Dr Uli Paetzel

Chairman of the Executive Board

As the new Chairman of the Executive Board at EMSCHERGENOSSENSCHAFT and LIPPEVERBAND, I am delighted to be able to guide the Emscher Conversion into the home stretch. Right at the top of our agenda for the coming years is still the near-natural development of the Lippe. All the projects relating to the two rivers and their subsidiary waterways have given our region a new face over the past decades – they represent structural change and sustainability. We remain a leading water management service provider on a future-oriented course.

My work is shaped in particular by continuous communication with my colleagues, our members, and the public. I want to understand what they care about and what drives them. Let's work together to further improve the quality of life on the Emscher and Lippe!

since 2016

Chairman of the Executive Board of EMSCHERGENOSSENSCHAFT and LIPPEVERBAND

2004 – 2016

Mayor of the City of Herten

2001 - 2004

Departmental Head for Public Relations and Marketing at PROSOZ Herten GmbH


Doctorate from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Ruhr University Bochum

2000 - 2004

Assistant professor of Organisational and Personnel Management, Personnel Qualification, iFV Institut für Verwaltungswissenschaften gGmbH, Gelsenkirchen

1999 - 2003

Lecturer in Time, Organisational and Personnel Management and Qualification; Scientific Working Methods, Institut für zukunftsorientierte Kompetenzentwicklung (IZK) Bochum University of Applied Sciences

since 1999

Assistant professor of General Sociology, Sociological Theory, Art and Cultural Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ruhr University Bochum

1998 - 1999

Scientific staff, Chair of Organisation and Participation, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ruhr University Bochum

1991 - 1997

Study of French and Social Sciences, Ruhr University Bochum, Université François Rabelais, Tours/France


born in Gelsenkirchen

Dr Uli Paetzel is married and has two children. In his free time, the dedicated Schalke fan likes playing tennis, listening to jazz, going to the theatre, and reading. He likes travelling to France, particularly to the Loire region with its many chateaus and vineyards.