Ministry for Intergenerational Affairs, Family, Women and Integration of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia


Horst KöhlerProf. Dr. Horst Köhler is the current Federal President of Germany, an office to which he was first elected in 2004. After studying economics and political science at Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, he worked as a research assistant at the university's Institute for Applied Economic Research from 1969 to 1976. Subsequently, he worked in the policy department of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology from 1976 to 1981. During this period he also obtained a doctorate, earning the degree Dr. rer. pol. in 1977. Horst Köhler joined the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) in 1981 and in the same year commenced working as an aide to Minister President Gerhard Stoltenberg in the Schleswig-Holstein State Chancellery. He returned to Bonn in 1982 and soon became the head of the Minister's Office in the Federal Ministry of Finance. He later assumed the direction of the policy department and the international department of the Ministry of Finance. From 1990 to 1993 he held the office of State Secretary there, appointed by Theo Waigel. Subsequently, Horst Köhler served as President of the German Sparkassen- und Giroverband (German Savings Bank Association) from 1993 to 1998. For the two years after that, he was President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London at the request of Helmut Kohl. At the suggestion of Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, Horst Köhler was chosen as the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C. from 2000 until he resigned this office to take up the post of Federal President. In 2003, the University of Tübigen made him an honorary professor.

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