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. Cora Schaffert-Ziegenbalg

Program Director

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Program Director in the team "Societal Transformations". Used to be responsible for several international funding initiatives, currently a. o. "Mobility – Global Medicine and Health Research" and "Science Communication Cubed – Science of Science Communication centers",  as well as projects in the social sciences, especially political science. Since 2017 co-responsible for the cross-sectional area "science communication". 

Background: BA in Modern Languages and Intercultural Communication at the University of Southern Denmark in Sønderborg (DK) and University of Salford (UK), MA in European Studies, Leibniz Universität Hannover with research stays in London and Brussels. PhD in Political Science at the graduate college "Global Challenges", University of Tübingen, afterwards research assistant at the office for Technology Transfer, Leibniz Universität Hannover.