Governing Bodies | Memberships

ZIF is a non-profit company with limited liability. Sole shareholder is the Federal Republic of Germany represented by the Foreign Office. Its Supervisory Board is composed of parliamentary undersecretaries from the foreign, defense, development and interior ministries and one MP from each of the parliamentary groups in the Bundestag. An international Advisory Board supports and oversees the work of ZIF. The Center's director is Dr. Almut Wieland-Karimi.

Supervisory Board

ZIF's Supervisory Board members for the 19th legislative period are:

  • Michael Roth (Chairperson of the Supervisory Board) | MP | State Minister | Federal Foreign Office
  • Dr. Franziska Brantner (Deputy Chairperson of the Supervisory Board) | MP | German Bundestag, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Parliamentary Group
  • Renata Alt | MP | German Bundestag, FDP Parliamentary Group
  • Dagmar Busch | Ministerialdirektorin | Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI)
  • Markus Grübel | MP | German Bundestag, CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group
  • Berengar Elsner von Gronow | MP | German Bundestag, AfD Parliamentary Group
  • Dr. Bärbel Kofler | MP | German Bundestag, SPD Parliamentary Group
  • Dr. Elke Löbel | Ministerialrätin | Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Dr. Alexander Neu | MP | German Bundestag, Die Linke Parliamentary Group
  • Dr. Peter Tauber | MP | Parliamentary State Secretary | Federal Ministry of Defense (BMVg)

The International Advisory Board of the ZIF

  • Jonas Alberoth (Chairperson of the Advisory Board) | Deputy Director-General | Folke Bernadotte Academy, Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Lt. General Erich Pfeffer (Deputy Chairperson of the Advisory Board) | Commander | Bundeswehr Operations Command, Schwielowsee (Germany)
  • Yvonne Akpasom | Head of Unit "Peace and Security" | GIZ Support Programme to the ECOWAS Commission, Abuja (Nigeria)
  • Dr. Alhaji Sarjoh Bah | Head "Crisis Management & Post-Conflict Reconstruction Division (CMPCRD)" | Peace and Security Department, African Union (AU), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Dr. Christoph Beier | Vice-Chair, Management Board | Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Eschborn/Berlin (Germany)
  • Luis Carrilho | United Nations Police Adviser | United Nations Department of Peace Operations (UN DPO), New York (USA)
  • Anthony Duncker | Chief | Staffing Service, Human Resources Service Division, United Nations Office of Support Operations and Department of Operational Support (UN OSO/DOS), New York (USA)
  • Manuel Eising | Civilian Expert, Member of ZIF Expert Roster, currently seconded to the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna (Austria)
  • Air Vice Marshal Griffiths Evans | Commander | Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Accra (Ghana)
  • Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir | Director | OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Warsaw (Poland)
  • David Haeri | Director "Policy, Evaluation & Training" | United Nations Department of Peace Operations (UN DPO), New York (USA)
  • Major General Oliver Kohl | Commandant | Bundeswehr Command and Staff College, Hamburg (Germany)
  • Dr. Brigitte Lammers | Partner | Egon Zehnder International GmbH, Berlin (Germany)
  • Helga Schmid | Secretary-General | European External Action Service (EEAS), Brussels (Belgium)
  • Cornelia Schneider | Civilian Expert, Member of the ZIF Expert Roster, currently Senior Adviser to the SRSG, UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)
  • Bernd Mützelburg (Honorary Member) | Ambassador ret., former Special Envoy for Afghanistan / Pakistan | Federal Foreign Office, Berlin (Germany)


As of May 2019


The Shareholders’ Meeting is attended by representatives of the pertinent divisions of the Federal Foreign Office.