The Federal Agency's Executive Board

The Executive Board leads the Federal Agency of Employment and its operations. It consists of the director and two further members.

Biography of Andrea Nahles

Andrea Nahles

Chair of the Executive Board of the Federal Employment Agency

Born 1970 in Mendig

Job history:

  • 1999: Successful completion of studies in German and Political Sciences at the Friedrich Wilhelm University of Bonn
  • 1998 – 2002: Member of the German Federal Parliament (Bundestag)
  • 2002 – 2005: Employee at the Berlin office of IG Metall
  • 2005 – 2019: Member of the German Federal Parliament
  • 2007 – 2009: Spokesperson on Labour Market Policy and Deputy Chair of the SPD group in the German Federal Parliament
  • 2009 – 2013: General Secretary of the SPD
  • 2013 – 2017: Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs
  • 2017 – 2019: Chair of the SPD group in the German Federal Parliament
  • 2018 – 2019: Party Chair of the SPD
  • 2020 – 2022: President of the Federal Post and Telecommunications Agency
  • July 2020 – March 2022: Special Advisor of the European Commission for Social Dialogue
  • Since 1st August 2022: Chair of the Executive Board of the Federal Employment Agency

Biography of Daniel Terzenbach

Daniel Terzenbach, Director, Regions of the Federal Employment Agency

Born 1980 in Freiensteinau

Job history:

  • 2000 – 2004: Social Management studies (Dortmund)
  • 2004 – 2006: Research Associate at the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences, Dortmund
  • 2006 – 2009: Cooperation, networks and management at the Märkischer Kreis Job Centre
  • 2009 – 2012: Project Leader and line management functions in the control units of the headquarters of the Federal Employment Agency (BA)
  • 2012 – 2017: Senior manager in the BA headquarters in various functions (heading the office of the Director, Regions, heading the management support area)
  • 2015 – 2018: Representative of the BA Board for operational refugee management
  • 2017 – 2019: Director of Quality, Implementation and Advice (QUB) at BA headquarters
  • 2014 – 2019: Study of Management and Regulation of Labour, Economy and Organisations
    (Master Degree at Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • Since 2019: Member of the Board of the Federal Employment Agency

Biography of Vanessa Ahuja

Vanessa Ahuja

Vanessa Ahuja, Director of Services and International Affairs

Born in 1968

Job history:

  • 1994: Successfully completed her Degree in Economics in Frankfurt am Main
  • 1995 – 1999: Policy Officer for the parliamentary group of Bündnis 90/The Greens in the German Federal Parliament (Bundestag)
  • 1999 – 2007: Consultant in various federal ministries (BMA, BMFSFJ, BMWA, BMAS), also member of the Office for the Commission for “Modern Services on the Labour Market” (otherwise known as the “Hartz Commission”) in 2002
  • 2007 – 2008: Head of the unit for “Equal Opportunities in an Aging Society” in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
  • 2008 – 2012: Head of the unit for “Basic Issues regarding Social and Societal Policy” in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
  • 2012 – 2014: Head of the unit for “Basic Issues regarding Labour Market Policy” in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
  • 2014 – 2018: Head of the sub-department for “Employment Policy and Unemployment Insurance” in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, also head of the Project Group for Refugees (2015-2017)
  • 2018 – 2019: Head of the department for “Participation, the Needs of Persons with Disabilities, Social Compensation and Social Assistance” in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
  • 2019 – April 2022: Head of the department for “Labour Market Policy, Employment of Foreign Residents, Unemployment Insurance and Basic Insurance for Jobseekers” in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, also, Member of and Spokesperson for Public Bodies on the Administrative Board of the Federal Employment Agency
  • Since 01/05/2022: Director of Services and International Affairs at the Federal Employment Agency

Biography of Dr. Katrin Krömer

Katrin Krömer, Vorstand Ressourcen der Bundesagentur für Arbeit

Dr. Katrin Krömer, Director, Resources of the Federal Employment Agency

Born in 1973

Job history:

  • 1997: graduation in Business Administration in Cologne
  • 1999: Master's degree in Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School
  • 2003 PhD, University of Trier
  • 2000 – 2009: Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company
  • 2009 – 2015: Head of Human Resources, Financing & Controlling at the Berlin-Brandenburg Regional Office of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA)
  • 2015 – 2018: Chairwoman of the Board of DB JobService GmbH
  • 2018 – 2022: Head of Human Resources & Executive Development at Deutsche Bahn AG [German Federal Railways]
  • since 1 October 2022 Director of Resources at the German Federal Employment Agency (BA)