German South-West Africa
August 1890 – May 1891
|Preceded by||Ernst Heinrich Göring|
|Succeeded by||Curt von François|
|Born||16 December 1855|
|Died||13 November 1910(aged 54)|
Trained as a lawyer, he later joined the German civil service. Beginning in 1885 he served under acting Reichskommisar Heinrich Ernst Göring (1839–1913) in Otjimbingwe, the colonial headquarters of German South-West Africa. In 1890 he became a colonial judge, and shortly afterwards replaced Göring as acting Reichskommissar. Nels would maintain this position from August 1890 to March 1891, when he was succeeded by Curt von François (1852–1931).