Boards
Board of Trustees, General Meeting, Advisory Boards

Boards Photo: Goethe-Institut/Bettina Siegwart

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees elects the president of the Goethe-Institut for the duration of four years. The tasks of the Board of Trustees include adopting resolutions for guidelines on the work of the institute and long-term conceptual planning.

Prof. Dr. h.c. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of the Goethe-Institut e.V., former President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Munich

Prof. Dr. Christina von Braun, 1st Vice-President of the Goethe-Institut e. V., cultural scientist, writer, film-maker, Humboldt University in Berlin

Dr. Tessen von Heydebreck, 2nd Vice-President of the Goethe-Institut e. V., Former Member of the Board of Deutsche Bank AG

Prof. Dr. Marion Ackermann, Director General of Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen, Dresden

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Raulff, President ifa, Stuttgart/Berlin

Prof. Dr. Joachim Rogall, President and CEO, Board of Management Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, Stuttgart

Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheytt, KULTUREXPERTEN Dr. Scheytt GmbH, Essen
Federal Foreign Office, MinDir Dr. Andreas Görgen, Head of the Department for Culture and Communication, Berlin 

Federal Finance Ministry, N.N., Berlin
Mikko Fritze, Goethe-Institut Amsterdam

Joachim Lange, Goethe-Institut Frankfurt

Thomas Stumpp, Goethe-Institut, Zentrale
Petra Drexler, Federal Foreign Office, Head of Division 606, Berlin

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Margret Wintermantel, President of the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service), Bonn

General Meeting

Members of the Goethe-Institut are selected personages involved in the cultural and social life of the Federal Republic of Germany. At the biannual General Meetings, they discuss conceptual issues of the work of the Goethe-Institut.

Prof. Dr. Marion Ackermann, Director General of Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen, Dresden

Prof. Jutta Allmendinger Ph.D., President of the Berlin Social Science Center, Berlin

Prof. Dr. Christina von Braun, 1st Vice-President of the Goethe-Institut e. V., cultural scientist, writer, film-maker, Humboldt University in Berlin

Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the Federal Foreign Office, MinDir Dr. Andreas Görgen, Head of the Department for Culture and Communication, Berlin

Jenny Erpenbeck, writer, Berlin

Olga Grjasnowa, Writer, Berlin

Prof. Dr. Herwig Guratzsch, former Chair of the Board and Principal Director of the Foundation of Schleswig-Holstein State Museums Schloss Gottorf, Hamburg

Dr. Ingrid Hamm, Co-Founder & CEO Global Perspectives Initiative, Berlin

Dr. Tessen von Heydebreck, 2nd Vice-President of the Goethe-Institut e. V., Former Member of the Board of Deutsche Bank AG

Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost, Professor at the University of the Arts Berlin; Design Research, Berlin

Prof. Regine Keller, Landscape Architecture and Public Space Technische Universität Munich

Dr. Karl-Ludwig Kley, Chairman of the Supervisory Board E.ON SE, Essen

Koyo Kouoh, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz MOCCA, Cape Town

Michael Krüger, former President of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, Munich

Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, former President of the German Bundestag, Berlin

Prof. Dr. h.c. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of the Goethe-Institut e.V., former President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation

Alexander Liebreich, Principal conductor, Music Director of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Prague

Matthias Lilienthal, Director of the theatre Münchner Kammerspiele, Munich

Martina de Maizière, Executive Director Stiftung Kunst und Musik für Dresden, Social Education Worker, Dresden

Jagoda Marinić, Author, Heidelberg

Prof. Dr. Susan Neiman, Director of Einstein Forum, Potsdam

Dr. Thomas Oberender, Artistic & Managing Director of the Berliner Festspiele

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Raulff, President ifa, Stuttgart/Berlin

Prof. Bettina Reitz, President HFF Munich

Prof. Dr. Sandra Richter, Literary scholar and director of the German Literary Archive Marbach

Prof. Dr. Joachim Rogall, Chairman of the Management Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stuttgart

Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Klaus G. Saur, Senator e.h., former Chair of the Management of Walter de Gruyter Verlag, K.G. Saur Verlag and Max Niemeyer Verlag, Berlin

Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheytt, KULTUREXPERTEN Dr. Scheytt GmbH, Essen

Arila Siegert, dancer, choreographer and opera director, Berlin

Karl Ernst Tielebier-Langenscheidt, publisher, Munich

Dr. Nike Wagner, intendant and  executive director of Beethovenfest, Bonn

Christina Weiss, State Minister for Culture and Media ret., Berlin

Mikko Fritze, Goethe-Institut Amsterdam

Joachim Lange, Goethe-Institut Frankfurt

Thomas Stumpp, Goethe-Institut, Zentrale

Dr. Gesine Lötzsch, MP, nominated by the parliamentary party DIE LINKE. in the Germany Bundestag, Berlin

Elisabeth Motschmann, MdB, nominated by the parliamentary party CDU/CSU in the German Bundestag, Berlin

Frank Müller-Rosentritt, MP, nominated by the parliamentary party FDP in the Germany Bundestag, Berlin

Claudia Roth, MP, nominated by the parliamentary party Bündnis 90/ die Grünen in the Germany Bundestag, Berlin

Ulla Schmidt, MP, nominated by the parliamentary party SPD in the German Bundestag, Berlin

not yet nominated / nominated by the parliamentary party AfD in the Germany Bundestag, Berlin

MD Herbert Püls, representative of the State Governments nominated by the Permanent Conference of the Education Ministers of the States of the Federal Republic of Germany, Head of Division for Cultural Work in Bavaria in the Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, Munich

State Council Rainer Schulz, nominated by the Permanent Conference of the Education Ministers of the States of the Federal Republic of Germany, Division for Education and Vocational Training, Hamburg
Federal Foreign Office, Petra Drexler, Head of Division 606, Berlin

Federal Finance Ministry, N.N., Berlin

Advisory Boards

The task of the Advisory Boards is to provide expert advice to the Goethe-Institut in questions of principles and individual projects.

Specialized Advisory Boards
Ten specialized Advisory Boards meet for this purpose once a year.

Business and Industry Advisory Board
The Business and Industry Advisory Board is made up of leading representatives of German industry and the German Foreign Office. Project and events designed in collaboration aim to present Germany internationally with its interaction between politics, industry and culture.

Committee to the Goethe Medal
Once a year, the Goethe-Institut awards the Goethe Medal, an official decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Committee to the Goethe-Medal consisting of persons from the fields of science, literature, art and theatre pre-selects the awardees which have to be affirmed by the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Inke Arns, Artistic Director of the Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) at the Dortmunder U

Prof. Ayzit Bostan, designer, Munich and Professor of Textile Product Design, Kunsthochschule Kassel

Prof. Dr. Susanne Gaensheimer, Director of the K20 K21 Art Collection North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf

Gabriele Horn, Director Berlin Biennale, Berlin

Prof. Dr. Andres Lepik, Director of the Architekturmuseum der TU München, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich and Chair of History of Architecture and Curatorial Practice, TU München

Prof. Dr. Olaf Nicolai, artist, Berlin, and Professor of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich

Dr. Ellen Strittmatter, Head of the Art Department of the ifa, Stuttgart

Prof. Thomas Weski, Curator of the Foundation for Photography and Media Art with Archive Michael Schmidt, Berlin


Representative of the German Federal Government

VLR Dirk Schulz, Deputy Head of Division 606, German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin


Representative of the Presidium

Prof. Dr. Marion Ackermann, Director General of the State Art Collections, Dresden


As guest

Christiane Mennicke-Schwarz, Artistic Director Kunsthaus Dresden, City Gallery for Contemporary Art, Dresden
Claudia Bremer, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Prof. Dr. Nikita Dhawan, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

Dr. Marta Doehler-Behzadi, Internationale Bauausstellung Thüringen

Jürgen Enninger, Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft der Landeshauptstadt München

Dr. Patrick Föhl, Netzwerk Kulturberatung

PD Dr. Thomas Hüsken, Universität Bayreuth

Dr. Lorena Jaume-Palasi, The Ethical Tech Society

Prof. Dr. Patrizia Nanz, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Armin Nassehi, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München

Prof. Dr. Claudia Weber, Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)


Representing the Federal Government

VLR Arvid Enders, Federal Foreign Office, Division 606, Berlin


Representing the Board of Trustees

Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheytt, KULTUREXPERTEN Dr. Scheytt GmbH, Essen
Dinesh Kumari Chenchanna, ZDFKultur/ 3SAT coordinator, Mainz

Alfred Holighaus, Spitzenorganisation der Filmwirtschaft e. V. (SPIO), Wiesbaden

Anne Leppin, Manager of the German Film Academy, Berlin

Christian Petzold, director, screenwriter, Berlin

Dr. h. c. Ralf Schenk, Film historian, director of the DEFA Foundation, Berlin

Georg Seeßlen, Movie critic, cultural theorist, Kaufbeuren
 
Prof. Nathalie Singer, Professor of Experimental Radio at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Weimar 

Heidi Specogna, Professor at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy, Stuttgart, and film director, Berlin

Prof. Dr. Chris Wahl, Film scholar, DFG-Heisenberg-Professor for audio-visual heritage at The Academy of Film and Television "Konrad Wolf", Potsdam


Representing the Federal Government

Dr. Jens Schüring, LL.M., Federal Foreign Office, Department 606, Berlin 


Representing the Board of Trustees

Prof. Dr. Christina von Braun, 2nd Vice President of the Goethe-Institut e.V., cultural scientist, author, filmmaker, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Guests

Mariette Rissenbeek, German Films Service & Marketing GmbH, Munich

Dr. Klaus Ceynowa, Deputy Director General of the Bavarian State Library

Jutta Croll, Ceo of the Digital Opportunities Foundation / Project Leader Child Protection and Children's Rights in the Digital World

Anja Flicker, Director of City Library Würzburg

Ute Hachmann, Head of City Library Brilon

Dr. Sabine Homilius, Head of City Library Frankfurt am Main

Sven Instinske, Head of Digital Services Bücherhallen Hamburg

Christian Rickerts, Permanent secretary at the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises Berlin

Frank Seeliger, Head of Library of the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau 

Prof. Dr. Klaus Tochtermann, Director of ZBW - German National Library of 

Prof. Cornelia Vonhof, Vice Dean, Faculty of Information and Communication at the Stuttgart Media University 


Representing the Federal Government

Anja Fahlenkamp,  Federal Foreign Office, Division 603, Berlin


Representing the Board of Trustees

Prof. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of the Goethe-Institut e.V., former President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Munich
Dr. Franziska Augstein, journalist, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich

Prof. Dr. Christina von Braun (chairwoman to the committee and Representative of the Board of Trustees), cultural scientist, writer, film-maker, Humboldt University in Berlin

Dr. Meret Forster, Editorial director "music", BR-Klassik, Munich

Dr. Anselm Franke, Curator, Head  of the department "Bildende Kunst und Film" at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

Dr. Ina Hartwig, cultural Affairs of the city Frankfurt am Main, literature critic, Frankfurt

Prof. Dr. Ursula von Keitz, Film Scientist, University of Film Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, Potsdam

Ulrich Khuon, director Deutsches Theater, Berlin

Eva Menasse, writer, Berlin

Moritz Müller-Wirth, journalist Die Zeit, Hamburg

Elisabeth Ruge, author and literature agent, Berlin


Representative of the Federal Foreign Office

MinDir Dr. Andreas Görgen, Federal Foreign Office, Head of the Department for Culture and Communication, Berlin


Representatives of the Goethe-Institut


Johannes Ebert, Secretary General of the Goethe-Institut

Prof. Dr. h.c. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of the Goethe-Institut e.V.

Friederike Barakat: Foreign Rights Director, Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich

Bärbel Becker: Coordinator International Projects, Frankfurt Book Fair

Prof. Dr. Sven Hanuschek: Publicist, Professor at the Institute of German Philology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Dr. Florian Höllerer: Director Literarisches Colloquium Berlin

Dagmar Leupold: Author, Coordinator “Studio Literature and Theatre” at the University of Tübingen

Lothar Müller: Journalist, literary critic and literary scholar

Georg M. Oswald: Publisher, Berlin Verlag and Author

Kathrin Passig: Journalist, author and translator

Dr. Christiane Raabe: Director International Youth Library

Ilija Trojanow: Author, publisher and translator

Representing the Board of Trustees of the Goethe-Instituts: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Raulff: Director of the German Literature Archive Marbach

Representing the Federal Government, Division 606: Dr. Jens Schüring
Dr. Steffen Angenendt, Scientist, Foundation science and politics, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin

Dr. Uta Dauke, Vice President of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, Berlin

MinDirig Dr. Michael Griesbeck, Directorate V II, Administrative law, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Berlin

Martin Knapp, Delegate, Delegation of the German economy in Serbia, Macedonia etc., Belgrade, Skopje 

Dr. Stefan Mair, Member of the Executive Board, Federation of German Industries, Berlin 

Mitra Sharifi Neystanak, Chairperson, AGABY, Nuremberg

Rainer Ohliger, Board of Directors and founding member of the Network Migration in Europe e.V., Berlin

Amir Roughani, Managing Director, VISPIRON GmbH, Munich 
 
Prof. Dr. Hannes Schammann, Junior Professor of Migration Policy at the University of Hildesheim, Hildesheim
 
Dr. Cornelia Schu, Managing Director of the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration, Berlin



Representing the Board of Trustees

Prof. Dr. Joachim Rogall, President and CEO Robert Bosch Stiftung

Representing the Federal Government

Arvid Enders,
Head of division, dpt. 606, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin
Dr. Thomas Burkhalter, music ethnologist, music journalist, director of the Norient Plattform

Sonja Eismann, chief editor of the "Missy Magazine"
 
Prof. Lucas Fels, cellist and professor for chamber music, Musikhochschule Frankfurt
 
Dr. Meret Forster, editorial staff leader for serious music BR-KLASSIK
 
Reiner Michalke, Artistic Director of the Kölner Stadtgarten
 
Cathy Milliken, musician, composer, script editor

Arno Raffeiner, journalist
 
Prof. Johannes Schöllhorn, composer, maestro, Head of the Institute for New Music Freiburg 

Julia Spinola, journalist

Dr. Margarete Zander, broadcasting company author, journalist
 
Representing the Federal Government
Dirk Schulz, Federal Foreign Office, Division 606, Berlin

Representing the Board of Trustees
Thomas Stumpp, Goethe-Institut, Department 35

Guest
Prof. Martin Maria Krüger, president of Deutscher Musikrat e.V., Bonn
Prof. Dr. Hans Jaskulsky, president of Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Chorverbände

Prof. Martin Maria Krüger, president of Deutscher Musikrat e.V.

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Liedtke, chairwoman of the federal music council conference
 
Lorenz Overbeck
, managing director of Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Orchesterverbände
 
Stefan Piendl,
 Managing Director of the German Music Council
 

Representing the Board of Trustees:

Thomas Stumpp, 
Goethe-Institut, Department 35
 

Representing the Federal Government:

Dirk Schulz
, Federal Foreign Office, Division 606, Berlin 

Prof. Dr. Hiltraud Casper-Hehne
Leader of the Department of Intercultural German Studies, Georg-August-University Göttingen
 
PD Dr. habil Marion Grein
Head of the Master Program German as foreign language, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz

Prof. Karin Aguado Padilla
Line Manager German as foreign and second language, University Kassel

JProf. Dr. Mandy Schiefner-Rohs
Assistant Professor for Education, Technical University Kaiserslautern
 
Prof. Dr. Carmen Schier
Herder-Institute, Philological Department, University Leipzig
 
Prof. Dr. Torben Schmidt
Professor of English Didactics at the Institute of English Studies at Leuphana University Lüneburg
 
Prof. Dr. Karen Schramm
Professor of German as foreign language, Institute of German Studies, University Vienna
 
Prof. Dr. Christoph Schroeder
Professor of German as foreign and second language, Institute of German studies, University Potsdam
 
Prof. Dr. Thomas Studer
Professor of German as foreign and second language, University Fribourg Switzerland
 
Prof. Dr. Erwin Tschirner
Executive Director Herder Institute Leipzig, Philological Department, University Leipzig
 
 
Representing the Goethe-Institut
 
Joachim Lange

Goethe-Institut
 
 
Representing the Federal Government:
 
Matthias Kiesler

Federal Foreign Office, Berlin
 
 
Guests
 

Dr. Hans-Joachim Althaus
Director of Society for Academic study preperation and test development and Head of the TestDaF Institute
 
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Ludwig M. Eichinger
Manager Institute of German, Mannheim
 
Thomas Mayer
Assistant head of government department/ Bavarian state ministry of education and cult, science and art, Munich

Christian Müller
Manager of the department of strategy, German Academic Exchange Service, Bonn

Justine Reichel-Jelić
Federal Administration Office Cologne, Cologne
Sonja Anders, Head dramaturge at the Deutsches Theater Berlin
 
Till Briegleb, Free author, e.g. „Süddeutsche Zeitung“, „Theater heute“, „Art“, Hamburg

Barbara Burckhardt, Theatre critic and journalist at the magazine "Theater Heute"
 
Meike Fechner, Manager of ASSITEJ Germany, Frankfurt a.M.
 
Stefan Hilterhaus, Director of PACT Zollverein, Essen

Florian Malzacher, Artistic director of the festival Impulse until 2017 (Düsseldorf, Cologne, Mülheim/Ruhr), Freelance curator and author, Berlin
 
Marc Schäfers, Publishing director schaefersphilippen, Cologne


Katja Spiess, Artistic director of the Figurentheaterzentrum FITZ in Stuttgart and artistic director of the International Festival for puppet theatre IMAGINALE and journalist of the magazine "double"

Kay Voges, Director and manager at the theatre Dortmund

Christiane Winter, Artistic director of the Festival TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL, Hanover

Representing the Federal Government
VLR I Arvid Enders, Federal Foreign Office, Director of the Division 606, Berlin

Representing the Board of Trustees
Mikko Fritze, Director of the Goethe-Institut Amsterdam
Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger, Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Roland Berger GmbH, Munich

Volker Doppelfeld, Former Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BMW AG and 1st Vice-President of the Goethe-Institut

Ulrich Grillo, Chairman of the Executive Board, Grillo-Werke AG, Vicepresident, Federation of German Industries

Dr. Immanuel Hermreck, Member of the Executive Board, Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

Dr. Stefan von Holtzbrinck, Chief Executive Officer, Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck

Prof. Dr. Sabina Jeschke, Member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Bahn AG

Joe Kaeser, Chairman of the Executive Board, Siemens AG

Dr. Karl-Ludwig Kley, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, E.ON SE

Dr. Thomas Kremer, Member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Telekom AG

Dr. Ariane Reinhart, Member of the Executive Board of Continental AG

Karl von Rohr, Member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Bank AG

Dr. Bettina Volkens, Mitglied Member of the Executive Board, Lufthansa Group

Dr. Martin Wansleben, Managing Director, German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK)

Hiltrud D. Werner, Member of the Executive Board, Volkswagen AG

Bettina Würth, Chair of the Würth Group Advisory Board, Würth Group

Matthias Zachert, Chairman of the Executive Board, LANXESS AG

Dr. Reinhard Zinkann, Managing director, Miele Group


Representing the Federal Government

MinDir Dr. Andreas Görgen, Head of the Directorate-General for Culture and Communication at the Federal Foreign Office headquarters


Representing the Board of Trustees

Dr. Tessen von Heydebreck, 2nd Vice-President of the Goethe-Institut e. V., Former Member of the Board of Deutsche Bank AG