Impulses for knowledge


The Executive Board, the Board of Trustees, and the Chief Executive Officer manage the Daimler and Benz Foundation’s various programs and ensure that the goals of the Foundation are achieved.


Executive Board of the Daimler and Benz Foundation

Prof. Dr. Eckard Minx
Prof. Dr. Eckard Minx, Member and President of the Daimler and Benz Foundation`s Executive Board

“Whoever wants to shape tomorrow's world first has to understand today's world.”

Eckard Minx is an acknowledged expert on futurology, innovation management and organizational development. After studying economics and law, he became an assistant at the Institut für Volks- und Weltwirtschaft at the Freie Universität Berlin, where he remained from 1974 to 1979. In 1980, he joined the futurology research group “Society and Technology” at Daimler AG. From 1992 to 2008, he directed this department at both of its locations in Berlin and in Palo Alto, California. In addition to his other activities, Eckard Minx teaches as an honorary professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin (HTW Berlin) and at the Institute for Transportation Design at the Braunschweig University of Art. Since the spring of 2007, he has been a member of the Daimler and Benz Foundation's Executive Board, and in autumn 2008, he became the Board's president.

Prof. Dr. Rainer Dietrich
Prof. Dr. Rainer Dietrich, Member of the Daimler and Benz Foundation`s Executive Board

“Knowledge can`t be increased without systematic investigation.“

In his role as linguist, Rainer Dietrich investigates the complex mechanisms of language learning, language production, and language processing. While studying Old German language and literature, philosophy, and computational linguistics in Saarbrücken and Heidelberg, he held various teaching positions and conducted interdisciplinary research activities. From 1993 to 2010, he was a professor of psycholinguistics at the Department of German Language and Linguistics at Berlin's Humboldt University, where the psycholinguistic laboratory was under his direction. Since autumn 2010, he has been an honorary professor at the Institute for German as a Foreign Language at the University of Heidelberg. Rainer Dietrich was a member of the foundation's Scientific Advisory Board for nine years before becoming a member of the Daimler and Benz Foundation's Executive Board in the spring of 2005.

Board of Trustees of the Daimler and Benz Foundation

Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber – President of the Board of Trustees
Senior Advisor Daimler AG
Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development

Michael Brecht
Member of the Joint Works Counsil of Daimler AG
Deputy Chairman – Employee Representative

Prof. Dr. Martin Faulstich
Professor of Environmental and Energy Technology
Clausthal University of Technology

Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius
Leiterin der Helmholtz-Max-Planck-Brückengruppe für Tiefseeökologie und -technologie
Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung
Max-Planck-Institut für Marine Mikrobiologie

Prof. Dr. Ernst Osterkamp
Department of German Literature
Humboldt University, Berlin

Wilfried Porth
Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG
Human Resources & Director of Labor Relations

Kurt Schäfer
Head of Treasury of Daimler AG


Honorary President of the Board of Trustees of the Daimler and Benz Foundation

Prof. Dr. e. h. Werner Breitschwerdt
Daimler AG
Former Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler-Benz AG



Dr. Jörg Klein

Daimler and Benz Foundation
Dr. Jörg Klein
Dr.-Carl-Benz-Platz 2
D- 68523 Ladenburg

Phone: +49 6203-1092-0
Fax: +49 6203-1092-5


Daimler and Benz Foundation

Openness and curiosity are essential prerequisites for discovery. In order to intensify the knowledge-generation process, the Daimler and Benz Foundation works with targeted stimuli. Using its €3 million yearly operating budget, the Foundation is able to provide sizable resources for international research. Its endowment of €125 million makes the Daimler and Benz Foundation one of the largest, actively-operating foundations in Germany.

The Daimler and Benz Foundation is guided by clear principles. Its core values include supporting young researchers, encouraging interdisciplinary cooperation, and promoting research in a wide-range of fields. The Daimler and Benz Foundation has created a forum where leaders in the natural and social sciences can present and discuss their ideas. This exchange brings unconventional associations and new ideas to light: The result is knowledge with long-term benefits for us all.