BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The Board of Trustees steers the Virchow Foundation for Global Health’s general policy and strategy, aiming to realise the Foundation’s purpose and mission as laid down in the Statutes of the Foundation. Members of the Board of Trustees advise on how the work of the Foundation and the Virchow Prize for Global Health can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal SDG 3 “Good Health and Well-Being” and other health-related SDGs of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. The Board of Trustees is furthermore responsible for the appointment of the Foundation’s Council, the appointment and supervision of the Foundation’s Executive Board and the formation of the Virchow Prize Committee.

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Prof. Dr. Gerald H. Haug

Foundation President

President
German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

Gerald Haug is a paleoclimatologist, marine geologist and paleoceanographer. He studies the development of the Earth climate over thousands to millions of years. He analyses sediment cores from the sea floor and lakes, amongst several other climate archives. The chemical composition of the different sediment layers provides clues to the prevailing climatic conditions at the time of deposition. This allows quantitative reconstructions of past climate conditions and the underlying processes in the ocean, atmosphere and climate system.

Academic and Professional Career

  • since 2015 Ordinary Professor for Climate Geochemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland
  • since 2015 Director, Dept. Climate Geochemistry, Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany
  • 2007-2015 Ordinary Professor for Climate Geology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2003-2007 Professor (C4), University of Potsdam and Geoforschungszentrum Potsdam (GFZ), Germany
  • 2002 Habilitation in Geosciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2000-2002 Oberassistent, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1998-1999 Research Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
  • 1997-1998 Postdoctoral Guest Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts, USA
  • 1996-1997 Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada
  • 1995-1996 Postdoctoral Research Associate, GEOMAR, Centre for Marine Geosciences, Kiel, Germany
  • 1995 Ph.D. at the Geological Institute, University of Kiel, Germany
  • 1992 Diploma in Geology, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 1987-1992 Diploma student in Geology at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany

 

Current functions in scientific committees

  • Chair of the Science Advisory Board of the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and member of the Governance Board
  • Chair of the Science Advisory Board of the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research (PIK) Member of the Governance Board of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Member of the Science Commission of Lower Saxony
  • Member of the Science Advisory Board of the Swiss Polar Institute
  • Member of the Science Advisory Board of the Netherland Earth System Science Centre (NESSC)
  • Member of the Science Advisory Board of the Werner Siemens Foundation


Honours and Awarded Memberships

  • since 2018 Member of the Mainz Academy of Science and Literature
  • since 2012 Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • 2010 Rössler-Prize, ETH Zurich
  • since 2008 Member of the Academia Europaea
  • 2007 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • 2001 Albert Maucher Prize, German Research Foundation (DFG)

Prof. Dr. Detlev Ganten

Member of the Board of Trustees

Founding President & Chair of the Board of Trustees
World Health Summit

Academic and Professional Career

  • since 2021: Chairman of the Board of Trustees, World Health Summit
  • 2010: Guest Professorship, Collège de France, Paris, France
  • since 2009: Founding President World Health Summit and Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany
  • since 2005: Honorary Chairman of the Board, Charité Foundation, Germany
  • 2004‐2008: Chief Executive Officer, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
  • 2002-2007: National Ethics Council
  • 1997-2001: President, Helmholtz Association of National Research Centers
  • 1997-1998: President, Deutsche Gesellschaft der Naturforscher und Ärzte (GDNÄ)
  • 1992-2008: Professor for Clinical Pharmacology, Free University of Berlin
  • 1991‐2004: Founding Director, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch, Germany
  • 1975-1991: Professor for Pharmacology and Experimental Medicine, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1973: Ph.D., McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • 1969‐1973: Research Fellow, Clinical Research Institute, Université de Montreal, Canada
  • 1968: M.D. degree, University of Tübingen, Germany


Project coordination, Membership in collaborative research projects (Selection)

  • since 2011: Board of Trustees, University Paris Sciences Lettres PSL
  • since 2011: Scientific Advisory Board, University Sorbonne Paris Cité
  • 2009-2021: President of the World Health Summit
  • since 2009: Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam, Germany
  • since 2009: Scientific Advisory Board, Agence Nationale der Recherche (ANR), Paris, France
  • since 2005: Chairman of the Board, Charité Foundation, Germany
  • 1962‐1968: Medical Studies at the Universities of Würzburg, Montpellier, Tübingen, Germany


Functions in Scientific Societies and Committees (Selection) 

  • since 2013: Co‐Chair, Interacademy Medical Panel (IAMP)
  • 2002‐2007: German National Ethics Council
  • 1997‐2001: President of the Helmholtz‐Association of National Research Centres
  • 1996‐1998: President of the Society of German Scientists and Medicines (GDNÄ)
  • 1993‐1998: Science Council, German Federal Government
  • 1992‐1997: Health Research Council, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • 1990‐1995: President of the World Hypertension League


Honours and Awarded Memberships (Selection)

  • 2017: Honorary doctorate, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • 2016: Honorary doctorate, Charité, Berlin
  • 2003: Légion d’honneur, France
  • 2002: Honorary Professorship, Wuhan University, China
  • 2000: Federal Cross of Merit, Germany
  • 1995: Honorary doctorate, University Iasi, Rumania
  • since 1993: Member, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • 1992: CIBA Award of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research, American Heart Association
  • 1990: Max Planck Research Award; Okamoto Award, Japan
  • 1981: Science Award of the German League for Combating High Blood Pressure; Sechenev Medal of the Medical Academy
  • Moscow; Chavez Award of the International Society of Hypertension

Prof. Dr. Eugenio Gaudio

Member of the Board of Trustees

International President | World Health Summit
President | Rome Sapienza Foundation

Work Experience

  • Since 2021: President of Rome Sapienza Foundation
  • Since 2021: International President World Health Summit
  • Since 2020:President of Italian Higher Education with Africa Foundation (IHEA)
  • Since 2020: President of Osservatorio Nazionale della Formazione Medica Specialistica – Ministry of University and Research
  • Since 2020: President of Scientific Council of Enrico Fermi Study and Research Center
  • 2019-2020: President of Civis – A European Civic University
  • 2014-2020: Rector of “Sapienza” University of Rome
  • 2010-2014: President of the Italian permanent Council of the Deans of the Faculties of Medicine
  • 2010-2014: Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine, “Sapienza” University of Rome
  • 2001-2014: Coordinator of the Ph.D. programme on Experimental and clinical hepato-gastroenterology, “Sapienza” University of Rome
  • 2008-2010: Director of the Department of Human Anatomy, “Sapienza” University of Rome
  • 2000-2010: Vice-Dean of the First Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, “Sapienza” University of Rome
  • 2000: Appointed as Full Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, “Sapienza” University of Rome
  • 2000-2010: Secretary of the Italian permanent Council of the Deans of Medicine
  • 1997-2000: Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, State University of L’Aquila
  • 1999-2002: Director of the Institute of Physical Education (ISEF) of L’Aquila
  • 1996-1997: Chairman of the Council for Medical Training, University of L’Aquila
  • 1994-1996: Director of the Department of Experimental Medicine, University of L’Aquila
  • 1994: Appointed to position of Full Professor, sector E09A- BIO/16 (Human Anatomy) University of L’Aquila
  • 1987: Associate Professor, sector E09A- BIO/16 (Human Anatomy) University of L’Aquila
  • 1986: Associate Professor, sector E09A (Human Anatomy) State University of Lecce

Roland Göhde

Member of the Board of Trustees

Co-Founder & Member of the Board of Trustees | Göhde Foundation
Chair of the Board | GHA – German Health Alliance

After his studies at the Universities of Münster and Freiburg, Roland Göhde was active at Partec GmbH in Münster as HIV/AIDS Project Coordinator and as Director Essential Healthcare. Göhde became Managing Partner of Partec GmbH Görlitz founded in 2000, later Senior Managing Director of German diagnostics and biotechnology company Sysmex Partec. Since 2014, Roland Göhde is furthermore acting as Chairman of the Board of GHA – German Health Alliance, former German Healthcare Partnership (GHP), an initiative which has been jointly established in 2010 by the German government and BDI – Federation of German Industries.

Activities & Positions

  • Since 2021: Member of the Advisory Board | Institute for Research in International Assistance (IRIA), Akkon University of Applied Sciences for Human Sciences
  • Since 2021: EU Climate Pact Ambassador
  • Since 2020: Member of the Board of Trustees | Neurological Rehabilitation Centre NRZ Godeshöhe Bonn
  • Since 2019: Member of the Advisory Group | UNAIDS Health Innovation Exchange (HIEx)
  • Since 2019: Member of the Steering Committee | Global Health Hub Germany
  • Since 2019: Member of the Board | BDI Committee for Industrial Health Economy
  • Since 2019: Member of the Strategic Board | BDI Initiative Digital Health
  • Since 2018: Chair | Private Sector Advisory Board of GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
  • Since 2017: Member | World Health Summit Council
  • Since 2017: Permanent Guest of the BDI Presidential Board
  • 2016: Initiator of the German Global Health Award, granted for the first time in 2017
  • Since 2014: Chairman of the Board | GHA – German Health Alliance
  • Since 2014: Member of the Board | German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein)
  • Since 2014: Senior Managing Director | Sysmex Partec GmbH
  • 2014: Main initiator of the “German-African Healthcare Forum” and of the multisectoral “Action Group on Ebola”
  • 2012-2016: Founding Member | Saxon Future Commission for Biotechnology & Life Sciences
  • 2012-2014: Founding Member | Advisory Board of the Coordinating Agency for the Free State of Saxony Healthcare Sector
  • 2009-2016: Founding Chairman of the Board | biosaxony – Free State of Saxony Biotechnology & Life Sciences Association
  • 2000-2014: Managing Partner | Partec GmbH

Further Activities
In 2012, Roland Göhde and co-founded the non-profit Göhde Foundation with a specific focus in Africa on essential healthcare, water supply, education and electricity supply, since 2017 with a second area of activities in classical music, especially in the context of supporting children as well as top young talents.

Awards
Besides other awards, Roland Göhde received the Innovation Award of the Free State of Saxony in 2003 and the IQ Innovation Award of Central Germany in 2007. At the “1st German Congress of World Market Leaders” in 2011, he was honored with the Young Entrepreneurs Award, granted for the first time by Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG. For his commitment and merits for the biotechnology sector in the Free State of Saxony, Göhde received the “Biosaxony Award” in 2019.

Hermann Gröhe MdB

Member of the Board of Trustees

Member of German Bundestag
Minister of Health 2013-2018

Since 1994, Hermann Gröhe is a member of the German Bundestag, currently acting as vice chairman of the CDU/CSU group for economic cooperation and development as well as labour and social policy. From 2013 to 2018, Mr. Gröhe was the Federal Minister of Health, giving Global Health issues a great priority in his work. A lawyer by profession, Hermann Gröhe is a faithful protestant and member of the National Synod of the Protestant Church of Germany (EKD).

Politics

  • since 2018 Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU-Parliamentary Group and commissioner for churches and religious communities
  • since 2014 Member of the CDU Federal Executive Board
  • 2013 – 2018 Federal Minister of Health
  • 2009 – 2013 Secretary General of the CDU
  • 2008 – 2009 Minister of State at the Federal Chancellery, responsible for the coordination between states and federal government, deregulation and parliamentary relations
  • 2005 – 2008 Legal Advisor of the CDU/CSU-Parliamentary Group, Spokesman of the CDU/CSU-Parliamentary Group on the first fact-finding committee, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • 2001 – 2009 Chairman of the CDU Rhein-Kreis Neuss
  • 1998 – 2005 Spokesman on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid of the CDU/CSU-Parliamentary Group
  • 1994 – 1998 Spokesman of the “Young group” in the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group
  • since 1994 Member of the Deutscher Bundestag
  • 1993 – 1994 Member of the CDU programme commission
  • 1991 – 1993 Member of the County Council Neuss
  • 1989 – 1994 Chairman of the national Junge Union Germany
  • 1984 – 1989 Member of the County Council Neuss
  • 1983 – 1989 County chairman of the Junge Union Neuss
  • since 1977 Member of the CDU

Education and professional experience

  • since 1994 Licensed lawyer
  • 1993 Second State Examination
  • 1991 – 1993 Trainee lawyer at the District Court Cologne
  • 1987 – 1993 Research assistant at the department of Political Philosophy and Legal Policy at the University of Cologne
  • 1987 First State Examination
  • 1980 – 1987 Law school at the University of Cologne

Social commitment

    • since 2021 Member of the Board of the Deutsche Nationalstiftung (German National Foundation)
    • since 2018 Deputy Chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
    • since 2001 Member of the Board of Directors of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
    • 2000 – 2008 Chairman of the “Diakonisches Werk” in Neuss, the relief organization of the EKD
    • since 1997 Member of the National Synod of the EKD
    • 1997 – 2009 Member of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD)

Prof. Dr. Heyo K. Kroemer

Member of the Board of Trustees

Chief Executive Officer
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Academic & Work Experience

  • seit 09/2019: Vorstandsvorsitzender der Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • 2012 – 08/2019: Vorstand Forschung und Lehre, Dekan der Medizinischen Fakultät und Sprecher des Vorstands der Universitätsmedizin Göttingen
  • 2012: W3-Professor für Pharmakologie und Personalisierte Medizin an der Universitätsmedizin Göttingen
  • 2000 – 2012: Dekan der Medizinischen Fakultät der Ernst Moritz Arndt-Universität Greifswald und Mitglied des Klinikumsvorstands
  • 1998 – 2012: Professor für Pharmakologie und Toxikologie an der Ernst Moritz Arndt-Universität Greifswald
  • 1998: C3-Professor für Klinische Pharmazie an der Universität Bonn
  • 1998: Ruf auf die C3-Professur für Experimentelle Pädiatrische Onkologie an der Universität Münster (abgelehnt)
  • 1992: Habilitation für Pharmakologie und Toxikologie an der Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
  • 1989-1998: Senior Postdoc am Dr. Margarete Fischer-Institut / Robert-Bosch- Krankenhaus in Stuttgart
  • 1987-1989: Forschungsaufenthalt im Biozentrum der Universität Basel und zweijährige Postdoc-Zeit in der Division of Clinical Pharmacology der Vanderbilt University in Nashville/USA
  • 1987: Kurzstipendium der Paul-Martini-Stiftung für einen Forschungsaufenthalt am Biozentrum der Universität Basel
  • 1986: Prüfung zum Dr. rer. nat. an der Technischen Universität Braunschweig
  • 1983-1986: Promotion am Dr. Margarete Fischer-Bosch-Institut für Klinische Pharmakologie / Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus zum Dr. rer. nat. in Stuttgart
  • 1978-1983: Studium der Pharmazie an der Technischen Universität Braunschweig
  • 1978: Abitur am Gymnasium Ulricianum in Aurich/Ostfriesland

Functions in Scientific Societies and Institutions

  • seit 2018: Mitglied der Leopoldina – Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften
  • seit 2012: Mitglied im Senatssauschuss für Sonderforschungsbereiche der DFG
  • seit 2012: Präsident des MFT
  • 2009 – 2012: Vizepräsident des MFT
  • 2007 – 2009: Vorstandsmitglied der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Kardiologie – Herz- und Kreislaufforschung
  • seit 2007: Präsidiumsmitglied des Medizinischen Fakultätentages (MFT)
  • 2004 – 2012: Kollegiat der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Membership in Advisory Boards and Supervisory Boards

  • Mitglied im Aufsichtsrat des Universitätsklinikums Frankfurt
  • seit 2009: Mitglied im Wissenschaftlichen Beirat des IZKF am Universitätsklinikum in Münster
  • seit 2006: Mitglied im Wissenschaftlichen Beirat der Bundesapothekerkammer
  • 2005-2009: Aufsichtsrat der Riemser Arzneimittel AG, Greifswald

Awards

  • 1993 Paul-Martini-Preis

Dr. Ricardo Baptista Leite, MD MP

Member of the Board of Trustees

Founder & President
UNITE Global Parliamentarians Network to End Infectious Diseases

Member of the Portuguese Parliament, Medical Doctor trained in infectious diseases and Head of Public Health at Católica University of Portugal.

Under the auspices of UNAIDS, Ricardo is the Founder and President of ‘UNITE – Parliamentarians Network to End Infectious Diseases’, a global platform of policy makers.

Awarded by ‘The Economist Intelligence Unit’ as a ‘HCV Change Maker’ (2016). This acknowledgment, attributed to solely six people globally, came in due recognition of Ricardo’s academic work and policy leadership in the field of hepatitis c.

Member of the Portuguese Parliament, currently on a 2nd term (2011-Present), serving as a permanent member of the Parliamentary Health Committee and of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee and having served as Vice-President of the Foreign Affairs Committee, permanent member of the Parliamentary group on Population and Development, Chair of the all-party Parliamentary HIV/AIDS workgroup and President of the Portuguese-Canadian Parliamentary Friendship Group.

Head of Public Health at the Institute of Health Sciences of Católica University of Portugal. Guest Lecturer at NOVA Medical School (Infectious Diseases and Microbiology) and at NOVA Information Management School (Coordinator of Sustainable Healthcare Unit), both at NOVA University. Senior Fellow at New Westminster College (BC, Canada) and PhD candidate in Public Health and Health Systems at Maastricht University (The Netherlands). Elected member of the supervisory board of the National Genetic Database Protection Agency. A decade of experience in health technology as a medical consultant at Glintt Healthcare Solutions (2009-2016), a multinational software house.

From 2015 to 2017, Deputy Mayor and City Councillor of Cascais, responsible for local health policy, academic partnerships, international relations (including economic diplomacy), youth (including Cascais European Youth Capital 2018) and employment policies.

In the past, practicing physician during 7 years, including a 5-year Infectious Diseases residency program at the Western Lisbon Hospital Centre. Intern in public health (HIV, Hepatitis and STI’s) as a formal collaborator of the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, based in Copenhagen (2011).

Post-graduate studies in many universities in Europe and abroad, among which are Johns Hopkins University (MD, USA), Harvard Medical School (MA, USA), Harvard Kennedy School of Government/IESE (Madrid, Spain), Albert Einstein College of Medicine (NY, USA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) and AESE Business School (Lisbon, Portugal).

Volunteer work related with health and development organizations, such as being member of the Centre for Health and Development International Advisory Board (Mangalore, India), member of the Hepatitis B and C Public Policy Association (Brussels, Belgium), among many other affiliations with Patient Associations. Fellow of the Millennium Fellowship at The Atlantic Council and of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship at the German Marshall Fund. Member of the European Leadership Network (www.europeanleadershipnetwork.org), European Young Leaders (Friends of Europe | Europanova), European Young Leaders Forum (BMW Foundation), Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network (ELEEP | The Atlantic Council), Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs). Fellow at the ZEIT Stiftung – Fundação Gertúlio Vargas 2015 Latin American Forum on Global Governance and member of the ZEIT Stiftung alumni. Member of the Antigua Forum alumni at Universidad Francisco Marroquín (Guatemala).

Founder of CREATING HEALTH – Research and Innovation funding, a sustainable non-profit which has been set up within the Catholic University of Portugal to help capture funding for health innovation and research projects (http://creatinghealth.ics.lisboa.ucp.pt).

Co-founder of the Estoril Conferences, which are focused on the issue of globalization under the motto Global Challenges, Local Answers (www.estorilconferences.com).

Main author of the book “Citizenship for Health” (PT, 2015), which is focused on the role of Citizens in health promotion and disease prevention, and of the book “Strategic Consensus on Integrated Management of Hepatitis C in Portugal” (PT, 2014), among other publications.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Christoph Markschies

Member of the Board of Trustees

President
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Christoph Markschies studied Classics, Philosophy and Theology at the Universities of Marburg, Munich and Tübingen and in Jerusalem, 1988 till 1994 Assistant and Lecturer at the University of Tübingen, 1991 PhD, 1994 Habilitation at Tübingen.

Chair of Church History at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena (1994- 2000), Chair of Church History at the Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg (2000-2004), since 2004 Chair of Church History (Ancient Christianity) at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

1998/1999 Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Institute for Advanced Study, 1999/2000, 2005/2006 and 2016/2017 Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. 2008/2009, 2013 and 2019 Visiting Fellow, Trinity College, Oxford, 2009/2010 Stewart Visiting Research Scholar in the Humanities Council, Programme of Jewish Studies, University of Princeton, 2010 Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study Princeton, 2013 Senior Fellow Martin Buber Society Hebrew University Jerusalem

Secretary of the Class of Humanities of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (former Prussian Academy of Sciences; 2003-2015); Vice-President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (2012-2018), President (since 2020).

(Corresponding/Foreign) Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, of the Academia Europea, the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the German Archeological Institute, the Academia Ambrosiana Milan, Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften and the Mainzer Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur.

2014 Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, 2016 Director of Chronoi – Einstein Research Enter Chronoi (on Time and Awareness of Time in Ancient Societies), Berlin.

2017 Federal Cross of Merit (1st Class).

2007 doctor honoris causa of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of Lucian- Blaga-University Sibiu/Hermannstadt. 2011 doctor honoris causa of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo. 2017 doctor honoris causa of the Pontifical Lateran University – Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum.

1980 State’s President’s Price for Young Historians, 1995 Hanns-Lilje-Award of the Goettingen Academy of Sciences, 2001 Leibniz-Award of the German National Research Council and 2010 Salzburg University Price.

Dr. h.c. mult. Friede Springer

Member of the Board of Trustees

Chair | Axel Springer Stiftung
Founder | Friede Springer Stiftung

Dr. h.c. Friede Springer is the Vice Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Axel Springer SE and holds the chairmanship of her two foundations:

The Friede Springer Foundation promotes mainly scientific and medical as well as artistic and cultural projects.

The Axel Springer Foundation supports exclusively and directly scientific, non-profit and charitable purposes. The focus is on German-Jewish historical research and on German-Israeli relations.

Friede Springer has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Axel Springer SE since 1985 and its Vice Chairwoman since 1999.

In 1996, Friede Springer was awarded the Grand Cross of Merit of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Prof. Dr. Christiane Woopen

Member of the Board of Trustees

Transdisciplinary Research Area “Individuals, Institutions and Societies”
Hertz Professorship Life Ethics, University of Bonn

Christiane Woopen has been Heinrich Hertz Professor of “Life Ethics – Individuals, Institutions and Societies” at the University of Bonn and founding director of the Centre for Life Ethics since October 2021.

Previously, she was Professor of Ethics and Theory of Medicine at the University of Cologne, where she was Founding Director of the interfaculty Cologne Centre for Ethics, Rights, Economics, and Social Sciences of Health (ceres).

In addition to leading national and international research projects, she is involved in policy advocacy, including as

  • Chair of the German Ethics Council (2012-2016),
  • President of the Global Summit of National Ethics Councils (2014-2016),
    Member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee until 2017,
  • Co-Spokesperson of the German Government Data Ethics Council from 2018 – 2019,
  • Chair of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) from 2017 to 2021.

Woopen is a member of several academies of sciences (NRW, BBAW, Academia Europaea) and was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class.


The Board of Trustees of the Virchow Foundation for Global Health is currently under formation.

Additional details to be presented soon.


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