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Supervisory Board

An honorary position against hunger and poverty.

Specialists in the areas of nutrition, social issues and development, economists, human beings – our Supervisory Board consists of voluntarily acting experts who have one thing in common: the desire to end hunger and poverty im the world.

Under the direction of President Marlehn Thieme, the board is overseeing the work of the Executive Board internally, as well as representing the organisation externally.

Marlehn Thieme, President

Marlehn Thieme was elected President of Welthungerhilfe by the organisation's General Assembly in November 2018. 

Mrs Thieme is chairwoman of the ZDF Television Council and member of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany.

Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun, Vice President

Agricultural economist Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun is an acknowledged expert for food security, development and trade. The Director of the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn has been Vice-President of Welthungerhilfe since November 2012.

Dr Bernd Widera, Director Finance Committee

Dr Bernd Widera has been treasurer of Welthungerhilfe since November 2019.

The privateer and lawyer was a member of the Executive Board of RWE Deutschland AG for several years. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics and a member of the AMOS Business Club of the Commandery of the Archdiocese of Paderborn.

Amadou Diallo, Supervisory Board

Amadou Diallo is CEO of DHL Freight Land and Rail Transportation. He is also Chairman of the NGO Amref Health Africa and a member of the Board of Directors of African Risk Capacity Ltd. Amadou Diallo is founder of the Banouna Ba Foundation for Girls Education in Senegal. In November 2016 he was appointed to the Supervisory Board of Welthungerhilfe.

Rita Lanius-Heck, Supervisory Board

Rita Lanius-Heck is a member of the Supervisory Board of the German LandFrauenverband and also President of the LandFrauenverband Rheinland-Nassau. Together with her family she runs a farm with the main focus on rural tourism. In 2016 she joined the Supervisory Board of Welthungerhilfe.

Prof. Dr. habil. Conrad Justus Schetter, Supervisory Board

Prof. Dr. habil. Conrad Justus Schetter is Professor of Conflict and Peace Research at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn and Scientific Director at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC). Previously he was Deputy director at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) of the University of Bonn. In 2016 he was appointed to the Supervisory Board of Welthungerhilfe.  

Dr. Tobias Schulz-Isenbeck, Supervisory Board

Dr Tobias Schulz-Isenbeck, who has a doctorate in economics, has been working for Welthungerhilfe on an honorary basis for many years. He was appointed a member of the Supervisory Board in 2008.

Last Update 04.09.2018

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