Foundation's Organisation

The Hans and Ilse Breuer non-profit Foundation has a lean and unbureaucratic organisation. It consists of two parts: the Executive Board and the Foundation Board of Trustees. The Foundation’s headquarter is in Frankfurt.

The Board of Directors currently consists of one person (according to the articles of association, a maximum of two directors is allowed) and is appointed by the Board of Trustees for five years. The function of this honorary board is to manage the Foundation and its business in accordance with the law, the Foundation’s acts of constitution and guidelines set by the Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees of the Hans and Ilse Breuer Foundation consists of six persons. Together with the Executive Board, their purpose is to plan, coordinate and implement the Foundation’s activities, as well as to monitor projects sponsored by the Foundation. All members of the Board of Trustees perform these duties on a voluntary basis.

The Board of Trustees is supported by the Scientific Advisory Board (in short: SAB) in the selection of the scholarship holder and the nomination of candidates for the Alzheimer Research Award. The SAB currently includes six scientists from the fields of basic research, health services research and the industry:

  • Dr. Daniel Fleck (Biomarker Scientist at Denali Therapeutics, USA), scholarship holder from 2010 to 2012
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Haass (Head of the Metabolic Biochemistry Department at the Biomedical Center (BMC) of the LMU & Molecular Neurodegeneration, DZNE)
  • Prof. Dr. Manuela Neumann (Medical Director, Department of Neuropathology, University of Tübingen & Group Leader Molecular Neuropathology, Neurodegenerative Diseases, DZNE)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Pierluigi Nicotera (Scientific Director of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, DZNE)
  • Prof. Dr. med. Steffi G. Riedel-Heller (Institute for Social Medicine, Occupational Medicine and Public Health, University Hospital Leipzig), Alzheimer Research Award Winner 2017
  • Dr. Stacie Weninger (President of FBRI LLC)

The Board of Directors is supported by an advisory council. The advisory council helps the management to exchange experiences and reflect all strategic decisions, contributes expert knowledge and supports fundraising.

The Executive Board

Dr. Katja Bär
„The foundation has set itself the goal to make dementia less frightening through clarification. Because this enables the affected people and their families to a new living together. This goes hand in hand with long-term research funding. I work hard every day to achieve this.“

Dr. Katja Bär, born in 1967 in Stuttgart-Bad-Cannstatt, studied business administration and earned her doctorate in insurance economics. Miss Dr. Bär has been in charge of the foundation office since 2007. Until the end of 2017, she was a client advisor for wealthy private clients at UBS Europe SE. In addition, she was responsible for the Foundations department and has published numerous articles in the field of German non-profit organizations.

The Board Of Trustees

Peter Breuer, chairman of the board of trustees, is the first son of the founder, Hans Breuer, and his wife, Ilse Breuer, and was born in 1948 in Neu-Isenburg. He is married and has one child. Peter Breuer is an independent businessman.

Roland Bergfeld (LL.M.) is admitted attorney in Germany and New York. Born 1971 in Frankfurt, he gradutated at Heidelberg Universtity and Northwestern University. Later he gained extensive experience in consulting various foundations.

Stefan Breuer was born in 1957 in Neu Isenburg, he is the second son of Hans and Ilse Breuer. He is married and has five children. Stefan Breuer currently lives and works in Switzerland, as an independent businessman.

„As part of my work for the Hans and Ilse Breuer Foundation, I have come to appreciate the foundation's intensive commitment to understanding and recognizing the needs of those affected and their relatives. I am happy to be able to continue to support these topics in my role as a member of the Board of Trustees.”

Jutta Burgholte-Niemitz, wurde 1957 in Eisdorf geboren; sie ist verheiratet und hat zwei Kinder.

Ihre Ausbildung als staatlich anerkannte Sonderpädagogin in Göttingen 1981 und Studium der Sozialarbeit 1994 in Darmstadt hat sie in verschiedenen Arbeitsfeldern, u.a. bei den Diakonie Wohnstätten in Kassel, der Leitung des Betreuten Wohnens der Nieder-Ramstädter Diakonie und Aufbau des Sozialdienstes der Klinik für Geriatrie am Elisabethenstift Darmstadt beruflich umgesetzt.

„I have dedicated my life to Alzheimer's research for 30 years. Only with excellent research, personal initiative and the will to interdisciplinary cooperation will we be able to defeat this scourge of humanity. Despite all our enthusiasm, we should not forget the patients and their relatives in research who rely on help every day. The Hans and Ilse Breuer Foundation supports research, relatives and patients to the same extent. These are the reasons why I am happy to contribute personally and why I am committed.”

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h.c. Christian Haass was born in 1960. He studied biology at the University of Heidelberg, where he received his doctorate in 1989. He then went to Harvard Medical School and was appointed Assistant Professor of Neurology in 1992. From 1995 he was head of the Department of Molecular Biology at the Central Institute of Mental Health (ZI) in Mannheim. In 1999, he was appointed Professor of Metabolic Biochemistry at the LMU Munich and head of the Adolf-Butenandt Institute.


Andreas C. Hübner is Senior Managing Director of Lazard Asset Management LLC and is responsible for the business activities of Lazard Asset Management (Deutschland) GmbH with offices in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Milan, Zurich and Geneva. He has been in investment management since 1984. Prior to joining Lazard in 1999, Mr. Hübner was a personally liable partner of SMH Schröder Münchmeyer Hengst & Co., a German private bank, active in both investment banking and asset management.

„People with dementia and their relatives need our support. Good and innovative science helps to identify causes and risk factors of the disease and to develop new treatment options. The aim of my research is to protect and promote self-determination of those affected by dementia, the participation in social life, physical and mental health and the quality of life through optimal medical, nursing and social care. The Breuer Foundation, with its generous donors and dedicated employees, has been successfully working on these goals for many years and that's why I am happy to support them.”

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hoffmann, MPH, was born in 1963 in Cologne. He heads the Department of Nursing Epidemiology and Community Health of the Institute for Community Medicine at the University Medical Center Greifswald. Prof. Hoffmann is a long-time board member of the German Society for Epidemiology (DGEpi) and a member of the Epidemiological Planning Committee as well as one of the four speakers of the National Cohort.