The Freunde der Universität Mannheim Association

The bodies of the association are the board of directors and the board of trustees.

The board of directors consists of five non-university members who have significant professional experience and a special connection to the university – mostly as graduates. In addition, the President is a permanent member of this body and thus is a direct link to the university. In accordance with the statutes, the board of directors is elected every two years.

In addition to the board of directors, a board of trustees was created which consists of leading personalities from the business world and society. They share their experience, knowledge and connections in an annual strategy meeting with the board of directors, in this way benefiting the university. In accordance with the statutes, the board of trustees is elected every three years.

Members of the board of directors

Dr. Josef Zimmermann
Long-term member of the Deutsche Bank board of directors, Mannheim
Andrea Riedmann
Vice chair
Partner audit at KPMG AG
Dr. Alexander Selent
Advisory board member of WashTech AG
Dr. Wolfgang Thomasberger
Former chairman of the board VR Bank Rhein-Neckar eG, Mannheim
Prof. Dr. Thomas Puhl

Honorary members

Prof. Dr. Carl-Heinrich Esser

The reason I serve on the board of trustees of Freunde der Universität Mannheim is the permanent interest in “my” alma mater, to which I owe beautiful, interesting and eventful years of study and the tools for a successful professional life.

Dr. Axel Weber / Photo credit: Jula Jacob

The board of trustees

Holger Becker
Commercial Director
Großkraftwerk Mannheim

Franz Josef Becker
Chair of the executive board
Commerzbank AG

Dr. Simone Burel
Managing director

Kölbl, Thomas
Chief Financial Officer
Südzucker AG

Dr. Ralf Krieger
Board member, CFO
Freudenberg SE

Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Moch
Director Produktion Mannheim & Gießerei Truck Powertrain
Daimler AG

Dr. Georg Müller
Chairman of the Executive Board (CEO)
MVV Energie AG

Christian Paetzke
Managing director
Roche Diagnostics Deutschland GmbH & Roche Deutschland Holding GmbH

Roland Pelka
Former deputy chairman of the board of management
HORNBACH Management AG

Ingolf Prüfer
Former Director Human Resources
Deere & Company European Office

Dr. Carl Otto Schill
Managing partner
Value Partnership Management GmbH

Dipl.-Kfm. Alf N. Schlegel
Board member
Mannheimer Versicherung AG

Manfred Schnabel
IHK Rhein-Neckar

Dr. Uwe Schroeder-Wildberg
Chairman and CEO
MLP Finanzberatung SE

Dr. Gerhard Vogel
Former President
IHK Rhein-Neckar

Dr. Axel Weber
Ulrike und Dr. Axel Weber Stiftung

Thomas Wiggert
Head of Commercial Division Mobility Region Süd
Siemens AG

Join Us!

As a member of Freunde der Universität Mannheim you will support committed young people, pioneering research as well as the exchange between research and society. In addition, you will receive special access to the President's Office, academic staff members and the knowledge culture of the university.