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State Secretary Michael Odenwald
State Secretary Michael Odenwald

Source: BMVI

Born in Karlsruhe on 6 March 1958

Married with 2 children

Fully qualified lawyer


Education and career history

1979 to 1983
Studied theology at the University of Heidelberg

1983 to 1988
Studied law at the University of Heidelberg

1989 to 1992
Practical legal training
Supplementary course in public administration at the University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer

1992
Joined the Federal Ministry of Transport

17 February 1992
Assistant Head of the Division for International Maritime Transport Policy

1 August 1993
Assistant head of section at the Federal Office for Goods Transport

1 January 1994
Deputy Head of the Division for Cabinet and Parliamentary Affairs

1 April 1995
Private Secretary to State Secretary Hans Jochen Henke

1998 to 2002
Head of the Berlin-Bonn Liaison Division for Railway Matters

2002 to 2009
Subject specialist in the Transport, Building and Urban Development Working Group of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag

1 November 2009
Head of the Directorate for Staff, Budget, Federal Holdings and Legal Affairs (part of the Central Services Directorate-General) at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development

1 March 2010
Director-General, Central Services at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development

22 October 2012
State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (since 17 December 2013: Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure)

Member of the following supervisory boards

  • Deutsche Bahn (DB) AG
  • Deutsche Bahn Mobility Logistics (DB ML) AG
  • Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) (chairman)
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