Dr. Michael Wunnerlich has been Member of the Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), Berlin, since spring 2009, and Managing Director of the Association’s Representation to the European Union in Brussels.
Born in Hof/Saale he studied at the Universities of Freiburg and Athens. Michael Wunnerlich holding a doctoral degree in archaeology started his professional career in 1987 with the European Commission in Brussels. From 1989 to 1990, Wunnerlich was in charge of European Community issues in the Ministry of Science of Saarland (German Federal State) in Saarbrücken. From 1991 to 1995, he was Deputy Head of the Saarland EC liaison office in Brussels.
In 1995, Wunnerlich switched to the Federation of the German Industry (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie - BDI). As Deputy Head of the BDI Representation to the European Union, he was especially responsible for fundamental industrial policy issues and for the process of the EU enlargement. From 1999, Wunnerlich was Head of the VDEW Representation to the European Union (EU) in Brussels and from 2005 to 2007 Deputy General Executive Manager of VDEW. From autumn 2007 to spring 2009, he was Deputy General Executive Manager of BDEW. Michael Wunnerlich is married and has three children.