Prof. Dr. Bernhard Lorentz was appointed as President of Stiftung Mercator in 2008. Prior to this, he was Head of Corporate Responsibility and Foundations at Vodafone. In this function, he was also CEO of the Vodafone Foundation. Dr Lorentz holds an MA both from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HUB) and from University of Sussex and a PhD in history from HUB. He has been working in foundations since 2000 when he joined the ZEIT-Stiftung as Project Director after holding previous positions at the Drägerwerk in Lübeck (1996-1998) and the Commerzbank AG in Frankfurt (1998-2000). He was then appointed as Executive Director at the Hertie School of Governance and headed the Hertie Foundation's Berlin office. Since 2007 he has taught foundation management and foundation strategy as a guest lecturer at the Institute for Arts and Media Management of the Freie Universität Berlin, and in 2011 was made an honorary professor.