Jochen Flasbarth is State Secretary for the Environment. He was born in Duisburg-Rheinhausen in 1962. He studied economics and was employed in various positions in nature conservation and environmental protection. He was President of the Federal Environment Agency from 2009 to 2013. Previously, he has been Director-General for Nature Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (2013-2018). From 1994 to 2003, he has been President of the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU).