Supervisory Board


The Supervisory Board decides on the principles of the foundation’s work, directorate appointments (President and Secretary General), the planned annual budget and mid-term financial planning. It establishes the foundation’s priorities and provides the foundation with sources of professional advice in numerous areas.



Armin Laschet

Minister President of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia

Chair of the Supervisory Board


Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen

Minister for Culture and Sciences of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia

Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board


Dr. Inke Arns

Director Hartware Medienkunstverein


Gerhart Baum 

Former Federal Minister, Lawyer


Dr. Günther J. Bergmann

Member of State Parliament


Andreas Bialas

Member of State Parliament


Ursula Bolte

Chair of Board of Management, Peter-August-Böckstiegel-Stiftung


Simone Brand


Anke Brunn

Former State Minister


Ilse Brusis

Former State Minister


Tom Buhrow

Director, Westdeutscher Rundfunk Cologne


Siegmund Ehrmann


Angela Freimuth

Member of State Parliament, Lawyer


Ernst Gerlach


Gabriela Grillo 

Managing Partner, Wilhelm Grillo Handesgesellschaft mbH

Chair of Supervisory Board, Grillo-Werke AG


Stefan Hilterhaus

Artistic Director and Executive Director, PACT Zollverein


Prof. Dr. Gottfried Honnefelder

Member of Board of Trustees for the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade

Former Principal of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association


Oliver Keymis

Member of State Parliament

Vice President of North Rhine-Westphalia State Parliament


Norbert Meesters


Prof. Dr.  Pia Müller-Tamm

Director Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe


Prof. Klaus Schäfer

Former State Secretary


Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheytt

Company Director „Kulturexperten“


Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Schweeger

Director Akademie für Darstellende Kunst Baden-Württemberg


Manfred Speck 

Former State Secretary


Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Sternberg

President of the central committee of the German Catholics


Dr. Jörg Twenhöven 

Former President of Local Government


Christiane Underberg 

Entrepreneur


Rein Wolfs

Director Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland


Gregor Zöllig

Artistic Director, Tanztheater und Chefchoreograf Staatstheater Braunschweig