Stefan Kapferer

Chairman of the Management Board 50Hertz Transmission GmbH

Stefan Kapferer was born in Karlsruhe on 6 November 1965. After graduating from high school and completing his military service, Mr. Kapferer studied administrative sciences at the University of Konstanz. After graduating at the end of 1992, he worked on a research project as a scholarship holder of the Treuhandanstalt Berlin.

From September 1993 to the end of 1998, Mr. Kapferer worked for the FDP regional association of Lower Saxony in Hanover.

From January 1999, he worked in the FDP parliamentary group for its chairman, Dr. Wolfgang Gerhardt, who appointed him in Gerhardt, who appointed him head of the Strategy and Campaigns Department at the federal office in August 1999.
In August 2003, Mr Kapferer moved to the Lower Saxony State Chancellery as Head of Department. As Head of Department of the Representation of the State of Lower Saxony to the Federation, he accompanied the legislative work in the Bundesrat. In October 2008, Lower Saxony’s Minister of Economics, Labour and Transport, Walter Hirche, appointed Mr Kapferer as his State Secretary in Hanover. In addition to his work in the Ministry, Mr Kapferer’s position during this time made him Chairman of the Supervisory Board of N-Bank, the development bank of the State of Lower Saxony, and of Jade-Weserport-Realisierungsgesellschaft.
In 2009, Mr Kapferer was appointed State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health. As the only civil servant State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Health, he had overall political and organisational responsibility.
With the appointment of Dr Philipp Rösler as Federal Minister of Economics, Mr Kapferer moved to the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in June 2011. His main responsibilities included legislative coordination with the Federal Chancellery as State Secretary to the Vice Chancellor. He also regularly represented the Ministry in European councils such as the Council of Energy Ministers. With the transfer of State Secretary Jochen Homann to the Federal Network Agency, responsibility for the Energy Department was added. Mr Kapferer also took over the chairmanship of the supervisory board at the German Energy Agency. After the 2013 Bundestag elections, Mr Kapferer remained State Secretary to Federal Minister Sigmar Gabriel at the 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. There, he was responsible for the organisation’s work in the areas of “Science, Technology and Industry” and “Employment, Labour, Social Security” as well as the “Centre for Entrepreneurship”.
From May 2016 to October 2019, Mr Kapferer was Chairman of the Executive Board of BDEW.
Since December 2019, Mr Kapferer has been Chairman of the Management Board of the transmission system operator 50Hertz Transmission GmbH.
He is married and has two school-age children. His place of residence is Berlin.

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