The majority of the members of the Governing Council of the Alfred Landecker Foundation are independent.
We are honored that the following distinguished individuals, respected for their public service and integrity, have agreed to serve on the council. They will provide independent counsel, advice and strategic direction for the Foundation’s activities.
DAVID ASHER KAMENETZKY, CHAIR
David Kamenetzky serves as the Chair of the Governing Council. He has over twenty years’ experience in senior management and strategy roles at global brands including Anheuser-Busch InBev, Mars, Inc., and Goldman Sachs.
Before moving into the private sector, he served as Executive Assistant to the late Ignatz Bubis, pivotal leader of the German Jewish community in the 1990s.
NGAIRE WOODS, Vice Chair
Professor Ngaire Woods is the founding dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance at the University of Oxford.
Her research focuses on global economic governance, the challenges of globalization, global development, and the role of international institutions.
She has served as an advisor to the board of the IMF, the UNDP Human Development Report, and of the Commonwealth Heads of Government. She has published books and research on globalization, inequality, and international relations.
Dietmar Mueller-Elmau is the owner of Schloss Elmau, a cultural hideaway south of Munich in the Bavarian Alps.
Müller-Elmau runs Schloss Elmau as a space for exploring Jewish-American cultural expression. Since 1998, Schloss Elmau has been a regular meeting place for scholars from across the world, particular with a focus on Jewish studies and globalization; the Schloss Elmau Symposia on Political Theology and the History of Ideas attract thinkers and academics from across various disciplines. In 2015, the G7 Summit took place at Schloss Elmau with heads of state and government from the United States, Canada, Japan, France, Great Britain, Italy and Germany.
Joschka Fischer served as Foreign Minister and as Vice Chancellor of Germany under Chancellor Gerhard Schröder from 1998 to 2005.
During his time in politics, Fischer was influential in various aspects of Germany’s foreign policy and international relations – covering military initiatives, fiscal reform and environmental action.
Following his career in politics, Fischer has served as a visiting professor at Princeton University, as a founding member of the board of trustees at the Arab Democracy Foundation, and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Martin Reimann is the great-grandson of Alfred Landecker and grandson of his daughter Emilie Landecker and Albert Reimann Jr. He is the voice of the Reimann family to ensure the Foundation upholds the memory of the fate of his great-grandfather and promotes the lessons learned from the Holocaust and Nazi Germany, striving for a democratic European society in which everyone can live without fear of persecution and intolerance.
Professor Dan Diner is Emeritus Professor of Modern History at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and former director of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture and Professor at the History Department of the University of Leipzig.
Professor Diner’s research focuses on two main topics: the conceptualization of a modern Jewish history and a global history of the Second World War.
He is the author of numerous publications on 20th-century history, Jewish history, Middle Eastern history and German history, particularly in the period of National Socialism and the Holocaust.
He also serves as the permanent observer of the Governing Council on the Academic Council.
Stuart Eizenstat is an American diplomat and attorney. He served as chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter, and along with Elie Wiesel, helped to set up the Presidential Commission on the Holocaust and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Eizenstat held a number of key roles in the Clinton administration from 1993-2001, including as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, and was also appointed the Special Representative on Holocaust-Era Issues. In this role, he negotiated billions of dollars of compensation for Holocaust survivors and families of victims, including slave labor, insurance, Nazi-looted art through the Washington Principles, communal and private property restitution.
In the Obama administration he also served as Special Representative on Holocaust-era Issues, negotiating major agreements with the governments of Lithuania and France and the Terezin Declaration. Since 2009, he has led the negotiations for the Jewish Claims Conference with the German government, obtaining billions of dollars for home care, pensions, child survivors and Kindertransport survivors.
Dr. Rachel Salamander is a literary scholar, publicist and cultural commentator. In 1982 she founded the “Literaturhandlung” in Munich, a unique place where – following the Aryanisation of the German book trade – a specialist bookshop for literature about Judaism was established for the first time since the Nazi era.
With its branches throughout Germany, the “Literaturhandlung” has given Jewish literature a presence in the country’s public consciousness once again.
The extensive program of events that the “Literaturhandlung” offers ensures lively debate, and renowned visiting authors from all over the world have turned it into a platform for ongoing public conversation in Germany about Jewish themes.
Rachel Salamander is the author of several books on Jewish history. From 2001 to 2013 she was publisher of the “Literarische Welt”, the literary supplement of the daily newspaper “Die Welt”. From October 2013 to September 2014 she headed the FAZ Literature Forum. Since 2015 she has served as the Deputy Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Suhrkamp Verlag, the leading German publishing house.
Dr. Peter Harf is Chairman of JAB Holding Company s.à r.l. (“JAB”), the privately held group focused on long term investments in the consumer industry. Apart from his distinguished business career, which includes positions as Chairman and Board member at a variety of companies, Peter Harf also co-founded Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, the largest donor center in the world.
Since 1991, the not-for-profit organization managed to register more than 9 million donors in six countries and to enable over 78.000 unrelated stem cell transplantations in 56 countries. Peter Harf received his MBA degree from the Harvard Business School and holds both a Diploma and a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Cologne.