Wolfgang Clement

Former German Minister of Economics and Labour

In 1960, Mr. Wolfgang Clement started his career as an intern / editor at a regional newspaper while studying law. On this way of learning by doing, Mr. Clement became political editor, department head and deputy editor-in-chief of the “Westfälische Rundschau,” and in 1987, he became an editor in chief of the “Hamburger Morgenpost.” In the meantime, from 1981 to 1986, Mr. Clement was spokesperson of Willy Brandt, the former first social democratic chancellor of Germany and Chairman of the SPD. In 1989, Mr. Clement started his political career when Johannes Rau – the State Premier of North Rhine-Westphalia – asked Mr. Clement to become a head of Premier Rau’s chancellery in Düsseldorf. Later, Mr. Clement was appointed as a minister of special tasks, and in 1995 as a minister of economics and small business, technology and transport. When Johannes Rau decided to stand for President of Germany, Mr. Hilbert was elected as a State Premier of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2002, Mr. Clement joined the cabinet of Gerhard Schroder in Berlin as a German Federal Minister of Economics and Labour. Mr. Clement was responsible for the main parts of the German reform “Agenda 2010,” which included labour market reforms. At the end of 2005, Mr. Clement left the federal government and started his new career as self-employed adviser, author and publisher. Today, Mr. Clement is member of several supervisory and advisory boards of national and international companies and of the boards of trustees of scientific institutions. He is also the head of the Ost-Institut Wismar, chairman of the board of trustees of the “Initiative Neue Soziale Marktwirtschaft.”