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".

Portrait Celina Adrion
Celina Adrion

Project Manager Conferences & Symposia

F +49 (0)511 8381-4334
Catharina Altevogt

Project Administration

F +49 (0)511 8381-4345
Silke Aumann
Silke Aumann

Project Administration

F +49 (0)511 8381-4254
Kristina Baae-Lorenz

Assistant | Administrative Support

F +49 (0)511 8381-4375
Portrait Barre
Dr. Harald Barre

Executive Assistant to the Secretary General; Program Director SPRUNG Lower Saxony

F +49 (0)511 8381-4247
Marvin Bartsch

Corporate Services

F +49 (0)511 8381-4278
Portrait Bensch
Carolin Bensch


F +49 (0)511 8381-238
Dr. Silke Bertram

Program Director

F +49 (0)511 8381-4289
Additional Information

Background: Silke Bertram studied geography and geosciences, with a Master's degree from the University of Uppsala/Sweden, and received her PhD from the University of Wuerzburg in the framework of the research training group "Geoscience Research in Africa. Geological and Geographical Processes at the Continental Margin of Southwest Africa". She previously held positions as coordinator for study affairs at the Department of Geosciences at the University of Bremen and as officer for science policy, research funding and EU affairs at the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony.

Silvia Birck


F +49 (0)511 8381-4226
Dr. Ulrike Bischler

Program Director

F +49 (0)511 8381-4350
Additional Information

In charge of projects in the sciences and various Fellowships.

Background: Physics major at University of Freiburg and RWTH Aachen, MSc in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University, research assistant at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching, PhD in physics.
Her favourite pastime is birdwatching at home and abroad.