Persons, Advisory Councils and Executive Committee

ifa is represented by President Ulrich Raulff and ifa’s director is Secretary General Ronald Grätz. As an advisory council, the Executive Committee sets the guidelines and priorities for ifa’s activities. The four advisory councils, including the Advisory Council of the Alexander Rave Foundation, the Editorial Board of the journal KULTURAUSTAUSCH, the Research Advisory Council, and the Art Advisory Board, provide feedback and recommendations on topics such as German foreign cultural and educational policy, exhibition work, and the awarding of scholarships.

Persons

President of ifa: Ulrich Raulff

Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Ulrich Raulff has been President of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) since 1 October 2018. Ulrich Raulff was born in Hülseberg near Meinerzhagen in 1950. He studied philosophy and history in Marburg, Frankfurt and Paris, earning his PhD in 1977. From 1978 to 1993 he was a freelance translator and employee of several German publishing companies, newspapers and TV stations. He qualified as a professor in Cultural Studies at the Humboldt-University of Berlin in 1995. From 1994 to 2001 he was a literary editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, from 1997 chief literary editor, and from 2001 to 2004 he was senior literary editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. From November 2004 to September 2018 Ulrich Raulff was director of the German Literature Archive Marbach.

Secretary General of ifa

Ronald Grätz is the Secretary General of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen). Before assuming his current position at ifa, he was director of the Goethe-Institut in Portugal. Ronald Grätz worked as Division Director for German Language at the UNESCO scheme Colégio Benjamin Constant in São Paulo, of which he was also deputy director. In 1993, he qualified as a lecturer at the Goethe-Institut in Munich, Cairo and Goettingen and worked as consultant for pedagogical support and as a teacher with the Goethe-Institut in Barcelona from 1994 to 1998. From 2002 to 2005, Ronald Grätz was a consultant for new media and the director of local programme activities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the Goethe-Institut in Moscow.

Advisory Councils and Executive Committee

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee sets the guidelines and priorities for ifa's activities. It is also responsible for the election and dismissal of the President and Secretary General. Executive Committee meetings are held at least twice a year. The term of office of a member of the Executive Committee is three full business years, whereby two re-elections are possible.

  • Members
    • Prof. Dr. Götz Adriani, Direktor der Kunsthalle Tübingen i.R., 2. Vizepräsident
    • Dr. jur. Bernt Graf zu Dohna, Chefsyndikus i.R. der Robert-Bosch GmbH, 1. Vizepräsident
    • Petra Drexler, Referatsleiterin 606, Auswärtiges Amt
    • Dr. Ursula Eid, Parlamentarische Staatssekretärin a.D.
    • Dr. Andreas Görgen, Ministerialdirektor, Leiter der Abteilung Kultur und Kommunikation, Auswärtiges Amt
    • Dr. Fabian Mayer, Kulturbürgermeister, Stadt Stuttgart
    • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ulrich Raulff, Präsident, ifa
    • Prof. Dr. Joachim Rogall, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung, Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH
    • Dr. Claudia Rose, Ministerialdirigentin, Leiterin der Kunstabteilung, Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst
    • Susanne Weber-Mosdorf, ehemalige Stv. Generaldirektorin World Health Organization

Advisory Council of the Alexander Rave Foundation

The Advisory Council of the Alexander Rave Foundation decides on the use of funds by the Foundation: the awarding of scholarships for the promotion of science and research, art and culture, education and advanced training, and the cultivation of heritage. The Council, which meets twice-yearly, is appointed for a four-year term.

  • Members
    • Dr. jur. Bernt Graf zu Dohna, Chefsyndikus i.R. der Robert-Bosch GmbH
    • Ronald Grätz, Generalsekretär, ifa
    • Dr. Ulrike Groos, Direktorin, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
    • Susanne Weber-Mosdorf, ehemalige Stv. Generaldirektorin World Health Organization
    • Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Ulrich Raulff, Präsident ifa als ständiger Gast

Research Advisory Council

The ifa Research Council meets to discuss developments in international cultural relations and develops research topics. It brings together political, scientific, scholarly and civil society perspectives and thus strengthens the relevance and sustainability of research and research communication on foreign cultural and educational policy.

  • Members
    • Prof. Dr. Helmut Anheier, ehemaliger Präsident der Hertie School of Governance
    • Petra Drexler, Leiterin des Referats 606, Auswärtiges Amt
    • Dr. Barbara Göbel, Direktorin des Ibero-Amerikanischen Instituts, Berlin
    • Ronald Grätz, Generalsekretär des ifa, Stuttgart
    • Sebastian Körber, stellvertretender Generalsekretär und Leiter der Abteilung Medien des ifa, Stuttgart
    • Thomas Krüger, Präsident der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Bonn
    • Jan Melissen, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Netherlands Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael' und Senior Fellow International Relations and Diplomacy, Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University
    • Dr. Verena Metze-Mangold, ehemalige Präsidentin der Deutschen UNESCO-Kommission
    • Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha, Direktorin des Zentrums für Angewandte Kulturwissenschaft und Studium Generale (ZAK), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) und Vorsitzende des WIKA (Wissenschaftlicher Initiativkreis Kultur und Außenpolitik)
    • Dr. Odila Triebel, Leiterin des Bereichs Dialog und Forschung „Kultur und Außenpolitik“, ifa, Stuttgart
    • Dr. Helga Trüpel, ehemalige MEP und stellvertretende Vorsitzende im Ausschuss für Kultur und Bildung

Editorial Board of KULTURAUSTAUSCH

The editorial board of the journal KULTURAUSTAUSCH meets once a year to provide feedback on the issues published in the previous year and to discuss topics for the next four issues. Thanks to their extensive expertise, the board members, coming from various fields of culture and politics, bring with them a wide range of perspectives and thus strengthen the diversity of the magazine.

  • Members
    • Johannes Ebert, Generalsekretär, Goethe-Institut, München
    • Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan, stellvertretende Institutsdirektorin des Berliner Instituts für empirische Integrations- und Migrationsforschung (BIM), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    • Jenny Friedrich-Freksa, Chefredakteurin KULTURAUSTAUSCH, ifa, Berlin
    • Theo Geißler, Verleger, ConBrio Verlag, Regensburg
    • Ronald Grätz, Generalsekretär des ifa, Stuttgart
    • Frau Ebba Scholl, VLRin, stv. Leiterin Referat 600 Strategie und Planung, Auswärtiges Amt
    • Sebastian Körber, stellvertretender Generalsekretär und Leiter der Abteilung Medien des ifa, Stuttgart
    • Jagoda Marinić, Schriftstellerin und Journalistin, Heidelberg
    • Evelyn Roll, Journalistin, Berlin
    • Dr. Claudia Schmölders, Kulturwissenschaftlerin, Berlin
    • Aleš Šteger, Lyriker und Autor, Ljubljana

Art Advisory Board

The Art Advisory Board, which meets twice a year, advises the ifa on questions of contemporary art and exhibition work. The members are appointed for three years and can be re-elected twice.

  • Members
    • Nevin Aladağ, Künstlerin, Berlin
    • Dr. Yilmaz Dziewior, Direktor des Museum Ludwig, Köln
    • Ronald Grätz, Generalsekretär des ifa, Stuttgart
    • Rainer Hauswirth, Bereichsleiter Bildende Kunst des Goethe-Instituts, München
    • Gabriele Horn, Berlin Biennale für zeitgenössische Kunst / Kunst-Werke Berlin
    • Mark Edgar Kwami, M. Kwami Design Services, Berlin
    • Simona Malvezzi, Kuehn Malvezzi Associates GmbH, Berlin
    • Christiane Mennicke-Schwarz, Künstlerische Leiterin der Städtischen Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Kunsthaus Dresden
    • Dirk Schulz, stellvertretender Leiter Referat 606, Auswärtiges Amt
    • Dr. Ellen Strittmatter, Leiterin der Abteilung Kunst des ifa, Stuttgart
    • Nasan Tur, Künstler
    • Franciska Zólyom, Direktorin der Leipziger Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst