Executive Board

Executive Board

The Board represents the forum in its scientific claim and field of work externally and internally. It advises and decides on new programs, initiatives, the development of science communication and the infrastructures of transregional research, as well as on the fundamental orientation of the Forum. The board is responsible for the work and the scholarly program of the Forum, decides on the appointment of scholars as long-term Fellows to the Forum, who are to be entrusted with the management of specific projects of the Forum or areas of its work for a medium- to long-term period.

The Chairperson of the Board is the Board in the sense of § 26 BGB (German Civil Code); she/he conducts the day-to-day business in cooperation with the Managing Director. At present, the Chairperson is on leave and is represented in academic matters by his or her deputy, and in other matters by the Forum’s Managing Director.

Members of the Board are:

Prof. Dr. Friederike Pannewick

Arabic Studies

Philipps-Universität Marburg, Centrum für Nah- und Mittelost-Studien (CNMS)
(Deputy Chairwoman of the Board)

Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa


Freie Universität Berlin, Insitute for Latin American Studies (LAI)

Prof. Dr. Barbara Mittler


Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies

Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckert

African Studies

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Chairman of the Board of the Forum; currently on leave)