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. Uta Saß

Head of Evaluation, Internal Audit, Auditing of Funds Allocated

T +49 (0)511 8381-331
F +49 (0)511 8381-4331
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After studying Socio-Economics at the University of Kiel she was a research assistant at the Fraunhofer Institute for System Technology and Innovation Research in Karlsruhe as well as at the Universities of Essen and Muenster. In Muenster she also earned her doctorate in economics. She represents the Volkswagen Foundation in the framework of the ‘Netzwerk Wissenschaftsmanagement e.V.’ which has been supported by the Foundation as an institutional member since 2013.

Marianne Schäfer


T +49 (0)511 8381-242
F +49 (0)511 8381-344
Dr. Cora Schaffert-Ziegenbalg

Program Director

T +49 511 8381-276
F +49 (0)511 8381-4276
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Member of "The International Funding Team". Up to now, Cora Schaffert-Ziegenbalg supervised projects of the funding initiative "Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa”. 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 scientific assistant in the office for Technology Transfer, Leibniz Universität Hannover.

Subject areas:
  • Architecture, Regional and Urban Planning  
  • Political Science  

Funding initiatives:

Christine Schmiedeskamp
Christine Schmiedeskamp


T +49 (0)511 8381-236
F +49 (0)511 8381-4236
Andrea Schneider

Application Support IT

T +49 (0)511 8381-377
F +49 (0)511 8381-4377
Udo Scholz

Auditing of Funds Allocated

T +49 (0)511 8381-334
F +49 (0)511 8381-4334
Bettina Seeliger

Assistant Conferences & Symposia

T +49 (0)511 8381-200
F +49 (0)511 8381-4200
Anja Stanitzke
Anja Stanitzke

Head of Board and Legal Affairs; Cooperation with Foundations and Associations

T +49 (0)511 8381-240
F +49 (0)511 8381-4240
Ute Steinert

Assistant for Auditing of Funds Allocated

T +49 (0)511 8381-205
F +49 (0)511 8381-4205
Jessica Stettner

Financial Risk Assessment; Settlement of Asset Acquisitions

T +49 (0)511 8381-353
F +49 (0)511 8381-4353