Board of Trustees

A competent board of trustees advises the Fraunhofer Institute on questions of the professional orientation and structural change of the institute. It also fosters contacts with organizations and industry.


Members are appointed by the Executive Board in agreement with the management of the institute. The annual meetings are attended by at least one member of the Management Board. In order to have as many perspectives as possible, the Board of Trustees comprises representatives from science, industry and public life.

Current Chair: Dr. Wilhelm Krüger, Entrepreneur

Current Members of the Board of Trustees

Members from Science

  • Prof. Dr. Nicole Bräuerle, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie KIT
  • Prof. Dr. Helmut J. Schmidt, President of the TU Kaiserslautern
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

Members from Industry

(alphabetically listed)

  • August Altherr, John Deere European Technology Innovation Center
  • Dr.-Ing. Erwin Flender, MAGMA Gießereitechnologie
  • Johannes Heger, HegerGuss GmbH
  • Dr. Wilhelm Krüger (current chair), Entrepreneur
  • Barbara Ofstad, Siemens AG
  • Dr. Mattias Schmidt, Procter & Gamble Service GmbH
  • Dr. Christof M. Weber, Daimler AG

Members of the Public Life / Politics

  • Dr. Anna-Lena Kranz-Stöckle, Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Stefanie Nauel, Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Verkehr, Landwirtschaft und Weinbau des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz
  • Dr. Carola Zimmermann, Ministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft, Weiterbildung und Kultur des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz