Internationale Martin Luther Stiftung

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24th April

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.

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Members of the Board of Trustees

in alphabetical order

Bishop Zoltán Balog (Budapest, Hungary): Hungarian politician and pastor of the Reformed Church, pastoral president of the Synod of the Reformed Church since 2021. From 2006 to 2018, Balog was a member of the Hungarian Parliament, serving as minister and state secretary, among other positions.

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Uwe Bicker (Bensheim): scientist, dean of the Medical Faculty Mannheim of the University of Heidelberg, member of the Conseil d´Administration of Sanofi SA, Paris, in the Aventis Foundation and chairman of the board of trustees at Marburg University

Regional Bishop Tobias Bilz (Dresden) Theologian and since March 2020 Regional Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony (EvLKS). From 1991 to 2007, he served as pastor of the Erlbach-Kirchberg parish near Stollberg in the Ore Mountains and also as youth pastor in the Stollberg church district since 2001. From 2007 to 2018, Tobias Bilz was the full-time regional youth pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony. After that, he was head of the department for congregational development in the Lutheran Church of Saxony.

Prof. Dr. theol. Kirsten Busch Nielsen (Copenhagen, DK): Danish theologian, Professor of Theology at the University of Copenhagen since 2008, Dean at the Faculty of Human Sciences since 2021.

Heinrich Otto Deichmann (Essen): Studied economics, history, theology and philosophy at the University of Cologne from 1984. Has worked for DEICHMANN SE since 1989; since 1999 successor to his father Heinz-Horst Deichmann as head of the company. Engaged through the Deichmann Foundation or the social missionary aid organization "wortundtat", which he heads and which promotes the establishment of social diaconal institutions in Africa, Moldova, Greece and Germany. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Friedrich August von Hayek Foundation and the German National Foundation.

Prof. Dr. Christian Fischer (Jena): Managing Director of the Abbe Institute for Foundations at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, holder of the Chair of Civil Law, Labor Law, Civil Procedure Law and Theory of Law at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, co-editor of the Zeitschrift für Stiftungs- und Vereinswesen (ZStV) (Journal for Foundations and Associations), many years of experience as a lawyer, labor law consultant, in company conciliation boards and as a mediator in collective bargaining, organizer of the German Mediation Days 2010-2014, extensive lecturing activities.

Prof. Dr. Eberhard Harbsmeier (DK): Danish-German theologian. Until 2013 rector of the Pedagogical Institute of the Danish People's Church, the Pastoralkolleg i Løgumkloster and the Theological Pedagogical Center in Løgumkloster; honorary professor of practical theology, Aarhus University. From 2013 to 2017 advisor to the Ministry of the Church for the German-Danish activities for the Reformation anniversary.

Prof. Dr. Hans Michael Heinig (Göttingen): Dean of the Faculty of Law at the Georg-August University of Göttingen and Chair of Public Law. Director of the Institute of Canon Law of the Protestant Church in Germany and Managing Editor of the Zeitschrift für evangelisches Kirchenrecht (Journal of Protestant Canon Law); Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Volkswagen Foundation.

Archbishop em. Dr. Antje Jackelén (Lund, Sweden): From 2014 to October 2022 Archbishop of the Church of Sweden, previously Bishop of the Diocese of Lund; from 2003 to 2007 Professor of Systematic Theology and Science at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, USA. Honorary doctorate awarded by the University of Greifswald, the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, and Virginia Theological Seminary; author of numerous books.

Sebastian von Kloch-Kornitz (Weimar): Managing partner of both Terra Madre Consulting GmbH and Neues Kloster Ichtershausen (NKI) GmbH & Co. KG. Managing Director of the Christian Collegiate Foundation (SCC), former head of office of the Martin Luther Foundation, one of the initiators of the JugendUnternimmt ("Youth Undertakes") project, he is a graduate in administration.

Regional Bishop Friedrich Kramer (Magdeburg): Regional bishop of the Evangelical Church in Central Germany. Previously, he was director of the Saxony-Anhalt Protestant Academy and director of studies for theology and politics.

Dr. phil. Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller (Ditzingen): CEO of the TRUMPF Group, vice-chair of the board of trustees of the Berthold Leibinger Foundation

Johann Michael Möller (Halle/Saale): political scientist, historian, journalist; broadcasting-director of Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR radio)

Prof. Dr. theol. Dr. phil. Nils Ole Oermann (Berlin): Historian, theologian, lawyer, personal assistant to the Federal President Dr Horst Köhler from 2004 to 2007. Professor of sustainability ethics at Leuphana University, member of the Executive Board and Vice-President of the College, Director of the Research Department "Religion, Politics and Economics" at Humboldt University Berlin.

Pastor Ulrich Pohl (Bielefeld): Chairman of the Board of the v.Bodelschwinghschen Stiftungen Bethel, previously pastor and superintendent of the Lippische Landeskirche.

Reinhard Quast (Siegen): Chairman of the Executive Board of OTTO QUAST Bau AG and President of the Central Association of the German Construction Industry since 2018.

Dr. theol. Christoph Rösel (Stuttgart): Theologian and university lecturer, General Secretary of the German Bible Society and co-editor of the BasisBibel.

Prof. Dr. theol. Christopher Spehr (Munich): Theologian, Luther and Reformation researcher, holder of the Chair of Church History II at the Protestant Theological Faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich, editor of the Luther Yearbook.

Dr. Markus Spieker (Leipzig): Author, journalist and historian with a doctorate. From 2014 to 2018, he was ARD's (German public-service broadcaster) correspondent for South Asia. Since his return to Germany, he has been working at MDR (Central German public-service broadcaster) in Leipzig.

Friedhelm Wachs (Berlin): International consultant for negotiation processes, author, owner and partner of Wachsonian GmbH, among others. Since 2020 Chairman of the Working Group of Protestant Entrepreneurs (“Arbeitskreis Evangelischer Unternehmer”, AEU).

Christiane Weispfenning (Frankfurt): Chairwoman of the Share Value Foundation and daughter of the foundation's founder Günter Weispfenning.