Philipp Steinberg

Director-General of Economic Policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany

Philipp Steinberg is the Director General for Economic Policy in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and Ministry Coordinator for Sustainable Development. In this capacity, he is responsible within the German government for competition policy, regional and structural policy including just transition with a focus on the coal regions, Public Procurement law, support policies for Eastern Germany, macroeconomic forecasting and general economic policy strategies. 


He is a member of the supervisory bodies of the “Leibniz” Economic research organizations, the supervisory board of the German Agency for Unemployment and the Nuclear Waste Fund and he is also Vice-Chairman of the Economic Policy Committee of the OECD. 


He is the former Chief of Staff to German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Earlier, he worked in the Federal Ministry of Financial Affairs in the Budget – and European Affairs Directorates as well as in the Headquarters of the Social Democratic Party where he headed the Financial Policy Unit and was Special Advisor to Party Chairman Sigmar Gabriel. 


After having received his International Baccalaureate from the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales, GB, he studied law, economic policy and taxation at the universities of Berlin (HumboldtUniversity), Paris (Panthéon-Assas) and Münster (Westfälische Wilhelms Universität). He holds a PhD in economic law, an MBA and a licence d’etat Francais. 


He authors three books and numerous articles on economic policy and law, european policy and taxation. 


He was born in Ann Arbor, USA in 1974.

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