Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul (until July 2020)


Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul is co-founder and shareholder of the Berlin Governance Platform.

Ms. Wieczorek-Zeul is Vice President of the Friends of the Global Fund Europe, a member of the Council for Sustainable Development, and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM).

Ms. Wieczorek-Zeul was Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development and Governor of the World Bank from 1998 to 2009. She also served as a member of the German Bundestag from 1987 to 2013. Throughout her career, she has been an advocate for women's and girls' health and for the concerns of those affected by HIV/AIDS, and has also championed these issues in her government positions.

Prior to her time as a minister, Ms. Wieczorek-Zeul was a member of the European Parliament (1979-1987), where she focused on foreign trade issues and European development policy as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. She was also deputy federal chairwoman of her party, the SPD, from 1993 to 2015.