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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 is also 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

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

  • Niels Annen, Member of the German Bundestag and Minister of State at the German Federal Foreign Office, 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. Heiderose Kilper, former Director Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS), Erkner

  • 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

  • Albrecht C. Rädecke, 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

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