Dr. Klaus Heider

Director General, Food, Nutrition Policy, Product Safety & Innovation, German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

After completing a degree in geodetic engineering at the University of Bonn, post-graduate studies of urban and regional planning at Ohio State University (USA) and training at Düsseldorf city council Klaus Heider joined the then Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Forestry in 2001. After working in the fields of rural development and geo-information systems as well as at the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union in Brussels, he took over several executive roles and positions at the Ministry. From 2009 to 2014 Klaus Heider served as the Director of the Office of the Minister and of the Political Staff at the Ministry. Since spring 2014 he has headed the department “Food Policy, Product Safety and Innovation” focusing on nutrition-based prevention and nutrition research, consumer health protection as well as innovation promotion and research management, to name but a few fields.