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".

Portrait Matthes
Dr. Sebastian Matthes

Program Director

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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.