Heike A. Grunewald M.A.


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Heike Grunewald studied Applied Economics at the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen from 1988 to 1993, majoring in the “Middle East” special field.

She has been heading the administration of the IGdJ since 2022. She has many years of experience in administrating foundations in leading positions in Germany and abroad. Her professional experience includes several years serving for the Jerusalem branch of Konrad Adenauer Foundation. In Hamburg, she first worked as an academic aide in the Hamburg Parliament and then as a personal assistant to the President of the Department of Culture. She has gathered several years of practical experience in the Hamburg public administration. Serving as Executive Director, she established on a national and international level two renowned Hamburg foundations.

Heike Grunewald has been committed to strengthening German-Israeli relations for 30 years. This commitment runs like a thread through her life, both professionally and privately. She has been a member of the German-Israeli Society since 1999. During this time, she has served in an honorary capacity as vice president at the federal level and as chair of the Hamburg German Israeli Society (DIG – Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaft).

She has been working for the Jerusalem Leo Baeck Institute (LBI) as a consultant since 2018. She accompanies the non-university research institute in a transformation process in its strategic, programmatic, personnel, and financial realignment.