Dirk Niebel

Dirk Niebel

German politician, since October 28, 2009 - Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany
Date of Birth: 19.03.1963
Country: Germany

  1. Biography of Dirk Niebel
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Career
  4. Personal Life and Political Beliefs

Biography of Dirk Niebel

Dirk Niebel is a German politician who has served as the Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany since October 28, 2009. He was also the General Secretary of the Free Democratic Party of Germany (Freie Demokratische Partei, FDP) from 2005 to 2009.

Dirk Niebel

Early Life and Education

Dirk Niebel was born on March 19, 1963, in Hamburg, Germany. After completing his secondary education in 1983, he traveled to Israel and spent a year in a kibbutz. He then served as an officer in the German Bundeswehr's airborne brigade in Calw for eight years, where he commanded a reconnaissance unit. Even in 2007, he continued to hold the rank of reserve captain. Following his military service, Niebel studied at the German College of Public Administration in Mannheim and graduated in 1993 with a Master's degree in Public Administration.


From 1993 to 1998, Dirk Niebel worked in the employment office in Sinsheim, a division of the Federal Employment Agency in Heidelberg. He has been a member of the Federal Council of the FDP since 2003 and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. On May 5, 2005, he was elected as the party's General Secretary with 92.4% of the votes by the Federal Council. Niebel has been a member of the Bundestag since 1998 and served as the chairman of the Baden-Württemberg parliamentary group of the FDP from 2002 to 2005. He has also held positions such as spokesman for labor policy in the parliamentary group and member of the German-Israeli parliamentary group since 1998. Since 2000, Niebel has been the vice-president of the German-Israeli Society.

Personal Life and Political Beliefs

Dirk Niebel is married to Andrea Niebel, a speech therapist, and they have three sons. He joined the Young Union, the youth organization under the patronage of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands, CDU) at the age of fourteen in 1977, and became a member of the CDU in 1979. However, he left the party in 1981. In 1990, he joined the Free Democratic Party of Germany and was one of the founders of the Young Liberals, the youth political organization under the FDP, in Heidelberg. Niebel is known for his support of radical reforms in the Federal Employment Agency, advocating for it to only provide unemployment benefits.