Management Board

Stefan Kapferer

Chairman of the General Executive Management Board and Member of the Executive Board

Stefan Kapferer was born in Karlsruhe, 6 November 1965. After secondary school and military service, he studied management sciences at the University of Konstanz. Following graduation in 1992, he received a grant to work on a research project at the Treuhandanstalt Berlin. From September 1993 until the end of 1998, Mr. Kapferer worked for the Lower Saxony regional association of the FDP (Free Democratic Party) in Hannover. From January 1999, he worked in the FDP parliamentary party for their chairman, Dr. Wolfgang Gerhardt, who appointed him as head of the strategy and campaigns division in the national office in August 1999. In August 2003, Mr. Kapferer became department head in the Lower Saxony State Chancellery. As Head of Service for the Representation of the Land Lower Saxony in Berlin, he was involved in the legislative work in the Bundesrat (German upper house). In October 2008, the Minister for Economics, Labour and Transport in Lower Saxony, Walter Hirche, appointed Mr. Kapferer as his State Secretary in Hannover. In addition to his role at the Ministry, Mr. Kapferer was, as a result of his position, chairman of the supervisory board of N-Bank, the development bank of Lower Saxony and of the Jade-Weserport-Realisierungsgesellschaft. In 2009, Mr. Kapferer was appointed State Secretary for the German Federal Ministry of Health. As the only State Secretary employed as a civil servant at the Ministry of Health, he had overall political and organisational responsibility. Upon the appointment of Dr. Philipp Rösler to German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Mr. Kapferer switched, in June 2011, to the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. His responsibilities were focused on the coordination of legislation with the Federal Chancellery as State Secretary of the Vice Chancellor. In addition, he regularly represented the Ministry in European councils such as the Council of Energy Ministers. Following the switch by State Secretary Jochen Homann to the German Federal Network Agency, Mr. Kapferer also assumed responsibility for the energy department, as well as assuming the role of chair of the supervisory board of the German Energy Agency. After the 2013 German general election, Mr. Kapferer remained State Secretary with Minister Sigmar Gabriel at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. From October 2014 to April 2016, Mr. Kapferer was Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. In that role, he was responsible for the organisation of the areas "Science, Technology and Industry", "Employment, Labour, Social Security" as well as the "Centre for Entrepreneurship". Since 1 May 2016, Mr. Kapferer has been the Chairman of the General Executive Management Board of BDEW. Mr. Kapferer is married and has two school-age children. He lives in Berlin.

Roger Kohlmann

Member of the General Executive Management Board

Roger Kohlmann has been Member of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), Berlin, since spring 2009. Kohlmann holding a diploma degree in economics is also Head of the "Energy Networks and Regulation" Division.

Kohlmann graduated from the Hamburg University of the German Federal Armed Forces where he also specialised in European policy issues. After his employment as an officer in the German Army, he switched to politics: From 1991 he was scientific assistant in the Committee on "Economy, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses and Technology" of the Land Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia located in Düsseldorf.

Since 1996, Kohlmann has been working in the energy industry: After working with RWE Rheinbraun AG, Cologne, he switched to the East German lignite company Laubag (Senftenberg) in 1999, where he was responsible for the "Communication" and "Basic Energy Policy Issues" department. After that, he became Head of the corporate communication department of RWE Power AG, Essen. In 2004, he switched to the German Electricity Association (VDEW), Berlin, where he was Deputy General Executive Manager. From autumn 2007, he was Deputy General Executive Manager of BDEW. Kohlmann is married and has two children.

Dr.-Ing. Anke Tuschek

Member of the General Executive Management Board

Anke Tuschek took up her position as Member of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), Berlin, on 7 May 2009. The former Technical Director of Stadtwerke Leipzig took over the "Markets" and "Energy efficiency" scope of functions and the position as Head of the "Sales, Trade and Gas-Related Issues" Division.

After graduating from Dresden University with a degree in mechanical engineering, Anke Tuschek gained her doctorate in engineering in 1988 before starting her professional career with Dresdner Wärmeversorgungs-GmbH (heat supply company). In 1992, she switched to Dresden Gas GmbH where she held a Group Manager position before she became authorized representative and Head of the "Gas Purchasing and Sales" Department. In 1997, she assumed the position as Head of the District Heat/Gas main department of DREWAG Stadtwerke Dresden. Three years later, she was appointed Managing Director of the regional gas supplier SpreeGas where she worked until 2006. From there she switched to Stadtwerke Leipzig in October 2006 as Technical Director. She was first responsible for the electricity, gas and district heat distribution and for the networks division and PR/corporate communication. In mid-2007, she also assumed the "Retail", the "Pomerania business" and the "Strategic Marketing" fields of activity.

Anke Tuschek is married.

Martin Weyand

General Executive Manager Water/Wastewater Member of the General Executive Management Board

Martin Weyand has been General Executive Manager Water/Wastewater and Member of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), Berlin, since early 2009. The graduate economist is Head of the Water/Wastewater Division.

After graduating from Saarbrücken University, he worked as scientific assistant at the University’s energy economics institute from 1987. In 1989, he switched to the Association of the German Gas and Water Industries (Bundesverband der deutschen Gas- und Wasserwirtschaft - BGW), Berlin. In his first position, Weyand was Senior Professional on energy policy issues before he became Head of the Energy Industry Division in 1994, where he was responsible, among other things, for fundamental energy policy questions. From 2001 to 2007, Weyand was Managing Director of BGW. From autumn 2007 to early 2009, he was Deputy General Executive Manager of BDEW. Weyand is married and has two children.

Andrees Gentzsch

Member of the Management Board

After 9 years with BEB Erdgas und Erdöl GmbH in Hanover, in his last position as Head of the Legal Affairs Division with power of attorney, Andrees Gentzsch switched in 2004 to the German Electricity Association (VDEW), Berlin, where he was Head of the Legal Affairs and Human Resources/Finance/IT Divisions.

From 2007 to 2009, Andrees Gentzsch was Head of the Legal Affairs and Human Resources/Finance Divisions of the newly merged BDEW. Since April 2009, he has also been Member of the Association’s Management Board and is responsible for the Legal Affairs, Business Management and Service and Organization Divisions. Gentzsch is married and has two children.

Dr. Michael Wunnerlich

Member of the Management Board

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.

In1995, 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.