Dr. Stefan Kaufmann

Innovation Commissioner for Green Hydrogen

Stefan Kaufmann
Stefan Kaufmann, Innovation Commissioner for Green Hydrogen at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) © Jens Oellermann

Dr Stefan Kaufmann has served as Innovation Commissioner for Green Hydrogen at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since 19 June 2020. Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek appointed Kaufmann, a member of the German Bundestag for the CDU party, in the context of implementing the Federal Government’s National Hydrogen Strategy. The Innovation Commissioner for Green Hydrogen is a permanent guest on the State Secretaries’ Committee for Hydrogen of the participating ministries as well as the National Hydrogen Council. He is responsible for coordinating the focus of the BMBF’s research and development activities and the transfer of R&D results into practical application, cooperating with various stakeholders from politics, industry and research who are involved in this process. The Innovation Commissioner is also tasked with introducing promising, innovative approaches and ideas from BMBF-led research on the political stage and in public debate.

Prior to his appointment as Innovation Commissioner for Green Hydrogen, the fully qualified lawyer served as chair of the Study Commission “Vocational Training in the Digital Work Environment” and CDU/CSU spokesperson on the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment of the Bundestag. Dr Kaufmann has served as a Member of the Bundestag and regular member of the Research Committee since 2009. He has always been directly elected to the Bundestag for his constituency of Stuttgart. Dr Kaufmann is a member of the CDU Federal Committee on Education, Research and Innovation as well as chair of the CDU’s Stuttgart district branch.