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".

Carmen Kaiser

Development of Applications

T +49 (0)511 8381-245
F +49 (0)511 8381-4245
Stefanie Karguth

Assistant | Parental Leave

Katharina Kiewning


T +49 (0)511 8381-379
F +49 (0)511 8381-4379
Ronja Kinas


T +49 (0)511 8381-283
F +49 (0)511 8381-4283
Susanne Klinge

Administrative Support

T +49 (0)511 8381-384
F +49 (0)511 8381-4384
Christina Koch
Christina Koch

Media Design, Photo Editing

T +49 (0)511 8381-253
F +49 (0)511 8381-4253
Kerstin Krüger


T +49 (0)511 8381-341
F +49 (0)511 8381-4341
Dr. Wilhelm Krull

Secretary General

T +49 (0)511 8381-215
F +49 (0)511 8381-235
Additional Information

Since 1996 Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation.

After studies in German, philosophy, education, and political science, he held an appointment as a DAAD lecturer at the University of Oxford as well as leading positions at the Wissenschaftsrat (German Council of Science and Humanities) and at the headquarters of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (Max Planck Society).

Besides his professional activities in science policy as well as in the promotion and funding of research, he was and still is a member of numerous national, foreign, and international committees. At present he is the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, a member of the Scientific Advisory Commission of the State of Lower Saxony and of the Board of Regents of several Max Planck Institutes. In 2012 he was appointed a member of the Academia Europaea and the Research, Innovation, and Enterprise Council of the Prime Minister of Singapore.

Link: More information and curriculum vitae

Claudia Kruse

Assistant, Administrative Support Human Resources

T +49 (0)511 8381-371
F +49 (0)511 8381-4371
Simone Künnecke

Administrative Support Niedersächsisches Vorab

T +49 (0)511 8381-255
F +49 (0)511 8381-4255