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Organs of the Trust

SWP Council

The SWP Council (Stiftungsrat) is SWP's highest supervisory and decision-making body. It comprises a President, two Deputy Presidents (one of whom is the Head of the Federal Chancellery), members nominated by the parliamentary groups in the Bundestag, members nominated by the Head of the Federal Chancellery, and leading academics, businesspeople and public figures. All members of the Council serve in an honorary capacity. The Council appoints the Institute's management, approves broad outlines for its research and guarantees its independence.


Dr. Nikolaus von Bomhard, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Munich Reinsurance Company

Deputy Presidents:

Prof. Dr. Angelika Niebler, Member of the European Parliament
Federal Minister Wolfgang Schmidt, Head of the Federal Chancellery


Tjorven Bellmann, Federal Foreign Office

Prof. Dr. Claudia Derichs, Humboldt University of Berlin

Prof. Dr. Dr. Udo Di Fabio, Rhenish Friedrich Wilhelm University of Bonn

State Secretary Prof. Dr. Sabine Döring, Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Deborah Düring, MdB

Franz Fehrenbach

State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Jürgen Hardt, Member of the Bundestag

Prof. Dr. Dieter Kempf, Vice President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI)

Prof. Dr. Sabine Kunst, Chairwoman of the Joachim Herz Foundation

Michael Georg Link, MdB

Parliamentary State Secretary Siemtje Möller, Federal Ministry of Defence

Jens Plötner, Federal Chancellery

Jan Rinnert, Heraeus Holding GmbH

Dr. Nils Schmid, Member of the Bundestag

Dr. Kirsten Scholl, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

State Secretary Steffen Saebisch, Federal Ministry of Finance

State Secretary Juliane Seifert, Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community

Prof. Dr. Margret Wintermantel

Volker Wieker, General (retd)


The Board comprises a Chair, a Deputy Chair and one other member. Board members are appointed by two-thirds majority of members of the Council. The Board represents the Foundation in and out of court through any two of its members. The Chair is the Director of the Institute, and is supported in that capacity by two Deputy Directors (Executive Board).

Dr. Stefan Mair, Chairman
Prof. Dr. Gudrun Krämer, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Silvia von Steinsdorff, Berlin

Research Advisory Board

The Research Advisory Board advises the Institute on all topical and interdisciplinary questions related to its research programme. It is appointed by the SWP Council in consultation with the Executive Board.

President: Prof. Dr. Claudia Derichs, Humboldt University of Berlin

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bonacker, University of Marburg, Center for Conflict Studies

Prof. Dr. Aurel Croissant, University of Heidelberg

Prof. Dr. Thomas Demmelhuber, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg

Prof. Dr. Gabriel Felbermayr, Austrian Institute of Economic Research

Prof. Dr. Sieglinde Gstöhl, College of Europe, Brügge

Prof. Michael C. Kimmage, The Catholic University of America

Prof. Dr. Heike Krieger, Free University Berlin

Prof. Dr.  Heike Neuroth, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Zangl, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich