Dr. Behrooz Abdovand, born 22 June 1956, was appointed as Chairman of the management board of the Company with effect from 1 November 2017. Dr. Abdolvand had so far served as Vice Chairman on the Supervisory Board of the company. He studied Social and Political Science at the Free University of Berlin and received his doctorate at the Otto-Suhr-Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin, where he worked until 2015 and was responsible, as a lecturer, coordinator and Research Director for International Relations and Energy Policy for the Greater-Middle-East region, for the “Caspian region Environmental and Energy Studies” programme at the Freie Universität Berlin. In addition, since 2002 Dr. Abdolvand worked as a consultant in the energy sector and since 2013 he is an Associate Fellow of the German Council on Foreign Relations e.V. Since 2014 Dr. Abdolvand is Managing Director of DESB GmbH, Berlin.