Board of Trustees

As laid out in Article 24 of the Articles of Association, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has a Board of Trustees. It advises the company on all issues of substantial importance for its development. The Board of Trustees also maintains an exchange of information and opinions on matters related to the purpose of the company and fosters the relations between GIZ, the German states, civil society, the private sector and other institutions working in similar fields.

The GIZ Board of Trustees meets once a year.

The Board has up to 40 members, who are appointed by the Shareholder for a five-year term. Members act in an honorary capacity.

The Board of Trustees is composed as follows:

  • Seven members of the Federal States
  • Four members of the parliamentary groups in the German Bundestag
  • Ten members of the Federal ministries
  • Two members of the Academic Community
  • Four members of the Civil society
  • Two members of the developent workers
  • One member of the trade unions
  • Six members of the private sector
  • Two members of the municipalities

Members of the Board of Trustees

Federal States

Stefan Farivar - Ministry of Science and Economic Affairs of Saxony-Anhalt
Raphaele Polak - Saxon State Ministry of the Environment and Agriculture
Jürgen Hein - State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia
Dr Simone Höckele-Häfner - State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg
Christian Rickerts - Senate Department for Economics Energy and Public Enterprises in Berlin
Jutta Kremer - State Chacellery of Lower Saxony
State secretary Mathias Samson - Hessian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Urban and Regional Development

Parliamentary groups in the German Bundestag

Stefan Rebmann - Former member of the SPD parliamentary group in the German Federal Parliament (Social Democratic Party)
Dr Claudia Lücking-Michel, MP - Former member of the CDU/CSU (Chair) parliamentary group in the German Federal Parliament (Christian Democratic Party)
Claudia Roth, MP - Bündnis90/Die Grünen parliamentary group in the German Federal Parliament (Alliance 90/The Green Party)

Academic Community

Dr Susanne Dröge (First Deputy Chair) - Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (German Institute for International and Security Affairs)
Dr Imme Scholz - German Development Institute

Trade unions

Andreas Botsch - DGB (German Confederation of Trade Unions)


Janina Salden - German Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB)

Federal ministries

Dr Ariane Hildebrandt - Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Mark Kamperhoff - Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ)
Dr Eva Kracht - Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
Dr Frank Richter- Federal Ministry of Defence (BMVg)
Eva Schmierer - Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV)
Dr Kai-Andreas Otto - Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI)
Susanne Burger - Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Stefan Delfs - Federal Foreign Office (AA)
Friedrich Wacker - Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)
Zeno Reichenbecher - Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Developent workers

Dr Elke Ahrens - Agentur Ahrens
Dr Anthea Bethge - Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Entwicklungsdienste e.V. (AGdD)

Private sector

Dr Ilja Nothnagel - German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK)
Cuno Güttler - Rheinischer Sparkassen- und Giroverband (Rhine Savings Banks Association)
State secretary a.D. Ulla Ihnen - Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft e.V.
Georg Haber - Handwerkskammer Niederbayern/Oberpfalz
Dr Jürgen Ratzinger, (Deputy Chair) Wirtschaftskreis Hessen/Rheinland-Pfalz, Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft e.V.
Thimo V. Schmitt-Lord - Bayer AG - Bayer Foundations

Civil society

Jürgen Deile - Learning and Helping Overseas (Arbeitskreis Lernen und Helfen in Übersee e.V.)
Dr Kambiz Ghawami - World University Service
Dr Bernd Bornhorst - VENRO (umbrella organisation of development non-governmental organisations in Germany)
Heike Spielmans - VENRO (umbrella organisation of development non-governmental organisations in Germany)