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
  • Six 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 development 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

  • Nicole Ewert-May - State Chancellery of Lower Saxony
    State Secretary
  • Stefan Farivar - Ministry of Science and Economic Affairs of Saxony-Anhalt
  • Juergen Hein - State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Dr Simone Hoeckele-Haefner - State Ministry of Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • Raphaele Polak - Saxon State Ministry of the Environment and Agriculture
  • State Secretary Christian Rickerts - Senate Department for Economics Energy and Public Enterprises in Berlin
  • Mathias Samson - Hessian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Urban and Regional Development

Parliamentary groups in the German Bundestag

  • Matern von Marschall (Chair), Member of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Federal Parliament (Christian Democratic Party)
  • Dietmar Friedhoff, Member of the AfD parliamentary group in the German Federal Parliament (Alternative for Germany)
  • Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Member of the FDP parliamentary group in the German Federal Parliament (Free Democratic Party)
  • Claudia Roth, Member of the Buendnis and Vice President of the Bundestag, 90/Die Gruenen parliamentary group in the German Federal Parliament (Alliance 90/The Green Party)
  • Eva-Maria Schreiber, Member of the DIE LINKE parliamentary group in the German Federal Parliament (The Left)
  • Dagmar Ziegler, Member of the SPD parliamentary group in the German Federal Parliament (Social Democratic Party)

Federal ministries

  • Susanne Burger - Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Stefan Delfs - Federal Foreign Office (AA)
  • 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 and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
  • Dr Kai-Andreas Otto - Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI)
  • Zeno Reichenbecher - Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
  • Dr Frank Richter - Federal Ministry of Defence (BMVg)
  • Eva Schmierer - Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV)
  • Friedrich Wacker - Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)

Academic Community

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

Civil society

  • Dr Bernd Bornhorst - VENRO (umbrella organisation of development non-governmental organisations in Germany)
  • Juergen Deile - Learning and Helping Overseas (Arbeitskreis Lernen und Helfen in Uebersee e.V.)
  • Dr Kambiz Ghawami - World University Service
  • Heike Spielmans - VENRO (umbrella organisation of development non-governmental organisations in Germany)
  • Development workers
  • Dr Elke Ahrens - Agentur Ahrens
  • Judith Ohene - Association of Development Services (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Entwicklungsdienste e.V.)
  • Trade unions
  • Andreas Botsch - DGB (German Confederation of Trade Unions)

Private sector

  • Dr Juergen Ratzinger (Second Deputy Chair) Economic District Hessen / Rhineland-Palatinate, Carl Duisberg Society
  • Cuno Guettler - Rhine Savings Banks Association
  • Dr Georg Haber -  Chamber of Trade of Lower Bavaria and Upper Palatinate
  • State Secretary a.D. Ulla Ihnen - Carl Duisberg Society
  • Dr Ilja Nothnagel - German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK)
  • Thimo V. Schmitt-Lord - Bayer Foundations

Municipalities

  • Janina Salden - German Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB)
  • TBA. - Association of German Cities