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The present and future are marked by social differentiation through aestheticisation, enhancement of distinction through design, criticism of industrial production, design as a unique discipline and the digitisation and personalisation of design. These developments influence our lives and co-existence, requiring information, reflection and communication. On 12 September 2011, the not-for-profit German Design Museum Foundation was established as a public foundation with legal capacity. It was founded by the German Design Council.

Our innovative funding activities and programmes enrich the German foundation landscape and are implemented in the areas of art and culture, science and research, training and advanced training. We have adopted a targeted, interdisciplinary strategy to raise awareness of and exposure to design with the support of well-known trustees and enthusiastic cooperation partners.

The administration of the German Design Museum Foundation is located in Frankfurt am Main.

Board of Management

Andrej Kupetz is Chairman of the Board.
Andrej Kupetz (born in1968) has been Managing Director of the German Design Council, Frankfurt am Main since 1999. He studied industrial design, philosophy and product marketing in Berlin, London and Paris. In 1997, after holding various positions in design management and university liaison, he joined Deutsche Bahn AG where he was responsible for brand management in the DB Group and for the implementation of various corporate design processes. Andrej Kupetz is a member of the advisory board of the Design Management Institute in Boston. Since 2011, he has been a member of the Higher Education Council of the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach/Main. That same year, the European Commission appointed him to the European Design Leadership Board. He is married and has three sons.

Lutz Dietzold is Vice-Chairman of the Board.
Lutz Dietzold (born in1966) is Vice-Chairman of the Board of the German Design Museum Foundation and has been Managing Director of the German Design Council in Frankfurt am Main since 2002. He studied the history of art, classical archaeology and German language and literature in Frankfurt. After working freelance for national and international clients in the field of design communication, he worked as Managing Director of the German Handicrafts Association Hesse (Deutscher Werkbund Hessen) in Frankfurt from 1999 to 2001. He was Managing Director and Technical Manager of Hesse Design Centre from 2006 to 2010, guiding the strategic realignment of design promotion during this time. Lutz Dietzold publishes articles on a regular basis and gives national and international lectures on a variety of topics relating to design.

Foundation Board

Detlev Schwab - Chairman of the Foundation Board Dr. rer. oec. Detlev Schwab is Managing Director of Synius GmbH which invests in companies in the healthcare sector. Dr. Schwab is a member of the foundation "Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft".

Dr. iur. Martin H. Lockl - Vice-Chairman of the Foundation Board Dr. iur. Martin H. Lockl runs a legal practice in Frankfurt am Main. 

Peter Feldmann graduated in Political Science and Social Business Administration and has been the Mayor of the City of Frankfurt am Main since the 1 July 2012.

Jochen Klösges is Chief Executive Officer at E.R. Capital Holding in Hamburg. The company is one of the leading charter shipping companies in the world, specialising in container, bulk cargo and multi-purpose shipping with a fleet of around 130 vessels. Jochen Klösges was previously a member of the Board of Management of Commerzbank AG, responsible for the business segment Asset Based Finance.