Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees, Qatar Germany Years of Culture 2017

An outstanding Board of Trustees is supporting the German Season, Qatar, 2017 in an advisory capacity. Coming from the fields of politics, culture, sport and business, its members bring experience of Qatar and the Region, and their advice, ideas and inspiration contribute to the project’s success.

Christian Wulff, former President of Germany

Christian Wulff, former President of Germany © Christian Wulff, former President of Germany As former President of Germany, Christian Wulff supports the integration of those with a migrant background and dialogue with different faith groups. He is engaged in foreign policy as President of EMA (the Euro Mediterranean Arab Association) and GASME (Global Alliance of Small and Midsize Enterprises) as well as being a member of the Transatlantic Council on Migration (TCM). He is visiting Professor at the NRW School of Governance. In the period 2003 – 2010, Christian Wulff was Minister President of Lower Saxony, 1994-2003 Chair of the CDU in Lower Saxony and Party Chair there 1994-2008. From 1998 to 2010 he was Deputy Chair of the CDU, Germany.

Senator W. Georg Olms

Senator W. Georg Olms © Senator W. Georg Olms Senator W. Georg Olms holds multiple Honorary Doctorates, is a publisher and breeder of Asil Arabian horses. Georg Olms Publishing produced around 25 titles, both commercial and academic, every month. With around 12,000 available titles in 30 specialisms, Olms also offers one of the biggest international reprint programmes as well as databanks, e-books and microfiche services. As President of the Asil Club with members from 40 different countries, including the Gulf States national stud and Royal Stables, Olms publishes “Asil Arabians – The Noble Arabian Horses” and organises the annual Asil Club Meet, as well as “Asil Cup Int.”, the renowned equestrian event.

Monika Staab

Monika Staab © Monika Staab Born in 1959 in Dietzenbach/Frankfurt, Monika Staab is a former German footballer and manager. She played for German clubs including SG Rosenhöhe Offenbach, Offenbach Kickers and NSG Oberst Schiel, as well as internationally for Paris St. Germain and Queens Park Rangers. As trainer and manager of the Frankfurt Women’s Football Club (FFC Frankfurt), she won the German Championship four times, was five times winner of the Cup, and won the first ever UEFA Women’s Cup. She has trained the national teams of Bahrain, Pakistan and Qatar and is an advisor to FIFA, UEFA, the German Foreign Office, the German Football Association (DFB) as well as numerous NGOs in more than 72 countries. In 2014 she was made German Football Ambassador for her commitment to football and gender equality.

Professor Siegfried Russwurm

Professor Siegfried Russwurm © Professor Siegfried Russwurm Professor Siegfried Russwurm (53) was Board Member of Siemens until 31.03.2017. After studying Production Engineering, he began his career with Siemens in 1992 in the medical technology field. He joined the Board of Siemens Medical Solutions in 2006. In 2008 he was appointed to the Siemens AG Managing Board as Human Resources lead. In 2010 Russwurm took on the lead role for the sector. In 2014 he became Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and, as Board member, was responsible for the Middle East, Russia/CIS and Healthcare. Russwurm is Honorary Professor at the University of Erlangen,  member of the University Board at RWTH Aachen and of the Senate, Frauenhofergesellschaft, as well as Board member at the Singapore Academy for Science, Technology and Research (A*).

Olaf Hoffmann

Olaf Hoffmann © Olaf Hoffmann Olaf Hoffmann studied Architecture and Urban Planning in Braunschweig, Milan, Paris and New York. He is now Managing Partner for the Dorsch Group, the largest independent planning group in Germany, with 2,000 staff and active in more than 40 countries. In 1996 Hoffmann founded ‘olaf hoffmann architects and engineers’. After 2002 and a number of different partnerships, this grew and began trading under the name of Dorsch Group in 2005. Hoffmann is Vice-President of Ghorfa, Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, member of the advisory board to the Societe` Algerienne d'Etudes Infrastructures, Algiers, as well as member of the Hessen Chamber of Architects and member of the advisory group, Verband Beratender Ingenieure (VBI).

Benita von Maltzahn

Benita von Maltzahn © Benita von Maltzahn Benita von Maltzahn is the Culture and Society lead in Corporate Communication at Volkswagen AG. She studied at Camberwell College of Arts, London and worked as an art consultant and restorer before moving into the field of PR, where she has run projects for a number of museums in Germany. After managerial roles in the Communication Departments at Audi AG and Bentley Motors, she moved in 2011 to Volkswagen AG. The focus of her work is on sustainable cooperation with international art and cultural institutions. This includes making public wide-ranging debate combined with creativity. 

Johannes Seibert

Johannes Seibert © Johannes Seibert For the last three years Johannes Seibert has been responsible for the BMW and MINI brands in the Middle East region and is located in Dubai. He was previously Head of Marketing for the German market 2011-2013 and led in South-East Asia 2008-2010. Seibert has been with BMW for over 30 years. During his career he also spent 12 years in Latin America, including as Head of the Panama Regional Office and led on sales in Mexico. He grew up in Kassel, holds an MBA, and is married with three children.

Adrian Wood

Adrian Wood © Adrian Wood Adrian K. Wood is the CEO of Siemens WLL, Siemens Qatar, since September 1, 2016.
Wood joined Siemens in 1984 as a Marketing Analyst for Siemens Environmental Systems. He held different positions in sales and marketing, business development, and project management over the course of his career at Siemens.
Prior to his current role, Wood was the head of the Renewable Energy Division at Siemens in the Middle East, after presiding over Siemens’ operations in the Philippines, where he was responsible for the strategy and daily business activities of the regional company, including its Energy, Healthcare, and Industry sectors.
During his tenure at Siemens, Wood also served as a General Manager of Siemens in Bahrain; held a number of senior and managerial positions within the parent company in Germany; and was CEO of Siemens Kuwait.
Wood graduated from Coventry University in the UK.

Irit Neidhardt

Irit Neidhardt © Irit Neidhardt Irit Neidhardt is running mec film a distribution company for films from the Middle East and North Africa. She is co-producer of several award winning Arab documentary films and has been curating in the field of Middle Eastern cinemas since 1995. She is author of various articles on subjects related to cinema and the Middle East, focusing on issues of co-operation and financing. Irit Neidhardt is member of the board of the German edition of the Global Media Journal and of German quarterly inamo. She is member of the German Documentary Association (AG DOK), German Association of Art House Theatres (AG Kino-Gilde) and The German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO) and has served as mentor of the cross-cultural program of the Berlin School of Economics and Law.