Stefan Kapferer was born in Karlsruhe in 1965. He studied management sciences at the Uni-versity of Konstanz. From 1993 to 1998, he worked for the Lower Saxony regional association of the Free Demo-cratic Party. In 2003, he became department head in the Lower Saxony State Chancellery. In 2009, Mr. Kapferer was appointed State Secretary for the German Federal Ministry of Health. In 2011, he switched to the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. From 2014, he was Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD in Paris. Since 2016, Mr. Kapferer is Chairman of the General Executive Management Board of BDEW.