State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany
Thorben Albrecht

Summary

Thorben Albrecht has been a Permanent State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs since 2014. Among his most important legislative projects has been the introduction of a statutory minimum wage in Germany. He also launched the “Work 4.0” dialogue - a public dialogue of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on the future of work. It has provided important input for a broader debate within society on shaping quality jobs in the digital age. Until 2007, Thorben Albrecht worked for the National Executive Board of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) as head of division responsible for the coordination of European affairs. From 2008 until 2013, he was head of office of Andrea Nahles and of the policy department of the Executive Board of the German Social Democrats (SPD). As State Secretary, Thorben Albrecht is a member of the German Government’s IT Council and of the “digital agenda” steering group. In addition, he is a member of the future of work advisory council set up by the German Union of Metal Workers (IG Metall) and also a member of the Global Commission on the Future of Work set up by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). He is a member of the SPD and of the ver.di trade union.