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".

Tina Walsweer

Editor, responsable for Press Releases, Media Contacts | Parental Leave

Anja Wendel


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Dr. Adelheid Wessler

Head of Team International

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Head of "Team International", responsible for old and non-European languages and cultures as well as for (European) ethnology. Up to now, Adelheid Wessler supervised collection-based research projects at museums as well as cooperations between Africa and Germany.

Background: Studies of social anthropology, sociology and political science in Bonn and Cologne, PhD on "Museale Repräsentationen des Selbst und des Anderen im (De-) Kolonisierungsprozess Namibias". Longer research stays abroad, e.g. in Bolivia and Namibia and participation in various (international) exhibition projects. Professional background includes working for the Lower Saxony State Museum Hannover and the University of Cologne.

Subject areas:

  • Cultural Studies
  • Non-European Languages and Cultures, Social Anthropology

Funding initiatives:

Anorthe Wetzel

Vice Head Conferences & Symposia

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Hanna Wielandt
Dr. Hanna Wielandt

Program Director

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Program Director in the "Team International". Responsible for the initiative "Knowledge for Tomorrow - Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa" and for projects in economics and business administration.
Background: Studied economics at Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg and Universität Hamburg; MSc in Development Economics & Policy at University of Manchester; PhD in economics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Applied Microeconomics).
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Daniel Will

Administrative Support IT

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