4 March, 2020
Dr Wolf Merkel (53) has taken up his post in Bonn as full-time member responsible for Water of the Board of Directors of the Deutsche Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches (DVGW). Dr Merkel, who studied process engineering, was unanimously appointed during a meeting of the DVGW Executive Board in November 2019. His areas of responsibility also include several support functions as well as the DVGW subsidiaries and affiliates. Prof Gerald Linke, chairman of the Board of Directors, and Dr Wolf Merkel will from now on be the dual leadership of the DVGW.
“Wolf Merkel knows the water industry almost like no one else; he enjoys an excellent reputation far beyond the circle of experts. His extensive network and his expert knowledge regarding the safeguarding of resources and the future are valuable assets to our industry during this period of change and will give the DVGW more clout. We look most forward to working with him”, says Prof Linke.
Adds Wolf Merkel: “The DVGW is the voice of water in Germany. Our Set of Rules is the applicable and recognised guideline; we are highly credible. The responsibility that ensues from the confidence placed in us motivates me to further increase the public awareness for the importance of water. As a new member of the DVGW Board of Directors I intend to contribute to ensuring that water suppliers will continue to be able to provide future generations with high-quality, readily available drinking water.”
Dr Wolf Merkel has a university degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in process engineering; he specialised in water chemistry. He has a doctorate in industrial water treatment. In 1998 Dr Merkel started working as a process engineer for water treatment with the IWW Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wasserforschung in Mülheim/Ruhr. In 2002 he became technical managing director of the IWW. Under his leadership, the IWW saw the creation of the “water grids” and “water economy” domains and of subsidiaries in the Federal States of Lower Saxony and Hesse. Since 2010 Dr Merkel has successfully advanced the Europeanisation of the IWW’s research activities, with adaptation to climate change and the digitalisation of water supply as important research areas.