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The head of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency is appointed by the Federal Ministry for Familiy Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth on the proposal of the Federal Government. She/he is independent in the exercise of her/his office and only subject to the law.

The head of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency is appointed by the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth on proposal by the Federal Government. She/he exercises her/his office independently and is only subject to the law. 

Bernhard Franke has been acting head of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency since May 2018. Franke was born in 1954 and studied law at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen. He completed his legal clerkship with a focus on labour law. In 1992, he joined the then Federal Ministry for Family Affairs and Senior Citizens, where he became a long-time staff member of the Ministry's Directorate-General for Gender Equality. Among other things, he was instrumental in the drafting of the Bundesgleichstellungsgesetz (German abbreviation: BGleiG) and in Germany's ratification of the Optional Protocol to CEDAW

Bernhard Franke has authored a number of legal articles, especially on topics regarding equality and anti-discrimination law. He is a co-author of the ‚Handkommentar' (legal commentary) by Däubler/Bertzbach on the General Equal Treatment Act (in German: Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz, AGG).

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