Kassem Taher Saleh

About me

I'm Kassem, 30 years old, and I'm a member of the Bundestag for Saxony's Bündnis 90/Die Grünen party for the constituency 159 Dresden-South in the 20th German Bundestag. I am a member of the Committee on Committee on Housing, Urban Development, Building and Local Governmentand a substitute member of the Committee on Climate Action and Energy and the Committee on Human Rights.

About me

My Biography

I am a civil engineer by profession. Befor I my election, I worked as a site manager for a Dresden construction company. Besides my passion about civil engineering, politics has accompanied me all my life.

All my stations and experiences are listed in detail in my CV.

  • I was born in Zakho (Iraq) in 1993.
  • I spent my childhood and youth in Plauen in the beautiful Vogtland region, where I also obtained my general university entrance qualification at the "BSZ Anne-Frank" in 2013.
  • After my Abitur, I studied civil engineering at the TU Dresden with a stay abroad at the Universidad de Cantabria, Santander in Spain.
  • After my diploma, I worked as a construction manager for a Dresden construction company from February 2021 to September 2021 and supervised a construction project in Hamburg.
  • At the end of September 2021, I entered the 20th German Bundestag via the fourth place on the list of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Sachsen.

In The Bundestag

In the Bundestag, I am a member of the Committee on Housing, Urban Development, Building and Local Government.

I am also a substitute member of the Committee on Climate Action and Energy and the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid.

You can find out more about my topics in the Bundestag in the section Bundestag.


It is important to me to give an overview of the income that I receive as a Member of Parliament and the expenses that are borne by the Bundestag for my work! This overview is available on my transparency page.


Growing up and spending my youth in Plauen was particularly formative for me. I was passionate about playing soccer for the 1st FC Wacker Plauen - playing soccer gave me experiences that reflect well the dual reality of Saxony and Germany. Where others often talk abstractly about some right-wingers and Nazis, I experienced first-hand what it means to see previously convicted Nazis on the pitch and to be racially insulted by them.

On the other hand, there are numerous initiatives, organisations and clubs in sports that work for an open and fairer Saxony. These experiences are reflected in one of my fundamental political convictions - the right-wing danger potential in Germany must finally be taken seriously and our democracy must be strengthened and supported in the long term. It has never been enough for me to have this realization only in theory. Consequently I got actively involved in various honorary posts in Plauen. For example, I acted as a student representative, referee and interpreter. In Dresden, I co-founded the initiative "Die Anderen" (The Others), a network for people affected by racism in Dresden that aims to initiate political change. In addition, I was involved in "DresdenPostkolonial" and worked as a volunteer interpreter for the "Sächsischer Flüchtlingsrat e.V." (Saxon Refugee Council). Furthermore, I am now an alumnus of the START Foundation and the Heinrich Böll Foundation - since fall 2021 I am board member at START-Foundation.

How I got into politics

During my studies, my political commitment intensified, which is why I joined the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen party in 2019. Through my scholarship at the Heinrich Böll Foundation, I was already familiar with green issues. During my parliamentary candidacy and beyond, I was and still am supported by Brand New Bundestag, a grassroots civil society organisation that supports progressive candidates.

And in summary?

Dresden, Saxony and Germany are my home. It is also home of many people with experiences of migration and discrimination, refugees or children of non-academic parents. Although there are so many people, this group is hardly represented politically, neither in Saxony nor in Germany. I am a voice for these people in the Bundestag.