State Secretaries

The BMEL has a total of eight departments, known as directorates-general, which are headed by State Secretary Silvia Bender and which provide the minister with technical support.

The ministry’s Parliamentary State Secretaries are appointed by the Federal President at the proposal of the Federal Chancellor and facilitate the exchange of information between government and parliament. They represent the minister politically, in the German Bundestag, the Bundesrat and the parliamentary groups, and also represent her in certain technical areas.

Overview of topics

Silvia Bender

Silvia Bender was born in Bonn-Beuel on 9 March 1970 and grew up in Andernach am Rhein. She lives in Berlin and has two sons.


Claudia Müller

Claudia Müller was born in Rostock on 10 August 1981. She lives in the Barth region of the district of Western Pomerania-Rügen and has two children.


Dr. Ophelia Nick

Born in Herdecke on 24 January 1973; married, 4 children