mine (employee representative)
Gabriele Theisen was elected to the Supervisory Board of the BGE as an employee representative. She has been head of accounting for the Asse II mine since 2012. Prior to that, she held management positions at various companies in the commercial sector. Theisen retired at the end of 2020 but retains her seat on the Supervisory Board.
Peter Wolff, employee, Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung mbH, Asse II mine (employee representative)
Peter Wolff was elected to the Supervisory Board of the BGE 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 IT from 1997 onwards. He became system administrator and later deputy director of the Computer Centre of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig.