The Foundation’s highest authority is the Board of Trustees. Our commitment to bilateral work is also evident in the Board’s composition, with each participating government appointing six members.
Our Board members:
From 1975 onwards, he worked at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. He has published numerous articles on numismatic topics, and in particular on the history of the Jews in Germany.
photo © Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin – Centrum Judaicum / Anna Fischer
He is also Chairman of the Board of the Israeli Insurance Association and Association of Life Insurance Companies, and is a member of numerous non-profit organizations working in the charity sector and offering art for the public good. He holds a B.A. degree in economics and political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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Since 2000, she has been a judge at the Administrative Court in Berlin (currently on leave). She is married to Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and is therefore Germany’s ‘First Lady’.
photo © Bundespresseamt / Steffen Kugler
photo © Mathias Bothor
She studied economic science and English literature at Tel Aviv University, and gained her doctorate in economics and political science from Harvard University. She worked as a lecturer at both universities.
photo © Ofir Rachbuch
In 2002, her generation book, ‘Zonenkinder’, was published. In 2010, she won the Theodor Wolff Prize in the Essay category for ‘Vater Morgana’; in 2017, her first novel, ‘Kleinland’, was published, and in 2018, her collection of interviews ‘Wer wir sind. Die Erfahrung, ostdeutsch zu sein’ and in 2019: ‘Wie alles anders bleibt. Geschichten aus Ostdeutschland’. She was elected cultural journalist of the year for 2019 by Medium Magazine.
photo © Dominik Butzmann
He was posted twice to the embassy in Washington, D.C., most recently as an envoy (2005-2009). He was also appointed twice to the United Nations, most recently as a member of the UN Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (2003-2008). He studied law at the London School of Economics.
photo © Embassy of the State of Israel
Until 2019, she also headed the Center for European Studies at the IDC. Her work focuses on relations between the European Union and Germany, immigration and integration policy. After gaining her doctorate in 2004, she taught at the George Washington University and was a visiting scholar at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown University. She was also a Fellow of the German Marshall Fund.
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After studying journalism with a focus on economics (BA), she worked as a freelance journalist and as a research assistant at the German Bundestag. She was a member and reporter at the Committee on Foreign Affairs. She was also spokesperson of the SPD parliamentary group on cultural relations and education policy, and Chairwoman of the German-Turkish parliamentary group.
photo © Jorinde Gersina
She is head of a research team studying the extracellular membrane (ECM). She also gives presentations at numerous symposia with internationally high-ranking guest speakers, in the US, Israel and Europe. In 1992, Prof. Irit Sigi completed her dissertation in Bioinorganic Chemistry at Georgetown University.
photo © Weizmann Institute of Science / Eyal Yzhar
Previously, she was Trade Commissioner in Australia and New Zealand, and worked on behalf of the Ministry of Economy and Industry in the US. She holds an MA degree in Communication from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
photo © Shahar Azran
After completing his studies in literature and philosophy in Marburg, Hamburg and Paris from 1986 to 1989, he worked at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and then at the German Literature Archive in Marbach. From 1990 to 1998, he was head of the Jüdischer Verlag publishing house and was Editor-in-Chief at the Siedler Verlag. He gained prominence with works about Paul Celan. His most recently published work is ‘Grunewald im Orient. Das deutsch-jüdische Jerusalem’.photo © Jürgen Bauer
Ambassador Yoram Ben-Zeev
Minister of State Prof. Dr. Maria Böhmer
Dr. Arye Carmon
Dr. Ruthie Eitan
Michael Federmann (vice chairman)
Ambassador Yaacov Hadas-Handelsman
Dr. Michael Jansen (chairman)
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Christoph Markschies
Dr. Michael Naumann
Prof. Dr. Günther Nonnenmacher
René R. Obermann
Prof. Dr. Fania Oz-Salzberger
Minister of State Cornelia Pieper
Nava Semel (1954 – 2017)
Dr. Sylke Tempel (1963 – 2017)
Prof. Regina Ziegler