The Berlin International Economics Congress

An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Roles of Global Politics & Civil Society in International Economics

(Berlin; February 4th - 7th, 2010)

Volker Hauff

Former German Minister for Research and Technology, Former German Minister of Transport

Dr. Volker Hauff’s technological and political aspirations took shape in college, where he earned a doctorate in the fields of computer usage in empirical economics and social research from the Free University of Berlin. Between 1967 until 1972 he peppered his technological portfolio with high powered jobs at both The Institute of Data Processing and Urban development and then at the IBM Stuttgart.

He entered politics at age 29 as a member of the Social Democratic Party, and became a member of the German Bundestag. He rose to cabinet rank and held the titles of Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Telecommunication, Research and Technology, of Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Research, Federal Minister for Research and Technology and Federal Minister of Transport between the years of 1972 and 1982.

In 1989 he became Mayor of Frankfurt am Main, but in 1991 he stepped out of politics and began working for Axel Springer Verlag AG , KPMG Deutsche Treuhand-Gesellschaft AG, and BearingPoint GmbH respectively.

In 2001, he returned to Politics after a 10 year absence, when he became Chairman of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) , and has continued a rich career in social and political service to this day.

Dr. Hauff has written specialized books on data processing, technology, energy, the environment, land law and the modernisation of economy. He has been married since 1967 and has 2 sons. His older brother is SPD politician Sigurd Hauff.