Germany’s association of sports betting operators, the Deutsche Sportwettenverband (DSWV), has appointed Dr Bastian Scholz to the newly-created role of policy advisor.

A political scientist, Scholz has worked as a researcher for Christian Democratic Union (CDU) politician Gero Storjohann during his time on the Committee on Transport, Building and Urban Development.

He has a doctorate from the Technical University of Chemnitz and recently taught at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Scholz joins as the DSWV has been boosted by a Wiesbaden court’s ruling that the cap on licences is illegal. The Wiesbaden Administrative Court also ruled that the state of Hesse, responsible for issuing the country’s online sports betting licences, is required to hand licences to all applicants that meet the licensing conditions.

He is the latest member of the management team, sitting alongside Luca Andric and executive secretary Sarah Keller, supported by a board headed by chairman Mathias Dahms.

In his new role with the DSWV he will report directly to chief executive Luca Andric, focused on the strategic planning of political activities, and liaising with politicians and the public on state, federal and European levels.