Germany is the founding and first member of the Governing Board since the launch on the CONNEX Support Unit in January 2017. It is represented by Günter Nooke, Personal Representative of the German Chancellor for Africa in the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Dr. Sören Dengg, Division Head of Energy, Infrastructure, and Raw Materials at the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Günter Nooke has been strongly involved with the G7 CONNEX Initiative from the very early days. He is one of the founding fathers of the CONNEX idea even before it was discussed among G7 Heads of States and Governments. His engagement is driven by experiences he made and discussions he had during various travels in Africa and beyond. He is convinced that durable and fair contracts lay the foundation for long-term mutual beneficial relationships between governments and investors and are hence a crucial driver for development. Mr. Nooke was also crucial in Germany’s decision to provide the seed funding of 6.5 Mio Euro to kick-start the CONNEX Support Unit as implementing structure and make CONNEX operational.
Before his current post, Mr. Nooke served as Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office. Previous to that, he was a member of the German Bundestag and a civil rights activist in the former German Democratic Republic. Mr. Nooke is a trained bricklayer and studied Physics and Geophysics at Leipzig University.
Dr. Sören Dengg heads the Division of Energy, Infrastructure, and Raw Materials at BMZ. He has been a strong supporter of the CONNEX idea from the very beginning and strongly supported the foundation of the CONNEX Support Unit Secretariat with German funding.
Besides CONNEX, his division is engaged in several relevant global processes and sectors being crucial for the achievement of the Agenda 2030. CONNEX highly benefits from those linkages.
Previously to his current post, Mr. Dengg worked for Deutsche Post DHL as Vice-president Government Affairs, with the Federal Chancellery of Germany on issues of European integration and bilateral relations to European States, and served as a diplomat in the Foreign Office of Germany and the political division in the German Embassy, London.