We will have a video keynote of Brigitte Zypries during our conference.
Brigitte Zypries is a German politician. Since 2013, she is Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, with special responsibilities in the fields of IT policy, foreign commerce and industry. She has also been appointed Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy. Previously, she has been serving as Federal Minister of Justice of Germany from 2002 to 2009 and State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior from 1998 to 2002. She is member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and is a directly elected member of the Bundestag for the constituency of Darmstadt, Hesse.
The Parliamentary State Secretaries are political appointees. They represent the Minister in the political arena, particularly in his work with the Bundestag and the Bundesrat. They serve as a specific link between the ministerial work and the political sphere.