Gabriele Heinen-Kljajic

Gabriele Heinen- Kljajic ( born May 28, 1962 in Sarreguemines ) is a German politician ( Alliance 90/The Greens ) and since February 19, 2013 in Lower Saxony Minister for Science and Culture in the Cabinet of Stephan Weil.

Education and work

After graduating from college in 1981 studied Heinen- Kljajic political science, sociology and German at the University of Bonn. From 1990 she was a fellow in the research project arms control in Western Europe, the Volkswagen Foundation and a research fellow at the universities of Giessen, Frankfurt and Jena. From 1991 to 1992 she was a visiting scientist at the Institut D' Etudes Européennes the University of Brussels. She received her doctoral degree at the University of Giessen in political science in 1996. From 1999 to 2003 she worked as a county executive director of the Alliance 90/The Greens in Brunswick.


Since 1994, Heinen- Kljajic is a member of Alliance 90/The Greens. From 1996 to 2003 she was councilor of the City of Brunswick. Since 2003 she is a member of the Lower Saxony state parliament. From 2008 to 2013 she was deputy chairman and from 2010 to 2013 also parliamentary secretary of the Alliance 90/The Greens in the Lower Saxony state parliament. Where she was also spokesperson for science and cultural policy.

In the inaugural session of the 17th Lower Saxony state parliament on February 19, 2013 Gabriele Heinen- Kljajic was sworn in as Minister for Science and Culture.

Other Memberships

  • Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research ( Trustees )
  • Brunswick Landessparkasse ( Board Member )
  • Red Cross District Association of Braunschweig -Salzgitter ( Präsidiumsbeisitzerin )