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.


    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.

    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

    • Harald Herrmann (Deputy Chair), Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

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

    • Orlando Baquero, Latin American Business Association, Hamburg

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

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

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

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

    • Christoph Kannengießer, German-African Business Association, Hamburg

    • Philip Koch, Head of Strategy and International Relations, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

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

    • 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

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

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

    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. Louise Fawcett (Chair), University of Oxford, Great Britain

    • Prof. Dr. Mark Hallerberg (Deputy Chair), Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany

    • Prof. Dr. Amitabh Mattoo (Deputy Chair), Jawaharlal Nehru University, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD), New Delhi, India

    • Prof. Dr. Steven Bernstein, University of Toronto, Canada

    • Prof. Dr. Aurel Croissant, University of Heidelberg, Germany

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

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

    • Prof. Dr. Ulrike Grote, Leibniz University Hannover, Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade, Germany

    • Prof. Dr. Robert Howse, New York University School of Law, USA

    • Prof. Dr. Henry Kwasi Prempeh, Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana)

    • Prof. Dr. Valérie Rosoux, Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium

    • Prof. Dr. Natalia Saltalamacchia, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Mexico

    Council for Financial Affairs

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

    • Katja Linke (Chair), Ministry of Science, Research, Equalities and Districts, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

    • Harald Herrmann (Deputy Chair), Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

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

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


    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.

    Office of the President

    Regional Institutes

    Africa|Asia|Latin America|Middle East


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