Karl-Uwe Bütof


Karl-Uwe Bütof is Head of Department “Innovations and Markets” Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. In his long career within the administration of North Rhine-Westphalia, Mr Bütof has been press spokesman for the Government’s President, Head of Europe Section, and Head of several Departments within the Ministry of Constructions and the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

2017- now

Innovations and Markets

Head of Department “Innovations and Markets”

Head of Department "State Economic Policy, Digitalization, Industry, Service Sector, Lead Markets"


Head of Department “State Economic Policy, Industry, Service Sector, Foreign Economic Relations”

2000 - 2005

Head of Department "Industry and Technology Policy, Foreign Trade"

1998 - 2000

Head of the office of Minister Peer Steinbrück (Strategy, cabinet, State Parliament, Bundestag and Bundesrat Affairs, Press, Public relations)

1998 - now

Ministry of Economic Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia

1994 - 1998

Ministry of Construction of North Rhine-Westphalia

Head of the section for Cabinet, State Parliament, Bundestag and Bundesrat Affairs
Head of the Europe section
Head of the sub-department "Europe, Companies with a State Holding, Organisation and Further Training"
1989 - 1994

Personal aide and press spokesman for Government President Dr. Fritz Behrens

1986 - 1989

Head of the Regional Planning Section of the District Government of Düsseldorf

Main project: Securing waste disposal sites in compliance with planning law
1984 - 1986

Internship: "Urban development" with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia

State Examination: Building Assessor
1979 - 1984

Study of Land-use Planning/Urban Development at the University Dortmund

Graduating with a degree in engineering
Focal subjects: Economic questions, planning/energy industry law
Dissertation: "Planning Large Industrial Projects" (analysis of utility value)
1976 - 1978

Training as a nurse at the Krupp-von-Bohlen und Halbach Hospital, Essen

1975 - 1976

Community service


Abitur (German university entrance qualifications), Leibniz-Gymnasium, Essen