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.

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.

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

Funding initiatives:

Christine Schmiedeskamp
Christine Schmiedeskamp


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Andrea Schneider

Assistant for Evaluation and Internal Audit

T +49 (0)511 8381-206
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Dr. Sebastian Schneider

Program Director

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Udo Scholz

Auditing of Funds Allocated

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Bettina Seeliger

Assistant Conferences & Symposia

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Dr. Cornelia Soetbeer

Head of Team Challenges - for Academia and Society

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Head of the Team "Challenges – for Academia and Society".

Background: Cornelia Soetbeer received a Master degree in Romance and German Philology awarded by the Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel, PhD in Romance Philology, scholarship holder in the Research Training group "Imaginatio borealis. Perception, Reception and Construction of the North". Subsequently she worked as Program Director in charge of the areas "research and teaching" as well as "Sports" at the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung in Essen. Member of the international scientific board of the Fondation Maison Suger in Paris.

Cornelia Soetbeer is interested in literature, arts, hiking, tennis and football. She loves music, big dogs and small paintings.

Anja Stanitzke
Anja Stanitzke

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

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