Dr. Walter Eichendorf
German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV)
Dr. Walter Eichendorf is president of the German Road Safety Council (DVR) and professor at Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, where he focuses his research and teaching activities on the culture of prevention.
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 the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV)'s predecessor, HVBG. During his tenure of more than 35 years at DGUV/HVBG, he served first as head of the statistical department, then as the director of public relations before becoming deputy director general in 1998. Until his retirement at the end of 2018, he was responsible for all prevention activities at DGUV.
In addition to his role at DVR and DGUV, Eichendorf has been responsible for a number of large international projects. He also serves on a number of national and international advisory board, including the International Social Security Association (ISSA), where he is vice-president of both the research division and the prevention culture division, and the European Traffic Safety Council (ETSC), where he is board member.
In August 2014, he received the Federal Cross of Merit from the German Federal President for his work on road and work safety.