Deputy Secretary of State
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Cornelia is responsible for federal policy on education, science, research and innovation, key priorities in her government’s policy. She is in charge of more than 1,000 staff members and an annual budget amounting to €14 billion. Before becoming Deputy Secretary of State, she was Deputy Chief of Staff at the Office of the Federal President of Germany (2004-2008), serving as the President’s senior advisor on domestic policy as well as constitutional law. She previously focused on environmental and sustainable development issues, as personal assistant to the Minister of Environment and Health in the State of Rhineland Pfalz and the Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety, and later serving in different functions for the Federal Ministry. Cornelia played a key role in the Rio and climate negotiations up to 1999 and the formulation of a German National Sustainable Development Strategy, adopted by the federal cabinet in 2002.