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. Oliver Grewe

Program Director

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Program Director in the funding team "Understanding Research". 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.