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".

Corinna Ben Mohamed Salah


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Dr. Uta Saß

Head of Evaluation, Internal Audit, Auditing of Funds Allocated

F +49 (0)511 8381-4331
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After studying Socio-Economics at the University of Kiel she was a research assistant at the Fraunhofer Institute for System Technology and Innovation Research in Karlsruhe as well as at the Universities of Essen and Muenster. In Muenster she also earned her doctorate in economics. She represents the Volkswagen Foundation in the framework of the ‘Netzwerk Wissenschaftsmanagement e.V.’ which has been supported by the Foundation as an institutional member since 2013. She has joined the Board of Trustees of the Center for Science & Research Management e.V. (ZWM) in Speyer in 11/2020.

Eva Maria Schaefer

Administrative Support

F +49 (0)511 8381-4207
Marianne Schäfer


F +49 (0)511 8381-344
Dr. Cora Schaffert-Ziegenbalg

Program Director

F +49 (0)511 8381-4276
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Program Director in the team "Societal Transformations". Used to be responsible for several international funding initiatives, currently a. o. "Mobility – Global Medicine and Health Research" and "Science Communication Cubed – Science of Science Communication centers",  as well as projects in the social sciences, especially political science. Since 2017 co-responsible for the cross-sectional area "science communication". 

Background: BA in Modern Languages and Intercultural Communication at the University of Southern Denmark in Sønderborg (DK) and University of Salford (UK), MA in European Studies, Leibniz Universität Hannover with research stays in London and Brussels. PhD in Political Science at the graduate college "Global Challenges", University of Tübingen, afterwards research assistant at the office for Technology Transfer, Leibniz Universität Hannover.

Sophie Scherler

Social Media Manager

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Christine Schmiedeskamp
Christine Schmiedeskamp


F +49 (0)511 8381-4236
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Andrea Schneider

Application Support IT

F +49 (0)511 8381-4377
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Dr. des. Tobias Schönwitz

Program Director

F +49 (0)511 8381-4373
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Stefanie Schulze

Assistant | Parental Leave