Virchow Foundation

for Global Health


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. 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 also 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. Furthermore, they represent, promote and support the Foundation and its goals within their own networks and in relevant meetings and events.


Prof. Dr. Gerald H. Haug

Foundation 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. Elizabeth H. Blackburn

Member of the Board of Trustees

Nobel Laureate 2009
Professor Emerita, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Professor Elizabeth H. Blackburn, a Nobel Laureate, is currently Professor Emerita at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Throughout her long career in science she has been a leader in the area of telomere and telomerase research, having discovered the molecular nature of telomeres – the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes that serve as protective caps essential for preserving the genetic information – and co-discovered the ribonucleoprotein enzyme, telomerase.

As Professor Emerita in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Professor Blackburn and her UCSF research team continue their work with various cells (including human cells), with the goal of understanding telomerase and telomere biology. She and her research team also collaborate in a wide range of investigations of the roles of telomere biology in human health and diseases, through clinical and other human studies.

Born in Australia, Professor Blackburn earned her B.Sc. (1970) and M.Sc. (1972) degrees from the University of Melbourne, and her Ph.D. (1975) from the University of Cambridge in England. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Department at Yale University from 1975 to 1977.

In 1978, Professor Blackburn joined the faculty at the University of California Berkeley (UCB), in the Department of Molecular Biology. In 1990, she joined the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UCSF, where she served as Department Chair from 1993 to 1999. She was also appointed a faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF.

Professor Blackburn has won many prestigious awards throughout her career. In 2009, Professor Blackburn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. She received the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award for Basic Medical Research in 2006, and in 2007 was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. In 2008 she was the North American Laureate for L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1991) and the Royal Society of London (1992), a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (1993) and a Member of the Institute of Medicine (2000). She was elected the 1998 President of the American Society for Cell Biology and the 2010- 2011 President of the American Association for Cancer Research. She served on the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2002 to 2004, and has been awarded honorary degrees by 11 Universities.

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

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.

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).


  • 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)

Dr. Ricardo Baptista Leite, MD MP

Member of the Board of Trustees

Founder & President
UNITE Parliamentarians Network for Global Health

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 (, 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 (

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

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

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.

Academic and Professional Career

  • Since 2020 President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
  • 2012-2018 Vice-President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
  • 2003-2015 Secretary of the Class of Humanities of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (former Prussian Academy of Sciences)
  • 2013 Senior Fellow Martin Buber Society Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • 2010 Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study Princeton
  • 2009/2010 Stewart Visiting Research Scholar in the Humanities Council, Programm of Jewish Studies, University of Princeton
  • 2008/2009, 2013 and 2019 Visiting Fellow, Trinity College, Oxford
  • since 2004 Chair of Church History (Ancient Christianity) at the Humboldt University of Berlin
  • 2000-2004 Chair of Church History at the Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg
  • 1999/2000, 2005/2006 and 2016/2017 Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • 1998/1999 Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study
  • 1994-2000 Chair of Church History at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

(Corresponding/Foreign) Member of the:

  • European Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • Academia Europea
  • Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Humanities
  • German Archeological Institute
  • Academia Ambrosiana Milan
  • Heidelberger Academy of Science
  • Mainzer Academy of Science and Literature

Previous functions in scientific committees

  • 2017 Federal Cross of Merit (1st Class)
  • 2016 Director of Chronoi – Einstein Research Enter Chronoi (on Time and Awareness of Time in Ancient Societies), Berlin
  • 2014 Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation

Honours and Awarded Memberships

  • 2017 doctor honoris causa of the Pontifical Lateran University – Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum
  • 2011 doctor honoris causa of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo
  • 2010 Salzburg University Prize
  • 2007 doctor honoris causa of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of Lucian- Blaga-University Sibiu/Hermannstadt
  • 2001 Leibniz-Award of the German National Research Council
  • 1995 Hanns-Lilje-Award of the Goettingen Academy of Sciences
  • 1980 State’s President’s Price for Young Historians

Dr. Miriam Orcutt

Member of the Board of Trustees

Former Executive Director | Lancet Migration

Dr Miriam Orcutt (MBBS, MSc) is a Senior Research Fellow in Global Public Health and Forced Migration at the Institute for Global Health, University College London, and Executive Director of Lancet Migration: global collaboration to advance migration health.

Her main areas of academic and policy interest are: global health policy and governance and migration, health system and medical-humanitarian resilience and response to migration, forced migration and health, structural and political determinants of health for migrants.

Miriam has a particular interest in the effective translation of research into policy and practice. She has extensive experience working with NGOs and multilateral organisations; such as: Médecins sans Frontières (2018 and 2019), the World Health Organisation (regular consultancies 2017-2019), the Syrian American Medical Society (fieldwork 2016), DevTech (fieldwork 2012); and experience leading or contributing to research reports and policy briefings for WHO (2017-19), World Bank (2017), Terre des Hommes (2015), among others.

Fieldwork experience in: Nepal, India, Zambia, South Africa, Bolivia, Argentina; and in migration contexts in: Lebanon, Egypt, Greece, Serbia, Belgium, Italy.

Contributed to or made interventions at the following global policy processes as a civil society representative: the Global Compact for Migration global stakeholder consultations in: New York, May 2017 and Geneva, July 2017; Global Compact for Migration high-level member state meeting in Morocco, 2018; WHO Global Action Plan to improve the health of migrants and refugees: expert consultation meeting, Geneva, 2019; World Health Assembly, Side Event on Universal Health Coverage and Migration, May 2019; United Nations high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage, New York, 2019.

Miriam previously worked as a medical doctor in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), on the Academic Clinical Foundation Programme in Epidemiology and Global Public Health, in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She holds an MSc in Medical Anthropology with Distinction from Durham University and is a doctoral candidate on health system response to forcibly displaced populations.

She has published academic articles in the field of migration and health as relates to global public health and health policy in peer-reviewed journals, such as The Lancet and The British Medical Journal, and was one of the lead authors of ‘The UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health’ (published in the Lancet in December 2018).

Miriam has over five years of humanitarian consultancy and project management experience, including with The Lancet, the World Health Organisation and the World Bank, and is skilled in leading research projects and policy work. In 2018 she was named a Canadian Woman Leader in Global Health, on the inaugural list by The Lancet.

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 scientific, medical, 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 is a 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:

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

Membership in Scientific Academies
North Rhine-Westphalia Academy for Sciences and Arts
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
Academia Europaea

Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class


Prof. Dr. Adnan Hyder

Ex Officio Guest of the Board of Trustees

International President 2023 | World Health Summit
Professor of Global Health and Senior Associate Dean for Research, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University

Dr. Adnan Hyder is Senior Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Global Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, USA. For over 25 years, Dr. Hyder has worked to improve public health in the United States and in countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East; and pioneered empirical work around ethics, injuries, health systems, and non-communicable diseases. He has conducted studies focusing on defining the epidemiological burden, understanding risk factors, exploring potential interventions, estimating economic impact, and appreciating the socio-cultural correlates of non-communicable diseases and injuries and their risk factors around the world. Dr. Hyder has led a series of conceptual and empirical studies on research ethics, health systems ethics, and ethics of health policy and systems research. Currently, he also serves as the founding Director of the Center on Commercial Determinants of Health at George Washington University and the Bioethics Interest Group at Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Dr. Hyder has extensive experience leading large capacity development programs in low-middle income countries including several major training grants funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. He has co-authored over 400 scientific peer-reviewed papers and numerous world reports with organizations like the World Bank, World Health Organization and UNICEF. Dr. Hyder has worked in over 85 countries around the world, currently serves as International President of the World Health Summit for 2023, Chair of the Board for Health Systems Global, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Youth for Road Safety and has been an advisor to several internal organizations. Dr. Hyder received his M.D. from the Aga Khan University, Pakistan and obtained his MPH and Ph.D. in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Prof. Dr. Heyo K. Kroemer

Ex Officio Guest of the Board of Trustees

Chief Executive Officer
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Academic & Work Experience

  • since 09/2019: Chairman of the Board of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • 2012-08/2019: Head of Research and Teaching, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Spokesman of the Board | University Medical Center Göttingen
  • 2012: W3 Professor of Pharmacology and Personalized Medicine | University Medical Center Göttingen
  • 2000-2012: Dean of the Medical Faculty, Member of the Hospital Board | Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald
  • 1998-2012: Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology | Ernst Moritz Arndt University Greifswald
  • 1998: C3 Professor of Clinical Pharmacy | University of Bonn
  • 1998: Appointment to the C3 Professorship for Experimental Pediatric Oncology | University of Münster (declined)
  • 1992: Habilitation in Pharmacology and Toxicology | Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen
  • 1989-1998: Senior Postdoc | Dr. Margarete Fischer Institute / Robert Bosch Hospital in Stuttgart
  • 1987-1989: Research stay | Biozentrum of the University of Basel and two-year postdoctoral period in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville/USA
  • 1987: Short scholarship of the Paul Martini Foundation for a research stay at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel
  • 1986: Examination as Dr. rer. NAT. | Technical University of Braunschweig
  • 1983-1986: Doctorate | Dr. Margarete Fischer-Bosch Institute for Clinical Pharmacology / Robert Bosch Hospital as Dr. rer. NAT. in Stuttgart
  • 1978-1983: Pharmaceutical studies | Technical University of Braunschweig
  • 1978: Abitur | Gymnasium Ulricianum in Aurich/East Frisia

Functions in Scientific Societies and Institutions

  • since 2018: Member | Leopoldina – National Academy of Sciences
  • since 2012: Member | Senate Committee for Collaborative Research Centres of the DFG
  • since 2012: President | Medical Faculties Day (MFT)
  • 2009-2012: Vice President | Medical Faculties Day (MFT)
  • 2007-2009: Member of the Board | German Society of Cardiology – Cardiovascular Research
  • since 2007: Member | Presidium of the Medical Faculties Association (MFT)
  • 2004-2012: Fellow | German Research Foundation (DFG)

Membership in Advisory Boards and Supervisory Boards

  • Member of the Supervisory Board | University Hospital Frankfurt
  • since 2009: Member of the Scientific Advisory Board | IZKF at the University Hospital in Münster
  • since 2006: Member of the Scientific Advisory Board | Federal Chamber of Pharmacists
  • 2005-2009: Supervisory Board | Riemser Arzneimittel AG, Greifswald


  • 1993 Paul Martini Prize