Stephan Weil, Lord Mayor of Hannover

Responsibilities and Curriculum Vitae

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Lord Mayor Stephan Weil

At the 2006 local government elections Stephan Weil (SPD) took 52.3% of votes at the first ballot to become the new Lord Mayor of Hannover, after nine years as the City Treasurer with responsibility for its finance, legal affairs, civic order and fire brigade.

Although born in Hamburg he regards himself as a “lifelong Hanoverian” and says, “When the fans in the stadium sing ‘Hannover’s the loveliest town in the world,’ then I’m singing along with them.”  Stephan Weil is married with a son.

As ‘Oberbürgermeister’ (literally, ‘senior mayor’) he is both the formal representative and the chief executive of the City of Hannover. Among his priorities he lists education as a key theme for the future and promoting the integration and coexistence of Hannover’s citizens, along with policies for strengthening the role of the city districts.

Curriculum Vitae


Born in Hamburg; resident in Hannover since 1965


Higher school leaving examination (Abitur) at Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gymnasium, Hannover

1977 / 1978

Civilian national service in the Hannover Children’s Hospital Children’s and Young People’s Psychiatric Unit


Began Law studies at Göttingen University


State Examination in Law, Part I (Georgia Augusta University, Göttingen)

1984 - 1986

Practical legal training


State Examination in Law, Part II (Higher Regional Court, Celle)


Marriage to Rosemarie Kerkow-Weil (now President of Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts), birth of son Nils

1987 - 1989

Law practice in Hannover

1989 - 1991

Judge and Public Prosecutor, partly on secondment to the Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice

1991 - 1994

Judge at Hannover County Court, secondment to the Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice

1991 - 1997

Chairman of the Hannover City Branch of the Social Democratic Party (SPD)

1994 - 1997

Under-Secretary at the Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice


Hannover City Treasurer (re-elected in 2004); additional responsibilities: Buildings Management (2001/2), Fire Department (from 2002), City Enterprises (from 2003)


Elected Lord Mayor of Hannover, assumed office on 1 November 2006

Other responsibilities

Supervisory Board Chairman, Sparkasse Hannover savings bank

Supervisory Board Chairman, Verkehrs- und Versorgungsgesellschaft mbH Hannover (holding company of the public utility Stadtwerke Hannover AG, the public transport undertaking üstra AG and the infrastructure company infra AG)

President, Verband Kommunaler Unternehmen (VKU) association of municipal enterprises

Supervisory Board Deputy Chairman, Deutsche Messe AG trade fair corporation

Supervisory Board Deputy Chairman, Hannover-Marketing GmbH

Supervisory Board Member, hannoverimpuls GmbH business development agency

Chairman of the Board, Sparkassen-Hannover-Stiftung charitable foundation

Board Member, Sparkassenverband Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony Savings Banks Association)

Member of diverse municipal holding companies’ governing bodies, and of the Lower Saxony and German Local Government Associations