Andreas Kuhlmann has been the CEO of Dena since July 2015. Andreas majored in Physics and minored in Economics at the universities of Bonn, Heidelberg and Corvallis (USA). He started his career in 1995 at the Institute of Environmental Physics at Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, where he primarily focused on the carbon cycle. He later held various political positions, including at the European Parliament, with the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), at the Bundestag, within the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, and at the German Embassy in Stockholm. In 2010, Andreas Kuhlmann joined the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) and took over the Politics and Economics departments as Director of Strategy and Politics. He was responsible for the strategic and political development of BDEW, as well as the dialogue between politics, business and the public.