Dr Friedbert Pflüger, former Deputy Minister (State Secretary) in the Ministry of Defence, was born in Hanover on March 6th, 1955. For over two decades, he has held leadership positions in politics, administration, business and academia.
Friedbert Pflüger is founder and managing partner of Bingmann Pflüger International GmbH in Berlin and Chairman of the Internet Economy Foundation (IE.F). He is also co-partner of other firms such as Kurdish German European Business Alliances (KGE) based in Arbil (North Iraq); Kimya LLC based in Tehran, Isfahan and Kish Islands; GLB German Latin Business GmbH, based in Berlin and Santa Cruz, Bolivia; and iconomy GmbH, based in Berlin. Additionally, Friedbert Pflüger is senior advisor to Roland Berger.
Since 2009 Friedbert Pflüger was visiting professor for international relations at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, where he directed the renowned European Cluster for Climate, Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS), which was transferred to the University of Bonn in 2020. He is also senior fellow of the Atlantic Council of the U.S., senior advisor to the World Energy Council’s Global Gas Centre, head of the Commodities Workgroup of Atlantikbrücke, member of the Steering Committee of the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ghorfa) and member of the advisory board of the Institute of Energy Economics (EWI) at the University of Cologne. Friedbert Pflüger is author and editor of numerous books and publishes on topics of energy and digital policy, among others in Handelsblatt, die ZEIT, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Internationale Politik, Energy Post.
Together with Ambassador (ret.) Janusz Reiter, since 2009 Friedbert Pflüger chairs the monthly Energy Dialogues at the Reichstag, hosting leading figures from politics and the energy sector.
Friedbert Pflüger studied Political Science, Economics and Constitutional Law in Göttingen, Bonn and at Harvard, where he also taught at the Center for International Affairs under the supervision of Samuel Huntington. In 1982, he received his PhD under the supervision of Karl Dietrich Bracher in Bonn with a thesis on American foreign policy (summa cum laude). In 1989, for three months he was visiting fellow at Hoover Institution, Stanford University. In addition to his studies, he was chair of the Circle of Christian-Democratic Students (RCDS) and member of the board of the youth organization of the German Christian Democratic Party.
After his studies, Friedbert Pflüger worked for the Berlin Senate Chancellery between 1981 and 1989. Here, he became one of the closest confidants of Richard von Weizsäcker, first as speechwriter, later as chief of staff and press officer. In 1990, Friedbert Pflüger was elected to the first unified German Parliament, where he was until 2006, among others, chair of the Committee for EU Affairs, Foreign Policy Spokesperson of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group and Parliamentary State Secretary in the Ministry of Defence during the first Merkel Government. For ten years each, he was deputy chair of the CDU of Lower Saxony and Member of the Federal Board and the Executive Committee of the CDU respectively.
Friedbert Pflüger has various voluntary engagements. Among others, he is member of the executive board of the German-Kosovar Business Association, member of the advisory council of AIESEC (since 1991), member of the advisory council of caritas foundation, chair of the Friends’ Association of the German School in Arbil, and member of the managing board of Against Oblivion – For Democracy.
Friedbert Pflüger holds various awards and decorations. He was decorated for his contribution to the Eastern enlargement of the EU and NATO with the Polish, Bulgarian and Lithuanian Orders of Merit and is Commander of the Legion of Honour of the French Republic as well as of the Royal Victorian Order of the United Kingdom.
Friedbert Pflüger lives in Berlin together with his wife, Sibylle Pflüger, and his two children.