Board of trustees
Dr. Hans-Jürgen Schinzler, Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Munich Reinsurance Company, joined Munich Re's Finance Department in 1968 after training as a lawyer, studying abroad, and gaining his doctorate. He was appointed to the Board of Management in 1981, where his main responsibilities were finance and credit insurance. In 1993, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Management. After retiring from the Board of Management at the end of 2003, Dr. Schinzler held the office of Chairman of the Company's Supervisory Board until 2012.
Dr. Michael E. Bös studied business management at the University of Cologne. He wrote his doctoral thesis on option valuation and the capital market. From 1990 on he held several positions in the investment sector at various insurance companies (Colonia, Victoria, R+V-Versicherungen). In 2001 he joined the Development of the Strategic Asset Allocation/Asset Liability Management Department in the ERGO Insurance Group. In 2005 Mr. Bös became Head of Financial Management and Consulting at Munich Re and since 2006 he heads the Division ALM at Munich Re.
Dr. Doris Höpke was born in Georgsmarienhütte. She completed her law studies at the universities of Osnabrück, Hanover and Leiden with a doctorate. Since 1 May 2014, Dr. Höpke has been a member of the Board of Management of Munich Reinsurance Company and was responsible for Munich Health until 31 January 2017. In February 2017, she took over responsibility for the division Special and Financial Risks. At the end of April 2017, she also assumed global responsibility for human resources in the reinsurance field of business, including the function of Labour Relations Director.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Peter Höppe was the Head of Geo Risks Research/Corporate Climate Centre at Munich Re. Before joining Munich Re Prof. Höppe has worked in different institutes at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and as a post doc at Yale University (USA). His academic education is in meteorology (Masters and PhD) and human biology (PhD). From 1999 to 2002 he has been the President of the International Society of Biometeorology. He is the Chairman of the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative, which he has founded in 2005. In 2007 Prof. Höppe has been appointed as Global Warming Advisor of the Bavarian State Government and Chair of the “Finance-Forum: Climate Change” of the high-tech Strategy of the German Federal Government. In 2009 he has been one of the initiators of the Desertec Industrial Initiative.
Dr. Patrick Illinger studied physics in Munich. After gaining his doctorate for research on the subject of antimatter at the CERN European Research Centre near Geneva, he turned to journalism. He did a traineeship at Bayerische Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting), where his activities included making a film about the war in Bosnia. Following this, he worked for two years as Editor for Research and Technology at Focus magazine. In 1997, Illinger moved to Süddeutsche Zeitung, where he was initially responsible for computer and technology topics. After building up the paper's online presence between 1999 and 2001 as Chief Editor of sueddeutsche.de, he took charge of the Knowledge Section at the paper in 2002.
Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert has been Head of the department Energy, Transportation, Environment at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin) since April 2004 and Professor of Energy Economics and Sustainability at Berlin's Hertie School of Governance since 2009. She studied economics at Oldenburg, Bielefeld and Stanford University. Her research activities concentrate on the evaluation of climate and energy policy strategies. In 2016 she was appointed as a member of the German Advisory Council on the Environment and received the German-Solar-Award and the Adam-Smith-Award for Market-Based Environmental Policy.
Prof. Dr. Lenelis Kruse-Graumann has retired from the FernUniversität in Hagen as professor for psychology with special emphasis on environmental psychology in 2007. Since 1989 she serves as Honorary Professor at the University of Heidelberg. She served as member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) and as vice-chair of the Sustainability Council for Baden-Württemberg. She is a member of the German Commission for UNESCO, serves as vice chair of the German National Committee for the UN Decade Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) as well as a member of the German National Committee for the UNESCO Programme “Man and the Biosphere”.
Thomas Loster who holds a diploma in geography was a member of the Munich Re's Geo Risks Research Department from 1988 to 2004. He headed the "Flood Risk Research" section and was in charge of the analysis of loss statistics and trends of global natural disasters. Loster took up the post of Chairman of the Munich Re Foundation in July 2004. He is member in a number of committees and boards with respect to sustainable development. Furthermore he is a lecturer for sustainable solutions and climate risk insurance at several universities.
Prof. Dr. Detlef Müller-Mahn is a professor of Human Geography at the University of Bonn, specialized in geographical development research and political ecology. His research focuses on the relationship between precarious livelihoods, social-ecological transformation and the emergence of new risks especially in Africa.