Andreas Pinkwart (born 1960) is a German politician and academic who currently serves as State Minister for Economic Affairs, Digitization, Innovation and Energy in the government of Minister-President Armin Laschet. He previously was the Dean of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and holder of the Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship.
|Minister of Economics, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia|
|Assumed office |
30 June 2017
|Preceded by||Svenja Schulze (Innovation, Science and Research)|
|Deputy Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia|
24 June 2005 – 15 July 2010
|Preceded by||Michael Vesper|
|Succeeded by||Sylvia Löhrmann|
|Minister of Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of North Rhine-Westphalia|
24 June 2005 – 15 July 2010
|Preceded by||Hannelore Kraft (Science and Research)|
|Succeeded by||Svenja Schulze (Innovation, Science and Research)|
|Member of the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia|
9 June 2010 – 31 March 2011
|Succeeded by||Holger Ellerbrock|
|Member of the Bundestag |
for North Rhine-Westphalia
17 October 2002 – 28 June 2005
|Succeeded by||Michael Terwiesche|
|Born||18 August 1960|
Neunkirchen-Seelscheid, West Germany
|Political party||Free Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||University of Bonn|
Pinkwart was born in Neunkirchen-Seelscheid, North Rhine-Westphalia. After finishing his Abitur (A-levels) in 1979 Pinkwart took on an apprenticeship with Dresdner Bank in Cologne. He subsequently studied Economics and Management Science in Münster and Bonn, receiving his Diplom-Volkswirt in 1987. With his dissertation "Chaos und Unternehmenskrise" (chaos and a business crisis) he attained the title Dr. rer. from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn. It was published as edition 116 of the series Beiträge zur betriebswirtschaftlichen Forschung.
Pinkwart's political career is closely knit to the FDP (Free Democratic Party). He joined the party in 1980, at the age of 19. From 1988 to 1990 he was part of the FDP's scientific staff and from 1991 onwards he was first secretary to the chairman of the FDP's parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Hermann Otto Solms.
Pinkwart's career in Higher Education began 1994 at the College of Higher Education in Düsseldorf, where he was professor of Economics and Management Science. From 1998 onwards a professorship at the University of Siegen followed, where Pinkwart taught Business Administration with focus on SMEs.
In 2002, Pinkwart succeeded Jürgen Möllemann as chairman of the FDP in North Rhine-Westphalia, an office he held until 2010. From 2003, he also served as one of the national party's deputy chairmen under the leadership of Guido Westerwelle.
From 2002 to 2005 Pinkwart was a Member of Parliament (German Bundestag), where he was part of the FDP parliamentary group led by Wolfgang Gerhardt. He served as his parliamentary group’s spokesperson on the Finance Committee between 2002 and 2004 and later as the group’s spokesperson on the national budget. From 2004, he also led the Bundestag group of FDP parliamentarians from North Rhine-Westphalia, one of the largest delegations within the FDP parliamentary group.
From 2005 until 2010, Pinkwart served as State Minister for Innovation, Technology and Research and Deputy Minister-President of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, under the leadership of Minister-President Jürgen Rüttgers. In this capacity, he was also a Member of the Federal Council (Bundesrat of Germany). During his time in office, the state government tried hard to win new research institutions to be set up in North Rhine-Westphalia; eventually, the Max Planck Society set up its Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne, and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres based a new German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn.
Following the 2009 federal elections, Pinkwart was part of the FDP team in the negotiations with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU on a coalition agreement. He led his party's delegation in the working group on education and research policy; his co-chair of the CDU/CSU was Annette Schavan.
At the beginning of 2011 Pinkwart became a senior research fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at the Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C. His research project as fellow focused on the roles of universities as entrepreneurial hubs and engines of innovation in the U.S. and Germany. Since April 2011 he has been Dean of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and the first holder of the Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship.
Following the 2017 state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia, Pinkwart was part of the FDP team in the negotiations with Armin Laschet’s CDU on a coalition agreement. He led his party's delegation in the working group on economic affairs and energy policy; his co-chair of the CDU was Hendrik Wüst.
Since July 2017, Pinkwart has been serving as State Minister for Economic Affairs, Digitization, Innovation and Energy in the government of Minister-President Armin Laschet. In this capacity, he is also one of the state's representatives on the Bundesrat, where he serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs; the Committee on Economic Affairs; and the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Regional Planning.
Following the 2010 state elections, Pinkwart ruled out a center-left coalition between the SPD, the FDP and the Green Party even though the three parties would have been able to achieve a majority in the state parliament.
On energy policy, Pinkwart is widely regarded to be a critic of the country’s energy transition as envisioned by former chancellor Gerhard Schröder and current leader Angela Merkel. In 2017, he held that he wanted to preserve the use of fossil fuels and place greater restrictions on where wind turbines can be built. In 2018, he demanded at least 10 billion euros ($11.5 billion) in structural support if coal-fired power stations are phased out.
- Deutsche Bank, member of the advisory board (2011-2017)
- Evotec AG, member of the supervisory board (2011-2014)
- NRW.BANK, Ex-Officio member of the supervisory board (1998-2011; since 2017)
- Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (IZI), member of the board of trustees
- German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), member of the board of trustees
- Jackstädt Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research, University of Wuppertal, member of the advisory board
- Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (MPI MiS), Member of the Board of Trustees
- Rationalisierungs- und Innovationszentrum der Deutschen Wirtschaft, member of the board of trustees
- Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm, member of the board of trustees
- Vision: The Journal of Business Perspective, member of the editorial board
- German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV), member
- German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB), member
- RAG-Stiftung, member of the board of trustees (2012-2014)
- entry for thesis
- Bernd Eyermann (20 June 2017), FDP-Politiker Pinkwart vor Rückkehr in Landesregierung General-Anzeiger.
- Ludger Wess (13 January 2009), Andreas Pinkwart The Scientist.
- "American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University". Archived from the original on 14 October 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
- HHL Executive management
- Tobias Blasius (23 May 2017), NRW-Koalitionsverhandlungen beginnen in einer Jugendherberge Westfalenpost.
- Andreas Pinkwart Bundesrat.
- Veit Medick, Philipp Wittrock and Sebastian Fischer (10 May 2010), Key State Vote Handicaps Merkel Spiegel Online.
- Marc Etzold and Cordula Tutt (21 July 2017), The End of the Energy Transition? Handelsblatt.
- Tom Kaeckenhoff (11 January 2019), Germany's biggest state wants at least $11.5 billion for exiting coal Reuters.
- Members of the Advisory Board, 2011 Deutsche Bank.
- Members of the Regional Advisory Board, 2017 Archived 17 July 2017 at the Wayback Machine Deutsche Bank.
- Evotec reports 34% revenue and profitable earnings growth; revenue guidance raised Archived 30 July 2017 at the Wayback Machine Evotec AG, press release of 11 August 2011.
- Resolutions of the Annual General Meeting of Evotec AG Archived 30 July 2017 at the Wayback Machine Evotec AG, press release of 17 June 2014.
- Executive Bodies NRW.BANK.
- Board of Trustees Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (IZI).
- Board of Trustees German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
- Advisory Board Jackstädt Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research, University of Wuppertal.
- Board of Trustees Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (MPI MiS).
- Board of Trustees Archived 12 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm.
- Editorial Board Vision: The Journal of Business Perspective.
- Zwei Neubesetzungen im Kuratorium der RAG-Stiftung RAG-Stiftung, press release of 26 February 2015.
- Innovation in Academia Awards 2017 University of Kent.
- Peter Lamprecht (6 October 2002), Klonschaf gegen Kampfschwein Die Welt.
- Bernd Eyermann (1 December 2002), "Ich freue mich auch, wenn andere im Rampenlicht stehen" General-Anzeiger.