The DBFZ is represented in joint and equal management by the scientific managing director Prof. Dr. mont. Michael Nelles and the Administrative Managing Director, Daniel Mayer.
Prof. Dr. mont. Michael Nelles
Michael Nelles is an environmental engineer at the TU Berlin and covers the following areas in R&D and consulting: fundamental and practice-oriented challenges of waste management, especially technical, ecological and economic aspects of mechanical, biological and thermal treatment of waste and biomass in concepts for material and energy recovery. He is a member of numerous national and international advisory boards of organisations, conferences and journals in the fields of waste management and biomass use. He is editor of numerous reference books and conference volumes as well as author of about 400 contributions in reference books and technical periodicals since 1994. The emphasis of the international activities lies in Asia and there in particular in China.
Daniel Mayer holds a Master's degree (LL.M.) in Tax Sciences from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and a Dipl.-Kfm. (FH) degree in Business Administration from the private Vechta/Diepholz University of Applied Sciences. After holding various positions, including administrative manager and authorised signatory of the SRH Fachhochschule für Logistik Hamm and parliamentary assistant in the European Parliament, he has been working as administrative managing director of the DBFZ since mid-2009. His main areas of activity are in the commercial field, in particular in budget, tax and non-profit law, labour law challenges in science and financing issues of a private limited company with public funding. The structural and procedural organisation of the DBFZ with more than 300 employees in complex financial and structural dependencies is just as much a part of the field of activity as the links between a GmbH and federal budget law. Daniel Mayer is also involved in various board activities and memberships in local and national associations.