After his studies of law, Mr. Gunkel joined the Confederation of German Employers´ Association (Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände BDA) in 1996. After having worked as a research assistant in the social security department , he became office manager for the BDA President and Director General . In 2003, Mr. Gunkel was nominated Member of the BDA Executive Board. He is also the alternating chairman of the Board of the German statutory pension insurance scheme.
Mr. Gunkel has been member and deputy chair of the German Social Advisory Council since 2004.