The Foundation Staff
Program Director in the funding team "Persons and Structures", has been in charge of various initiatives in medicine and the natural and engineering sciences, as well as the program for junior research groups, forerunner to the Lichtenberg Professorships.
Background: Studied Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University and Medical School, Hannover, doctoral thesis on Molecular Biology; later worked as a research assistant at the Medical School, Hanover.
- Biochemistry / Biophysics
Assistant | Parental Leave
Program Director in the funding team "Persons and Structures". Responsible for the postdoctoral fellowship program "Freigeist" (in particular natural and life sciences). Has previously been in charge of projects in areas such as evolutionary biology, biomedicine, and tropical medicine.
Background: Studies in biology, musicology, communication studies, and philosophy at Münster and Bologna. PhD in neurosciences, and postdoc at the Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine, Hanover. Since 2008, positions as program manager at Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and Wissenschaftliche Kommission Niedersachsen.
Outside of the foundation Oliver Grewe has been working as a business coach for academics since 2015.
Member of the Executive Management
Henrike Hartmann is a member of the executive management at the Volkswagen Foundation and head of funding. Previously, she has been in charge of various funding activities in the life sciences, in funding of junior scholars and structural development of the higher education system.
Henrike Hartmann studied pharmacy at the University of Freiburg, and did her PhD in Pharmacology in Heidelberg and Mannheim. She gained her postdoctoral experience at the University of Gainesville, Florida, the Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston and the University of Frankfurt/Main. She is a member of the University Council of the University of Konstanz, the board of trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research and the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research. She is also a member of the board of trustees of the University of Frankfurt and a member of the administrative Council of the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach.