Management and Boards


  • The GIGA is headed by the president, who is assisted by the executive board. The research council develops the institute’s research direction. Management responsibilities are comprehensively defined in the GIGA’s charter.

    President

    Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar is President of the GIGA and Professor of International Relations at the University of Hamburg. She also is Honorary Fellow of Darwin College (University of Cambridge) and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF).

    Executive Board

    The executive board consists of the president, the vice president, the directors of the regional institutes, and the managing director.

    This body strategically guides the entire institute, coordinates the GIGA’s work and advises on the allocation of financial resources. The executive board is also responsible for all matters concerning human resources development and is assisted therein by the Equal Opportunities Officers.

    Research Council

    The research council advises on the institute’s research direction, discusses theme development and works out the research plan. It assists the executive board in research and personnel strategies.

    The research council is composed of the president, the vice president, the directors of the regional institutes, the heads of the research programmes, the research manager and the academic director of the GIGA Doctoral Programme.



    Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies / Vice President

    T. +49 (0)40 - 42 88 74-17patrick.koellner@giga-hamburg.de

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

    Director of the GIGA Institute for African Affairs / Editor GIGA Focus Africa

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-517matthias.basedau@giga-hamburg.de

    Prof. Dr. Merike Blofield

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-560merike.blofield@giga-hamburg.de

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-504eckart.woertz@giga-hamburg.de

    Prof. Dr. Mariana Llanos

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Accountability and Participation"

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-766mariana.llanos@giga-hamburg.de

    Dr. Christian von Soest

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Peace and Security"

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-590christian.vonsoest@giga-hamburg.de

    Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Globalisation and Development"

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-763jann.lay@giga-hamburg.de

    Dr. Miriam Prys-Hansen

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Global Orders and Foreign Policies"

    T. +49 (0)40 - 42 88 74-30miriam.prys@giga-hamburg.de

    External Boards

    The German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) is a foundation under civil 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.

    • Dr. Eva Gümbel (Chair), State Councillor, Ministry of Science, Research, Equalities and Districts, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

    • Kristin Augsburg (Deputy Chair), Federal Foreign Office, Policy Planning Staff, Berlin

    • Niels Annen, Member of the German Bundestag and State Secretary at the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Berlin

    • Dr. h.c. Edelgard Bulmahn, former Vice President of the German Bundestag, Berlin

    • Andreas Cichowicz, NDR Editor-in-Chief Television, Hamburg

    • Heinz Werner Dickmann, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, International Business Division

    • Gottfried von Gemmingen, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Bonn

    • Christoph Kannengießer, German-African Business Association, Hamburg

    • Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lentz, Director, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Vice President of the Leibniz Association, Leipzig

    • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dieter Lenzen, President University of Hamburg

    • Wolfgang Niedermark, The Federation of German Industries (BDI), Berlin

    • Corinna Nienstedt, Head of the State Office, Hamburg Senate Chancellery

    • Ruprecht Polenz, German Society for East European Studies, Berlin

    • Orlando Baquero, Latin American Business Association, Hamburg

    • Helene Rang, German Near and Middle East Association, Berlin

    • Almut Rößner, German Asia-Pacific Business Association, Hamburg

    • 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.

    • Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn (Chair), WZB Berlin Social Science Center

    • Prof. Dr. Ummu Salma Bava, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

    • Prof. Dr. Aurel Croissant, University of Heidelberg

    • Prof. Dr. Daniel Drezner, Tufts University, The Fletcher School, Medford, USA

    • Prof. Dr. Anita Engels, University of Hamburg, Center for Sustainable Society Research (CSS)

    • Prof. Dr. Louise Fawcett, University of Oxford, Oxford, Great Britain

    • Prof. Dr. Mark Hallerberg, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany

    • Prof. Dr. Kathryn Hochstetler, London School of Economics (LSE), Great Britain

    • Prof. Dr. Jane Wanjiku Kabubo-Mariara, University of Nairobi, Kenya

    • Prof. Dr. Louis W. Pauly, University of Toronto, Canada

    • Prof. Dr. Angelika Rettberg, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

    • Prof. Dr. Diana Tussie, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Buenos Aires, Argentina


    Council for Financial Affairs

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

    • Ute Sachau-Böhmert, Ministry of Science, Research, Equalities and Districts, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

    • Kristin Augsburg, Federal Foreign Office, Policy Planning Staff, Berlin

    • Jürgen Bethke, Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften -ISAS- e.V.

    • Dr. Thomas Held, German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF)

    President

    Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar is President of the GIGA. Her research focuses on international negotiations, economic statecraft, and multilateralism. She has a special interest in India, Asia, and the BRICS.

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