Dr Helge Braun was trained as a physician and, between 2018 and 2021, he served as Head of the Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Affairs in the fourth coalition government of Chancellor Angela Merkel. He was the Parliamentary Secretary of State for Bureaucracy Reduction and Federal-State Relations at the Chancellery between 2013 and 2018. While a Federal Minister, he initiated a roundtable exchange of all the government ministries involved in the NTD fight. He is a member of the Bundestag and has been since 2009.‚Äč