Bärbel Kofler - Curriculum Vitae

Bärbel Kofler
Bärbel Kofler© Michael Gottschalk/photothek.de

Born in Freilassing on 24 May 1967

Intermediate school-leaving certificate

1983 to 1986
Bank apprenticeship

Since 1986
Trade union member: currently GEW (Union of Persons Employed in Education and Science), IG Metall, IG BCE (Mining, Chemical and Energy Industrial Union), Member of Arbeiterwohlfahrt (National Association for Workers’ Welfare).

Entrance qualification for universities of applied science (adult education)

1987 to 1992
Studied computer science at Rosenheim University of Applied Science

Joined the SPD

1992 to 1996
Studied linguistics, Russian and Spanish language and literature at Salzburg University

1996 to 1999
Job in a Salzburg tourism company


1999 to 2001
DAAD lector in Moscow

2001 to 2002
Taught German as a foreign language and Russian

2002 to 2004
Lecturer at a college for those engaging in civilian service

Since September 2004
Member of the German Bundestag

Since October 2013 (18th electoral term)
Development Policy Spokesperson of the SPD parliamentary group in the German Bundestag (until February 2016)
Member of the Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development (until February 2016)
Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs
Member of the Supervisory Board of the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF)
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (until September 2016)
Member of the Board of Trustees of CARE Deutschland-Luxemburg e.V.
Member of the Parliamentary Council of the German Foundation for World Population (DSW)

Since March 2016
Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance at the Federal Foreign Office

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