Since 2005, Dr Helge Wendenburg has headed the Directorate for ‘Water Management an Resource Conservation’ of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in Bonn, Germany. Since 2010 the Directorate has also been responsible for Ecologic Resource Efficiency. Dr Wendenburg studied law at the University of Göttingen, where he also obtained his Doctorate in Law and attended the Institute for Political Science from 1979 till 1982. From 1983 he occupied a variety of roles in the District Government of Brunswick before transferring in 1990 to the Ministry of Environment of Lower Saxony, where he headed various divisions and finally the Directorate for Waste Management and Air Pollution Control. He is a Member of the Board of the German Water Association (DWA) and the Academy of Geological Sciences.
He is the author of various articles concerning water and waste management and water and waste legislation, which have been published in a range of journals, periodicals and newspapers. He is the co-editor of a commentary on waste management law and sits on the board of editors of the German scientific periodicals ‘AbfallR’, ‘Müll und Abfall’ and ‘Umwelt- und Planungsrecht (UPR)’.