Wolfgang Gründinger

Analyst, Activist, Advisor

Wolfgang Gründinger, born in 1984, has acquired an outstanding reputation as voice of future generations. He is spokesperson of the renowned Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations, the most important think tank for intergenerational justice of the country. In five books, Wolfgang devoted himself to intergenerational justice, sustainability, demographic change, the future of democracy, and energy and climate policy. In his PhD, he investigated the role of lobbyism and interest groups in the German Energy Transformation, holding a scholarship of the Foundation of German Business. Currently he works as an Advisor on Digital Transformation at the German Association of the Digital Economy (Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft, BVDW).

Wolfgang became known through a number of activities, be it an action of civil disobedience at the UN Climate Conference in Cancun in 2010 where the police removed him from the conference grounds, be it his campaign for a “carbon free parliament”, his constitutional complaint against the minimum voting age that he filed together with 11 children, or his cross-party Future Manifesto by young politicians from six different political parties and published in the German weekly paper DIE ZEIT. Himself a Social Democrat, he infiltrated the Pirate Party and published a book about his experiences as double member in two political parties.

Renowned German newspapers refer to Wolfgang as “political talent” (Der Spiegel) and “lobbyist for the young generation” (Frankfurter Rundschau). Business magazines such as “Capital” and “Handelsblatt” count him among “Germany’s elite of tomorrow”.

He received many awards, including the German Environment Award, the German Studies Award, the Award for Intergenerational Justice and the Award for Demography Studies. Wolfgang holds a Master in Political and Social Sciences and studied at the University of Regensburg, the Humboldt University in Berlin and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), and attended the Oxford Internet Leadership Academy.


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If you want to send a direct message to Wolfgang, shoot an email to  gruendinger (at) gmail.com