Katrin Suder

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Person.png Katrin Suder   LinkedInRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(civil servant, consultant)
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Born27 September 1971
Mainz, Germany
Alma materRWTH Aachen University, Ruhr University Bochum
Member ofBanned from Russia 2015, Macro Advisory Partners/Board
State Secretary for the German Federal Ministry of Defence under Ursula von der Leyen. Quit in 2018 after it was found out they heavily overspent on wasteful consultancy services from her former employer McKinsey & Company, without any good defence outcomes.

Katrin Suder has been State Secretary for the German Federal Ministry of Defence from 2014 to 2018, when she resigned after it was found out she gave her former employer McKinsey & Company very lucrative and wasteful contracts.


From the year 2000, Suder worked for the management consultancy McKinsey & Company and took over the leadership of company's Berlin office in 2007. She made a career as a consultant to the German and international IT industry and became director at McKinsey in 2010, where she dealt with diversity management, among other things. From 2009 to 2014 she was responsible for McKinsey's activities in the public sector.

Consultancy scandal

Suder was sworn in as an official State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Defense on August 1, 2014 with the task of reforming the armaments sector. During the time she worked there, her boss, defense minister Ursula von der Leyen was heavily criticized for massively overspending on consultancy firms without any good defense outcomes, including from McKinsey & Company.

At her own request, she resigned from the position of State Secretary in April 2018. For her farewell, Minister von der Leyen awarded the Bundeswehr Cross of Honor in gold. In August 2018, Suder took over the chairmanship of the newly founded ten-member digital council of the German government.

In 2015 she became a member of the board of trustees of the Hertie School, a Berlin business school.

Bilderberg in official capacity

In 2015, she participated in the 63rd Bilderberg conference in Telfs-Buchen in Austria. Contrary to the previous practice of participants, to state that the conference participation was unofficial and private, the German Federal Ministry of Defense announced that Ursula von der Leyen had attended the conference on business and given a lecture on the European security strategy, so that Katrin Suder thereby also participated in the conference on official business.[1]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/201511 June 201514 June 2015Austria
The 63rd meeting, 128 Bilderbergers met in Austria
Munich Security Conference/202218 February 202220 February 2022Germany
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