Officers, Trustees & Counselors

Members of the board of trustees, October 6, 2014. Photo: Annette Hornischer

The Board of Trustees of the American Academy in Berlin is comprised of 34 influential leaders from the worlds of business, publishing, academia, and politics. Eighteen members are American; 16 members are German. The board meets twice per year, once in November, in New York City, and once in May, in Berlin.

Founder

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

Founding Chairmen

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

Chairman & President

A. Michael Hoffman - Palamon Capital Partners, LP

Vice Chair

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
Roger Cohen - The New York Times
Mathias Döpfner - Axel Springer AG
Niall Ferguson - Professor of History, Professor of Business Administration
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
Richard K. Goeltz - Retired Vice-Chairman and CFO, American Express
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
Wolfgang A. Herrmann - Technische Universität Munich
Dirk Ippen - Founder, RI Digital Ventures GmbH
Wolfgang Ischinger - Allianz SE
Josef Joffe - Die Zeit
Michael Klein - M. Klein and Company LLC
Regine Leibinger - Barkow Leibinger
Wolfgang Malchow - Robert Bosch GmbH
Kati Marton - Author and Journalist
Julie Mehretu - Artist, New York
Adam Posen - Peterson Institute for International Economics
Jeffrey A. Rosen - Lazard LLC
Volker Schlöndorff - Filmmaker
Peter Y. Solmssen
Kurt F. Viermetz - Former Vice Chairman, JPMorgan
Stefan von Holtzbrinck - Holtzbrinck Publishing Group
Nina von Maltzahn
Christopher von Oppenheim
Christine I. Wallich - The World Bank
Pauline Yu - American Council of Learned Societies

Honorary Trustees

Klaus Wowereit (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
Gerhard Casper - Stanford University
Wolfgang Mayrhuber - Lufthansa AG
Norman Pearlstine - Bloomberg LP
Fritz Stern - Columbia University

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.