Officers, Trustees & Counselors

Members of the board of trustees, June 2, 2015. Photo: Annette Hornischer

The Board of Trustees of the American Academy in Berlin is comprised of 36 influential leaders from the worlds of business, publishing, academia, and politics. Twenty-one members are American; 15 members are German. The board meets twice per year, once in November, in New York City, and once in late spring, in Berlin.

Founder

Richard C. Holbrooke (1941-2010) - U.S. Ambassador, Diplomat, and Author

Founding Chairmen

Thomas L. Farmer (1923-2015) - Consultants International Group, Inc.
Henry A. Kissinger - Kissinger Associates, Inc.
Richard von Weizsäcker (1920-2015) - Former Federal President of West Germany

Chairman

Gahl Hodges Burt

Co-Secretaries

Stephen B. Burbank - University of Pennsylvania
John C. Kornblum - Noerr, LLP

Trustees

Manfred Bischoff - Daimler AG
Caroline Walker Bynum - Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Gerhard Casper - Stanford University
Roger Cohen - The New York Times
Mathias Döpfner - Axel Springer AG
Marina Kellen French
Michael E. Geyer - Samuel N. Harper Professor of German and European History, and Faculty Director, Human Rights Program, University of Chicago
Hans-Michael Giesen - Giesen Heidbrink
C. Boyden Gray - Boyden Gray & Associates
Vartan Gregorian - Carnegie Corporation of New York
Andrew S. Gundlach - Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder Advisors LLC
Helga Haub - The Tengelmann Group
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck - Director and Writer
Wolfgang A. Herrmann - Technische Universität Munich
Dirk Ippen - Münchener Zeitungs-Verlag GmbH
Wolfgang Ischinger - Allianz SE, Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz
Josef Joffe - Die Zeit
Michael Klein - M. Klein and Company LLC
Regine Leibinger - Barkow Leibinger
Vincent A. Mai - Cranemere LLC
Wolfgang Malchow - Robert Bosch GmbH
Kati Marton - Author and Journalist
Julie Mehretu - Artist, New York
Adam Posen - Peterson Institute for International Economics
George E. Rupp - Former President and CEO, International Rescue Committee
Volker Schlöndorff - Filmmaker
Peter Y. Solmssen - Former Managing Board Member and General Counsel, Siemens AG
Kurt F. Viermetz - Former Vice Chairman, JPMorgan
Stefan von Holtzbrinck - Holtzbrinck Publishing Group
Nina von Maltzahn
Dr. Christine I. Wallich - Trustee-in-Residence
Maureen White - Johns Hopkins University
Pauline Yu - American Council of Learned Societies

Honorary Trustee

Michael Müller (ex-officio) - Governing Mayor of Berlin

Chairman Emeritus

Karl M. von der Heyden - Former Vice Chairman, PepsiCo, Inc.

Trustees Emeriti

John P. Birkelund - Saratoga Partners
Diethart Breipohl - Allianz SE
Richard K. Goeltz - Retired Vice-Chairman and CFO, American Express
Wolfgang Mayrhuber - Lufthansa AG
Norman Pearlstine - Bloomberg LP
Fritz Stern - Columbia University

Senior Fellow & Executive Director Emeritus

Gary Smith - Senior Fellow & Executive Director Emeritus

Senior Counselors

Richard Gaul - Deutscher Rat für Public Relations
Franz Xaver Ohnesorg - Stiftung Klavier-Festival Ruhr
Karen Roth
Victoria Scheibler
Bernhard von der Planitz - Former German Consul General to the U.S.