The Board of Trustees is made up of four people. The positions are on a voluntary basis. You can reach out to the Board of Trustees via

Jochen Spethmann

Jochen Spethmann began his career as a Wholesale and Export Clerk in Hamburg. After spending many years in Great Britain and the USA, he returned to Germany in 1985 and joined the Laurens Spethmann Holding (LSH) as shareholder in 1992, occupying the chairmanship of the Board from 1999 to 2017. In 2018 he switched to the Supervisory Board of the family-run company active all across Europe, which, for example, distributes the brands Meßmer and Milford via its subsidiary OTG. Furthermore, Jochen Spethmann was Chairman of the German Tea Association for 20 years. He has been Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board in the Versammlung eines ehrbaren Kaufmanns zu Hamburg e.V. (historic merchants' organisation) since 2017. In 2005 he joined the Board of the Jung Foundation and took over the chairmanship in October 2018.

Dr Christian Flach

Dr Christian Flach, born in 1968, is a legal practitioner and also works in the energy industry, as founder Ernst Jung once did. For the Hamburg-based company Marquard & Bahls, an independent company in the fields of energy supply, trading and logistics, he has held several management positions both in Germany and abroad for 25 years, most recently as CEO. Since 2018, he has been CEO of London-based Greenergy, a leading company in the energy transition and Europe's largest producer of waste-based biodiesel. On the Board of the Jung Foundation, Dr Christian Flach is Vice Chairman.

Prof Dr rer. nat. Hans-Ulrich Moritz

Professor Dr rer. nat. Hans-Ulrich Moritz holds a chair at the Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry at the University of Hamburg. Born in Berlin in 1952, Professor Moritz is not only a chemist, but also holds a degree in business administration. Professor Moritz supports the exchange of information between the Board of Trustees and Scientific Advisory Board as representative of a non-medical discipline. He is thus a member of both committees.

Petra Scharner-Wolff

Petra Scharner-Wolff (MBA) has been responsible for the areas of finances, controlling and personnel in the Group Management Board of the Otto Group in Hamburg since 2015. She was born in Göttingen and also studied there. She moved to the Hanseatic city in 1999, where she headed the worldwide controlling of the Otto Group for several years as Director. Later she was the Management Board Spokesperson for the Schwab Group in Hanau, before returning to the city on the banks of the Elbe to take over the position of OTTO Divisional Director. Petra Scharner-Wolff has been a member of the Jung Foundation Board since October 2018.


The Scientific Advisory Board is made up of medical scientists in Germany and abroad. It is a long-standing tradition that it also consists of former awardees at all times. You can reach out to the Scientific Advisory Board via

Prof Dr med. Christian Büchel

Professor Dr. med. Christian Büchel is chairman of the Jung Foundation. He is Director of the Institute for Systemic Neurosciences at the University Hospital of Hamburg-Eppendorf. His research activities deal with the functions of the human brain, especially with learning and memory in connection with emotions. Professor Büchel was awarded with the Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine in 2011.

Prof Dr med Thomas Boehm

Professor Dr med. Thomas Boehm is Director of the Immune System Development Department at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg. The focus of his research includes the evolution of the immune system and the genetic causes of congenital immunodeficiency in humans. He was the Ernst Jung laureate in 2014.  On the Scientific Advisory Board of the Jung Foundation, Prof Boehm is Vice Chairman.

Prof Dr med. Jens Brüning

Professor Dr med. Jens Brüning is director of the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research as well as of the Polyclinic for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Preventive Medicine at the University of Cologne. He is an endocrinologist and researches the physiological effects of insulin and the pathophysiology of insulin resistance in the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus. He was the 2009 Ernst Jung laureate.

Professor Dr Stefanie Dimmeler

Professor Dr Stefanie Dimmeler is heading the Institute for Cardiovascular Regeneration at the University of Frankfurt since 2008. Her current work is focusing to develop cellular and pharmacological strategies to improve cardiovascular repair and regeneration. She was awarded with the Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine in 2007.

Professor Dr Ruth Ley

Professor Dr Ruth Ley, PhD, has been Director of the Department of Microbiome Research at the Max Planck Institute for Biology Tübingen since 2016 and is also the Institute's Managing Director since 2022. She is one of the pioneers in microbiome research and investigates which factors influence the human gut microbiome and thus have an impact on health. In 2018, she received the Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine.

Prof Dr rer. nat. Hans-Ulrich Moritz

Professor Dr rer. nat. Hans-Ulrich Moritz works at the Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry at the University of Hamburg and organises the exchange of information between the Board of Trustees and the Scientific Advisory Board, making him a member of both committees. His special attention to promoting the quality of science is a major aspect of his professional work as well as his voluntary position with the Foundation.

Prof Dr Dominique Soldati-Favre

Professor Dr Dominique Soldati-Favre has headed the Institute of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine at the University of Geneva since 2020, after previously working at the same university from 2011 to 2019 as Vice Dean in the field of research. Her current research project is about decoding the molecular mechanisms that ensure the gliding motility and invasion of the host cell by the Toxoplasma and Plasmodium parasites.


Verena Strasoldo

Verena Strasoldo is a fully qualified lawyer. After studying in Munich, she completed her legal clerkship in Berlin and then later in New York. After holding further professional positions in Mexico and Madrid, she returned to Germany in 1998. In Hamburg she was in charge of management at the Hermann & Else Schnabel Foundation as well as at the Deutsch-Tschechische Gesellschaft Hamburg e.V. (DTG, the German-Czech Society), to then switch in 2017 to the management of the Jung Foundation for Science and Research.


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