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

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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. She has joined the Board of Trustees of the Center for Science & Research Management e.V. (ZWM) in Speyer in 11/2020.

Marianne Schäfer


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Dr. Cora Schaffert-Ziegenbalg

Program Director

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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.

Christine Schmiedeskamp
Christine Schmiedeskamp


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Portrait Schneider
Andrea Schneider

Application Support IT

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Udo Scholz

Auditing of Funds Allocated

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Portrait Schoenwitz
Tobias Schönwitz

Program Director

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Subject Area:

  • Philosophy

Funding Initiative:


Portrait Schulze
Stefanie Schulze


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Dr. Georg Schütte

Secretary General

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Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation since January 1, 2020.

Link: More information and curriculum vitae

Dr. Pierre Schwidlinski

Program Director

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Subject Areas:

  • Communication and Media Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Theology

Funding Initiatives: