Permanent Secretary Dr. Silke Karcher

Permanent Secretary Dr. Silke Karcher

Permanent Secretary for the Environment and Climate Action

1968 – born in Berlin, single

Curriculum vitae

  • 1988

    Abitur (school leaving/uni entry exam) at the Rheinsieg Grammar School in St. Augustin

  • 1989 – 1996

    Studied Technical Environmental Protection, Technischen Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)

  • 1996 – 2001

    Scientific Assistant, TU Berlin

  • 2000

    Obtained doctorate, Dr.-Ing., TU Berlin

  • 2001 – 2007

    German Environment Agency, most recently as Head of “Mineral and Metal Industry” Section

  • 2007 – 2012

    Head of Unit for “EU Matters and Bilateral Cooperation in “Environment and Energy””, Federal Ministry for the Environment

  • 2012 – 2018

    Head of Unit for “Policy Matters of the European Climate and Energy Policy, New Market Mechanisms”, Federal Ministry for the Environment

  • 2018 – 2021

    Head of Unit for “EU Climate and Energy Policy, European Climate Protection Initiative (EUCPI), International Carbon Market”, Federal Ministry for the Environment

  • Since 23/12/2021

    Permanent Secretary of the Senate Department for the Environment, Urban Mobility, Consumer Protection and Climate Action Berlin

Memberships and engagement

  • Member of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen party

  • Member of the Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland – BUND e.V.

  • Member of the Grüne Liga Berlin e.V.

  • Member of the Institute for Environmental Issues – UfU e.V.

  • Supporting membership of the Pro Asyl e.V.

  • Supporting membership of the Chaos Computer Club e.V.

  • In addition:
    • The Board of Trustees of the Foundation Future of the Carbon Market