Countries and Experts
President and Dean
Helmut K. Anheier is President and Dean at the Hertie School of Governance, and holds a chair of sociology at Heidelberg University. He received his PhD from Yale University in 1986, was a senior researcher at John Hopkins School of Public Policy, Professor of Public Policy and Social Welfare at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. Professor Anheier founded and directed the Centre for Civil Society at LSE, the Center for Civil Society at UCLA, and the Center for Social Investment at Heidelberg. Before embarking on an academic career, he served as social affairs officer to the United Nations. He is author of over 400 publications, and won various international prizes and recognitions for his scholarship. Amongst his recent book publications are Nonprofit Organizations – Theory, Management, Policy (London: Routledge, 2014), A Versatile American Institution: The Changing Ideals and Realities of Philanthropic Foundations with David Hammack (Washington, DC: Brookings, 2013) and The Global Studies Encyclopedia with Mark Juergensmeyer (5 vols, Sage, 2012). He is the principal academic lead of the Hertie School´s annual Governance Report (Oxford University Press, 2013-), and currently working on projects relating to indicator research, social innovation, and success and failure in philanthropy.
Since July 1, 2006, Volker Then has been the Managing Director of the Centre for Social Investment at Heidelberg University. Previously, he worked at the Bertelsmann Foundation (Guetersloh, Germany), where he served as Director Philanthropy and Foundations from 1999 to 2006, built the philanthropy division of the foundation and was deputy head of that division from 2000 to 2003. Prior to this assignment, beginning in 1995, Dr. Then was the Director of Cultural Orientation of the Bertelsmann Foundation, after he joined the foundation as a program manager in 1994. Before starting with the foundation, he earned his Ph.D. in social history from the Free University of Berlin (supervised by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Kocka on social history of entrepreneurs in the industrial revolution). He holds an M.A. from Bielefeld University in History, Sociology and Economics and has studied at the universities at Tübingen, Bielefeld and Oxford (St. Antony’s College).
Tobias Vahlpahl wrote his PhD Thesis on European Social Policy. From November 2007 through January 2009, he was working at the CSI on the “European Foundation Statute” feasibility study for the European Commission as well as the FOREMAP project in 2009.
Head of Research
Georg Mildenberger manages the research department of the Heidelberg Centre for Social Investment. He has been working at CSI since 2007, and coordinated the CSI’s Master’s programme in “Nonprofit Management and Governance”. He was also head of several research projects. From 2002 to 2007 he was a post-doc researcher for the Interdepartmental Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities at Tübingen University, where he directed a variety of projects in the areas of ethical education and public discourse on ethics. Previously, Dr. Mildenberger worked as a freelance consultant for educational institutions and as a project manager for a consulting company focusing on nonprofit organisations. He holds a doctoral degree from Darmstadt University, and a master’s degree in philosophy and political science from Tübingen University.
Research associate, PhD student
Janina Mangold is a research associate as well as PhD student at Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. She works in a cooperation project with CSI University of Heidelberg on “Positions and Contributions of German Foundations”. Within the framework of the research project, she is responsible for investigating science and research supporting foundations in Germany. Her comparative PhD thesis deals with US American and German foundations and their role in funding higher education.
Martin Hölz works as Research associate at CSI since 2011. He is responsible for the “Learning from Partners” project in which applicants and grantees are invited to provide feedback to their funding foundations. His interests focus on the history of reserach funding and the changes within application practices.
Benjamin Bittschi studied economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. In his dissertation he investigated different aspects of the economics of volunteer labour and the non-profit sector. In October 2013 he joined ZEW’s Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” as postdoctoral researcher. His research interests cover topics of charitable giving and fundraising, the non-profit sector as well as adjacent empirical public finance topics.