Organization

The foundation is represented by the board and a full-time managing director. She is responsible for the operational management of the foundation and for developing strategic plans, which are then discussed together with the board. 

Board of trustees Board of directors Management
advises and monitors the board of directors the body authorized to represent the foundation consists of the President (qua officio) of the University and four other internal/external members / The investment advisory board, an additional body, is responsible for investments. conducts the foundation’s affairs, is responsible for the use of funds and fundraising together with the board of directors / Team: Sabrina Scherbarth (managing director) and Dr. Sarah Tapp (fundraising coordinator)

Board of the University of Mannheim Foundation

The bodies of the University of Mannheim Foundation are subject to the following rules laid down in the statutes (available in German only): The board of directors consists of at least three and no more than five members. The term of office is four years. The board is made up of the President and four other persons. Two of them are representatives of ABSOLVENTUM and the Freunde der Universität Mannheim e.V. (FUM). The board can propose up to two more persons as additional board members who need to be approved by the board of trustees. The board of directors elects a chairman from among its members. It manages the foundation in accordance with the statutes and carries out the mission of the foundation. The board appoints a managing director who manages the operational affairs and supports it in carrying out the foundation’s mission.

Currently, the board of the University of Mannheim Foundation consists of the following members:

Prof. Dr. Thomas Puhl
President
Dr. Josef Zimmermann
Chair of the Freunde der Universität Mannheim and vice chair of the University of Mannheim Foundation
Gerhard Stegmann
Owner of Gerhard Stegmann Consulting and treasurer of the University of Mannheim Foundation
Dr. Susanne Fuchs
Member of the advisory board of Fuchs Petrolub SE and member of the board of directors of the University of Mannheim Foundation
Dr. Lorenz Näger
Chief Financial Officer of HeidelbergCement and member of the board of directors of the University of Mannheim Foundation

Board of trustees

The board of trustees advises the board of directors on key issues and supports it in carrying out the foundation's mission. It completes the annual report and reduces the workload of the board of directors. The board of trustees has at least six and no more than twelve members. The term of office is four years. 

The board of trustees is made up as follows:

Non-university members

Simon Engelhorn
COO of Engelhorn GmbH & Co. KGaA

Dr. John Feldmann (vice chair)
Former member of the board of BASF SE

Paul Hofmann
Managing director of Karl Berrang GmbH

Albrecht Hornbach
CEO of Hornbach Holding

Prof. Dr. Dorothee Karl (chair)
Professor of the SRH University Heidelberg

Dr. Stephan Meeder
Spokesperson of the board of CropEnergies AG


University members

Prof. Dr. Michael Diehl
Dean of the School of Social Sciences

Prof. Dr. Philipp Gassert
Dean of the School of Humanities

Dr. Bernd Lübcke
Dean of the School of Business Informatics and Mathematics

Joachim Lutz
Dean of the School of Business

Prof. Dr. Nadine Klass
Dean of the School of Law and Economics

Barbara Windscheid
Executive Vice President of the University of Mannheim

Investment advisory board

Instead of an external trustee, the foundation has its own body, the investment advisory board, to manage the foundation’s investments. The investment advisory board consists of at least three and no more than six members. The term of office is three years. The managing director is ex officio a member of the investment advisory board. It advises the board of directors on the management and investment of the foundation’s assets. Currently, the members of the investment advisory board are:

Tobias Dratt
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, BASF Corporation

Prof. Dr. Peter Grüner
Chair of Economics and Economic Policy at the University of Mannheim

Prof. Dr. Stefan Ruenzi
Chair of International Finance at the University of Mannheim

Sabrina Scherbarth
Managing director of the University of Mannheim Foundation

Gerhard Stegmann
Member of the board of the foundation and owner of Gerhard Stegmann Consulting

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Martin Weber
Chair of Finance and Banking at the University of Mannheim