View of the building of the Bertelsmann Stiftung.
Jan Voth

Organization: Proactive and Forward-Looking

How is the Bertelsmann Stiftung structured? Here you'll find information about our governance bodies, management team and the contacts available to you at the foundation.

Our organizational structure reflects our goals and principles. It ensures that we are able to fulfill, efficiently and transparently, the mandate laid out in our articles of incorporation.

The work we do is grouped into programs, each of which is led by a member of our Executive Board. Our projects, in turn, are grouped by topic and activity within each program.

Our interactive organizational chart shows the programs and support teams each member of the Executive Board is responsible for. It also lists the relevant contact for each program or team. You can open the organizational chart by clicking on the picture.

Executive Board

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees serves as an advisory and controlling body, comparable to a supervisory board. It is made up of individuals who have demonstrated ongoing interest in the work of the foundation, as well as leadership experience and insight into social progress.

In accordance with the foundation’s articles of incorporation, the Board of Trustees provides support for the foundation’s ongoing development, oversees its executive management and, together with the Executive Board, makes decisions on matters of key importance.

As the founder of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Reinhard Mohn was a member of the Board of Trustees until his death on October 3, 2009.

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Our Founder's Beliefs: Learning from the World: Why Reinhard Mohn Founded the Bertelsmann Stiftung

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Mission Statement: Our Core Principles

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Principles: The Beliefs Behind Our Work

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What We Do: A Look Behind the Scenes