Dr. Gerhard Prätorius

Head of Coordination CSR and Sustainability, Volkswagen AG


Dr. Gerhard Prätorius, is Head of Coordination CSR and Sustainability at Volkswagen Group. Previously, he worked for the Volkswagen Group as a managing director for several regional development agencies, which dealt with technology transfer, especially in the fields of new transportation systems and environmental technologies.

Dr. Prätorius attended the universities of Frankfurt and Marburg and graduated in Economics, Political Science, and German Linguistics and Literature. In 1992 he obtained his doctorate in economics: “PROMETHEUSProject: The emergence of technique as a social process”.

He began his career as a senior researcher at the department of Technology and Traffic at the Institute for Ecology and Business Management at the European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel. In the early nineties, he joined Volkswagen Group and worked as a project manager at the department for environment and traffic, followed by a position in the research department.

Additionally Dr. Prätorius works as a lecturer “Transportation Economics and Policy” at the Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina of Braunschweig.

"Human Rights and Global Value Chains"

A Keynote Address by Dr. Gerhard Prätorius (Head of Sustainability Department, Volkswagen AG)
The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2016
"Promoting Global Human Rights through Cultural Diplomacy"
(Berlin, December 14th- 19th, 2016)