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 legal representation of the Forum in the sense of § 26 BGB (German Civil Code); she/he manages the day-to-day business in cooperation with the Managing Director. She:he is bound by the resolutions of the Member’s Assembly and the Board of Trustees and is obliged to report to them.

Members of the Board are:

Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckert

African Studies

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, International Research Centre »Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History« (Chairman of the Board of the Forum)

Prof. Dr. Barbara Mittler


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

Prof. Dr. Friederike Pannewick

Arabic Studies

Philipps-Universität Marburg, Centrum für Nah- und Mittelost-Studien (CNMS)

Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa


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