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. Carola Lentz, President of the Goethe-Institut e.V.

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

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

Dr. Thomas Oberender, Author and curator, Berlin​​​​​​​

Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheytt, KULTUREXPERTEN Dr. Scheytt GmbH, Essen
Federal Foreign Office, Ralf Beste​​​​​​​, Head of the Department for Culture and Communication, Berlin

Federal Finance Ministry, MR Jürgen Rinne, Head of Division II C 5, Berlin
Sophie Engel, Goethe-Institut Belgrad

Anja Geissel, Goethe-Institut, Zentrale

Bettina Lantz-Okoye, Goethe-Institut Düsseldorf

 

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

Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the Federal Foreign Office, Ralf Beste, 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

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. Carola Lentz, President of the Goethe-Institut e.V.

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

Matthias Lilienthal, Curator, Berlin

Dr. Ulrike Lorenz, President of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Weimar

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, Author and curator, Berlin
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Prof. Dr. Ulrich Raulff, President ifa, Stuttgart/Berlin

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

Prof. Dr. Joachim Rogall, former 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

Michael Schwarz, Executive Director of Baden-Badener Unternehmer Gespräche e.V., Baden-Baden

Arila Siegert, dancer, choreographer and opera director, Berlin

Karl Ernst Tielebier-Langenscheidt, publisher, Munich
 

Sophie Engel, Goethe-Institut Belgrad
 
Anja Geissel,
Goethe-Institut Zentrale                                                 
 
Bettina Lantz-Okoye,
Goethe-Institut Düsseldorf
 

MD Stefan Graf, representative of the State Governments nominated by the Permanent Conference of the Education Ministers of the States of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bavarian State Ministry of Tuition and Cultural Affairs, Munich

Prof. Monika Grütters, MdB, nominated by the parliamentary party CDU/CSU in the German Bundestag, Berlin

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

Thomas Hacker, MP, nominated by the parliamentary party FDP in the Germany Bundestag, Berlin

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

Micheal Müller, MP, nominated by the parliamentary party SPD in the German Bundestag, Berlin

N.N., MP, nominated by the parliamentary party AfD in the Germany Bundestag, Berlin

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

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.

Prof. Ayzit Bostan, designer, Munich and Professor of Textile Product Design, Kunsthochschule Kassel
 
Prof. Dr. Inés de Castro
, Director Linden-Museum Stuttgart
 
Prof. Dr. Susanne Gaensheimer
, Director of the K20 K21 Art Collection North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf
 
Gabriele Horn
, Director Berlin Biennale, Berlin
 
Dr. Matthias Mühling
, Director Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich
 
Prof. Dr. Olaf Nicolai
, artist, Berlin, and Professor of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich
 
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Stakemeier
, Professor for Art Education at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg
 
Dr. Ellen Strittmatter
, Head of the Art Department of the ifa, Stuttgart
 
Prof. Dr. Ines Weizman
, Professor of Architectural Theory at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
 

Representative of the German Federal Government
 

Michael Hoffmann, 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, Dresde

Jun. Prof. Dr. Ulaş Aktaş
Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
Fachbereich: Pädagogik

Dr. Vera Allmanritter
Leiterin des Instituts für Kulturelle Teilhabeforschung (IKT), Berlin

Prof. Dr. Nikita Dhawan
Technische Universität Dresden
Professur für Politische Theorie und Ideengeschichte

Prof. Dr. Aladin El-Mafaalani
Universität Osnabrück
Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft

Sabine Faller
Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
Museumskommunikation

Dr. Lorena Jaume-Palasi
Gründerin von The Ethical Tech Society, Berlin

Prof. Dr. Eva Horn
Institut für Germanistitk, Universität Wien
 
Anh-Linh Ngo
Arch+ Verlag GmbH, Berlin
Architekt, Autor und Mitherausgeber von ARCH+

Prof. Christoph Weckerle
Direktor des Zurich Centre for Creative Economies (ZCCE)
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK)

Dr. Mirjam Zadoff
Direktorin des NS-Dokumentationszentrum, München

Vertretung Präsidium:

Frau Prof. Dr. Carola Lenz

Präsidentin des Goethe-Instituts

Vertretung Auswärtiges Amt:
Petra Drexler
Auswärtiges Amt Referat 606, Referatsleiterin, Berlin
 

Dr. Catherine Colas, Editor for short and medium-length films at ZDF/ARTE, Mainz

Ellen Harrington, Director of Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, Frankfurt/Main

Prof. Andreas Hykade, Director of the Institut for animated movies at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Ludwigsburg

Janine Jackowski, Film producer and founder of Komplizen Film, Berlin

Anne Leppin, Manager of the German Film Academy, Berlin

Roshanak Behesht Nedjad, producer, lecturer, member of the German and European Film Academy, group leader of EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs), Berlin

Thorsten Schaumann, Director of film festival Hofer Filmtage, Hof

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


Representing the Federal Government

Clemens Stolzenberg, 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

Simone Baumann, Head of German Films, Munich

Anja Flicker, Director of City Library Essen

Volker Heller, Director and General Manager of the Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin (ZLB)

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

Gerald Leitner, Secretary General International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, Den Haag

Elisa Lindinger, Managing Director SUPERRR Lab, Berlin

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 

Çiğdem Uzunoğlu, Managing Director Stiftung Digitale Spielekultur, Berlin


Representing the Federal Government

Petra Drexler,  Federal Foreign Office, Division 606, Berlin


Representing the Board of Trustees

Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost, Professor at the University of the Arts Berlin; Design Research, Berlin
Dr. Franziska Augstein, journalist, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich

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

Olga Grjasnowa, author, Berlin

Matthias Lilienthal, dramaturge and artistic director, Munich/Berlin
 
Cristina Nord, Head of the Berlinale Forum, Berlin

Thomas Oberender (Chairman and representative of the Presidium), author and curator
 
Insa Wilke, literary critic, Berlin

Moritz Müller-Wirth, journalist Die Zeit, Hamburg



Representative of the Federal Foreign Office

Ralf Beste, 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. Carola Lentz, President of the Goethe-Institut e.V.
Lars Birken-Bertsch: Director Strategic Project Development of the Frankfurt Book Fair

Katy Derbyshire: Translator, V&Q Books
 
Prof. Dr. Sven Hanuschek: Publicist, Professor at the Institute of German Philology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Elisa Diallo: Author and Head of Rights and Licenses at Schöffling & Co.

Dr. Kathrin Kunkel-Razum: Dudenverlag

Antje Rávik Strubel: Author and winner of the German Book Prize 2021

Prof. Dr. Annette Pehnt: Foundation University Hildesheim, Author

Prof. Dr. Stephan Porombka: University of Arts Berlin
 
Tanja Graf: Director of the Literaturhaus München and Managing Director of the Literaturfest München

Dr. Michael Schmitt: 3sat Kulturzeit, Literary Critic

Representing the Board of Trustees of the Goethe-Institut: Prof. Dr. Susan Neiman, Director of the Einstein Forum and Author

Representing the Federal Government, Division 606: Irene Walker
 
Dr. Elizabeth Beloe, Chairwoman of the Federal Association of Networks of Migrant Organizations

Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan, Director, Head of the Department "Integration Research and Social Policy", Project Director of JUNITED

Isabell Halletz, Managing Director, Employer Association Care, Berlin

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

Christina Ramb, Chair of the Administrative Board of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA)
 
Prof. Dr. Hannes Schammann, Professor of Migration Policy at the University of Hildesheim, Hildesheim
 
Dr. Cornelia Schu, Managing Director of the Expert Council on Integration and Migration, Berlin

Andrea Schumacher, Vice President of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, Berlin

Dr. Erik Nils Voigt, Head of the Integration Working Group at the Federal Ministry of the Interior Bau und Heimat (BMI)

Marko Walde, Chief Representative Delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi Office


Representing the Board of Trustees

Sophie Engel, Head of Language Department and Deputy Director Goethe-Institute Serbia

Representing the Federal Government

Claudia Spahl,
deputy head of division, dpt. 610, 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. Karin Aguado Padilla
Line Manager German as foreign and second language, University Kassel

Prof. Dr. Olaf Bärenfänger
Head of the language center University Leipzig

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard de Haan
Head of the Institute Futur
 
PD Dr. habil Marion Grein
Head of the Master Program German as foreign language, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz

Dr. Sarah Henkelmann
Network digital education

Dr. Alfred Kotter
Director academy for teacher training and human resources management

Prof. Dr. Mandy Schiefner-Rohs
Professor for Education, Technical University Kaiserslautern
 
Prof. Dr. Torben Schmidt
Professor of English Didactics at the Institute of English Studies at Leuphana University Lüneburg
 
Prof. Dr. Christoph Schroeder
Professor of German as foreign and second language, Institute of German studies, University Potsdam
 
Prof. Dr. Erwin Tschirner
Executive Director Herder Institute Leipzig, Philological Department, University Leipzig
 
 
Representing the Board of Trustees
 
Anja Geissel

Section Language Courses German as a Foreign Language Goethe-Intitute
 
 
Representing the Federal Government:
 
Matthias Kiesler

Federal Foreign Office, Berlin
 
 
Guests
 

Dr. Anastasia Drackert
Scientific Director, g.a.s.t. / TestDaF Institute
 
Prof. Dr. Henning Lobin
Director and Chairman of the of the Executive Board, Leibniz Institute for the German Language
 
Thomas Mayer
Assistant head of government department/ Bavarian state ministry of education and cult, science and art, Munich

Christiane Schmeken
Manager of the department of strategy, German Academic Exchange Service, Bonn

Justine Reichel-Jelić
Federal Administration Office Cologne, Cologne
Sonja Anders, Director of Schauspiel Hannover
 
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, 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, from the season 2020/2021 director of the Vienna Volkstheater 

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

Representing the Federal Government
VLR Petra Drexler, Federal Foreign Office, Director of the Division 606, Berlin

Representing the Board of Trustees
Mikko Fritze, Director of the Goethe-Institut Amsterdam
Dr. Frank Appel, Chairman of the Executive Board, Deutsche Post AG

Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger, Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Roland Berger GmbH

Christina Foerster, Member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Lufthansa AG

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

Christian Kullmann, Chairman of the Executive Board, Evonik Industries AG

Dr. Nicolas Peter, Member of the Executive Board, BMW AG

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

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

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

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

Hauke Stars, Member of the Executive Board, Volkswagen AG

Judith Wiese, Member of the Executive Board, Siemens AG

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

Dr. Reinhard Zinkann, Managing Director, Miele & Cie. KG


Representing the Federal Government

Ralf Beste, Head of the Department for Culture and Communication, Federal Foreign Office


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