Who we are


Our mission
The Alfred Landecker Foundation focuses on securing the future of democratic and open societies in which individuals have the space and knowledge to participate and unfold their potential.

We believe in the values on which the European Union was founded and are determined to foster democratic structures. Our team is committed to upholding the memory of the Holocaust and to translating the lessons of the past into active engagement in the present. We want to contribute to shaping the debate on key challenges of our time.

We are independent

and determined

We are

independent

and determined


The foundation is set up independently

The day-to-day business is driven by the Foundation Team, which is responsible for fostering partnerships, identifying initiatives that are worthwhile supporting and for generating new and innovative projects.

The strategic and operational decisions are supervised by the Governing Council, which consists of a majority of internationally recognized civic leaders and academic experts. They guide the implementation of the Foundation’s activities and programs and oversee its direction.

The Academic Council advises on the direction and nature of academic grants and projects and ensures independent and robust scrutiny of the Foundation’s activities from an academic point of view.

All people

  • Foundation Team
  • Governing Council
  • Academic Council
  • Andreas Eberhardt
    Founding Director and CEO
  • Silke Muelherr
    Head of External Relations and Deputy CEO
  • Lena Altman
    Chief Enabling Officer and Deputy CEO
  • Luisa Maria Schweizer
    Program Director
  • Derviş Hızarcı
    Program Director
  • Steffen Jost
    Program Director
  • Alexander Busold
    Program Manager
  • Benjamin Fischer
    Program Manager
  • Fiona Krakenbürger
    Programmmanagerin
  • Ellen Brinkmann
    Political Communications Manager
  • Agnieszka Schauff

    Office Manager
  • Claudia Bischoff
    Administration Manager
  • Johannes Rudloff
    Program Associate
  • Melina Sánchez Montañés
    Managing Director Innovation Fund
  • Raphael von Aulock
    Analyst Innovation Fund
  • Dan Diner
    Chair of the Foundation and its Governing Council
  • Ngaire Woods
    Vice-Chair of the Governing Council
  • Stuart Eizenstat
    American diplomat and attorney
  • Dietmar Mueller-Elmau
    CEO and owner of Schloss Elmau
  • Rachel Salamander
    Literary scholar, publicist and cultural commentator
  • Peter Harf
    Chairman of the JAB Holding Company
  • Joschka Fischer
    Former Foreign Minister of Germany
  • Martin Reimann
    The voice of the Reimann family in the Foundation
  • Eldar Shafir
    Director of Princeton’s Behavioral Science and Public Policy
  • Norbert Frei
    Chair of the Academic Council
  • Stefanie Schüler-Springorum
    Vice-Chair of the Academic Council
  • Sybille Steinbacher
    Director of the Fritz Bauer Institute
  • Cilly Kugelmann
    Chief Curator of the new permanent exhibition of the Jewish Museum Berlin
  • Jonathan Wolff
    Professor of Values and Public Policy at Oxford University
Foundation Team
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Andreas Eberhardt

Founding Director and CEO

Silke Muelherr

Head of External Relations and Deputy CEO

Lena Altman

Chief Enabling Officer and Deputy CEO

Luisa Maria Schweizer

Program Director

Derviş Hızarcı

Program Director

Steffen Jost

Program Director

Alexander Busold

Program Manager

Benjamin Fischer

Program Manager

Fiona Krakenbürger

Programmmanagerin

Ellen Brinkmann

Political Communications Manager

Agnieszka Schauff


Office Manager

Claudia Bischoff

Administration Manager

Johannes Rudloff

Program Associate

Melina Sánchez Montañés

Managing Director Innovation Fund

Raphael von Aulock

Analyst Innovation Fund
Governing Council
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Dan Diner

Chair of the Foundation and its Governing Council

Ngaire Woods

Vice-Chair of the Governing Council

Stuart Eizenstat

American diplomat and attorney

Dietmar Mueller-Elmau

CEO and owner of Schloss Elmau

Rachel Salamander

Literary scholar, publicist and cultural commentator

Peter Harf

Chairman of the JAB Holding Company

Joschka Fischer

Former Foreign Minister of Germany

Martin Reimann

The voice of the Reimann family in the Foundation

Eldar Shafir

Director of Princeton’s Behavioral Science and Public Policy
Academic Council
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Norbert Frei

Chair of the Academic Council

Stefanie Schüler-Springorum

Vice-Chair of the Academic Council

Sybille Steinbacher

Director of the Fritz Bauer Institute

Cilly Kugelmann

Chief Curator of the new permanent exhibition of the Jewish ...

Jonathan Wolff

Professor of Values and Public Policy at Oxford University

Explore what we do

Strengthen democracy

Protect minorities

Combat antisemitism

Depolarize debates

Confront the past

What we do


Our cause

We promote the development of democratic and discrimination-free societies via innovative and disruptive means.

The Alfred Landecker Foundation is an incubator for
democracy in the digital age. The foundation uses technological advancements and comprehensive expertise for an open society, a contemporary remembrance of the Holocaust and other Nazi crimes and the fight against antisemitism, racism and group hatred.


Explore what we do

Strengthen democracy

Protect minorities

Combat antisemitism

Depolarize debates

Confront the past


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

Our funding guidelines

Why we exist


Defend open and liberal societies
Antisemitism and hatred directed against minorities, growing skepticism among citizens towards democratic institutions, and the increasing polarization of public debates are putting the future of our open society in jeopardy.

To counteract these trends, the Reimann family has created the Alfred Landecker Foundation. The Reimann family will initially support the Foundation with 250 million euros over the next ten years.

The Alfred Landecker Foundation aims to raise awareness of the conditions that paved the way for and enabled the Holocaust to occur, and to combat antisemitism 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.

Democracies die

in silence

and ignorance

Democracies

die

in silence

and

ignorance

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

Strengthen democracy

Protect minorities

Combat antisemitism

Depolarize debates

Confront the past