The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors manages the day-to-day business of the Foundation and implements the decisions of the Board of Trustees. The Board is responsible for distributing the resources of the Foundation and for managing the funding programmes. It oversees the purposeful and prudent expenditure of the Foundation’s funds and represents the Foundation in both judicial and extrajudical matters.

Interim Chairman of the Board of Directors

Dr. Dirk Langner has been the interim chairman of the board of directors of the EVZ Foundation since 4 March 2020. As assistant state secretary (retired), he served as head of the Subdepartment of Legal Affairs and Consequences of War in the German Federal Ministry of Finance. For over 20 years, his focus was on restitution for National Socialist injustice, and he was part of efforts to establish and develop the EVZ Foundation. He has many years of international experience in this area of policy and has had a role in almost all the more recent German arrangements for People persecuted under National Socialism.


Interim Director

Dr. Ralf Possekel has been the interim director of the EVZ Foundation since 4 March 2020. Part of the EVZ Foundation since 2001, he was involved in disbursing payments to former forced labourers until 2002. Starting in 2002, he worked in the area of project funding of the EVZ Foundation; from 2018 to 2019, he was part of the cooperation project “International partnerships promoting dealing with the past” with the Working Group for Peace and Development (FriEnt).


New board of directors from 1.6.2020

Dr. Andrea Despot (CEO) and Dr. Petra Follmar-Otto (Director) will be the new management duo from June 1st, 2020.


Chief Executive Officer Dr Dirk Langner

Monika Bertele 

Secretary to the chairman

t +49 (0)30 25 92 97-80

email: langner(at)


Director Dr Ralf Possekel

Jacqueline Rux 

Executive Assistant to the board of directors 

t +49 (0)30 25 92 97-89