Alexander Nies, GIZ, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Bonn, Germany

Alexander Nies is Deputy Director-General for chemical safety, environment and health in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. His responsibilities include the legal and factual implementation of REACH in Germany, international (e.g. Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions, UNEP Governing Council) and national chemicals management, environmental effects of biocides, pesticides and drugs, and environmental contaminants in food. He holds this position since 1 August 2006. Before his current position, he was the Head of several divisions in the Ministry, including the division on radioactive waste management policy and on radioactive waste disposal where he was, inter alia, responsible for the development of a site selection procedure in co-operation with all involved stakeholders. He is a mathematician by education and joined the Ministry in 1991. Before that he worked for two years at the Technical University in Berlin and for seven years in a national research centre for environmental health where he was involved in risk assessments for the nuclear fuel cycle.

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