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).
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.
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.
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.
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), Auswärtiges Amt, 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
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
Orlando Baquero, Latin American Business Association, Hamburg
Helene Rang, German Near and Middle East Association, Berlin
Almut Rößner, German Asia-Pacific Business Association, Hamburg
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
The council for financial affairs supports the board of trustees in financial, organisational and personnel matters.
Jürgen Bethke, Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften -ISAS- e.V.
Dr. Thomas Held, German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF)
Harald Herrmann, Auswärtiges Amt, Berlin
Dr. Marco Keser, Behörde für Wissenschaft, Forschung, Gleichstellung und Bezirke (BWFGB), Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg
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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