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State Secretaries

State Secretary for Digital Administration and Modernisation of Administration, Thomas Popp, Member of the State Government and CIO

Portrait photo of Thomas Popp in the Saxon State Chancellery. © Sächsische Staatskanzlei / Pawel Sosnowski

Thomas Popp was born in Schweinfurt on 8 November 1961. The fully qualified lawyer began his career in the public service in 1992 as a lecturer at the Beamtenfachhochschule (college of public service) in Herrsching, continuing it at the Meissen University of Public Administration until 1997. Between 1998 and 2004, as project co-ordinator of the Free State of Saxony, Thomas Popp was responsible for developing the benchmark test between tax offices within the Tax Administration, served as head of various departments at the Freital Tax Office, and became manager of the Freiberg Tax Office in 2004.

2005 saw him move to the Saxon State Ministry of Finance as head of the Tax Administration’s Department of Organisation, Automation and Data Protection. Thomas Popp was appointed head of the Chemnitz Regional Finance Office in 2010, and head of the Saxon State Office for Taxes and Finance in 2011.

In early 2015, he moved to the Saxon State Chancellery (Representation of the Free State of Saxony to the Federation) as head of the Corporate department, a role which saw him chair the committee responsible for comprehensively assessing the Free State of Saxony’s tasks, staffing and material resources. Thomas Popp has led the Saxon State Chancellery, and managed the administrative department of State-wide Organisational Planning, HR Strategy and Modernisation since 10 April 2018.

On 1 August 2018, he was also appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Free State of Saxony, and on 20 December 2019 State Secretary and member of the Saxon State Government. This ensures the political focus areas of Digital Administration, Modernisation of Administration and HR Strategy have direct representation in the cabinet.

State Secretary Conrad Clemens

Portrait of State Secretary Conrad Clemens © Sächsische Staatskanzlei / Pawel Sosnowski

Conrad Clemens is the State Secretary and authorised representative of the Free State of Saxony to the Federation.

He was born in Schönebeck an der Elbe on 4 January 1983, and studied International Business at the Viadrina European University in Frankfurt an der Oder (2002 to 2005) and in Maastricht. He then completed his Masters in Vancouver, Canada (2005 to 2007), which was followed by a PhD at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin (2008 to 2010).

Conrad Clemens has been the State Secretary of the Saxon CDU since April 2018, and was responsible for organising the 2019 state election campaign.

Clemens worked as the General Secretary of the Junge Union Deutschlands (Young Union of Germany) from October 2014 to March 2018.

During the 2017 federal election campaign, he led the campaign-mobilisation and door-knocking-campaign team (connect17).

Conrad Clemens worked as a consultant for auditing firm PwC from 2011 to 2012, and as chief clerk in the Bundestag (Germany’s Federal Parliament) from 2013 to 2014.

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