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Main building of ZUG on Stresemannstraße in Berlin

A sustainable structure

More than 850 people are employed at ZUG in Berlin, Bonn and Cottbus. With its organisation into five business units, two interdisciplinary divisions and two competence centres in Cottbus, ZUG has given itself a forward-looking and modular structure. Two business units have been set up to consolidate domain expertise and research for the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and various national funding programmes. The Funding Management business unit is responsible for the appropriate handling of matters relating to budgets and grants. Activities relating to the National Climate Initiative are managed by another business unit. The fifth business unit provides core services to the organisation.

Each business unit is subdivided into departments. In Cottbus, ZUG has also consolidated its expertise in the energy sector with the think-and-do tank PtX Lab Lausitz and the Competence Centre on Climate Change Mitigation in Energy-Intensive Industries (KEI).

Management Board

Stefan Demuth

 Portrait of Stefan Demuth, Commercial Director of ZUG

Business Development Director

Stefan Demuth has a background in public administration. He joined the organisation in 2021 and is responsible for directing its commercial affairs.

Previously, he worked at Project Management Jülich (PtJ) since 2001, where he was Head of the Central Services, Development and Quality Division from 2010, while also acting as the Deputy Managing Director. He worked at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) from 1988 to 2001. At BMBF, he worked in a number of funding departments as well as the Department for Organisation (from 1998).

Supervisory Board

A Supervisory Board has been appointed to advise and monitor the Management Board in matters of governance.

The Supervisory Board has nine members:

  • Dr Ingrid Hanhoff (Deputy Director-General, Federal Ministry for the Environment)
  • Jens Deutsch (Employee Representative, ZUG)
  • Professor Dr Karola Bastini (University Professor, Technical University of Berlin
  • Katja Frank (Employee Representative, ZUG)
  • Professor Christiane Hipp (Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus – Senftenberg (BTU))
  • Dr Uwe Neuser (Government Director, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection)
  • Dr Andreas Rickert (Management Board, PHINEO)
  • Holger Sassenberg (Employee Representative, ZUG)
  • Henrik Spickschen (Desk Officer, Federal Ministry of Finance)

Chair of the Board is Dr Ingrid Hanhoff, with Jens Deutsch as Deputy Chair.