The WIFU-Team

Work at the Witten Institute for Family Business (WIFU) is very diverse. In the academic field it includes research and training, while practical exchange involves organising almost 30 events each year. Staff permanently employed at the Institute, our visiting academics, doctoral and scholarship holders – all of us are passionate about research, training, development and the education of potential successors in family businesses as well as organising an exchange of practice and experience among family entrepreneurs and members of business families. To the people who work at WIFU, their work is not just a career, it’s a calling.

Institute management / Foundation management

The Institute management team is involved mainly in acquiring and publishing research findings for business. Actual issues from industry and business are compiled on an academic basis, and, in collaboration with the WIFU academics, evaluated and presented in practical terms. The practical guidelines, studies and practical publications are made available to the public through a range of communication channels and media. This approach is augmented by a programme of events for family businesses and business families hosted by members of the team at the WIFU Foundation. Our events management team organizes not only events for supporters at the WIFU Foundation, but also a range of independent, interactive event formats aimed at conveying experience reports and academic findings designed to help family businesses and business families prepare for the future.

Both teams work closely to disseminate the knowledge generated at WIFU among the non-academic public. Fundraising done by the WIFU Foundation ensures that the Institute can continue and implement its research strategy.

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Dr. Anne Katarina Heider
CO-director of the Witten Institute for Family Business/ Senior Researcher at the Endowed Chair of Management of Family Businesses
Phone: +49 2302 926 534
Svenja Kirch
Project Manager Online Marketing
Phone: +49 2302 926 523
Julia Laag
Project Manager Events
Phone: +49 2302 926 549
Monika Nadler
Publication Coordinator
Phone: +49 2302 926 535
Dr. Ruth Orenstrat
Institute Coordinator / Marketing & Communication
Phone: +49 2302 926 506
Prof. Dr. Tom A. Rüsen
Managing Director WIFU / CEO WIFU-Foundation
Phone: +49 2302 926 519
Ole Schachtsiek
Executive Assistant of the WIFU Foundation
Phone: +49 2302 926 510
Jennifer Tiedemann
Project manager events and general foundation management
Phone: +49 2302 926 528
Professors at WIFU
Prof. Dr. Thomas Clauß
Chairholder Corporate Entrepreneurship and Digitalisation in Family Businesses
Phone: +49 2302 926 541
Prof. Dr. Thomas Druyen
Research and visiting professor for wealth psychology and transgenerational wealth management in business families
Phone: +49 2302 926 553
Prof. Dr. Marcel Hülsbeck
Chairholder Endowed Chair of Management of Family Businesses
Phone: +49 2302 926 518
Prof. Rainer Kirchdörfer
Honorary Professor at the Chair of Family Business Law
Phone: +49 2302 926 515
Prof. Dr. Heiko Kleve
Academic Director/ Chairholder Organisation and Development of Business Families
Phone: +49 2302 926 538
Prof. Dr. Rainer Kögel
Honorary Professor at the Chair of Family Business Law
Phone: +49 2302 926 515
Prof. Dr. Tom A. Rüsen
Managing Director WIFU / CEO WIFU-Foundation
Phone: +49 2302 926 519
Prof. Dr. Christoph Schreiber
Chairholder Department of Family Business Law
Phone: +49 2302 926 559
Prof. Dr. Arist von Schlippe
Chairholder of Leadership & Dynamics in Family Businesses
Phone: +49 2302 926 513
Prof. Dr. Rudolf Wimmer
Extrabudgetary Professor for Leadership & Dynamics in Family Businesses
Phone: +49 2302 926 515
International visiting professors
Prof. Dr. Joseph H. Astrachan
Visiting Professor at the research and teaching area "Leadership and Dynamics in Family Businesses"
Phone: +49 2302 926 515
Prof. Dr. Jörn Hendrich Block
Visiting Professor at the Research and Teaching Department for Management of Family Businesses
Phone: +49 2302 926 513
Prof. Dr. Ethel Brundin
Visiting Professor at the research and teaching area "Leadership and Dynamics in Family Businesses"
Phone: +49 2302 926 513
Prof. Dr. Hermann Frank
Visiting Professor at the research and teaching area "Leadership and Dynamics in Family Businesses"
Phone: +49 2302 926 513
Prof. Dr. Alberto Gimeno
Visiting Professor at the research and teaching area "Leadership and Dynamics in Family Businesses"
Phone: +49 2302 926 513
Prof. Dr. Andreas Hack
Visiting Professor at the Research and Teaching Department for Management of Family Businesses
Phone: +49 2302 926 513
Prof. Dr. iur. Knut Werner Lange
Visiting Professor at the research and teaching area "Law for Family Businesses"
Phone: +49 2302 926 515
Prof. Dr. Kavil Ramachandran
Visiting Professor at the research and teaching area "Organisation and Development of Business Families"
Phone: +49 2302 926 515
Prof. Dr. habil. Steffen Roth
Visiting Professor at the research and teaching area "Organisation and Development of Business Families"
Phone: +49 2302 926 513
Prof. Dr. Kay Windthorst
Visiting Professor at the research and teaching area "Law for Family Businesses"
Phone: +49 2302 926 515
Prof. Dr. Thomas Zellweger
Visiting Professor at the research and teaching area "Management of Family Businesses"
Phone: +49 2302 926 515
Academic assistance
Dr. Britta Boyd
Senior Researcher at the Chair of Organisation and Development of Business Families
Phone: +49 2302 926 513
Dr. Anne Katarina Heider
CO-director of the Witten Institute for Family Business/ Senior Researcher at the Endowed Chair of Management of Family Businesses
Phone: +49 2302 926 534
Dr. Sigrun Caspary
Senior Researcher at the chair of “Organisation and Development of Business Families”
Phone: +49 2302 926 513
Dr. Maike Gerken
Senior Researcher at the Endowed Chair of Management of Family Businesses
Phone: +49 2302 926 554
Dr. Wunnam Basit Issah
Senior Researcher at the Endowed Chair of Corporate Entrepreneurship & Digitalisation in Family Businesses
Phone: +49 2302 926 5212
Lina Nagel
Researcher at the Chair of Organisation and Development of Business Families
Phone: +49 2302 926 513
Dominik Spannekrebs
Researcher at the Endowed Chair of Family Business Law
Phone: +49 2302 926 515
Scholarship holders
Muhammad Anwar
Scholarship holder of the WIFU Foundation
Phone: +49 1573 7889824
Theresa Arnold
Scholarship holder of the WIFU Foundation
Phone: +49 2302 926 513
Marc André Scheffler
Scholarship holder of the WIFU Foundation
Phone: +49 176 78733124
Secretarial staff
Sabrina Maier
Executive Assistant / Secretariat WIFU-Foundation
Phone: +49 2302 926 510
Sandra Wiegard
Secretariat managing and academic director / Chair of Organisation and Development of Business Families
Phone: +49 2302 926 513
(Senior) Research Fellows & Lecturers
Dr. Claudia Binz Astrachan
Senior Research Fellow
Phone: +49 2302 926 513
Dr. Fynn-Willem Lohe
Senior Research Fellow
Phone: +49 2302 926 515
Prof. Dr. Carsten Herrmann-Pillath
Senior Research Fellow
Phone: +49 2302 926 515
PD Dr. Tobias Köllner
Project manager "The social, cultural and religious embeddedness of family firms and business families"
Phone: +49 2302 926 513
Dr. Ann Sophie Löhde
Senior Research Fellow
Phone: +49 2302 926 513
Prof. Dr. Markus Plate
Senior Research Fellow
Phone: +49 2302 926 513
M.A. Regine Töpfer
Lecturer
Phone: +49 2302 926 513
Dr. Thomas Urban
Senior Research Fellow
Phone: +49 2302 926 513
Benjamin Ziegs
Research Fellow
Phone: +49 2302 8890 313


The Department of Organisation and Development of Business Families researches the family side of family businesses. On the basis of a range of social science perspectives, we investigate what it means to members of business families to be born into this type of family.

Prof. Dr. Heiko Kleve
Academic Director/ Chairholder Organisation and Development of Business Families

I have enjoyed being part of WIFU for almost ten years. During this time I have been able to assist in a number of fundamental developments. It never gets boring – it is fun working in a team, dealing with varied daily affairs and having the freedom to contribute part of oneself.

Sabrina Maier
Executive Assistant / Secretariat WIFU-Foundation

I have been steering WIFU’s fortunes for over ten years. During this time, working with researchers and family entrepreneurs has become a labour of love. I would not hesitate to say that I have the world’s best job. My career is my calling.

Prof. Dr. Tom A. Rüsen
Managing Director WIFU / CEO WIFU-Foundation

Working at WIFU is especially fascinating because I work together with people of practice and people of theory. I work simultaneously in two completely different marketing areas, and I serve two target groups. Different points of view enlarge my own perspective and my daily work is never dull.

Svenja Kirch
Project Manager Online Marketing

CAREERS AT WIFU


WIFU offers various jobs and opportunities for funding in research and training. Find out here about the latest offers.

Careers at WIFU