Irene Braam

Irene Braam joined the Bertelsmann Foundation as executive director in April 2016. She is also the first vice president and board director of the Bertelsmann Foundation Board of Directors. Braam is an experienced lawyer and media expert, and worked for over ten years with the Bertelsmann company. She began as director of government relations of the Brussels Liaison Office in 2005 and became senior vice president of government relations in September 2011.

Braam developed, among other things, a European platform for global discussion about the digital transformation of the media world. The series was held in Brussels, Berlin, Madrid and London. Not only did she represent and position Bertelsmann’s interests in the EU, she also promoted Bertelsmann in other cultural and social events in Brussels, such as UFA Film nights, previews of Fremantle Media’s productions, exhibitions and public panel discussions.

After studying law at Maastricht University, the Dutch native began her professional career in 1998 in the music industry. Braam was head of international, legal and business affairs at Naïve Records in Paris, in charge of business development for Midbar Tech Ltd. in Tel Aviv, and served as both director of public policy and government affairs and director of legal and business affairs at the Universal Music Group in London and Brussels.

Braam is a native speaker of Dutch, and also speaks English, German, French and some Spanish.

Aart De Geus

Bertelsmann Foundation President and CEO Aart De Geus studied law at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, then pursued postgraduate studies in labor law at the University of Nimwegen.Starting in 1980, he worked for the Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond (CNV), a trade union federation in the Netherlands, and he became a partner in the Amsterdam management consulting firm Boer & Croon in 1998.

From 2002 to 2007 he served as minister of social affairs and employment under Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende. In 2007, he was named deputy secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with responsibility for employment, entrepreneurship, social affairs, health, education and public governance.

He joined the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board on September 1, 2011, and oversees projects relating to Europe, employment and globalization. He has been chairman and CEO of the Bertelsmann Stiftung since August 5, 2012.

Liz Mohn

Following the death of her husband, Reinhard Mohn, Liz Mohn represents the fifth generation of the Bertelsmann/Mohn family, owner of the Bertelsmann media group. She is vice-chair of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Executive Board and its Board of Trustees.

She is also chair of the Bertelsmann Verwaltungsgesellschaft Executive Board and a member of the Supervisory Board at Bertelsmann SE. She serves as president of the German Stroke Foundation, an organization she founded, and chairs the board of the Liz Mohn Foundation for Culture and Music. She also chairs the Board of Trustees of the Association of German Music Schools.

In 1999, she became the first female member of the Club of Rome from Germany. In 2000, she received Germany’s Cross of Merit, First Class, and in 2008 the organization Atlantik-Brücke selected her as the first woman to receive the Vernon A. Walters Award. In 2010 she was also honored with the Global Economy Prize by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. She received an ECHO Klassik award in 2002 and again in 2012. In 2013, she was named an officer of the French Legion of Honor.

Philipp Rösler

Philipp Roesler, Vice Chancellor, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Philipp Rösler is CEO of Cihang Charity Foundation and has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Bertelsmann Stiftung since 2018.

Prior, he was a member of the Executive Board of the World Economic Forum. From 2009 to 2013, he was a member of the Cabinet of Germany. First, he acted as Minister for Health, then as Vice Chancellor and Minister for Economic Affairs and Technology. He was a member of the parliament of Lower Saxony from 2003 to 2009 and held the office of Vice Minister President and Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport in 2009. Before his political career, he practiced medicine as a captain in the German military. He studied medicine and received his doctorate in 2002.

Stephen F. Szabo

Dr. Stephen F. Szabo is the executive director of the Transatlantic Academy, based at the Washington office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). As executive director, Szabo works with the partners of the Transatlantic Academy to shape the research content of each term, to assist in the recruitment and selection of Fellows and to manage the Academy.

Previously, Szabo served as academic and interim dean as well as professor of European studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Prior to that he served as professor of national security affairs at the National Defense University and chairman of West European studies at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State. He has written on German foreign and security policies, generational politics in Europe, and transatlantic security and political relations. His publications include The Changing Politics of German Security; The Diplomacy of German Unification; Parting Ways: The Crisis in the German-American Relationship; and Germany, Russia and the Rise of Geo-Economics.

Wilhelm-Friedrich Uhr

Wilhelm-Friedrich Uhr has been with the Guetersloh, Germany-based Bertelsmann Stiftung since 2003. He joined as senior vice president for human resources and organization, and became in 2013 senior vice president for corporate operations.

Prior to joining the Stiftung, Mr Uhr was executive director of it-akademie ostwestfalen (IT Academy of East Westphalia), an institution that was a Bertelsmann Stiftung project.

Mr Uhr was a World Bank senior human-resources officer responsible for southeastern Asia based in Washington, DC from 1997 to 2000. He joined the bank from Siemens, where he served as director of human resources and organizational development for the electromechanical components division.

Between 1989 and 1994, Mr Uhr worked for Nixdorf, where he held various positions, among them the personal assistant to the board member in charge of human resources and the director of the software engineering department.