Governing Board

Governance of the Gesellschaft lies with the Governing Board. It determines the guidelines under which the Gesellschaft operates. All board members are appointed on a honourary basis. Its members are:


Hans-Henning Horstmann, Ambassador ret.
Chairman of the German Britsh Society since 2013



Hans-Henning Horstmann did his military service from 1964 to 1966 (last position: Captain of the Reserve). Having studied law, Horstmann joined the Federal Foreign Office in 1972. He was assigned to the Permanent Mission to the International Organisations in Vienna (1973-74), the German Embassy in London (1974-77) and the Political Division of the Federal Foreign Office (1977-80). From 1980 to 1982, Horstmann served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Accra/Ghana. From 1982 to 1985 he was Counsellor in the Private Office of the Federal Foreign Minister (Hans-Dietrich Genscher). After three years as Political Counsellor of the Embassy in Paris (1985-88), he moved to the Embassy in Washington as Spokesman and Head of the Department for Press and Public Relations.

From 1991 to 1994 he was Spokesman for Federal President Dr Richard von Weizsäcker. From 1994 Horstmann served as Head of the Directorate for Western Europe and, from 1996 onwards, as Head of the Division for North America, Northern, Western and Southern Europe in the Federal Foreign Office. In 1998 he was appointed Permanent Deputy Political Director. In 1999 he moved to the Press and Information Office as Director General for International Affairs. From 2002 to 2006 Horstmann was Ambassador in Austria and from 2006 to 2010 Ambassador to the Holy See. He is active in international forums and committees and holds the Chair of the Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft since 2013.


Rupert Graf Strachwitz

Dr. Rupert Graf Strachwitz, Executive Director of the Maecenata Foundation, Director of the Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society 
Deputy Chairman of the Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft e.V., Member of the Governing Board since 2009


Ph. D., born in 1947, has been involved with not-for-profit organizations for well over 30 years – as a volunteer, staff member, board member, consultant, and researcher, and lecturer. Since 1989, he has been managing director of Maecenata Management, a consultancy that specializes in foundations and associations, corporate citizenship and philanthropy, and since 1997, he has also been the director of the Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society, Berlin. Furthermore, he is Executive Director of the Maecenata Foundation, Munich, Deputy Chairman of the German-British Society, Berlin, Chairman of the Board of the Wilhelm Kempff Cultural Foundation, Munich/Positano. He studied Political Science, History, and History of Art at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, USA, and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Munich, Germany. He graduated as an M.A. in 1974 with a thesis on The Levellers, a 17th century English citizens’ action group. After serving at World Headquarters of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (an international catholic disaster relief and medical aid organization) in Rome for two years, he became regional director for the Order of Malta Relief Service in Bavaria. Subsequently, he held a position in public life while serving on the board of a number of foundations as well as other NGOs, including German Caritas, where he was Vice-President in 1984/85. After becoming an independent consultant in 1989, he became increasingly involved with Third Sector research and chaired the German advisory committee of the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project from 1995-2000. Today, while still acting as a consultant, his main focus is on research and public policy to do with civil society and philanthropy. From 1999 to 2002, he served as member of the German Federal Parliament Commission on Civic Action. He chaired the European Policy Working Group of Europa Nostra (from 2004-2010), and sat on the board of the Fondazione Cariplo, Milan/Italy (from 2000-07), and a number of other nongovernmental organizations at home and abroad. His approx. 400 publications, in German as well as in English, Italian, French, Chinese, Turkish, Japanese, and Polish, include books and articles on foundation issues as well as cultural policy, the third sector, and civil society.


Mark Speich

Dr. Mark Speich, Managing Director, Vodafone Stiftung Deutschland
Secretary, Member of the Governing Board since 2015


Mark Speich has been a managing director of the Vodafone Stiftung Deutschland since May 2008 and a managing director of the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications since August 2011. Before joining Vodafone Deutschland, he was director of the policy planning staff of the CDU/CSU parliamentary party in the German Bundestag. From 1999 to 2005, he was director of programmes for the Herbert Quant Foundation and established the foundation's Berlin Office as a political think tank. In 1997 and 1998, he was a personal advisor to the President of the University of Bonn. He started his professional career in the political advisory office of the general secretary at the CDU's central party headquarter in Bonn. He was educated at Collegium Josephinum Bonn; Pembroke College, University of Cambridge (MPhil) and the University of Bonn (PhD). He read History, Political Science and Constitutional Law.


Siegmar Mosdorf

Siegmar Mosdorf, former Parliamentary State Secretary, Partner and Chairman CNC AG Berlin
Member of the Governing Board since 2005; Treasurer since 2017


Siegmar Mosdorf is Partner and Chairman of CNC AG in Berlin. From 1999 to 2003 he was the Chairman of the Board of the Deutsche Ausgleichsbank and currently carries out various duties. He also is a lecturer at the University of St. Gallen. From 1998 to 2002, he was Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology, and worked as aerospace co-ordinator for the Federal Government. Between 1990 and 2002, Mr Mosdorf was Member of the German Bundestag and Member of the Committees for Economics, Transportation, Research, Technology, Foreign Affairs and Sport. Until 1990, he was the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) whip for the State of Baden-Württemberg. Between 1995 and 1998, he was Chairman of the Enquiry Commission for "The Future of the Media". Mr Mosdorf was a consultant in trade union affairs to the Works Council and Supervisory Boards of Daimler-Benz, Bosch, IBM, HP and Porsche from 1978 to 1982. He studied Economics, Law and Social Sciences at the University of Constance.


Dr. Bernd-Albrecht von Maltzan, Divisional Head Private Wealth Management, Deutsche Bank AG
Since 2003 in his capacity as Chairman of the Königswinter Stiftung ex officio Member of the Governing Board


After studying Economics and earning his doctorate at the University of Bonn Dr. Bernd-Albrecht von Maltzan joined Deutsche Bank in 1978. He spent three years at the branch office in Cologne and for another three was Secretary to the Spokesman of the Managing Board, Dr F. Wilhelm Christians. In 1985 he became First Vice President Corporate Finance of the Deutsche Bank Capital Corporation in New York. In April 1990 he joined the Management of the Mannheim branch office as head of the Stock Exchange Department. In 1993 he transferred to Frankfurt and became Director Procura in the Management of "Trading and Sales", becoming Head of Investment Banking for Germany in 1995. In 1996 he became active in retail banking customer affairs as Divisional Head and Global Head Private Banking. In May 2002 Dr von Maltzan was named Divisional Head and Vice Chairman Private Wealth Management Global. He  advises many German family enterprises in business affairs. Furthermore Dr von Maltzan is active in many international charitable organisations: he is Chairman of the "Königswinter Stiftung" and Founding President of the "American Berlin Opera Foundation", New York. In 2006 he received an honourary award from "Elysium – Between the Two Continents", a transatlantic cultural organisation. He was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the "Heidelberg Center for American Studies". This organisation provides graduate and post-graduate education opportunities for non-US students.


Holger Friedrich

Dr. Holger Friedrich
Chairman of the Young Königswinter Alumni Association