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The Scientific Advisory Board

Stephan Baldin
Prof. Dr. Hans C. Binswanger

Prof. Dr. Dieter Birnbacher
Dr. Jürgen Borchert
Prof. Dr. Luc Bovens
Prof. Dr. Louis Chauvel
Prof. Dr. Claus Dierksmeier
Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr (†)
Dr. Reinald Eichholz
Dr. Hildegard Hamm-Brücher (†)
Prof. Dr. Detlev Ganten
Prof. Dr. Edeltraud Günther
Dr. Uwe Jean Heuser
Prof. Dr. Vittorio Hösle
Prof. Dr. Hartmut Kreikebaum (†)
Dr. Annette Lepenies
Dr. Gisela Meister-Scheufelen
Prof. Dr. Meinhard Miegel
Prof. Dr. Mihajlo D. Mesarovic
Prof. Dr. Hubertus Müller-Groeling
Prof. Dr. Julian Nida-Rümelin
Prof. Dr. Claus Offe
Prof. Dr. Dr. Franz-Josef Radermacher
Prof. Dr. Bernd Raffelhüschen
Dr. Wolfgang Reinicke
Prof. Dr. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
Stephanie Weis-Gerhardt
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Seiler
Prof. Dr. Udo Simonis
Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind
Robert Unteregger
Fritz Varenholt
Prof. Dr. Werner Weidenfeld
Stephanie Weis-Gerhardt
Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker

baldinStephan Baldin
B. Stephan Baldin, born in 1949 in Regensburg. He studied Economics in Bonn and worked in marketing afterwards. Since 1978 he is an entrepreneur in Aachen. B. Stephan Baldin is managing chairman of the Aachener Stiftung since 1995. 


ImageProf. Dr. Hans Christoph Binswanger
Prof. Dr. Hans Christoph Binswanger is professor at the Institute for Economy and Ecology at the University St. Gallen. Binswanger was Professor of Economics at the University St. Gallen from 1969 until he became emeritus in 1994. Under his aegis the only dissertation to date about Rudolf Steiners’ economic writings was written: Georg von Canals Humanities and Economy. Binswanger turned to the economic question long before even the researches at the Club of Rome produced The limits to Growth. He also explored and developed a less known aspect of Goethe with his script Money and Magic: A Critique of the Modern Economy in the Light of Goethe’s Faust, which interprets Mephisto’s creation of money as a continuation of alchemy by other means.

Prof. Dr. Dieter Birnbacher

Prof. Dr. Dieter Birnbacher was born in Dortmund in 1946, although he spent his schooldays in Düsseldorf. In his early years, he explored Studies of Philosophy, English Philosophy and General Philology in Düsseldorf before studying at Cambridge University, where he completed his BA in 1969. He then graduated from Hamburg in 1973. His state doctorate was in Essen in 1988. He also acted as a scientific assistant at the College of Education in Hanover and as an academic council member at the University of Essen. From 1974 to 1985, he cooperated with the work group ‘Environment, Society, Energy’ at the University of Essen (Guidance: Klaus Michael Meyer). From 1993 to 1996, he was professor of Philosophy at the University of Dortmund, and since 1996 he has been at the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf. He was first vice president of the Schopenhauer-Gesellschaft e.V., Frankfurt/M. He is a member of the constant commission for organ transplantation at the federal medical association, member of the central commission Somatic Gene Therapy at the federal medical association, member of the editorship for the magazine Ethics in Medical Science, and also a member of the ethics commission in the medical faculty at the University Heinrich-Heine in Düsseldorf. Main field. (Pl.) Ethics, Practical Ethics, Anthropology

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Borchert

Born in 1949, he studied Law, Sociology and Politics in Freiburg, Genf and Berlin.  He took his law exams in 1974 and 1978. Between 1978 and 1983 Borchert was scientific Assistant at the Freie Universität Berlin and at the University of Bremen. In 1980 he became Attorney at Law. 1983 he became judge at social courts in Hessia and since 1986 he is a Jjudge at the Hessia Social Court in Darmstadt. He has worked as a volunteer in the areas of the penal system, youth residential communities and psychological rehabilitation for years. He is a founding member of the New Judge Association. He has published books on the consideration of long periods of child education in the law of the pension system, about basic state pensions and the reform of the pensions system.

Prof. Dr. Luc Bovens

In 1990, Professor Luc Bovens obtained his PhD in philosophy at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. From 1990 to 2003 he has been a scientific assistant at the University of Colorado in Boulder. From 2002 to 2005 he led the research group Philosophy, Policy and Modelling at the University of Konstanz. The research project was supported by the Humboldt Foundation through a Sofja Kovalevskaja scholarship. At the moment he works at the faculty for Philosophy, Logic and Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. There he coordinates the MA in Philosophy and Public Policy. He is a  former editor of Economics and Philosophy.

Prof. Dr. Louis Chauvel
Prof. Dr. Louis Chauvel was born in Paris in 1967. He received his MA from the “Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Economique” in 1990. He attained his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Lille in 1997, and was selected to participate in the competition of the “Centre national de la recherche scientifique“ (CNRS) the following year. In 2003 he joined the “Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris” (Sciences Po University Paris), and since 2005 he has worked there as professor. He additionally holds other positions as, for instance, member of the “Research Committee 28 on Social Stratification” and the “International Social Survey Program” (ISSP). Furthermore he is the treasurer of the French sociological association (AFS) and secretary general of the “European Sociological Association”.

dierksmeierProf. Dr. Claus Dierksmeier
Prof. Dr. Claus Dierksmeier was born in 1971. From 1990 to 1995, he studied philosophy, theology and law in Hamburg and gained his doctorate in 1997, writing about Kant’s philosophy of religion. He qualified as a professor in Jena and is now a professor at Stonehill College in Easton (Boston), Mas. USA. His publications focus on the law and social philosophies of German idealism. His research currently focuses on the idea of freedom in economic theory and ethical questions in the context of globalisation. After a change to Business Administration and the award of the honorary title "Distinguished Professor for Globalization Ethics” in Boston, Claus Dierksmeier returned to Germany in 2012 as director of the Weltethos-Institut, an organisation founded by Hans Küng, at the University of Tübingen.

Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr
Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr was born in1929 in Stuttgart. He earned his doctorate after studying Physics in Stuttgart (Dipl.-Phys. 1953) and then at the University of California in Berkeley with Edward Teller (Ph.D. 1956). He moved to the University of Munich in 1962. He has worked as a scientific assistant to Werner Heisenberg from 1958 - 1976, as a visiting professor at Berkeley, California and Madras, India (1962), as scientific member of the Max-Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics (1963), and as a professor at the University of Munich (1969). He was the managing director of the Max-Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics (1978-1980) and of the Werner-Heisenberg Institute for Physics (1971, 1978-1980, 1987-1992), deputy managing director of the Institute Max-Planck for Physics (Institute Werner-Heisenberg) (1972-1977, 1981-1986, 1993-1995) Emeritus status in 1997.From 1978 to 1980 he was executive Director of the Max Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics (Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics) and of the Werner Heisenberg Institute for Physics (1971, 1978-1980, 1987-1992). He was Vice executive director at the Max Planck Institute for Physics (Werner-Heisenberg-Institute) 1972-1977, 1981-1986 and 1993-1995. Until 1997 he was professor of physics at the Ludwig Maximilian University, both in Munich, Germany. Dürr absolved his Ph. D 1956 after studying physics in Stuttgart (Dipl.-Phys. 1953) at University of California in Berkeley supervised by Edward Teller. 1962 he was guest-professor in Berkeley, California and Madras, India. More recently, Dürr has contributed to the global environmental movement. He served as a member of the board of Greenpeace-Germany and as a member of the International Advisory Council on the Economic Development of Hainan in Harmony with the Natural Environment in China. In 1996, Dürr was made a member of the UN Secretary General's international advisory group for the Habitat II Conference in Istanbul.Dürr is a member of the Club of Rome and serves on the scientific committee of the Vienna Internationale Akademie für Zukunftsfragen, advocating sustainable, equitable, and livable development, emphasizing energy efficiency and sufficiency as a point of entry. Since 2006 he has been a founding councillor at World Future Council.

Dr. Reinald Eichholz

Dr. Reinald Eichholz (born 1939) studied law and public policy. After graduating he worked as a judge at a District Court from 1968 to 1971. From 1971 to 1989 he was the director of the Office for the Coordination of Family Policy of the Regional Government of North Rhine-Westfalia and from 1998 to 2002 he was the Child Commissioner of the Regional Government.
Dr. Eichholz is a member of the German Committee for UNICEF, of the Coordination Group of the National Coalition for the Implementation of the Children’s Rights Charter of the UN in Germany, member of the board of trustees of the Future Foundation for Education of the not for profit trust of Bochum and a member of the board of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Germany.

Dr. Hildegard Hamm-Brücher (†)
Dr. Hildegard Hamm-Brücher joined the Free Democratic Party in 1948. She was elected to the Munich city council from 1948 to 1954, the Landtag of Bavaria from 1950 to 1966 and again from 1970 to 1976, and the Bundestag from 1976 to 1990. Hamm-Brücher focussed much of her work on education policy, and was appointed as secretary of state to the Hessian and Federal Ministry for Education in 1967 and 1969, respectively. She also served as a Minister of State in the German Foreign Office from 1977 to 1982, while her party was part of a coalition government with the Social Democratic Party. In 1982 the Free Democratic Party left that coalition in order to form a new coalition with the Christian Democratic Union. Rather than holding new elections, the Free Democrats supported a constructive vote of no confidence against Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. Hamm-Brücher prominently opposed the new coalition itself, as well as the method of switching coalitions without an election. Subsequently she lost her position as Minister of State, but continued to serve as a member of parliament until 1990. Her party nominated her as the Free Democrat's candidate in the German presidential election in 1994. However, the Free Democratic Party, then still in a coalition with the much larger Christian Democratic Union under Chancellor Kohl, ultimately chose to support the Christian Democrat's candidate Roman Herzog. Herzog went on to win the election with the combined majority of Christian and Free Democrats. In 2002 she left the Free Democratic Party after controversy about Jürgen Möllemann’s purportedly antisemitic election campaign.

gantenProf. Dr. Detlev Ganten
Detlev Ganten studied medicine in Würzburg, Montpellier and Tübingen between 1962 and 1968. 1968 he got his PhD. Between 1969 and 1973 he went to the Clinical Research Institute in Montréal (Canada) for a research stay. In 1973 he got a PhD in Philosophy at the McGill University in Montréal.
Between 1973 and 1991 Detlev Ganten worked at the Pharmacological Institute of the University of Heidelberg. In 1975 he became professor in Heidelberg and since 1978 he is a specialised medic in pharmacology and clinical pharmacology.
He became founding director of the Max-Delbrück-Centrum for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch 1991. The Institute was part of the Helmholtz-Association of German research institutes. 1993 he became the professor for clinical pharmacology at the Charité in Berlin. Between 15 February 2004 and 1 September 2008 he was chairman of the board of the Charité.

guentherProf. Dr. Edeltraud Günther
Prof. Dr. Edeltraud Günther holds a professorship for operational environmental economics at the Technical University of Dresden (Germany) since 1996. She studied business administration at the University of Augsburg and also studied French at the University of Geneva. After her doctoral thesis, which was titled Ecologically Oriented Controlling, she specialised, among other topics, in ecological performance measurement (product- and process-oriented) and eco-friendly resourcing. Under her direction, the TU Dresden initiated an environmental management system in accordance with the Eco-Audit Ordinance of the EU. From 2002 on, this management system is still validated regularly. As of 2005, she is also a guest professor at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Uwe Jean Heuser

In 1992 Dr. Uwe Jean Heuser joined the staff of a weekly newspaper Die Zeit, where he has headed the marketing department since 2000. From 1982 to 1988 Heuser studied Economy and Policy at the Friedrich-Wilhelm University in Bonn. During this period he also studied with the help of a DAAD scholarship at the University of California in Berkeley. Since 1989 he has worked as an Executive Consultant at McKinsey & Co and since 1990 on various research projects for the Bavarian Union Bank in Paris. As a McCloy Scholar he obtained an MA in Public Administration at the Harvard University in Cambridge. In1992 Heuser completed his doctorate at the University Albertus-Magnus in Cologne. By 1995 he was a visiting professor in the Department of Communications at the New York University. Furthermore, Dr. Uwe Jean Heuser is an author of many books, amongst others Tausend Welten - Die Auflösung der Gesellschaft im digitalen Zeitalter and Das Unbehagen im Kapitalismus - Die neue Wirtschaft und ihre Folgen.

Prof. Dr. Vittorio Hösle
In 1977 he completed his high school diploma and began being aided by the Bavarian Encouragement of Talented and the Study Foundation of the German Nation, 1977/78 at the winter semester studies of Philosophy, General History of Science and Classic Philology at the University Regensburg. From the winter semester 1978/79 to the winter semester 1979/80 and from the summer semester 1981 to the winter semester 1981/82 Vittorio Hösle has studied in Tübingen (where began to study Indology), the summer semester 1980 in Bochum, the winter semester 1980/81 in Freiburg i.Br.. In June 1986 he became a private lecturer for the subject of Philosophy at the University of Tübingen. From September to December 1986 he taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the New School for Social Research in New York. The winter semester 1989/90 Mr Vittorio Hösle spent as a Visiting Professor for Philosophy at the University Ulm. Since 1989 he has held seminars for economy executives. Vittorio Hösle is currently Professor at the University of Notre Dame in the USA.

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Kreikebaum (†)
Prof. Dr. Hartmut Kreikebaum is leader of the Institute for International Management and holder of the professorship for International Management II at the European Business School. His main research areas are international management, strategic management and ethical business. He is also active in an advisory capacity for industrial and international executives.

Dr. Annette Lepenies
Dr. Annette Lepenies, Dipl.-Psych., is a professor and psychotherapist who has organised many scientific expositions including "Old and Young: the Adventure of Generations ". She has also lead many intergenerational projects. She voluntarily assumes different functions in order to improve the situation of the weakest members of society: the near-illiterate and socially disadvantaged children and their parents. For this purpose, she helped in the creation and spread of the Early Excellence-Centres in Germany. Lepenies is a trustee for the Heinz and Heide Dürr Foundation JeKi (Jedem Kind ein Instrument), the Federal Foundation for Culture, and the Future-Commission 2025 for North Rhine-Westphalia.

meister-scheufelen_farbig2Dr. Gisela Meister-Scheufelen
Dr. jur. Gisela Meister-Scheufelen was mayoress of Ludwigsburg and subsequently became President of the Office for Trade and Industry; a department dedicated to helping small- and medium-size businesses develop. She also served as a member of parliament in the legislative body for Baden-Württemberg and was chairwoman of a commission set-up to investigate the situation of medium-size enterprises, especially family-owned entities. After that, she became employed as state-secretary for Economy and Technology in Berlin. In 2002, Meister-Scheufelen took up a post as manager of regional authorities in Baden-Württemberg and acted as chairwoman of a committee which looked into issues relating to accounting of German states. In 2007, she became secretary of state and head of department at the Financial Ministry of Baden-Württemberg

Prof. Dr. Meinhard Miegel
Prof. Dr. Meinhard Miegel was born in Vienna in 1939. He studied philosophy, sociology and law in Frankfurt, Freiburg and Washington D.C.. After having been a company lawyer for Henkel for four years, he became an employee of Kurt Biedenkopf, then-secretary general to the Christian Democratic Union Party. From 1975 onwards, he was also the chief of the main department for policy, information and documentation in the CDU federal headquarters. Until recently, Miegel was director of the IWG BONN, a think tank dealing with economy and society, which Miegel himself had founded together with Kurt Biedenkopf back in 1977. He closed the IWG BONN in late 2007 and founded the new Denkwerk Zukunft – Stiftung kulturelle Erneuerung, a foundation for cultural renewal which aims to help to develop and spread a Western culture which will be able to be universalised and sustainable. Furthermore, Miegel was an unscheduled professor at the University of Leipzig from 1992 to 1998, director of the Commission on Future Issues of the Federal States of Bavaria and Saxony from 1995 to 1997, and advisor to the German Institute for Old-Age Provisions from 1997 to 2006. These activities clearly demonstrate Meinhard Miegel’s extraordinary interest in social and demographic issues which he has extensively dealt with within his publications, too. Hence, he is, without any doubt, a great addition to the Scientific Advisory Board of the FRFG.

miharovicMihajlo D. Mesarovic
Mihajlo D. Mesarovic was born in Yugoslavia in 1928. He was awarded the M.S. from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Electrical Engineering in 1951. In 1955 he received a Ph.D. in Technical sciences from the University of Belgrade. In 1958 he became a Sloane Post-Doctoral Fellow at MIT.
Mesarovic held academic positions at University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia form 1954 to 1958. He was associate Professor at CWRU from 1959 to 1964 and professor from 1964 to 1978. In that time he was head of the Systems Engineering Group 1965-68, head of the Systems Engineering Department 1968-72 and director of the Systems Research Center 1968-78. Starting 1978, Prof. Mesarovic has been the Cady Staley Professor of Systems Engineering and Mathematics.
He has lectured in more than 60 countries, advised government officials on a variety of issues, consulted for international organizations, and published widely. He was also the founder of the 'Mathematical Theory of General Systems' Journal, Springer Verlag.
In 1999, he was appointed a Scientific Advisor on Global Change by Federico Mayor, Director-General of the UNESCO. In that role, Mesarovic traveled to UNESCO's headquarters in Paris and advised the director general's office on issues such as climate change, economics, population, technology transfer, and the education of women in developing countries.
In 2003 he was awarded the Hovorka Prize from Case Western Reserve University for exceptional achievements. In 2005 he was awarded the USA Club of Rome Lifetime Achievement Award at the United Nations.

Prof. Dr. Hubertus Müller-Groeling
Prof. Dr. Hubertus Müller-Groeling was born and raised in Ostpreußen (1929-45). After high school, he served an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk in Bremen whilst studying Economics at Heidelberg. He was an academic assistant at the Institute for Social and Economic Policy (he would later become vice-president of the institute) in Saarbrücken and of Theoretical Economics in Kiel. Since 1970, he has worked at the Institute of Global Economy in Kiel, at first as a senior researcher, then as a department manager and leader of the magazine Global Economic Archive. Since 1995 he has been given emeritus status. He is a member of the directorate at the Friedrich-Naumann Foundation, chairman of the Foundation’s options committee concerning talent furtherance, chairperson of the Foundation’s advisory committee and now member of the scientific advisory at the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations.

Prof. Dr. Julian Nida-Rümelin

Julian Nida-Rümelin, born 28th November 1954, emanated from a Munich artist family. He studied philosophy, physics, mathematics and political sciences. Later he received an award in philosophy from the scientific theorist Wolfgang Stegmüller, before he became an economic assistant in Munich and remained on the faculty of philosophy until 1989. After a visiting professorship in the USA,  Prof. Dr. Nida-Rümelin undertook a professorship in ethics of biomedical sciences at the University Tübingen (1991-1993) and then a professorship in philosophy at the University Göttingen (1993-2003). From 1998 to 2000, Prof. Dr. Julian Nida-Rümelin was consultant of Culture at the LHS Munich and in 2001 and 2002 Minister of Culture and Member of the Federal Government. In September 2008 he was elected President of the German Association for Philosophy (until 2011).

Prof. Dr. Claus Offe

Prof. Dr. Claus Offe, born 1940, studied sociology, national economy and philosophy at the University of Cologne and at the Free University of Berlin. In 1965 he received a diploma in sociology, at the FU Berlin. From 1965-69 he worked as an assistant in sociological seminars. At the University of Frankfurt he received a J. Habermas professorship. In 1968 he was promoted to Dr. rer. pol. (Dissertation: "Performance Principle and Industrial Work") at the economic and social scientific faculty at the University of Frankfurt.

1973: State doctorate in the special field of Political Science, University of Konstanz
1975-88: Professor of political science and cociology at the sociology faculty, University of Bielefeld.
1988-95: Professor of political science and sociology at the University of Bremen; there he became leader of the department "Theory and Constitution of the Welfare State" at the Centre for Social Politics (ZeS), University Bremen.

Since 1995 he has worked as professor of political science, political sociology and social politics. He has participated in numerous Fellowships in the USA, Netherlands and Australia

He is currently professor of political sociology at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Franz-Josef Radermacher
is Head of the Board and scientific director of the Research Institute for Application Oriented Knowledge Processing, FAW, Ulm, that was founded in October 1987 as Germany's first independent institute for Artificial Intelligence. Most notable among Professor Radermacher's many publications are "The Idea of Man and Overpopulation" published in: Wissensverarbeitung und Gesellschaft, 1992, Volume 4 "The Idea of Man and Overpopulation," p. 43-68: Opportunities and Risks of Innovations: The Example of Automatisation of Cognition, Technical Report of the ÖFAI, 1995 and "Coming to Terms with Change" (a brochure describing change and future challenges and how to tackle them).

Prof. Dr. Bernd Raffelhüschen

is professsor for national economy at the University Albert-Ludwig in Freiburg and Professor (20%) at the University of Bergen, Norway. His focal points are the specific fields of Finance, Social Politics and Macroeconomics. In particular he stands up for the introduction of "general accounting" in Germany. It already concerns an established form of national scientific accounting in Germany and USA.

Dr. Wolfgang Reinicke

Dr. Wolfgang Reinicke has worked in the fields of both economy as well as think tanks and international organisations: he worked almost a decade as a Senior Scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington D. C., where he published his book Global Public Policy. Governing Without Government, 1998. As a senior economist at the World Bank’ s strategy bureau (1998-2000) he was involved in the reorientation of the World Bank under the then-president Jim Wolfensohn. He then conducted the study Critical Choices for the ex-secretary general of the UN, Kofi Annan, as part of the Global Public Policy Project. In 2005 he published Business UNUsual: Facilitating UN Reform Through Partnerships. Wolfgang Reinicke studied international relations and economy at the Johns Hopkins University/SAIS and did his doctorate in political science at Yale University.

schnellnhuberHans Joachim Schellnhuber
Hans Joachim "John" Schellnhuber (born June 7, 1950) is the Director of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Chief Government Advisor on Climate and Related Issues during Germany's EU Council Presidency and G8 Presidency. He has qualifications in mathematics and physics—a Doctorate in Theoretical Physics from the University of Regensburg, which he completed in 1980. Since 1992, he has been one of nine members of the German Advisory Council on Global Change. He was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2004. He is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Theoretical Physics (ITP) at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
He was awarded the German Environment Prize in 2007, and has signed the Potsdam Denkschrift calling for a change in thinking to enable sustainable development. Schellnhuber was 'coordinating lead author of the synthesis chapter of Working Group II' of the Third Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. John warns of dire consequences of continued global warming. He is an expert on climatological tipping points and a public speaker on the subject.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Seiler
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Seiler was born in Remscheid in 1940. After his studies (Meteorology and Air Chemistry) and his graduation from Mainz, he did his state examination in 1980 at the Federal Technical University in Zurich. Parallel to his teaching activity there, from 1980 to 1992, he was Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Atmospheric Environmental Research in Garmisch-Patenkirchen from 1986 to 2001. Since 2002, he has been the Director of the Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research at the Research Centre in Karlsruhe. Besides this, he has been a member of numerous commissions: of the 11th Bundestag “Prevention for the protection of the earth’s atmosphere” from 1987 to 1991; member of the scientific committee of the Leipzig Fair "Zerratec" from 1992 to 2002; and since 2000 he has been a member of the circle of experts for global environmental aspects (GUA) of the federal government department for Education and Research. Currently he is Professor at the University of Augsburg.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Udo E. Simonis

From 1959-1963, Prof. Dr. Udo E. Simonis studied Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Mainz, Vienna and Fribourg. In 1963, he obtained his diploma in National Economy at the University of Fribourg. From 1963-1964, Simonis was scientific subeditor at the Research Centre in Global Civilisation in Freiburg. From 1964-1967 he took part in the Seminar for Economic Politics at the University of Kiel as a scientific assistant. 1981/82 he completed his doctorate. He acted as personal advisor to the president of Zambia, Dr. Kenneth D. Kaunda, from 1967 to 1969.

In 1974 he was appointed Professor of Economy at the Technical University Berlin. In 1988 he was named scientific Professor for Environmental Policy by the Research Centre Berlin. From 1988-1993 he was member of the Committee for Development Planning in the UN. The winter semester 1992/93 he spent as a visiting professor of the department for environmental research at the Federal University of Technology Zurich. In December 1995 he was Humboldt-Professor at the University Ulm. In 2003 he received an honorary promotion to Dr. rer. nat. at the University Lüneburg. His Main research fields are: ecological change of structure of economy and society and international (global) environmental policy.

Currently Prof. Simonis is doing research on environmental policy at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin.

Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind
Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind studied Business Administration in Cologne and Paris from 1986 to 1991. After that, he was consultant at Roland Berger&Partner. From 1992 to 1997, he was research assistant at the Institute for Economics and Ecology at the University in St. Gallen where he completed his PhD. Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind is Director of the Chair of Production Management and Environment at the Carl-von-Ossientzky- University in Oldenburg. From 1997 to 1999, he was the chairman of VÖW (Association for Ecological Economic Research). Since 2010 he is President and Scientific Managing Director of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.

untereggerRobert Unteregger
Robert Unteregger is a co-founder of the Swiss Foundation Future Council that is promoting the creation of so called Future Councils in the Swiss regions. He was awarded the Profax Award of the Profax Foundation in 2009.



varenholtFritz Vahrenholt
Fritz Vahrenholt (born on 8 May 1949 in Gelsenkirchen-Buer) was Senator for Environmental Issues in Hamburg between 1991 and 1997. 1998 he started his career in the industry sector as a chairman of German Shell. 2001 he switched to the board of the REpower Systems AG and stayed there until 2007. Since February 2008 he is chairman of the board of the RWE subsidiary RWE Innogy. Vahrenholt is honorary professor for chemistry at the University of Hamburg since 1999.

Prof. Dr. Werner Weidenfeld
Prof. Dr. Werner Weidenfeld  studied Political Science, History and Philosophy at the University of Bonn from 1966until1971.  In1971 he was promoted to Dr. phil. with a dissertation about Gustav Stresemann’s Policy in England. In 1975 he completed his political science doctorate on Germany’s policy on Europe during the era of Adenauer. From 1975-1995 he was Professor for Political Science at the University Mainz. In 1986-1988 he became Professeur associé at Sorbonne in Paris and from 1987-1999 he became Coordinator of the Federal Government for the German-American cooperation.
In1994, he received an honorary doctorate from Middlebury (USA).
Since 1995 he has undertaken a professorship; Political Systems and European Agreement at the University Munich and director of the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP).
He has operated in many bodies, fulfilling both national and international functions: as member of the directorate for the Foundation Bertelsmann (in Gütersloh); member of the Advisory Board of the European Center from RAND (in Santa Monica), member of the International Research Council of the "Centers for Strategic and International Studies" (in Washington) as well as member of the council "Centers for German and European Studies" at the University Georgetown (in Washington); as editor of the magazine "International Policy" and finally as a member of the "Club of Rome".

Since 2000 he has been a permanent Visiting Professor at the Remnin University in Bejing.

weis_gerhardtStephanie Weis-Gerhardt
Born in 1950, I got my MA in Comparative Literature, married in 1977 and when my son was born I became an environmental activist, a self-made woman with a patchwork life. 8 years of Green politics. Focus on environment. 13 years program manager of a private German foundation. Focus on dematerialization. Member of international networks. Focus on systems thinking and Sustainability. Freelance for 4 years. Focus on linking like minded people. Focus on structural change  and building up resilience.

Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker
Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, born 1939, is a member of the Club of Rome and President at the Wuppertal Insitute for Climate, Environment and Energy. He received a doctorate in 1969, and became Professor for Interdisciplinary Biology at the University Essen from 1972 to1975. In 1989 he became the first Laureate of the Italian Premio De Natura together with the Norwegian prime minister Gro Brundtland. In 1996, he was Laureate of the WWF Conservation Medal. In 2009, he was awarded the most important civil medal of the Federal Republic of Germany and in 2011 he was awarded the Theodor-Heuss Award of the Theodor-Heuss Foundation. He has written many contributions to scientific magazines, documents and has attended various conferences.