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".

Birgit Niemann


F +49 (0)511 8381-4341
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Inga Noffz

Project Administration

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

Program Director

F +49 (0)511 8381-4290
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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

F +49 (0)511 8381-387
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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

F +49 (0)511 8381-4367
Tatjana Peters


F +49 (0)511 8381-4397
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André Peuker

Process Digitization

F +49 (0)511 8381-4298
Marjana Plazanic


F +49 (0)511 8381-4248
Dr. Martina Pörschke

Real Estate

F +49 (0)511 8381-238
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Sibylle Rahm

Project Manager Conferences & Symposia

F +49 (0)511 8381-4357