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".

Nina Felchner

Project Management Conferences & Symposia

T +49 (0)511 8381-279
F +49 (0)511 8381-4279
Annabella Fick
Dr. Annabella Fick

Program Director

T +49 (0)511 8381-212
F +49 (0)511 8381-4212
Additional Information

Subject Area:

  • Literature
  • Sports Science

Funding Iniatitive:

Michaela Finsel


T +49 (0)511 8381-298
F +49 (0)511 8381-4298
Julia Fischer

Media Design, Photo Editing | On Maternity Leave

Dr. Anja Fließ

Program Director

T +49 (0)511 8381-374
F +49 (0)511 8381-4374
Additional Information

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.

Subject areas:

  • Biochemistry / Biophysics  
  • Chemistry  

Funding initiatives:

Maria-Luisa Förster


T +49 (0)511 8381-385
F +49 (0)511 8381-4385
Susanne Grabner
Susanne Grabner

Assistant | Administrative Support Board and Legal Affairs

T +49 (0)511 8381-221
F +49 (0)511 8381-4221
Daniela Grages

Assistant | Parental Leave

Dr. Oliver Grewe

Program Director

T +49 (0)511 8381-252
F +49 (0)511 8381-4252
Additional Information

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.

Subject Areas: 

  • Neurosciences  
  • Psychology  

Funding initiatives:

Frank Häberli

Purchasing; Administration of the Foundation’s Premises

T +49 (0)511 8381-266
F +49 (0)511 8381-4266