Dipl.-Ing. Thorsten Herdan has been Head of Department II “Energy Policy – Heat and Efficiency” at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy since June 2014. He was managing director of the trade associations Power Systems (PS) and engines and systems (MuS) in the Association of German mechanical and plant engineering (VDMA). Managing director of the Research Association Combustion Engines (FVV) and was responsible as CEO of the Forum Energy for the energy policy of the VDMA , which is in charge of developing the Federation´s energy policy.
Herdan was also a member of the board of the European Association of Combustion Engine Manufacturers (EUROMOT), on the board of directors of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and Vice-President of the Offshore Wind Energy Foundation.