Dr. Philipp Roesler

Dr. Philipp Roesler has been a member of the Managing Board and Head of the Centre for Regional Strategies of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland since 2014.

Before assuming his current position, Dr. Roesler served as Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister of Economy and Technology for Germany from 2011 to 2013. He was appointed Chairman of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) of Germany in 2011. Prior to this he served as Federal Minister of Health for Germany for two years. In 2009, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economics, Labor and Transport for Lower Saxony, after having served as Chairman of the FDP parliamentary group of the Lower Saxony State Assembly.

Dr. Roesler trained as a combat medic in the German Bundeswehr and left the military service as Stabsarzt. He studied medicine at Hanover Medical School, where he received his Ph.D. He holds honorary doctorate degrees in Economics from the University of Hanoi and International Relations from the University of Cambodia. Dr. Roesler was born in Khanh Hung, Ba Xuyen Province (now Soc Trang Province), Vietnam, in 1973.

Current board memberships:

  • CEO of Hainan Cihang Charity Foundation Inc.
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Bertelsmann Stiftung