Birger Kerckow is Head of the Department for EU and International Affairs at the Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (Agency for Renewable Resources, FNR). Birger studied agricultural sciences with a specialisation in agricultural economics at University of Göttingen (Germany). He worked at the Federal Research Centre for Agriculture in Braunschweig, Germany (now Thünen Institute), the German Federal Ministry of Agriculture (BMEL), European Commission DG Research and since 1997 at FNR. Birger represents Germany in the Executive Committees of the IEA Bioenergy TCP and the IEA Advanced Motor Fuels (AMF) TCP. He is actively involved in supporting the European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy (ETIP Bioenergy, formerly EBTP) since 2006.