Dr. Walter Eichendorf
German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV)
Dr. Walter Eichendorf is the president of the German Road Safety Council (DVR) and the deputy director general of German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV).
After his university education (in physics, mathematics and astrophysics) in Bochum and Bonn, Eichendorf served as a research staff member at the European Southern Observatory from 1980 to 1983 in Geneva, Munich and Chile. He then joined DGUV's predecessor HVBG, and has been with DGUV/HVBG for over 30 years. He first served as the head of the statistical department and then as the director of public relations before becoming deputy director general in 1998. At DGUV, he is responsible for all prevention activities.
In addition to his role at DGUV, Eichendorf has been responsible for a number of large international projects. These include the European Year for Safety and Health at Work and Germany’s Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health (Basi), as well as the "future of work" theme at the world exhibition EXPO 2000 in Hanover.
Eichendorf currently serves as vice-president of both the research and prevention culture divisions of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and as a board member of the European Traffic Safety Council (ETSC). In August 2014, he received the Federal Cross of Merit from the German Federal President for his work on road and work safety.