Curriculum Vitae

Dr. phil. Wilhelm Krull, Secretary General
Dr. phil. Wilhelm Krull, Secretary General (photo: Dennis Börsch)

Dr. phil. Wilhelm Krull
born on 19.02.1952
married, three children

Since January 1996 
Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation in Hanover

1993 – 95
Head of Section I (international affairs, research policy, public relations and law) at the headquarters of the Max Planck Society in Munich

1987 – 93
Head of the Research Policy Unit at the German Science and Humanities Council in Cologne

1985 – 87
Scientific administrator in the office of the German Science and Humanities Council

1984
DAAD scholarship holder at the University of Bonn

1980 – 84
DAAD lecturer at the University of Oxford

Prizes and Honors

In 2001, Wilhelm Krull was honored with the Leibniz-Medal of the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz, in 2007, he received the Swedish Order of the Polar Star, in 2009, he was appointed Honorary Senator of the University of Konstanz, and in 2010, he received the State Award of Lower Saxony. In 2012, Dr. Krull was awarded an honorary professorship by the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at Washington University, St. Louis, and he was appointed a member of the Academia Europaea. In 2016, Wilhelm Krull was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia, and in 2017, he was elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

Participation in Advisory Committees and Review Panels

Since the end of the 1980ies Wilhelm Krull has been a member of numerous expert panels, amongst others for the OECD, the EU, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Max Planck Society and the German Science and Humanities Council. He also acted as research policy advisor in Austria, Denmark, Sweden, the UK, Ireland, Spain, and Switzerland as well as in China, Canada, and South Africa. 

Business

since 1996 Member of the Board of the North German Stock Exchange, Hanover;

since 2003 Member of the Boards of Deloitte GmbH and Deloitte Deutschland GmbH.

Universities

since 2003 Chairman of the Board of the Foundation Georg-August-University Göttingen;

since 2014 Member of the Board of Regents of the University of Würzburg;

since 2016 Member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of the University of Lübeck;

since 2017 Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Gutenberg Research College (GRC), Mainz.

Foundations

since 2000 Chairman of the Board of the Euroscience Foundation for the Support of European Science and Culture in Hanover;

since 2001 Member of the Board of Trustees of the Daetz-Stiftung Lichtenstein;

since 2014 Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Werner Reimers Stiftung and Member of the Board of Governors of the Foundation Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

Max Planck Society

since 1996 Member of the Board of Regents (Kuratorium) of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry at Göttingen;

since 2004 Member of the Board of Regents of the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich;

since 2004 Member of the Board of Regents of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics at Potsdam-Golm and Hanover (Chairman); 

since 2007 Member of the Board of Regents of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, both at Potsdam-Golm; 

since 2010 Member of the Board of Regents of the Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen and Radolfzell (Chairman);

since 2016 Member of the Board of Trustees of the Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen (Chairman).

Others

since 1998 Member of the Scientific Advisory Commission of the Ministry of Science and Culture in Lower Saxony;

since 2004 Chairman of the Board of the International Händel Festival at Göttingen;

since 2005 Member of the Senate of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science; 

since 2006 Member of the Board of Regents of the Deutsches Museum München; 

since 2010 Member of the Board of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden; 

since 2011 Member of the Advisory Board of the Social Science Research Center Berlin; 

since 2012 Member of the Research, Innovation, and Enterprise Council of the Prime Minister of Singapore;

since 2013 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), Essen (Chairman);

since 2015 Member of the Development Board of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg; 

since 2015 Member of the Senior Advisory Group of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC); 

since 2016 Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Future Resilient Systems Research Programmes at the Singapore-ETH Centre.