External Boards

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies is a foundation under public law. It is accountable to and supported and advised by a board of trustees, an academic advisory board and a finance committee.

Board of Trustees

The board of trustees monitors the legality and efficiency of the institute’s work, including financial planning and financial reporting. It also appoints the president of the GIGA and the other members of the executive board.

Name Institution
Dr Eva Gümbel (Chair) State Councillor, Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Heiko Nitzschke (Deputy Chair) Federal Foreign Office, Policy Planning Staff, Berlin
Niels Annen Member of Parliament (German Bundestag), Berlin
Edelgard Buhlmahn Vice President of the German Bundestag, Berlin
Christoph Kannengießer German-African Business Association, Hamburg
Prof Dr Heiderose Kilper Director Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS), Erkner
Birgit Kochen-Schmidt-Eych Managing Partner Alfred Kochen GmbH, Hamburg
Prof Dr Dieter Lenzen President University of Hamburg
Dr Stefan Mair Federation of German Industries (BDI), Berlin
Corinna Nienstedt Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, International Business Division
Ruprecht Polenz German Society for East European Studies, Berlin
Timo Prekop German Asia-Pacific Business Association, Hamburg
Albrecht C. Rädecke Latin American Business Association, Hamburg
Helene Rang German Near and Middle East Association, Berlin
Lars-H. Selwig Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Berlin
Anna Wieser Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Bonn
Prof Dr Michael Zürn WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Academic Advisory Board

The academic advisory board advises the board of trustees and the executive board on research planning, research collaboration and the presentation of research findings.

Name Institution
Prof Dr Michael Zürn (Chair) WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Prof Anna Leander, PhD (Deputy Chair) Copenhagen Business School, Department for Management, Politics and Philosophy, Denmark
Prof Ummu Salma Bava, PhD Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Prof Dr Sebastian Heilmann Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), Berlin and University of Trier, Political Science Department
Dr Béatrice Hibou Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) / CERI-Sciences Po, Paris, France
Prof Kathryn Hochstetler, PhD University of Waterloo, Canada
Prof Andrew Hurrell, PhD University of Oxford, Balliol College, Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR), Great Britain
Prof Jane Wanjiku Kabubo-Mariara, PhD University of Nairobi, Kenya
Prof Louis W. Pauly, PhD University of Toronto, Canada
Prof Angelika Rettberg, PhD Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
Prof Diana Tussie, PhD Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Buenos Aires, Argentina
Prof Antje Wiener, PhD University of Hamburg, Institute for Political Science, Centre for Globalisation and Governance (CGG)

Council for Financial Affairs

The council for financial affairs supports the board of trustees in financial, organisational and personnel matters.

Name Institution
Katja Linke (Chair) Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Heiko Nitzschke (Deputy Chair) Federal Foreign Office, Policy Planning Staff, Berlin
Dr Thomas Held German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF)
Lars-H. Selwig (coopted) Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Berlin
Dr Manuela Urban Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.