Gerd Merke, born in 1956 in Memmingen, Unterallgäu, studied law at the University of Augsburg, Germany and spent a semester term in Grenoble and in Madrid. He did his Master degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. His doctoral thesis concerned the conflict of national consumer law and free movement of goods in the U.S. and in the EU.
After his studies he spent another year at the law firm Thompson, Hine in Washington, D.C. and in Cleveland, Ohio before entering the international law department of Siemens. In the nineties he started working for the international fruit juice business giving him a lot of experience in international trade issues.
Gerd Merke is currently the CEO of a German pension fund in the construction industry and is teaching contracts law at the Wiesbaden Business School. His social interests concern the field of the Caritas and homes for elderly persons.
Gerd Merke is married, has five children and lives in Wiesbaden.