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".

Sybille Laas

Assistant | Administrative Support Cash Management

F +49 (0)511 8381-238
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Dieter Lehmann

Member of the Executive Management

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Additional Information

Member of the Executive Management; Chief Investment Officer since 1999.

Background: Studied economics with a focus on finance in Berlin. After his studies, he worked as a consultant for Asset and Liability Management for the DG BANK.
Dieter Lehmann is a member of several advisory and supervisory boards of foundations and investment companies.

Portrait Melanie Lehmann
Melanie Lehmann


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Bernd Lorenz

Corporate Services

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Michael Maaß

Head of IT-Department

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Dr. Sebastian Matthes

Program Director

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Additional Information

Member of the funding team "Societal Transformations". Background: Studies of social sciences at Leibniz University Hannover and Universidad de Costa Rica, San José. Doctorate at the University of Kassel in the Department of Social Sciences on "Neo-Extractivism and the Citizen Revolution. Extractive Economy and Social Inequalities in Ecuador".

Professional positions include research assistant at the Center for Studies and Continuing Education at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover and at the Institute for Sociology at Leibniz University Hannover. Stations as visiting scholar at the Universidad de Costa Rica, San José and the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Ecuador.

Aneta Meyer


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Sibylle Mitscherling

Head of Accounting and Controlling

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Nataliya Moor
Nataliya Moor

Assistant | Parental Leave

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Hendrik Müller

Auditing of Funds Allocated

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