Dr. Barbara Hendricks, German Federal Enviroment Minister, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

Barbara Hendricks has been the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety since December 2013. Before that, she served as the federal treasurer of the Social Democratic Party beginning in 2007. From 1998 to 2007, she was a Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance. Since 1994, Barbara Hendricks, who has a doctorate in history, has represented her home district of Kleve in the German Bundestag. Prior to that, she had gained political and professional experience working for the Deutsches Studentenwerk (National Association for Student Affairs) and in the administration of the Land North Rhine-Westphalia.

From 2001 to 2013, she was a member of the Executive Committee of the SPD. Barbara Hendricks was born on 29 April 1952 in Kleve in the Lower Rhine region, where she still lives.


Dr. Heinrich Bottermann, General Secretary, German Federal Environmental Foundation

Dr. Heinrich Bottermann worked from 1985 to 1990 as a tenured veterinarian in the Borken. From 1990 to 1993, he was Head of Unit of the Senator of Health in Bremen before he was from 1993 to 1995 Head of Unit in the Federal Ministry of Health. He then worked as Head of Unit for Animal Welfare and Veterinary Medicines in the Department of Environment and Conservation, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of North Rhine-Westphalia (MUNLV, 1995-2007), director of the State Office of Food Economics and hunting NRW (2003 to 2006) and Deputy Head of Department of Agriculture in MUNLV.

From 1 August 2007 to 30 September 2013, Bottermann was President of the State Agency for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection of North Rhine-Westphalia, an agency with approximately 1,400 employees.

Since October 2013, Dr. Heinrich Bottermann is the General Secretary of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, DBU) in Osnabrück.


Prof. Dr. Johan Rockström, Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre

Johan Rockström is an internationally recognized scientist for his work on global sustainability issues. He helped lead the internationally renowned team of scientists that presented the planetary boundaries framework, first published in 2009, with an update in 2015. Before focusing on the planetary scale, Rockström’s research aimed to address building resilience in water scarce regions, and is an expert on water resources. After completing a PhD at Stockholm University’s Systems Ecology Department in 1997, he spent nearly two decades working on applied water research in tropical regions. He has also published research on agriculture systems, land use, and ecosystem services.

Aside from his research helping to guide policy, Rockström acts as an advisor to several governments and business networks. He also acts as an advisor for sustainable development issues at noteworthy international meetings, such as the United Nations General Assemblies, World Economic Forums, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conferences (UNFCCC, also known as COP). He is chair of the steering committee for CGIAR’s Research Program on Water, Land, and Ecosystems; a member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN); as well as a member of several other committees and boards.