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Thomas Zielke

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Thomas Zielke currently serves as head of division “Technology Transfer, Standardization and Patents” in the Digital and Innovation Department of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Previously, between January 2011 and July 2016, he was appointed as Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) in Washington, D.C., leading the joint political liaison office of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) in the United States. From March 2009 to December 2010, he was responsible for the public relations department of the RGIT.

 

For 7 years, he served as Head of Public Relations and Communications for the Federal Ministers Werner Müller, Wolfgang Clement and Michael Glos. During his career he held various positions in investor search for Germany, European policy, SME policy and patent law. Between 1997 and 1998 he was First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in New York.

 

After a short professional career as a lawyer in Germany and Johannesburg/South Africa he joined the German Governmental service in 1993. Dr. Zielke was born in Duesseldorf. He studied law and political science in Bonn and holds a Doctor iuris degree from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. As Program Ambassador for the USA Dr. Thomas Zielke currently continues to be a member of the selection committee of the Humboldt Foundation for the Federal Chancellor Scholarship Program for junior executives and – on behalf of EU-authorities – serves also occasionally as project leader for EU Twinning projects in associated countries.

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