Photos of Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen (Credit: Hornischer)

The American Academy in Berlin is a private, independent, and primarily privately funded institution. Support for the Academy’s programs and its annual fund is provided by private individuals, foundations, and corporations, whose generosity enables us to maintain our level of excellence. We are exceptionally grateful to our donors, whom you will find listed below, in lists of donations spanning the period March 2016 through March 2017.

Individuals and Family Foundations

  • Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation and the descendants of Hans and Ludmilla Arnhold
  • Ellen Maria Gorrissen Stiftung and the descendants of Hans and Ludmilla Arnhold
  • Marina Kellen French Foundation
  • Marina Kellen French
  • Nina von Maltzahn
  • Marina Kellen French Foundation
  • Marina Kellen French
  • Stefan von Holtzbrinck
  • Dirk & Marlene Ippen
  • Pascal & Melanie Levensohn
  • Gahl Hodges Burt
  • Hans-Michael & Almut Giesen
  • Henry A. Kissinger
  • Martin Koehler
  • Regine Leibinger
  • Wolfgang Malchow
  •  Anonyma
  • Heinrich Joh. Barth
  • Volker Booten
  • Stephen B. & Ellen C. Burbank
  • Gerhard & Regina Casper
  • Georg Graf zu Castell-Castell
  • Jutta von Falkenhausen & Thomas van Aubel
  • Richard Karl Goeltz & Mary Ellen Johnson
  • Carl H. Hahn
  • Stefanie Hoppen-Seyfarth & Martin Seyfarth
  • Joy Foundation
  • Stephanie & Martin Korbmacher
  • John C. Kornblum
  • Renate Küchler
  • Georg Kulenkampff
  • Mehretu-Rankin Family
  • Jutta & Jens Odewald
  • Michael Otto
  • William S. Paley Foundation
  • Norman Pearlstine & Jane Boon Pearlstine
  • Gisela & Bernhard von der Planitz
  • Melanie Prester & Markus Solibieda
  • Jutta & Hans-Joachim Prieß
  • Alexander Ritvay
  • Mr. and Mrs Jeffrey A. Rosen
  • Mary Ellen von Schacky-Schultz & Bernd Schultz
  • Katharina & Wolf Spieth
  • Wolfgang Spoerr
  • Michael P. Steinberg & Katharina Galor
  • Julia Stoschek
  • Christine I. Wallich
  • Maureen White & Steven Rattner
  • Will Foundation (Hans George Will)
  • Hans Amann
  • American International Yacht Club
  • Patricia Ann & Douglas Arlig
  • Automobilclub von Deutschland e.V.
  • Barbara Freifrau von Bechtolsheim
  • Virginia W. Bergsten
  • Ronald C. Binks
  • Manfred Bischoff
  • Elaine & Michael D. Blechman
  • Bernd Bohse
  • Diethart Breipohl
  • Eckhard Bremer
  • Martin Bresnick
  • Irene Bringmann
  • Emily Freeman Brown & Samuel Adler
  • Caroline Bynum
  • Rudolf Delius
  • Barbara & David Detjen
  • Astrid & Detlef Diederichs
  • Margrit & Steven Disman
  • Brigitte Döring
  • Fritz Felgentreu
  • Birgit Freudenberg
  • Stephen E. Gangstead
  • Bärbel & Ulrich Gensch
  • Marie-Luise Gericke
  • Vartan & Clare R. Gregorian
  • Jan Groscurth
  • Nancy & Mark Gruett
  • Ralf Gütersloh
  • Helga Haftendorn
  • Robert L. Harrison
  • Caroline & Cord-Georg Hasselmann
  • Lily & Klaus Heiliger
  • Christine & Ulrich von Heinz
  • Brigitte & Bernd Hellthaler
  • Klaus W. Hentges
  • Roe Jasen
  • Josef Joffe
  • Helga Kallenbach
  • Karin Key
  • Marion Knauf
  • Sylvia Katharine Kraemer
  • Evi Kurz
  • Peter Lindseth
  • Marc Linzer
  • Quincy Liu
  • Charles Maier
  • Christel & Detlef Meinen
  • Richard & Ronay Menschel
  • Alfred Möckel
  • Bettina & Andreas Moegelin
  • Charles Molesworth
  • Marianne Motherby
  • Michael Münchehöfe
  • Wolfram Nolte
  • Horst Nowacki
  • Henning & Dorothee von der Osten
  • Christian Papsthart
  • Elizabeth Pond
  • Barbara Freifrau & Jasper Freiherr zu Putlitz
  • Susan Rambow
  • Beatrice Reese
  • Christa Freifrau & Hermann Freiherr von Richthofen
  • Miranda Robbins
  • Alison P. & Jeffrey A. Rosenberg
  • Björn Rupp
  • George E. Rupp
  • Henry W. Sapparth
  • Eileen & Alan Sarroff
  • Volker Schlöndorff
  • Harald Schmid
  • Gerda-Marie Schönfeld
  • Frank Scholz
  • Peter Sonnenthal
  • Manfred von Sperber
  • Bernhard Speyer
  • Maren & Joachim Strüngmann
  • The Teagle Foundation
  • Volker Thießen
  • Thomas A. Trautner
  • Thomas D. Vaughn
  • Markus Weisner
  • Lutz Weisser
  • Linda and Tod White Charitable Fund
  • Sabine & Edwin Wiley
  • Andrew Wylie
  • Pauline Yu
  • ZIEGLER FILM GmbH & Co. KG

Corporations & Corporate Foundations

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • BASF SE
  • Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Robert Bosch Stiftung
  • Cranemere GmbH
  • Daimler AG
  • Daimler-Fonds im Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
  • Dussmann Stiftung & Co. KGaA
  • Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA
  • GIESEN HEIDBRINK Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten
  • Goldman Sachs AG
  • Holtzbrinck Publishing Group
  • Sal. Oppenheim-Stiftung im Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
  • White & Case LLP
  • Allianz SE
  • Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals
  • Cerberus Deutschland Beteiligungsberatung GmbH
  • Deutsche Bank AG
  • Deutsche Bundesbank
  • Heinz und Heide Dürr Stiftung
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB
  • Grisebach GmbH
  • Berthold Leibinger Stiftung
  • MSD Sharp & Dohme GmbH
  • Pfizer Pharma GmbH
  • Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
  • Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG

Endowed Fellowships

The Dirk Ippen Fellowship has been generously endowed by Dirk Ippen since 2012. A newspaper publisher in Munich, Dirk Ippen is a Trustee of the American Academy in Berlin. The following individuals are the recipients of the Dirk Ippen Fellowship:

The Holtzbrinck Fellowship was established in 1999 with the generous support of the Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH & Co. The fellowship is intended to promote German-American dialogue in the fields of journalism, nonfiction, and fiction. The Holtzbrinck Fellow is selected annually from the Academy’s pool of accepted fellows and may have a background in academia, journalism, or other related media. The following individuals are the recipients of the Holtzbrinck Fellowship:

The Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellowship in Fiction was established in 2007 and endowed in perpetuity in 2009, with the purpose of bringing outstanding novelists and fiction writers to Berlin as part of the American Academy’s residential fellowship program. Karl von der Heyden, a native Berliner, is a founding trustee of the American Academy in Berlin, served as its treasurer for more than a decade, and was the Academy’s co-chairman from 2009 to 2011. The fellowship recognizes his wife Mary Ellen’s lifelong passion for fiction writing, we are grateful to them both for endowing this outstanding initiative. The following individuals are the recipients of the Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin:

Annually Funded Fellowships

The Inga Maren Otto Berlin Prize in Music Composition has been annually funded since 2013, by Inga Maren Otto. It enables a composer, nominated and chosen by a jury, to spend the spring semester in Berlin. The fellowship provides composers a unique opportunity to present their work to German audiences and to collaborate with German colleagues. The following individuals are the recipients of the Inga Maren Otto Fellowship:

The American Academy in Berlin’s fellowship program is made possible in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Endowed Distinguished Visitorships

The Airbus Group Distinguished Visitorship, inaugurated in 2010 as the EADS Distinguished Visitorship, was endowed in 2011 after three generous donations from EADS to support the American Academy’s mission of cross-cultural exchange between the United States and Germany. To this end, EADS enables an expert in a field related to its business and activities to reside at the American Academy for a period of one week. During this time, the Airbus Distinguished Visitor engages in meetings, roundtable conferences, and lectures related to his or her professional field. The Visitor also visits the EADS offices in Munich or Paris. The following individuals are recipients of the Airbus Distinguished Visitorship:

The John W. Kluge Dinstinguished Visitorship was established in 2004 and is endowed by the John W. Kluge Foundation. The following individuals are recipients of the John W. Kluge Distinguished Visitorship:

The Kurt Viermetz Distinguished Visitorship was established in 2008 with the collective support of 44 distinguished individuals in the fields of banking, law, and publishing. It was founded in honor of Kurt Viermetz, the retired Vice Chairman of JPMorgan, in recognition of his career in international finance. Each year, the Kurt Viermetz Distinguished Visitorship brings a prominent expert in finance or economics from the United States to Berlin, where they spend a period ranging from a few days to an entire month at the Hans Arnhold Center. During the visit, each guest receives a richly diverse itinerary that allows them to engage with German counterparts as well as targeted audiences through a series of meetings, roundtable discussions, lectures, and other programs. The purpose of these many activities is to encourage dialogue and the exchange of ideas on the subject of international finance and economics between high-ranking decision-makers in Germany and the United States.

We are grateful to the following donors for supporting this outstanding initiative: Karl-Georg Altenburg, Bank of America, N.A., Dr. Georg Friedrich Baur, Citibank, Citigroup Global Markets Deutschland AG, Robert Bierich, Detlef Bindert, Frank Böhnke, Pilar Conde, Ernst Cramer, Rudolf Delius, Deutsche Börse AG, Astrid & Klaus Diederichs, Peter & Monika von Elten, Jan von Haeften, Fabian K. vom Hofe, Hypo Real Estate Holding AG, John Jetter, JP Morgan Germany, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, Stephanie & Martin Korbmacher, Hannelore & Claus Löwe, Doris & Kurt Mühlbauer, Sybille & Steffen Naumann, Heinz-Joachim Neubürger, Werner Pfaffenberger, Friedrich von Pfeil, Klaus Pohle, Gerhard Roggemann, Pia & Peter Scherkamp, Henrik Schliemann, Renate & Hannes Schneider, Peter Schwicht, Magdalene Götz-Seifert & Helmut Seifert, Günther Peter Skrzypek, Axel Springer Stiftung, Jean Villechaise, Paul P. Werhahn, Philipp Zenz-Spitzweg and Christian Zügel.

The following individuals are the recipients of the Kurt Viermetz Distinguished Visitorship:

With the Lloyd Cutler Distinguished Visitorship the American Academy in Berlin honors one of its founding trustees, the legendary attorney Lloyd N. Cutler. In 1962 Lloyd Cutler cofounded Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, which included over 500 lawyers representing corporate and industrial clients. Aside from his expertise and authority in the private sector, Lloyd Cutler became deeply involved in some of the most pressing issues facing the federal government during the past century. Working for six presidential administrations, he advised on matters ranging from the Iranian hostage crisis to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to the Whitewater investigation. Still other facets of Cutler’s curiosity and intellect led him to other pursuits: teaching at the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies and serving as a director of the Metropolitan Opera.

This endowed program in his name brings the best of the American legal world to Berlin to interact with German colleagues, counterparts, and the interested public on mutually relevant issues of domestic and international law. The Academy has in recent years hosted exceptional guests in the field of law and aims to address the need for more intense dialogue about and public discussion of current and strategic legal aspects. On December 15, 2008, Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer delivered the inaugural Lloyd Cutler Lecture, entitled “The Court and the Constitution: The Counter Example of Dred Scott.”

We are grateful to the following donors for supporting this outstanding initiative: WilmerHale, C.H. Beck Stiftung (Wolfgang Beck), Georg Graf zu Castell-Castell, Reuben Clark, Christian Crones, Stephen Cutler, Paul P. Eckert, Jutta von Falkenhausen, Dennis Flannery, Gabriel Resources Ltd. (Joel Bell), C. Boyden Gray, Jan Heithecker, Dieter G. Lange, Carol F. Lee, William F. Lee, Daniel & Maeva Marcus, Stefan Ohlhoff, William J. Perlstein, Joseph Pillman, Lisa J. Pirozzolo, Ulrich Quack, Martin Seyfarth, Daniel H. Squire, Roland Steinmeyer, Verband der Deutschen Automobilindustrie (VDA) / Matthias Wissmann, Villa Grisebach (Berlin) / Bernd Schultz, and Micaela Kapitzky, John B. Watkins, David Westin, Jill J. and Roger M. Witten.

The following individuals are recipients of the Lloyd Cutler Distinguished Visitorship:

The American Academy in Berlin established the Marcus Bierich Distinguished Visitorship in the Humanities in order to facilitate access to important scholarship and academic debate for professionals from the worlds of business and politics. Particularly outstanding scholars who excel at communicating difficult ideas with clarity and vividness are invited to the Hans Arnhold Center for an exchange of ideas with peers from other sectors of civil society. During his or her stay, the Marcus Bierich Distinguished Visitor in the Humanities holds a formal lecture to an invited audience at the Academy’s Hans Arnhold villa, in cooperation with the Königswinter Stiftung, and is encouraged to participate in a series of meetings, discussions, and interviews with individuals from the business, academic, governmental, and media worlds.

The following individuals are the recipients of the Kurt Viermetz Distinguished Visitorship:

The Marina Kellen French Distinguished Visitorship for Persons with Outstanding Accomplishment in the Cultural World is generously endowed by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation and the Marina Kellen French Foundation. The following individuals are recipients of theMarina Kellen French Distinguished Visitorship:

We are grateful to the following donors for supporting this outstanding initiative. Please note that the list below documents the contributions made in 2014: Gahl Hodges Burt, Betsy Z. & Edward E. Cohen, A. Michael & Mercedes Hoffman, Dirk & Marlene Ippen, Michael Klein, Renate Küchler, Nina von Maltzahn, Achim Moeller, Hartley & Virginia Neel, Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey A. Rosen, Mary Ellen von Schacky-Schultz & Bernd Schultz, Victoria & Aurel Scheibler, Clemens Vedder.

The following individuals are the recipients of the Max Beckmann Distinguished Visitorship:

The Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Visitorship was endowed in 2005. It was initiated in light of the tenth anniversary of the Berlin Brigade’s departure from a reunified Berlin and honors the American Academy’s founder and chairman, Richard C. Holbrooke. He was one of the most engaged and committed representatives of German-American cooperation. While serving as US Ambassador to Germany, Richard C. Holbrooke developed the idea of the American Academy together with distinguished Atlanticists. By establishing a Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Visitorship, the American Academy seeks to fund short-term fellowships for leading US policy experts, providing opportunities for crucial dialogue on questions of special importance to both countries.

The Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Visitorship is supported by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, Axel Springer AG, BASF AG, Bayer AG, Michael Blumenthal, The Broad Art Foundation, Tom Brokaw, Gahl Hodges Burt, Tom Cruise, Daimler AG, Deutsche Telekom AG, Julie Finley, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Gruner + Jahr AG, Marisa & Carl Hahn, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Mary Ellen & Karl M. von der Heyden, Josef Joffe, Maxine & James A. Johnson, Körber AG, Morgan Stanley, Guna & Robert H. Mundheim, Otto GmbH & Co. KG, Susan & Alan Patricof, Peter G. Peterson, Geryl T. & Frank H. Pearl, Robert Pozen, Elizabeth & Robert Z. Pozen, Ringier AG, Siemens AG, Fritz Stern, Maureen White & Steven Rattner, Texas Pacific Group, Kurt F. Viermetz, Volkswagen AG, WestLB AG, and Mortimer Zuckerman.

The following individuals are recipients of the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Visitorship:

The Richard von Weizsäcker Distinguished Visitorship was founded in honor of the former German Federal President and American Academy founding member, whose personality and life’s work enjoy the highest esteem on both sides of the Atlantic. Consistent with the political achievements of its name bearer, this Distinguished Visitorship is awarded to outstanding US dignitaries in academia or public service committed to and working to strengthen the transatlantic cause. The Richard von Weizsäcker Visitorship was inaugurated by former president of the World Bank James Wolfensohn in 2007. Subsequent Richard von Weizsäcker Distinguished Visitors have been Senator Thomas Daschle, former US Senate majority leader; the eminent American foreign policy analyst and president of the Brookings Institute, Strobe Talbott; Paul Volcker, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve; and Peter Seligmann, chairman and CEO of Conservation International.

The Richard von Weizsäcker Distinguished Visitorship is endowed by ACS Airport Commercial Services, Bank of America, N.A., Verlag C.H. Beck oHG, Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Cerberus Deutschland Beteiligungsberatung GmbH, Stiftung “Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft”, Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld GmbH, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, GSW Gemeinnützige Siedlungs- und Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Berlin, Richard C. Holbrooke, Hotel InterContinental Berlin, Körber-Stiftung, Nina Gorrissen von Maltzahn, Christopher von Oppenheim, Mary Ellen von Schacky-Schultz and Bernd Schultz, René Scharf, and Villa Grisebach (Berlin).

The following individuals are recipients of the Richard von Weizsäcker Distinguished Visitorship:

The Stephen M. Kellen Distinguished Visitorship was established in 2004 and is endowed in perpetuity by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation and the descendants of Hans and Ludmilla Arnhold, who provided the founding gift for the Academy and continue their generous support. The Stephen M. Kellen Distinguished Visitorship was established in honor of founding benefactor Stephen M. Kellen, husband of Anna-Maria Kellen, subsequent his passing, in 2004. Stephen M. Kellen was an ardent supporter of the American Academy in Berlin since its inception, and he remained so financially, intellectually, and diplomatically for the remainder of his life. This Distinguished Visitorship aims to honor an accomplished man who cultivated broad intellectual interests alongside his professional life by bringing high-level financial experts and leading cultural figures to the Academy each year. The following individuals are recipients of the Stephen M. Kellen Distinguished Visitorship:

Special Projects

The Henry A. Kissinger Prize is generously endowed by Bloomberg Philanthropies and was supported each distinct year by the following donors:

2007: EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG; Cerberus Deutschland Beteiligungsberatung GmbH; Mars Inc.; Die Zeit; in cooperation with Bayerische Staatsregierung

2008: Audi AG; C. Boyden Gray

2009: Porsche AG; David Rockefeller

2010: BMW AG; Robert Bosch GmbH; Cerberus Deutschland GmbH; Dr. Pia and Klaus Krone; Märkischer Golfclub Potsdam e.V.

2011: Audi AG; Robert Bosch GmbH; Cerberus Deutschland GmbH; Dr. Pia and Klaus Krone; Märkischer Golfclub Potsdam e.V.

2012: Audi AG; Robert Bosch GmbH; Cerberus Deutschland Beteiligungsberatung GmbH; JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.; Deutsche Lufthansa AG; In cooperation with German Federal Foreign Office

2013: BMW AG; Robert Bosch GmbH; Cerberus Deutschland Beteiligungsberatung GmbH; EADS; Estrel Berlin; Golf- und Land-Club Berlin-Wannsee e.V.; Porsche AG; Waldorf Astoria Berlin

2014: The Honorable & Mrs. Hushang Ansary; The Honorable Edward P. & Mrs. Françoise Djerejian; Helga & Erivan Haub; Robert Bosch GmbH; Golf- und Land-Club Berlin-Wannsee e.V.; Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin; Nina von Maltzahn; Porsche AG; Unternehmensgruppe Tengelmann

2015: Audi AG; Georg Bauch – Food Concepts; Robert Bosch GmbH; Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin

2016: Robert Bosch GmbH; DaimlerAG; Werbegemeinschaft Württembergischer Weingärtnergenossenschaften e.G.

Ellen Maria Gorrissen Stiftung and the descendants of Hans and Ludmilla Arnhold, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Arnhold, Manfred Bischoff, Stephen B. & Ellen C. Burbank, Gahl Hodges Burt, Hans-Michael & Almut Giesen, C. Boyden Gray, HDH Ingenieursgesellschaft für technische Gebäudeausrüstung mbH, A. Michael & Mercedes Hoffman, Dirk & Marlene Ippen, John C. Kornblum, Kati Marton, Volker Schlöndorff, Peter Y. Solmssen, Kurt F. Viermetz

Richard C. Holbrooke Forum is supported by the Airbus Group, Leonard Blavatnik, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Federal Foreign Office, Alexander Georgieff, Louise Grunwald, Gerda Henkel Stiftung, HBO, Linda & Morton Janklow, James A. Johnson, Michael S. Klein, Vincent A. Mai, Wolfram Nolte, Norman Pearlstine, PricewaterhouseCoopers AG WPG, Alexander Ritvay, Maureen White & Steven Rattner

The Stuttgart Head-to-Head series brings together an American Academy fellow with a German counterpart to discuss a topic germane to their shared expertise. Founded in 2011, the series is sponsored by the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, Dirk Ippen, and Berthold Leibinger Stiftung GmbH. Past participants include literary historian Leland de la Durantaye speaking with critic Ijoma Mangold of Die Zeit; the writers Adam Ross and Julia Franck; novelist Jonathan Lethem and historian Ronald Suny; and Egyptologists Janet Richards and Gerald Moers.

The American Academy’s twentieth anniversary celebration, on October 8, 2014, was generously sponsored by the Mercedes T. Bass Charitable Corporation, Holtzbrinck Family, and Jeane Freifrau von Oppenheim.

Download a newspaper supplement from Der Tagesspiegel, published on the occasion of the Academy’s twentieth anniversary. (German version)