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".

Kristina Baae-Lorenz

Assistant | Administrative Support

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Harald Barre

Program Director

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Additional Information

Subject Area:

  • History

Funding Initiative:

Marvin Bartsch

Corporate Services

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Carolin Bensch


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Dr. Silke Bertram

Program Director

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Additional Information

Background: Silke Bertram studied geography and geosciences, with a Master's degree from the University of Uppsala/Sweden, and received her PhD from the University of Wuerzburg in the framework of the research training group "Geoscience Research in Africa. Geological and Geographical Processes at the Continental Margin of Southwest Africa". She previously held positions as coordinator for study affairs at the Department of Geosciences at the University of Bremen and as officer for science policy, research funding and EU affairs at the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony.

Subject areas:
  • Area Studies  
  • Earth Sciences  
  • Environmental Sciences  
  • Geography  

Funding initiative:

Silvia Birck


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Dr. Ulrike Bischler

Head of Team Challenges - for Academia and Society

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Additional Information

Head of the funding team  „Challenges – for Academia and Society“, has been in charge of projects in the sciences and various Fellowships.

Background: Physics major at University of Freiburg and RWTH Aachen, MSc in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University, research assistant at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching, PhD in physics.
Her favourite pastime is birdwatching at home and abroad.

Subject areas:

  • Physics  

Funding initiatives:

Claudia Bleckmann

Assistant to the Secretary General

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Michael Blume


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Dr. Andreas Bodemer

Interest-bearing Securities, Cash Management

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