Cem Özdemir

Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture

Federal Minister Cem Özdemir has led the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture since December 2021. Within the Federal Government, the Federal Minister is responsible for German food and agricultural policy.

Born in Bad Urach on 21 December 1965; married, two children.

Please find below some key stages in his life and career.
1981Joined THE GREENS (from 1993: ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS)
1983"Mittlere Reife" (school-leaving certificate at 16)
1987Completion of training as an early childhood educator and beginning of working life
1989"Fachhochschulreife" (university entrance qualification restricted to a specific field of study)
1989 - 1994Member of the Land Executive Board of The Greens in Baden-Württemberg
1994Graduation as "Diplom-Sozialpädagoge (FH)" (Master of Arts in Social Pedagogy), Evangelische Fachhochschule für Sozialwesen (Protestant University of Applied Sciences for Social Affairs) in Reutlingen.
1994 - 2002Member of the German Bundestag
2003Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. in Washington DC and Brussels
2004 - 2009Member of the European Parliament
2008 - 2018Chair of BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN
since 2013Member of the German Bundestag
2018 - 2021Chair of the Committee on Transport and Digital Infrastructure

A selection of awards received by Cem Özdemir include the Theodor Heuss Medal (1996), the prize for the “2018 Speech of the Year” from the “Seminar für Allgemeine Rhetorik” (Department for General Rhetoric) at the University of Tübingen, the Ignatz Bubis Prize (2019) and the Dolf Sternberger Prize for Political Speech (2019).

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