Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees lays down the guidelines, key areas of activity, and general concepts for the Foundation's work. It approves the annual work programme, appoints the Executive Committee and ensures that it operates in line with the Foundation's objectives. It approves the budget and ratifies the actions of the Executive Committee.

Armin Laschet

Armin Laschet

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Development and Peace Foundation (sef:)

Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia

Michael Kretschmer

Michael Kretschmer

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Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Development and Peace Foundation (sef:)

Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony, Dresden

Michael Kretschmer, born 1975 in Goerlitz, was a member of the German Bundestag from 2002 to 2017. From 2009 to 2017 he was a vice chair of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group responsible for education and research as well as arts, culture and media. Since 13 December 2017, he is Minister-President of the Free State of Saxony.

Michael Müller

Michael Müller

Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Development and Peace Foundation (sef:)

Governing Mayor of Berlin

Michael Müller, born in 1964, is Governing Mayor of Berlin since 11 December 2014. Before that, he was Berlin Mayor and Senator for Urban Development and the Environment, and Chairman of the SPD in the federal state of Berlin.

Dr. Dietmar Woidke

Dr. Dietmar Woidke

Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Development and Peace Foundation (sef:)

Minister-President of Brandenburg

Aditional Members of the Board of Trustees

Wolfgang Blasig

Wolfgang Blasig

Head of the District Authority of Potsdam-Mittelmark

 

 

Ilka Freifrau von Boeselager

Ilka Freifrau von Boeselager

Former Member of the Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, Swisttal

Marco Büchel MdL

Marco Büchel MdL

Head of the Committee for European Affairs and Development Policy of the Parliament of Brandenburg, Potsdam

Bärbel Dieckmann

Bärbel Dieckmann

President of Welthungerhilfe, Bonn

Bärbel Dieckmann is president of Welthungerhilfe. She was mayor of Bonn from 1994 to 2009. Since 1972, she has been a member of the SPD. Between 2003 and 2009 she was a member of the executive board of the SPD and from 1999 to 2009 she was a member of the party executive. Her political activities have focused on environmental and development policy as well as youth, family welfare and education policy. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Development and Peace Foundation (SEF) and the German Sustainability Award Foundation. She is also a member of the advisory board for the Arnold-Bergstraesser Institute and of DGVN’s presidium (United Nations Association of Germany). Among other things, she was chairperson of the World Mayors' Council on Climate Change (founded on the occasion of the 11th Conference on the Parties on Climate Change), executive president of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (Brussels) and member of the policy committee of the Association of German Cities. Bärbel Dieckmann studied philosophy, history and social sciences at the University of Bonn and was a teacher between 1974 and 1995, most recently as director of studies at a comprehensive school and grammar schools. She has held the position of honorary president of Welthungerhilfe since 2008.

Stefan Engstfeld

Stefan Engstfeld

Former Member of the Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf

Sven Giegold MdEP

Sven Giegold MEP

Brussels

Frank Herrmann

Frank Herrmann

Former Member of the Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf

Prof. Dr. Uwe Holtz

Prof. Dr. Uwe Holtz

Honorary Professor for Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Center for Development Research of the University of Bonn

Professor Uwe Holtz (born 1944) is honorary professor for Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Center for Development Research of the University of Bonn. From 1972/73 to 1994/95 he was member of the German Bundestag and of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. For 20 years he chaired the Bundestag Committee for Economic Cooperation.

Ulrich Jost-Blome

Ulrich Jost-Blome

Head of Department Universal Church in the Diocese Münster

Since 2006 Ulrich Jost-Blome is the head of the Department Universal Church, the center of international relations in the Diocese Münster. Missionary work, voluntary service in foreign countries, financial support of projects, fair trade and partnerships are only a few fields of action of the department.

Furthermore, Ulrich Jost-Blome holds the position of a vice chairman of One World Network North Rhine-Westphalia. He is also a member of the Council of the Foundation Environment and Development North Rhine-Westphalia. 

Karin Kortmann

Karin Kortmann

Director of the GIZ-Representation Berlin

Ulrich Kelber MdB

Ulrich Kelber MdB

Parliamentary State Secretary at the Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, Berlin

Dr. Friedrich Kitschelt

Dr. Friedrich Kitschelt

State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Berlin

Dr Friedrich Kitschelt was appointed State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in January 2014. From 2010 to 2013, he was head of the Directorate-General for Africa and Latin America; Global and Sectoral Affairs and before that head of the Directorate for Asia and South-Eastern Europe. Dr Friedrich Kitschelt held various positions at the BMZ, including Director for Asia, Commissioner for Afghanistan and Commissioner for Europe. Dr Kitschelt also spent some time working at the Federal Chancellery, where he headed the division for North-South relations and human rights policy of the German government

Friedrich Kitschelt spent more than 12 years working abroad, in countries such as Jamaica, India, Kenya and Belgium. During this period in his career, he worked for several years for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH and was head of the development policy division at the German Embassy in Nairobi as well as at the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union.

Friedrich Kitschelt trained as a journalist and read sociology, economics and law at the Albertus Magnus University of Cologne and the University of Bielefeld. After completing his degree in 1983, he was awarded a PhD in sociology by the University of Bielefeld in 1985.

Heinz-Joachim Lohmann

Heinz-Joachim Lohmann

Director of Studies
Democratic Culture and Church
The Protestant Academy Berlin
Member of the Advisory Board
of the Development and Peace Foundation (sef:)

Dr. Rolf Mützenich MdB

Dr. Rolf Mützenich MdB

Berlin

Uwe Prüfer

Uwe Prüfer

Potsdam

Anne Quart

Anne Quart

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State Secretary in the Ministry for Justice, Europe and Consumer Protection of the Federal State of Brandenburg, Potsdam

Anne Quart is State Secretary for Europe and Consumer Protection of the Federal state of Brandenburg. Political coordination of European policies, external relations and development policy are part of her task scope.

Previously, she worked as a specialist in the field of International labour relations at the Volkswagen Group and the Metalworkers Union in Wolfsburg, was head of International policy department at the headquarters of the Party DIE LINKE and Parliamentary assistant in the European Parliament.

Prof. Dr. Jakob Rhyner

Prof. Dr. Jakob Rhyner

Bonn

Christian Rickerts

Christian Rickerts

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Permanent secretary at the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises

Christian Rickerts is the state secretary for Energy and Digital Affairs in the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, with a background in political science. He is co-founder of the Association Schüler Helfen Leben and was later the Director of the Foundation with the same name. From 2009-2012, Christian Rickerts served as the Managing Director at Reporters Without Boarders in Germany. Later he became the Vice President Corporate Communications at the Bertelsmann Foundation and in 2015 the Executive Chairman for Wikimedia Germany.

Dr. Imme Scholz

Dr. Imme Scholz

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Deputy Director of the German Development Institute (DIE – Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik), Bonn

Dr. Imme Scholz is deputy director of the German Development Institute (DIE – Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik). Between 2002-2009, she was head of the environmental department at DIE where she set up a team working on adaptation to climate change. She has published extensively on climate change and development; capacity development in environment; institutional development and environmental policy in developing countries; natural resource management, particularly sustainable forest use

In the 1980s, she studied sociology at the Free University of Berlin where she also obtained the degree of Dr. phil. for a thesis on the determinants for entrepreneurial innovation capacity in the Amazon tropical timber industry. She started her professional career as assistant to the economic attaché of the Chilean Embassy in Bonn (1990 – 1992) and became a research fellow at DIE in 1992. Between 1999 and 2002, she was on leave and worked as an environmental policy advisor in the Brazilian Amazon for German development cooperation.

Heike Spielmans

Heike Spielmans

Managing Director, Verband Entwicklungspolitik und Humanitäre Hilfe e.V. (VENRO), Berlin/Bonn

Heike Spielmans is Managing Director of the Association of German Development NGOs (VENRO), which represents the interests of over 100 NGOs nationwide, since June 2008.

From 1994 to 1998, Heike Spielmans was active in the field of youth work as national director of the German Youth Society for Nature Conservation (NABU). From 1998 to 2002 Heike Spielmans was responsible for the area “Northern Development Policy" at terre des hommes Germany as division manager and member of the executive board. In 2002 she became Head of the Communication Department..

Octavian Ursu MdL

Octavian Ursu MdL

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Member of the European Committee of the Saxon State Parliament, Dresden

Octavian Ursu, born in 1967 in Bucharest, has been living in Görlitz since 1990, where he got involved in local political affairs very early. In the autumn of 2014 the former musician got elected to the Saxon Parliament, where he became vice chairman of the Working Committee of Science and Higher Education, Culture and Media as well as member of the European Committee. Furthermore he was appointed to the curatorship of the “Sächsischen Landeszentrale für politische Bildung” (State Committee of Political Education) and is member of the Saxon Cultural Senate.

Mary Kay Whalen

Mary Kay Whalen

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Berlin

Dr. jur. Ingo Wolf

Dr. jur. Ingo Wolf

Former Minister of State, Euskirchen

Serdar Yüksel MdL

Serdar Yüksel MdL

Chair of the Committee on Petition of the Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, Dusseldorf

Monika Zimmermann

Monika Zimmermann

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Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI – Local Governments of Sustainability, Bonn

Monika acts as Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI– Local Governments of Sustainability, the world’s largest association of cities and towns committed to sustainable development. She also holds the office of Deputy Executive Director of the ICLEI World Secretariat in Bonn.

After working as board member of national environment organisations such as BBU and DNR and research activities in Berlin, Monika set up ICLEI’s International Training Centre at the ICLEI European Secretariat (Freiburg) between 1993 and 2010. In 2010-2012 she managed ICLEI’s global knowledge management, conferences and capacity building as well as the establishment of new working areas at the World Secretariat.

agendas through global projects and global city cooperation networks, further improve the consistency, methodology and description of ICLEI's working approaches and to strengthen the relations to new and existing ICLEI partners.

NEWS

Peace must grow from within – but how?

REGISTER NOW!

On 8th February 2018, we invite you to a public evening event at the famous Frauenkirche Dresden. The keynote on "Peace must grow from within – but how?" will be given by the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura. Furthermore, Vera Baboun, former Mayor of Bethlehem, Tanja Gönner from GIZ and Hajer Sharief, Extremely Together Young Leader from Libya, will speak about their experience on the long and winding road to peaceful coexistence.

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sef: Bonn Symposium 2017

Local partnerships to implement Agenda 2030 worldwide

PRESENTATIONS NOW ONLINE

On 5th and 6th December 2017, sef: hosted, together with the Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW) of Engagement Global gGmbH, the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and other supporters, its annual Bonn Symposium. More than 120 experts discussed good examples of partnerships within and between municipalities worldwide. You will find all speakers’ presentations here. A conference report will be published soon. 

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sef: Policy Lunch 2017

Possible UN-Treaty on Business and Human Rights

REPORT PUBLISHED

At the end of October, the third negotiations on a UN-Treaty on Business and Human Rights took place in Geneva. Goal of the negotiations is a legally binding instrument for States and Businesses. With a sef: Policy Lunch, sef: and CIDSE informed the Brussels community on the outcome of the negotiations on 20 November, and discussed the European positions. Our short conference report provides an overview.

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First Parliamentary Breakfast

sef: in dialogue with Members of Parliament in North Rhine-Westphalia

On 20 December 2017, sef: welcomed nearly 20 Members of the Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia to a Parliamentary Breakfast. The Chairperson of the Executive Committee, Renate Hendricks, provided  an overview of the history of sef: and its current projects. The subsequent discussion focussed on possible links to the one world and sustainability policy of the federal state.

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“Sustaining Peace” – Current challenges for democracy

ANNOUNCEMENT

2018 will be the start of a new high-level sef: series called Dresden Forum for International Politics. On 8/9 February 2018, international experts will convene to discuss current challenges for democracies. What are possible pathways towards lasting peace and nonviolent societies? Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, and Steve Killelea, Publisher of the Global Peace Index, have already confirmed their participation.

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