Dr. Felicitas von Peter
Felicitas von Peter founded Active Philanthropy in 2006 as a platform for philanthropists and social investors committed to change the world for the better.
From 1998 to 2006, she worked as a director with the Bertelsmann Foundation, where she ultimately headed the foundation’s national and international donor education programmes. From 2004 to 2006, she co-chaired the foundation’s Philanthropy Workshop for international donors in co-operation with the Rockefeller Foundation.
Felicitas studied at the universities of Heidelberg and Bonn as well as at Sciences Po in Paris. She holds an M. Phil and a Ph. D. in history from the University of Cambridge, UK. From 1997 to 1998, she was a post-doc at the Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE) and, in 2002, a fellow at the Center for the Study of Philanthropy at City University New York.
She is a board member of various foundations and NGOs in Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands and was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2010.
Karolin Geike is the backbone and nerve centre of Active Philanthropy. As executive assistant, she administrates everything administrable, from book-keeping via schedules and HR to IT. She also provides the logistical support for our expeditions, workshops and events for philanthropists and social investors.
Before joining Active Philanthropy in May 2018, she worked with an early-stage venture capital firm. From 2012 to 2014, she managed the office for the then new start-up SumUp as one of its first employees.
Karolin completed an apprenticeship as business administrator in Berlin in 2006.
Daniel Großbröhmer is Active Philanthropy’s grant analyst and ensures that our philanthropists’ investments achieve maximum impact.
Previously, he worked with the German donor organisation Bread for the World for nine years. Most recently, he was based in Yangon, Myanmar, where he provided impact assessments on development projects and advised local NGOs on strategy and project planning.
Daniel holds an MBA in International Management from Berlin School of Economics and Law / Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge and a B. A. in Modern Languages, Culture and Economics from Gießen’s Justus Liebig University.
Gabriele Liautaud coordinates Active Philanthropy’s grant services. She advises our philanthropic clients and manages their charitable portfolios in close dialogue with them.
Gabriele brings along more than 15 years of experience in philanthropy. Before she joined Active Philanthropy in 2007, she worked with the Bertelsmann Foundation, where she was project manager for the national as well as the international Donor Education Programmes and coordinated a Germany-wide platform of actors involved in children’s issues. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for Arvato Bertelsmann.
Gabriele studied business administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Worms and completed an apprenticeship as commercial assistant before entering academia.
Dr. Johannes Lundershausen
Johannes Lundershausen provides Active Philanthropy’s scientific focus on climate change issues.
Before joining Active Philanthropy in 2020, he worked with the German Committee Future Earth, the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), covering climate and sustainability issues with a joint focus on science and policy.
Johannes holds a Ph. D. on the role of science in the social discourse on environmental change from the University of Tübingen, a Master’s degree in human geography from University College London and a B. A. in International Relations and Affairs from the University of Surrey.
Janek Steitz manages our portfolio of prescreened, high-impact climate NGOs.
He joined the team in 2018 after working as a financial analyst with Ernst & Young (EY), focusing on European energy markets in their valuation and business modelling unit.
Janek studied economics at the University of Münster and obtained a Master’s degree in finance from Leipzig Graduate School of Management. From 2015 to 2016, he studied finance at National Taiwan University, and from 2012 to 2013, he attended Lisbon School of Economics and Management, also majoring in finance.