The Foundation Staff

At present some 100 people work directly for the Volkswagen Foundation – in the "Staff Divisions" of the Secretary General as well as in the departments "Funding", "Investment Management" and "Finance and Administration".

Dr. Ulrike Bischler

Head of Team Challenges - for Academia and Society

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Additional Information

Head of the funding team  „Challenges – for Academia and Society“, has been in charge of projects in the sciences and various Fellowships.

Background: Physics major at University of Freiburg and RWTH Aachen, MSc in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University, research assistant at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching, PhD in physics.
Her favourite pastime is birdwatching at home and abroad.

Subject areas:

  • Physics  

Funding initiatives:

Claudia Bleckmann

Assistant to the Secretary General

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Michael Blume


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Dr. Andreas Bodemer

Interest-bearing Securities, Cash Management

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Dr. Astrid Bothmann-Lucko

Program Director | Parental Leave

Dr. Johanna Brumberg

Program Director | Secondment Wellcome Trust

Georg Brünig

Network Administration

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Dr. Thomas Brunotte

Executive Assistant to the Secretary General; Board Affairs; Cooperation with Research Organisations and Universities

T +49 (0)511 8381-211
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Additional Information

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Regina Buch


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Annelie Campe

Call-for-funds Administration; Payments

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