WBGU Secretary-General Inge Paulini new President of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection

Berlin, 22 March 2017. Germany’s federal cabinet has appointed WBGU secretary-general Inge Paulini to become president of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz). Since 2009 Inge Paulini has been secretary-general of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) in Berlin.


After studying nutrition in Bonn and receiving her master’s degree in nutrition at Washington State University in Pullman, WA, Paulini earned her PhD in biology at the University of Hannover in Germany. From 1993 to 2008 she worked at the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), finishing her time there as head of the strategy department, with particular emphasis on sustainability strategies, environmental law and environmental economics. She is a member of numerous advisory boards and committees focussing on sustainable development.


On behalf of the WBGU, the two chairs of the Advisory Council, Sabine Schlacke and Dirk Messner, would like to congratulate the WBGU secretary-general on her new responsibilities.


WBGU chairperson Sabine Schlacke: “In Inge Paulini we are losing a tremendously qualified, highly committed colleague with outstanding leadership skills. I am certain that she will be a strong and effective champion of sustainability at her new post.”


WBGU chairperson Dirk Messner: “In her time at the WBGU, Inge Paulini has significantly boosted the public profile of the Advisory Council as well as its capabilities for networking with the relevant national and international institutions of environment and development policy. I am particularly grateful to her for these contributions.”


WBGU: Serving Global Change Politics


The German Federal Government set up the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) as an independent, scientific advisory body in 1992 in the run-up to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio Earth Summit). The WBGU's task is to analyse global environmental and development problems and to develop recommendations for action and research in the search for solutions to these problems.


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