Bärbel Dieckmann is the President of the Agro Action Help (Welthungerhilfe). From 1994 until 2009 she was Mayor of Bonn, from 2003 until 2009 member of the SPD chairmanship and from 1999 until 2009 member of the party executive.
The focus areas of her political work are environment and development policy, youth and family policy as well as educational policy. She is member, among others, of the Board of the Development and Peace Foundation and of the German Sustainability Award Foundation. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Arnold- Bergstraesser Institute and the Presidium of the German Society for Foreign Policy (DGAP).
Bärbel Dieckmann studied Philosophy, History and Social Science at the University of Bonn and she thought there from 1999 until 2005 at comprehensive schools (Gesamtschule) and the upper-level high schools (Gymnasium).