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, Chairman of the Board of the Daimler and Benz Foundation

“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. Lutz H. Gade
Prof. Dr. Lutz H. Gade, Board of the Daimler and Benz Foundation

Professor Lutz H. Gade holds a chair of inorganic chemistry at the University of Heidelberg. After defending his doctorate at the University of Cambridge, he worked towards a habilitation at the University of Würzburg which he completed in 1996. Two years later he moved to the Université Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg, France) to take up a full professorship in inorganic chemistry and to become the Head of the Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis. Since moving to Heidelberg in 2003 he has acted inter alia as Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences and Chairman of the collaborative research centre (SFB 623) on molecular catalysis. Prof. Gade is currently the chairman of the collaborative research center (SFB 1249) on N-heteropolycycles as functional materials which he initiated. His work has gained him manifold recognition both nationally and internationally. He is a member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and of the he Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz.


Board of Trustees of the Daimler and Benz Foundation

Mitglieder des Stiftungsrats

Markus Schäfer
Mitglied des Vorstands
Konzernforschung & Mercedes-Benz Cars Entwicklung
Daimler AG

Michael Brecht
Vorsitzender des Gesamtbetriebsrats
Stellvertretender Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats
Daimler AG

Prof. Dr. Martin Faulstich
Lehrstuhl für Umwelt- und Energietechnik
Technische Universität Clausthal
Direktor des Instituts für die Zukunft der Industriegesellschaft (INZIN)

Prof. Dr. Tatjana Hörnle
Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht
Direktorin, Abteilung Strafrecht

Prof. Dr. Reinhard F. Hüttl
Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam
Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum
Wissenschaftlicher Vorstand

Wilfried Porth
Mitglied des Vorstands
Personal und Arbeitsdirektor & Mercedes-Benz Vans
Daimler AG

Kurt Schäfer
Head of Treasury, Daimler AG


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

Prof. Dr. e. h. Werner Breitschwerdt



Dr. Jörg Klein

Daimler and Benz Foundation
Dr. Jörg Klein
Dr.-Carl-Benz-Platz 2
D- 68526 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.