Green Social Summit 2023.
State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economy and Climate Protection, Germany
Since December 2021, I have been State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection.
From 2009 to 2021, I was a Member of the European Parliament for Bündnis90/Die Grünen NRW. Most recently, I was the spokesperson for the German Greens in the European Parliament, the Green Group's representative on the Committee on Economic and Financial Policy and a substitute member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.
In my youth, I was politicised by environmental protection and later founded Attac in Germany with many others. To this day, I am committed to regulating the financial markets in the interest of the real economy and the citizens. In Parliament, I fight passionately against tax dumping and for the ecological transformation of the European economy.
I was born in 1969 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. After graduating from high school in Hanover, I studied economics, adult education and politics in Lüneburg, Bremen and Birmingham. I then completed a Master's degree in Economic Policy and Economic Development at the University of Birmingham with distinction. Later, I continued my studies at the University of Bremen and spent a year as a visiting scholar at the Department of Economics at the University of Paris XIII in 2004/2005.