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The WHU Foundation

Established in 1984, the WHU Foundation is a charitable foundation registered under German law in Vallendar, Germany. Its main purpose is to fund and support WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, one of Germany's leading business schools. The Foundation’s activities are financed by its capital and third-party donations.
Sight on the WHU in Vallendar.

The WHU Foundation – Supporting the successful growth of WHU.

In keeping with the principles of good foundation practice, the WHU Foundation considers transparency key in its responsibility to society and its sponsors. Therefore, the Foundation’s work is voluntarily audited annually by an auditing firm. The WHU Foundation also manages the assets of various non-independent foundations. 

Executive Board of the Foundation

Executive Board & Board of Trustees - legal representatives of the Foundation

The Executive Board is responsible for the efficient and effective management of the Foundation's business. It ensures that the school properly fulfills its obligations and its aims are maintained.

One of the Executive Board's primary duties is to increase the Foundation's assets to ensure the school's sustainable development. To this end, the Executive Board works closely with WHU's administration.

Executive Board

Dr. Toni Calabretti
President of the Foundation Board of the Prof. Otto Beisheim Foundation Baar, Switzerland; Managing Director of the Beisheim Holding GmbH, Switzerland
Susanne Szczesny-Oßing
Deputy Chair
President of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Koblenz, Koblenz, Chairwoman of the Board EWM GmbH, Mündersbach
Stephan Theissing
Deputy Chair
Allianz SE, München
Lothar A. Harings
Member of the Executive Board
Carsten Knobel
Member of the Executive Board
CEO Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Düsseldorf
Annette Heuser
Member of the Executive Board
Chairwoman Prof. Otto Beisheim Stiftung München
Bruno Reufels
Member of the Executive Board
CEO Niedax Holding GmbH, Linz/Rhein
Michael Savenay
Member of the Executive Board
Stephan Schubert
Member of the Executive Board
Managing Partner of STS Ventures GmbH, Cologne Chairman of the Management Board of Stiftung In Praxi, Vallendar

Benefactors and Sponsors

Benefactors, sponsors, and more - a central element of our school. 

WHU is a private school and, therefore, receives no government funding. Approximately 60 percent of the school's funding needs are met by the income generated from the Foundation’s financial assets, as well as by endowments and donations from the business world and individuals. WHU’s alumni also generously support their alma mater. 

Depending on the scope of the respective grants, WHU distinguishes between:

Prof. Otto Beisheim Stiftungen

In Praxi - WHU Alumni Association

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

adidas AG

Stiftung Mercator GmbH

Joachim Herz Stiftung, gemeinnützige Stiftung bürgerlichen Rechts


Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

Deutsche Post-Stiftung


IHK zu Koblenz

CTcon GmbH

Bayer AG

Deutsche Bahn AG

Deutsche Telekom AG

DHL Group

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Hapag-Lloyd AG

Merck KGaA



Bucerius Law School gGmbH


McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Egon Zehnder International GmbH

Ergo Group AG

EY Corporate Solutions GmbH & Co. KG

Goldman Sachs International

Münchner Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft Aktiengesellschaft

Niedax GmbH & Co.KG

Sparkasse Koblenz

WSH Deutsche Vermögenstreuhand GmbH

DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung e. V.

Accenture Dienstleistungen GmbH

Binz & Partner Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Wirtschaftsprüfer mbB

Canyon Bicycles GmbH

d-fine GmbH


Schwarz Produktion Stiftung & Co.KG

Merrill Lynch Europe Limited

Aachener Grundvermögen Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

Bain & Company Germany, Inc.

EY-Parthenon GmbH

Roland Berger GmbH 

Senacor Technologies AG

Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e. V.

PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH

Bundesinstitut für Sportwissenschaften (BISP)

A. T. Kearney GmbH

Irmgard und Erich Schneider Stiftung

EMH Partners GmbH

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Struktur Management Partner GmbH

Debeka Versicherungsgesellschaften

INDUS Holding AG

MMV Leasing GmbH

VDMA e. V.

Allianz SE

Schenker AG

Infosys Ltd. India

Pirate Impact Capital GmbH

Emma - The Sleep Company

Becton Dickinson Rowa Germany GmbH

Dr. Eckel Animal Nutrition GmbH & Co. KG

Hack AG

Source For Alpha AG

Hannelore und Manfred J. Lenhart Stiftung zur Hochbegabtenförderung

Hannelore und Manfred J. Lenhart Stiftung für Hochbegabtenförderung

Pava Partners Germany AG

Lotto Rheinland-Pfalz - Stiftung


Zonta Club Koblenz I

Ringbeck Foundation

Deutscher Fachverlag GmbH


Become part of an idea - support the successful growth of WHU!

There are many ways to support WHU's mission to deliver ‘Excellence in Management Education’. As well as endowment contributions to the Foundation capital, the chair, and center endowments, it is also possible to support individual research projects or to finance study places for individual students. 

We would be delighted to speak with you about your funding interests.

Contact us

WHU’s bank details for donations:

Sparkasse Koblenz
IBAN DE38 5705 0120 0000 2135 79


Funding and Budget

Financial stability – The basis for sustainable growth.

As a private research institution, WHU receives no institutional support from government agencies for teaching and research. The non-profit WHU Foundation (Stiftung Wissenschaftliche Hochschule für Unternehmensführung) supports the school.

41% of the school's financial requirements are covered by the income from the foundation capital, grants for chairs or projects of companies or other organizations as well as private individuals. A steadily growing share of the donations comes from former WHU students, with whom the school maintains a continuous and intensive exchange. 

The Germany Scholarship at WHU

The Germany Scholarship is a joint initiative of the federal government and private sponsors to award scholarships to committed and talented students. 

Thanks to a large number of donors (companies, associations, foundations, and private individuals), WHU has been able to support a large number of students with Germany Scholarships in recent years.

Team members of the WHU Foundation

Stephanie Daleki
Stephanie Daleki
Manager Financial Control
Vicky Hansen
Vicky Hansen
Assistant to the Executive Board, Manager Projects & Events
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