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The Advisory Council

A circle of outstanding personalities in economics, politics and the public sphere forms the Advisory Council of the German Cancer Research Center.

Maximilian Viessmann chairs the Advisory Council.

Gruppenfoto der Sommersitzung 24.06.2023

gruop photo of meeting in June 2023

Members of the council are Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger, Honorary Chairman of the Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Dr. Manfred Bischoff, Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Daimler AG, Manfred Bogdahn, CEO of flexi - Bogdahn International GmbH & Co KG, Prof. Dr. Karl F. Braun, Member of the Supervisory Board of B. Braun SE and Clinical Fellow of Martin Luther Krankenhaus Berlin, Dr. Michael Endres, Honorary Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the non-profit Hertie Foundation, Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Grube, Chairman at Lazard, former CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, Albrecht Hornbach, Chief Executive of Hornbach Management AG, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Huber, former Chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Julia Jäkel, Member of the Supervisory Board of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group and former Chief Executive of Gruner & Jahr, Claus Kleber, journalist and presenter of the ZDF-heute journal, Michael Kleinemeier, Board of Partner Merck KGaA and former member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Barbara Krieger, opera singer & Member of the Advisory Board of Krieger SE, Prof. Dr. Klaus Mangold, Chairman of Mangold Consulting GmbH, Siegmar Mosdorf, Parl. State Secretary (retd.), Partner, Kekst CNC, Rainer Neske, Chief Executive of Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Dr. Arend Oetker, Managing Director of Dr. Arend Oetker Holding GmbH & Co. KG, Aygül Özkan, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and former Minister for Social Affairs, Health and Equal Opportunities, Lower-Saxony, Prof. Dr. h.c. Petra Roth, former mayor of Frankfurt am Main and former president of the Association of German Cities (Deutscher Städtetag) and Honorary Professorship for the State of Hesse, Bernhard Schadeberg, Executive manager of Krombacher Brewery, Dr. h. c. mult. Annette Schavan, former Federal Minister of Education and Research, Dr. Marcus Schenck, Managing Director Lazard, former member of the Executive Board Deutsche Bank, Helmut Schleweis, former President of the German Savings Banks Association, Klaus-Peter Schulenberg, Chief Executive of CTS Eventim AG & Co. KGaA, Dr. Stefan Schulte, Chairman of the Executive Board of Fraport AG, Dr. Henning Schulte-Noelle, former Chief Executive of Allianz SE, Caspar Seemann, Executive Director of Hartz, Regehr & Partner GmbH, Michael Sen, CEO of Fresenius; former member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG,  Ulrike Thümmel, First Chairperson of the registered association “Friends of the German Cancer Research Center”, Isabel Todenhöfer, Member of the Board of Directors at HIAL Group, Tilman Todenhöfer, former Managing Partner of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG and Maximilian Viessmann, CEO Viessmann Group.



The members of the Advisory Council consider themselves ambassadors of the German Cancer Research Center. They come together regularly and meet up with the Managing Board and scientists of the Center. They inform themselves of the current research projects and infrastructural activities and discuss comprehensive strategic questions. With their vast sum of experience they are able to provide a wealth of advice in support of the Cancer Research Center, and take full advantage of their contacts to build vital relationships. The members of the Advisory Council also make it their goal to tap new resources.


Click here for more details on the dates & topics of previous Advisory Council Meetings (German only)


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