Born in 1967 in Detmold, Thomas Ellerbeck has been a member of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings since 2000, as well as being a co-founder and member of the board of directors of the Foundation Lindau Nobelprizewinners Meetings at Lake Constance.
After taking his final exams at grammar school, he began his working career as a journalist and aide to Claire Marienfeld, a member of the German parliament. Between 1991 and 1995, he headed the press office of the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania state chancellery, and belonged to the immediate staff of the Minister President, Professor Alfred Gomolka (today an MEP), and Dr. Berndt Seite during the rebuilding phase of the new federal state. During the same period, he held the position of Deputy Government Spokesman in Minister-President Seite’s cabinet.
In 1995, Thomas Ellerbeck moved to the Office of the Federal President. As Deputy Spokesman of the German President, and later head of the President’s Office, he was a member of President Roman Herzog’s closest personal staff for five and a half years. During this time, he was an intimate participant of numerous state visits, political discussions and initiatives of the German president, both at home and abroad. In 2001, he left government service to work in industry. From 2001 to 2006, he was in charge of the Media Relations department, including Issues Management and International Communications, of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, one of the leading aviation-groups in the world. 2006 he looked for new opportunities and joined Vodafone, one of the largest multinational telecommunications and internet companies in the word.
Today he is a member of the board of Vodafone Germany, responsible for communications, government relations, regulatory affairs, corporate responsibility and foundations. He also chairs the advisory council of the Vodafone Foundation Germany.
Thomas Ellerbeck is a member of various bodies interfacing with the political, industrial and media sectors. He was a Co-Founder and Managing Vice-President (2003-2009) of the Federal Association of Press Spokespersons and he is an Assessor of the Board of the European Association of Communication Directors (based in Brussels), a member of the committee of the Near and Middle East Association and of the “Citizens for Europe” initiative of the EU Commission’s Office of Information in Germany. He is also a member of Atlantik-Brücke and of the Board of German Trustees of the IJP International Journalists’ Programmes initiative.
He has been awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany with ribbon and the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, 1st Class, and he is a member of the Royal Victorian Order (Great Britain).