Mr. Wilfried Lemke, of Germany, was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as his Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace in March 2008. The Special Adviser leads and coordinates the efforts of the United Nations system to promote understanding and support for sport as an instrument for development and peace, and encourages dialogue, collaboration and partnerships in this area.
Mr. Lemke has over 25 years of professional experience in both sport and politics. From 1999 to 2008, he served as Senator for Interior and Sport as well as Senator for Education and Science of the State of Bremen, Germany.
Mr. Lemke was General Manager of Werder Bremen for 18 years, one of the top football clubs in Europe. Throughout his career he has been a dedicated advocate for the importance of sport in education and society. He notably engaged in fundraising, the initiation and facilitation of various international relief projects.
Mr. Lemke holds a degree in Sport and Educational Sciences from Hamburg University. He was born on 19 August 1946 and is married, with four children.
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|Sept. 2010||Honorary Professor at the University of Western Cape, South Africa|
|Since May 2010||Board Member of the International Truce Foundation and the International Olympic Truce Centre|
|Since April 2008||Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace|
|2008||Member of the City Council of Bremen|
|2007-2008||Minister for the Interior and Sport in the state of Bremen and, as such, member of the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO|
|Since 1999||Member of the Supervisory Board of Werder Bremen - First Division (German Bundesliga)
Chairman of the club since 2005
|1999-2006||Vice President of the Global Cities Dialogue|
|1999-2007||Minister for Science and Education in the State of Bremen and as such, President of the Federal Conference of the German Ministers of Science and Education in 2000|
|1998||Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Sports at the University of Bremen|
|1981-1999||General Manager of Werder Bremen - First Division (German Bundesliga)|
|1974-1981||Member of the Regional Council of Sport|
|1974-1981||Executive Officer of the Regional Board of the Social Democratic Party in the state of Bremen|
|1971-1974||Scientific Researcher in the Department of Sports at the University of Bremen|