The function of the Programme Committee is to give advice on the core direction of the Humboldt Forum programme, in particular its exhibitions, debates and events, by contributing professional expertise and recommendations on the programme contents. The committee consists of scholars from around the world as well as cultural professionals from various sectors.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Christian Pape is a professor and director of the Institut für Physiologie I, part of the medical faculty of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. He has received a number of awards for his research. Prof. Dr. Pape is a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher (Leopoldina) and became president of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung in 2018.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Martin Grötschel holds chairs for applied mathematics at the Universität Augsburg as well as the Technische Universität Berlin. He was president of the Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin and of the Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung. Since 2015 he has been active as president of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften.
Prof. Dr. h.c. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann holds degrees in mathematics, physics and library science. He was director of the Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main and director general of the Deutsche Bibliothek, and it was under his leadership that the libraries in Frankfurt and Leipzig merged to form the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. In 1998 he was made president of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz in Berlin, and since 2008 he has served as president of the Goethe-Institut. He was made an honorary professor of the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt in 1996 and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2006. Moreover, he is a member of a number of scholarly academies.
Dr. Maria Gazzetti is an Italian literary scholar who studied in Rome and Hamburg. Gazzetti was head of the Literaturhaus in Frankfurt as well as the Lyrik-Kabinett in Munich. Since 2013 she has served as director of the Casa di Goethe museum in Rome.
Andrea Wulf grew up in India as the child of German aid workers. She studied cultural science at the Universität Lüneburg and design history at the Royal College of Art in London. Now a London-based author, her books have received numerous awards.
Prof. Dieter Kosslick studied communication, political science and education. From 1983 he was the executive director of Filmförderung Hamburg and from 1992 the managing director of Filmstiftung NRW in Düsseldorf. As of 2001 he has been active as the director of the Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (known as the Berlinale).