Dr Thilo Bode, Executive Director of foodwatch International

Dr Thilo Bode, Executive Director of foodwatch International

After more than a decade at the helm of Greenpeace, Thilo Bode founded foodwatch in the autumn of 2002. Since 1 April 2017 he has been driving forward the development of an independent European consumer rights organisation as Executive Director of foodwatch International. foodwatch International serves as an umbrella organisation for the national foodwatch offices in Germany, France and the Netherlands.

Since 2002 Thilo Bode has been fighting for consumers’ right to know what is in their shopping carts and on their plates. He served as Executive Director of foodwatch Germany for 15 years before taking over the management of foodwatch International in April 2017. foodwatch was founded in reaction to the shocking BSE scandal. Thilo Bode asked himself: who is representing the interests of consumers? Today the answer is clear: foodwatch.

Thilo Bode was born in 1947 and grew up in Ammersee (Bavaria). His father was a journalist, and his mother a bookseller. After his Abitur he studied sociology, then economics. From 1972 to 1975 he earned his doctorate at the Universität Regensburg on the subject of direct investment in developing countries. Subsequently, he supervised projects focused on the development of water and energy supply in the Third World, worked for the KfW development bank and advised companies on their involvement in developing countries. In 1986 he transitioned from development aid to business: as assistant to the board of a mid-sized company in the metal industry, he was responsible for strategy and management accounting, as well as the support of subsidiaries.

Thilo Bode became well known in the 90s primarily through his work for Greenpeace and its campaigns. He took up the post of Director of Greenpeace Germany in 1989 and was later appointed Director of Greenpeace International, leading the organisation for a total of 12 years. The most spectacular campaign during this period was the fight against the sinking of the Brent Spar oil storage platform in the North Sea. In Beijing Thilo Bode was arrested and briefly imprisoned for protesting in Tiananmen Square against nuclear weapons testing. In 2001 he was awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit for his contributions to environmental protection.

"Deception, Fraud, Lies"

They pay no taxes, harm the environment, and influence legislative procedures - global corporations often do it legally. In his interview with the German newsmagazine „Der Spiegel“, Thilo Bode talks about his latest book „Die Diktatur der Konzerne“ (Dictatorship of the corporations).He denounces the power of corporations, who in his opinion control politics. He sees a failing democracy and is counting on public resistance. Thilo Bode shows the whole picture of the new „dictatorship of the corporations“, in whose stranglehold we citizens increasingly come across - and what we can do about it.  Read the full interview

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Thilo Bode, Gründer und Geschäftsführer von foodwatch
Dr Thilo Bode, Founder of foodwatch and Executive Director of foodwatch International
Dr Thilo Bode, Founder of foodwatch and Executive Director of foodwatch International
Dr Thilo Bode, Founder of foodwatch and Executive Director of foodwatch International
Thilo Bode, Gründer und Geschäftsführer von foodwatch
Thilo Bode, Gründer und Geschäftsführer von foodwatch
Thilo Bode, Gründer und Geschäftsführer von foodwatch
Thilo Bode, Gründer und Geschäftsführer von foodwatch

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