The current members of the Expert Commission are listed here.


As a university professor in the field of public corporate governance, Prof Dr Ulf Papenfuß selected the members of the Expert Commission with scientific independence and in consultation with relevant institutions and members of the Expert Commission based on the following institutional and personal criteria.

The Expert Commission shall as far as possible represent all groups of actors of all federal levels concerned with public corporate governance and shareholdings management. According to statistical data on the number of SOEs owned by municipalities, the municipal level shall have slightly more representatives than the federal and state levels. In addition, further relevant institutional and personal criteria are being considered, such as:

  • Qualification, personality, motivation and anticipated developmental contributions
  • No significant conflicts of interest in the context of G-PCGM
  • Political plurality
  • Diversity/gender balance
  • Representation/affiliation of relevant associations and institutions

The following list illustrates the institutional logic for composition of the Expert Commission and for which areas representation ought to be ensured:

  • Leading municipal associations (Deutscher Städtetag, Deutscher Städte- und Gemeindebund, Deutscher Landkreistag)
  • Lord mayor (President Verband kommunaler Unternehmen e.V. (VKU))
  • Federal/state level shareholdings management/supervisory body, where appropriate with management experience in SOEs
  • Municipal level shareholdings management/supervisory body, where appropriate with executive management experience
  • Municipal treasurer/representative with responsibility for shareholdings management
  • Federal level executive management/supervisory body
  • Municipal level executive management/supervisory body
  • Politics/high profile politican with outstanding commitment and experience in top positions in the field
  • Auditing
  • Federal/state courts of auditors
  • Municipal audit authorities
  • Kommunale Gemeinschaftsstelle für Verwaltungsmanagement (KGSt) as an association for municipal management jointly supported by municipalities and counties
  • Science public corporate governance
  • Science business ethics/corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • Science law
  • Trade unions/employee representation
  • Public banks (with responsibility for lending to SOEs/public authorities)
  • Verband kommunaler Unternehmen e.V. (VKU)
  • Churches and non-profit organizations
  • Renowned personalities, who over many years have contributed substantially to the development of public corporate governance and who would like to contribute to developing the G-PCGM