Who we are


Our mission

The Governing Council oversees the programmatic direction of the Alfred Landecker Foundation. Under the leadership of the Chair and the Co-CEOs, the team handles the implementation and monitoring of the grants. The Academic Council advises the Foundation on funding decisions regarding research projects.

The office of the Alfred Landecker Foundation is located in Berlin. Its activities, however, extend beyond the borders of the Federal Republic of Germany into other European countries, the United States of America and Israel.

All people

  • Foundation Team
  • Governing Council
  • Academic Council
  • Lena Altman
    Co-CEO
  • Silke Muelherr
    Co-CEO
  • Benjamin Fischer
    Program Director
  • Steffen Jost
    Program Director
  • Luisa Maria Schweizer
    Program Director
  • Miriam Menzel
    Program Manager
  • Raphael von Aulock
    Program Manager
  • Johannes Rudloff
    Program Associate
  • Sarah Florence Gaebler
    Grants Manager
  • Jonathan Duetsch
    Grants Manager
  • Claudia Riese
    Enabling und HR Manager
  • Ellen Brinkmann
    Political Communications Manager
  • Mosch Khanedani
    Manager External Relations
  • Daniela Oberstein
    Political Communications Manager
  • Dagmar Reindl
    Executive Assistant
  • Chantal Knopp
    Professional Year Trainee
  • Isabelle Mudge
    Professional Year Trainee
  • Dan Diner
    Chair of the Foundation and its Governing Council
  • Ngaire Woods
    Vice-Chair of the Governing Council
  • Anna von Bayern
    Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
  • Joschka Fischer
    Former Foreign Minister of Germany
  • Peter Harf
    Chairman of the JAB Holding Company
  • Dietmar Mueller-Elmau
    CEO and owner of Schloss Elmau
  • Martin Reimann
    The voice of the Reimann family in the Foundation
  • Rachel Salamander
    Literary scholar, publicist and cultural commentator
  • Eldar Shafir
    Director of Princeton’s Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy
  • Norbert Frei
    Chair of the Academic Council
  • Cilly Kugelmann
    Chief Curator of the new permanent exhibition of the Jewish Museum Berlin
  • Stefanie Schüler-Springorum
    Vice-Chair of the Academic Council
  • Sybille Steinbacher
    Director of the Fritz Bauer Institute
  • Jonathan Wolff
    Professor of Values and Public Policy at Oxford University
Foundation Team
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Lena Altman

Co-CEO
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Silke Muelherr

Co-CEO
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Benjamin Fischer

Program Director
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Steffen Jost

Program Director
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Luisa Maria Schweizer

Program Director
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Miriam Menzel

Program Manager
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Raphael von Aulock

Program Manager
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Johannes Rudloff

Program Associate
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Sarah Florence Gaebler

Grants Manager
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Jonathan Duetsch

Grants Manager
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Claudia Riese

Enabling und HR Manager
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Ellen Brinkmann

Political Communications Manager
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Mosch Khanedani

Manager External Relations
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Daniela Oberstein

Political Communications Manager
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Dagmar Reindl

Executive Assistant
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Chantal Knopp

Professional Year Trainee
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Isabelle Mudge

Professional Year Trainee
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Governing Council
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Dan Diner

Chair of the Foundation and its Governing Council
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Ngaire Woods

Vice-Chair of the Governing Council
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Anna von Bayern

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
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Joschka Fischer

Former Foreign Minister of Germany
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Peter Harf

Chairman of the JAB Holding Company
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Dietmar Mueller-Elmau

CEO and owner of Schloss Elmau
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Martin Reimann

The voice of the Reimann family in the Foundation
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Rachel Salamander

Literary scholar, publicist and cultural commentator
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Eldar Shafir

Director of Princeton’s Center for Behavioral Science and ...
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Academic Council
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Norbert Frei

Chair of the Academic Council
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Cilly Kugelmann

Chief Curator of the new permanent exhibition of the Jewish ...
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Stefanie Schüler-Springorum

Vice-Chair of the Academic Council
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Sybille Steinbacher

Director of the Fritz Bauer Institute
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Jonathan Wolff

Professor of Values and Public Policy at Oxford University
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Explore what we do

Confront the past

Combat antisemitism

Protect minorities

Strengthen democracy

Reinforce critical thinking

What we do


Our cause

We remember the Holocaust.
We fight group-based hatred with a focus on anti-Semitism.
We defend democracy.

In times of tectonic shifts, the Alfred Landecker Foundation wants to shape profound political and social change. These transformations are being driven by the digital revolution that is permeating all areas of our lives. Because we don't want to just endure this, we are countering it with applied research, monitoring and social interventions.

To innovatively promote memory culture and reinforce critical thinking, the Alfred Landecker Foundation gathers a global network of scholarship and activism. What unites us is a profound understanding of where we come from and what we stand for - namely, fighting for democracy, fighting against group-based hatred, and remembering the Holocaust.


Explore what we do

Confront the past

Combat antisemitism

Protect minorities

Strengthen democracy

Reinforce critical thinking


Our funding guidelines

A quick overview of how we fund and what projects we support.

Our funding guidelines

Why we exist


Defend open and liberal societies

Anti-Semitism and group-based hatred, as well as growing scepticism toward democratic institutions, threaten the future of our open society.

To counteract this, the founder family has established the Alfred Landecker Foundation, which they have endowed with 260 million euros

The Foundation aims to raise awareness of the preconditions of the Holocaust and to combat anti-Semitism in the here and now..

Rising populist

and nationalist movements

threaten

democratic structures

Rising

populist

movements

threaten

democratic

structures


Rebuild democracy

With a resurgence of populism and nationalism in all Western democracies, attacks on democratic structures are increasing - both internally and externally. Hatred, prejudice, and indifference are only deepening the rifts, exacerbated by economic and health crises.

We firmly believe that all people have the right to live without fear and persecution. What is more, we believe that they should be able to fulfill themselves freely in an open society, according to their individual inclinations, interests, and life stories.

For this to be possible, we need a reliable framework to protect our freedoms. Illiberal forces are increasingly calling this framework into question, however. It is therefore time for political leaders and civil society to actively work to guarantee our life together in democratic coexistence, and the Alfred Landecker Foundation intends to do its part.

Our story

The Reimann family wants to take the lessons learned from the collapse of European civilization under National Socialism and turn them into active engagement in the here and now

Read our story

Who was Alfred Landecker? Mannheim, April 24, 1942. Two Gestapo officers knock on the door of the Landecker family’s home...

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Explore what we do

Confront the past

Combat antisemitism

Protect minorities

Strengthen democracy

Reinforce critical thinking