Global Conference 2017

Speaker's Biography

Günter Verheugen

Former Vice-President, European Commission


Günter Verheugen is honorary professor of the Viadrina European University in Frankfurt/Oder and president of the Senate of the Economy of Europe, a nonprofit business organization. Moreover he is co-founder and co-owner of a policy think tank, the European Experience Company, in Potsdam, Germany. Günter Verheugen has a long career with more than 40 years in politics, both on a national and European level. Günter Verheugen was a member of the European Commission responsible for enlargement, between 1999 and 2004. In his second term, from 2004 to 2010, he served as vice president in charge of enterprise and industry. In this capacity he was the European chairperson of the Transatlantic Economic Council. Prior to these European appointments he was a prominent member of the German parliament for 16 years. His parliamentary career saw him play leading roles on the foreign affairs and European Union special committees while he was also a Federal Party manager and served as Minister of State for European Affairs in the Federal Foreign Office

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