Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board
World Economic Forum
Previously, Philipp Rösler was the German Minister of Health . Born in Vietnam in 1973 and adopted by German parents, he joined the FDP (Free Democratic Party) and its youth section, the Young Liberals, of Lower Saxony in 1992. He studied medicine at Hanover Medical School and, after his Third State Examination, underwent medical specialist training at the Federal Armed Forces Station Hospital in Hamburg. He went on to work as a physician and medical officer, taking his doctorate in cardiac-thoracic-vascular surgery in 2002. Rösler became Chairman of the Young Liberals of Lower Saxony and Member of Lower Saxony's FDP Executive Committee in 1996. From 2000 until April 2004, he was voluntary FDP Secretary-General there. In 2003, he was elected Member of Lower Saxony's Parliament and Chairman of the FDP group. In 2005, he joined the FDP Federal Executive Committee and, in 2006, was elected Chairman of the FDP in Lower Saxony where, from February to October 2009, he was Minister of Economics, Labour and Transport.