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Karl-Uwe Bütof

Head of Department "State Economic Policy, Digitalization, Industry, Service Sector, Lead Markets", Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia; Germany


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Education and training

  • 1975 Abitur (German university entrance qualifications), Leibniz-Gymnasium, Essen
  • 1975-1976 Community service
  • 1976-1978 Training as a nurse at the Krupp-von-Bohlen und Halbach Hospital, Essen
  • 1979-1984 Study of Land-use Planning/Urban Development at the University Dortmund, graduating with a degree in engineering. Focal subjects: Economic questions, planning/energy industry law. Dissertation: "Planning Large Industrial Projects" (analysis of utility value)
  • 1984-1986 Internship: "Urban development" with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. State Examination: Building Assessor


Vocational career

  • 1986-1989 Head of the Regional Planning Section of the District Government of Düsseldorf. Main project: Securing waste disposal sites in compliance with planning law
  • 1989-1994 Personal aide and press spokesman for Government President Dr. Fritz Behrens
  • 1994-1998 Ministry of Construction of North Rhine-Westphalia
    • Head of the section for Cabinet, State Parliament, Bundestag and Bundesrat Affairs
    • Head of the Europe section
    • Head of the sub-department "Europe, Companies with a State Holding, Organisation and Further Training"
  • 1998-now Ministry of Economic Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia
    • 1998-2000 - Head of the office of Minister Peer Steinbrück (Strategy, cabinet, State Parliament, Bundestag and Bundesrat Affairs, press, public relations)
    • 2000-2005 - Head of Department "Industry and Technology Policy, Foreign Trade"
    • 2005-now - Head of Department "State Economic Policy, Digitalization, Industry, Service Sector, Lead Markets"