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Legal form

RWI operates as a legally independent registered association. Members of the association can be companies and corporations under public law as well as social and economic organizations interested in the goals of the institute. Members pay an annual membership fee, the amount of which is left to their own discretion. The minimum membership fee is set annually by the General Assembly and currently amounts to 1,300 euros. Membership fees are donations for charitable purposes for the promotion of science. 

The statutory bodies of the association are: 

General Meeting

The general meeting has the following main tasks:  

  • Receipt of the annual report of the Board of Directors  
  • Adoption of resolutions on the annual financial statements, discharge of the Governing Board and the Board of Directors 
  • Election of the members of the Governing Board as well as the auditor 
  • Passing resolutions on amendments to the Articles of Association as well as the dissolution of the Association. 

Governing Board

The Governing Board shall consist of at least 11, but no more than 16 persons, to be elected, if possible, from among the members, who are qualified to safeguard and promote the interests of the Institute.


Prof. Dr. Birgitta Wolff

Chairwoman of the Governing Board of RWI,
President of the University of Wuppertal

Manfred Breuer

Vice Chairman of the Governing Board of RWI

President of the Society of Friends and Sponsors of RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research, Chairman of the Executive Board of Commerzbank AG, Düsseldorf Branch i.R.

Dr. Martin Sonnenschein

Vice Chairman of the Governing Board of RWI
Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Reinhold Schulte

Deputy Chairman of the Administrative Board of RWI, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SIGNAL IDUNA Group

Dr. Stefan Dietzfelbinger

Chief Executive of the Lower Rhine Chamber of Industry and Commerce Duisburg-Wesel-Kleve to Duisburg

Knut Giesler

IG Metall, District Manager North Rhine-Westphalia

Prof. Dr. Hans Jörg Hennecke

Chief Executive HANDWERK.NRW

Petra Justenhoven

Spokeswoman of the Management Board of PwC Germany and Chairwoman and Senior Partner of PwC Europe

Ronald Janßen-Timmen

Chairman of the Works Council of RWI

Dr. Thomas A. Lange

Chairman of the Executive Board of National-Bank AG

Dr.-Ing. Herbert Lütkestratkötter

Former Chairman of the Executive Board of Hochtief AG

Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Martin Paul

Rector of the Ruhr University Bochum

Prof. Dr. Claudia Peus

Vice President TU Munich

Dr. Stefan Profit

Representative of the responsible department of the Federal Government, Head of Subdepartment IC Macroeconomic Development, Analyses and Projections at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Helmut Schiffer

Former Chairman of the Board of Sparkasse Essen

Gonca Türkeli-Dehnert

State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia