State Secretary Silvia Bender

Silvia Bender Staatssekretärin im Ministerium für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und Klimaschutz.
© Stefan Gloede
Silvia Bender Staatssekretärin im Ministerium für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und Klimaschutz.
© Stefan Gloede

Brandenburg's Secretary of State for Agriculture and the Environment Silvia Bender was born in Bonn-Beuel on 9 March 1970 and grew up in Andernach am Rhein. From 1990, she studied agricultural sciences at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn with a focus on nature conservation and landscape ecology.

With a study of the flora and fauna of the Michelsbach Valley in the Eifel, including the development of an integrated utilization concept for this area, she obtained a degree in agricultural engineering.

After her studies, she took over the coordinator of the project "Living Nature through Agriculture" at the University's Institute of Agricultural Botany. From 1998 to 2000 she was assistant to the management of Bioland Baden-Württemberg e.V.

In 2000, Ms. Bender moved to Berlin. Here, until 2001, she worked for the producer association Biokorntakt GmbH & Co. KG, which specialises in the marketing of cereals and meat from organic farms in Brandenburg and neighbouring federal states, also in the position of a management assistant.

From 2001 to 2006, she took over tasks at Bioland Bundesverband e.V. and Bioland Brandenburg e.V. Her fields of activity were the management of the Berlin office, public relations and lobbying work as well as the support of processing companies.

For almost two legislative periods of the German Bundestag, Ms. Bender was a consultant for rural areas, agriculture and animal protection for the parliamentary group of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (Alliance 90/The Greens).

From 2014 onwards, she worked as Head of Division of the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry for Environment, Food, Energy and Forests in the Rhineland-Palatinate Representation to the Bundesrat (Federal Council) in Berlin. From 2017 until her appointment as State Secretary in Brandenburg in November 2019, she was Head of Department Biodiversity at the German branch of Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND). Since 2001, she has been a member of the Association for the Promotion of Organic Agriculture Berlin Brandenburg e.V. There she was appointed to the Executive Board from 2001 to 2004, and again from 2010. Since 2016, she was also a member of the supervisory board of the organic soil cooperative. With her appointment as State Secretary in Brandenburg she announced the resignation of both offices.

In 2005 Ms. Silvia Bender joined Bündnis 90/Die Grünen. From 2016 until her move to the Ministry, she was spokesperson of the Brandenburg State Working Group on Agriculture.

She is a member of Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND) e.V.

Mrs Bender lives in Berlin and has two sons.

Brandenburg's Secretary of State for Agriculture and the Environment Silvia Bender was born in Bonn-Beuel on 9 March 1970 and grew up in Andernach am Rhein. From 1990, she studied agricultural sciences at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn with a focus on nature conservation and landscape ecology.

With a study of the flora and fauna of the Michelsbach Valley in the Eifel, including the development of an integrated utilization concept for this area, she obtained a degree in agricultural engineering.

After her studies, she took over the coordinator of the project "Living Nature through Agriculture" at the University's Institute of Agricultural Botany. From 1998 to 2000 she was assistant to the management of Bioland Baden-Württemberg e.V.

In 2000, Ms. Bender moved to Berlin. Here, until 2001, she worked for the producer association Biokorntakt GmbH & Co. KG, which specialises in the marketing of cereals and meat from organic farms in Brandenburg and neighbouring federal states, also in the position of a management assistant.

From 2001 to 2006, she took over tasks at Bioland Bundesverband e.V. and Bioland Brandenburg e.V. Her fields of activity were the management of the Berlin office, public relations and lobbying work as well as the support of processing companies.

For almost two legislative periods of the German Bundestag, Ms. Bender was a consultant for rural areas, agriculture and animal protection for the parliamentary group of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (Alliance 90/The Greens).

From 2014 onwards, she worked as Head of Division of the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry for Environment, Food, Energy and Forests in the Rhineland-Palatinate Representation to the Bundesrat (Federal Council) in Berlin. From 2017 until her appointment as State Secretary in Brandenburg in November 2019, she was Head of Department Biodiversity at the German branch of Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND). Since 2001, she has been a member of the Association for the Promotion of Organic Agriculture Berlin Brandenburg e.V. There she was appointed to the Executive Board from 2001 to 2004, and again from 2010. Since 2016, she was also a member of the supervisory board of the organic soil cooperative. With her appointment as State Secretary in Brandenburg she announced the resignation of both offices.

In 2005 Ms. Silvia Bender joined Bündnis 90/Die Grünen. From 2016 until her move to the Ministry, she was spokesperson of the Brandenburg State Working Group on Agriculture.

She is a member of Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND) e.V.

Mrs Bender lives in Berlin and has two sons.

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