Prof Dr Uli Paetzel

Chairman of the Executive Board

As the 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 2022 Member of Nachhaltigkeitsbeirat Nordrhein-Westfalen
since 2019 President of DWA (Deutsche Vereinigung für Wasserwirtschaft, Abwasser und Abfall)
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
2001 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
1971 born in Gelsenkirchen