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David Gill, LLM’98

State Secretary; Chief of the Office of the Federal President of Germany

David Gill presides over a total of 13 divisions in 3 directorates general. Offices reporting directly to Gill include the Spokesperson of the Federal President, the Communications Unit, the Policy Planning/ Speeches Unit and the Liaison Officer of the Bundeswehr (federal armed forces).

Gill grew up in East Germany. Following the German reunification, he worked for the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records and became a close aide of Joachim Gauck, serving as his press secretary. Many years later, following Gauck’s nomination for President of Germany, Gill became head of his transition team and the designated head of the Bundespräsidialamt.

He was one of six individuals were awarded the Theodor Heuss medal in 1991 on behalf of the peaceful protesters of 1989 in then-East Germany.  In 1992, he left his position in the Federal Commissioner’s office to study law.  He earned his LLM at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998, then worked for several years as an adviser to the Federal Ministry of the Interior.