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".

Hendrik Müller

The Secretary General’s Chauffeur

T +49 (0)511 8381-203
F +49 (0)511 8381-4203
Tina Niclausen
Tina Niclausen


T +49 511 8381-249
F +49 (0)511 8381-4249
Inga Noffz


T +49 (0)511 8381-388
F +49 (0)511 8381-4388
Dr. Matthias Nöllenburg

Program Director

T +49 (0)511 8381-290
F +49 (0)511 8381-4290
Additional Information

Program Director in the "International Team", has been working for the Foundation since 1994 and has been responsible for programs in the field of life and environmental sciences as well as for cooperative projects in Central and Eastern Europe.

Background: Studied Biology and Plant Pathology at the Universities of Bonn, Göttingen and California, Riverside; PhD work at the Szeged Biological Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, PhD in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Göttingen; Postdoc at the University of Göttingen, Department of Plant Pathology and Plant Protection.

Henning Otto

Member of the Executive Management

T +49 (0)511 8381-219
F +49 (0)511 8381-387
Additional Information

Member of the Executive Management, responsible for Finance and Administration.

Background: Following studies in Business Administration, Henning Otto worked in the Corporate Finance department of a large German bank. Prior to his present position, he was member of the Management Board of a firm in the food industry.

Dirk Panitzki

Network Administration

T +49 (0)511 8381-367
F +49 (0)511 8381-4367
Dr. Martina Pörschke

Real Estate

T +49 (0)511 8381-365
F +49 (0)511 8381-238
 Jens Rehländer, Leiter Kommunikation, VolkswagenStiftung
Jens Rehländer

Head of Communication

T +49 (0)5118381-380
F +49 (0)511 8381-4380
Miriam Reinhart


T +49 (0)511 8381-208
F +49 (0)511 8381-4208
Beate Reinhold
Beate Reinhold

responsable for Public Relations (Print, Special Projects; Corporate Design)

T +49 (0)511 8381-277
F +49 (0)511 8381-4277