Professor Dan Diner is the Chair of the Foundation and its Governing Council.
He acts as Professor emeritus of Modern History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Formerly he served as Director of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University. Presently he is a Member of The Saxonian Academy of Science. Under its auspices, he edited an Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture in seven volumes and continues to edit collections of documents in the domain of Jewish legal, diplomatic and political history. Dan's research focuses on two main topics: The conceptualization of modern Jewish history and an interpretation of WWII observed from the periphery. He has published widely on 20th century history, Jewish history, Middle Eastern history and German history, particularly in the period of National Socialism and the Holocaust.