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".

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Annabella Fick
Dr. Annabella Fick

Program Director

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Program Director in the team "Societal Transformations". Responsible for the initiatives "Challenges for Europe" and "Freigeist Fellowships", as well as for programs in the field of humanities.

Background: Studied Cultural Studies of English speaking Countries, American Studies and European Ethnology at the University of Wuerzburg and the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece; Phd in American Studies; previously responsible for conservatories and music academies at the Cusanuswerk, a scholarship program for highly gifted students by the Catholic Church.

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Michaela Finsel

Administrative Support

F +49 (0)511 8381-4207
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Julia Fischer

Media Design, Photo Editing

F +49 (0)511 8381-4253
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Dr. Anja Fließ

Program Director

F +49 (0)511 8381-4374
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Has been in charge of various initiatives in medicine and the natural and engineering sciences, as well as the program for junior research groups, forerunner to the Lichtenberg Professorships.

Background: Studied Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University and Medical School, Hannover, doctoral thesis on Molecular Biology; later worked as a research assistant at the Medical School, Hanover.

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Maria-Luisa Förster

Assistant | Parental Leave