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. Adelheid Wessler
Program Director
T  +49 (0)511 8381-256
F  +49 (0)511 8381-4256
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Member of the Team "Persons and Structures", 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:
 Non-European Languages and Cultures  

Funding initiatives:
 Communicating Science and Research
 Research in Museums
 Arts and Science in Motion – Wissenschaft und Kunst in Bewegung (completed)
 Science and Data-Driven Journalism (completed)