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".

Hanna Wielandt
Dr. Hanna Denecke

Head of Team Exploration

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Additional Information
Hanna Denecke is an economist with a long experience in research management and heads the funding team "Exploration”. After studying economics in Heidelberg and Hamburg, she completed a master’s degree in "Development Economics & Policy” at the University of Manchester (UK) and a doctorate in applied microeconomics at the Humboldt University in Berlin.
At the foundation, Hanna Denecke is responsible for business administration and economics and previously supervised cooperative research projects between Africa and Germany as well as research projects in the field of artificial intelligence.