Secretário de Estado do Ministério Federal do Trabalho e Assuntos Sociais da Alemanha

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Born on 2 February 1970, Thorben Albrecht is one of the State Secretaries at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. He is responsible for the Central Directorate-General and for the Directorates-General dealing with basic policy, labour market policy and European employment and social policy. His most important legislative project to date was the Act to Strengthen Autonomy in Collective Bargaining, which introduced a minimum wage in Germany. He also launched the dialogue Work 4.0. This is a public dialogue on the future of work and the conditions for quality jobs in the digital age conducted by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. The dialogue will run until the end of 2016.

Thorben Albrecht studied history, philosophy and political science at the University of Hanover. He served as Executive Secretary of the Jusos, the youth organisation of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD), before moving on to become the Head of Office of Rudolf Scharping, the then Deputy Chairman of the SPD,  from 1999 until 2003. From 2003 until the end of 2007 Thorben Albrecht worked for the National Executive Board of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) as Head of Division responsible for European affairs. During this period he also served as deputy member of the Executive Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). After that he was the Head of Office of Andrea Nahles during her time as SPD Vice-Chairperson and Secretary-General. In February 2011 he started to serve as the SPD’s Head of Department responsible for political planning and analysis, becoming responsible for the SPD’s party platform in the 2013 national election campaign. In this function he also helped negotiate the coalition agreement with the Christian Democrats.