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 international program The Philanthropy Workshop, offered 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 and the Netherlands and was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2010.
Daniel Großbröhmer leads Active Philanthropy's consulting practice. He runs various client and partner initiatives and advises on how organisations can integrate climate themes into their programmes and strategies.
As an impact management specialist, he ensures that projects achieve maximum outcomes.
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.
Charlotte Hornung compiles climate insights in an accessible way and carries Active Philanthropy's messages out into the world. As communications lead, she always keeps an eye on the big picture.
Previously, Charlotte worked at the non-profit think tank Energy Watch Group and at the communications consultancy DWR eco. Among other things, her responsibilities there included the communication of the latest scientific findings, policy recommendations and clean business solutions.
Charlotte completed her Master's in Public Affairs and Public Policy at Sciences Po Paris and Hertie School of Governance Berlin in 2016. She received her Bachelor's degree in European Studies from Maastricht University. At the organisation Häuser der Hoffnung – Schulbildung für Afrika (Houses of Hope - School Education for Africa), she volunteers for an additional issue close to her heart: the empowerment of girls and women.
Anneke Kirsch is responsible for the community management and the communication for our Climate + Philanthropy Learning Journey.
Before joining Active Philanthropy, Anneke completed an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Potsdam, the Free University of Berlin, and the Humboldt University, and a B.A. in China Studies and Social Sciences from the University of Cologne. During her studies, Anneke held various positions as working student and intern at the German Foreign Ministry, the Mercator Institute for China Studies, the International Bureau as well as the Chair of Chinese Legal Culture. She has lived and studied in China and Sweden and speaks fluent Mandarin.
Daniel Kruse is responsible for our “Climate Solutions Hub”, a platform where philanthropists can easily find and fund 20 hand-selected, high-impact climate projects. He oversees the structure, visuals and copy of the Hub relaunch, leads the marketing campaign and coordinates with projects and partners.
Daniel has extensive expertise in web campaigns, climate communications and building innovative projects within multi-stakeholder settings. Before joining Active in February 2023, he co-founded two companies: Wigwam eG, a creative agency for NGOs and political institutions where he led campaigns for WWF, Oxfam and the German Green Party. In his role at Open State gGmbH, he communicated and moderated three days to five weeks long innovation camps on issues such as climate change, inclusion and EU politics.
As a social entrepreneur he won the Ashoka Innovation Fund, two Advocate Europe grants and joined the Responsible Leaders network of BMW Foundation.
Susann Kruse supports her colleagues in all kinds of administrative aspects of the company: From travel- and event organization to appointment management, implementation and improvement of systems and tools as well as a variety of other tasks wherever the team needs her support.
Before joining Active in September 2022, she worked for over 12 years in the hotel industry. For the most part, she acted in the field of Revenue Management for a global hotel chain.
Susann completed a hotel apprenticeship in Berlin in 2009.
Maria started working for Active Philanthropy in autumn 2022 as a project manager in various consulting formats. She supports organizations, private individuals and families, especially with activities in the global south and in the agricultural sector.
Previously, Maria worked in the international food trade, as a Strategic Buyer and Head of Sustainability for the family business Henry Lamotte Food GmbH. She engaged in profound examination of ecological and social responsibility in agricultural supply chains, leading her to numerous farmers and producers worldwide. Maria deepened her strategic analysis of the agricultural sector during her master's degree, especially during extensive field-research in Uganda and Greenland.
Maria holds a Master's degree in "Environment & Development" from the University of Copenhagen and a Bachelor's degree in "Politics, Philosophy & Economics" from the University of Witten/Herdecke. She serves as chairwoman of the Willy Lamotte Foundation in Bremen, Germany.
Gabriele Liautaud coordinates Active Philanthropy’s grant services. She advises our philanthropic clients and manages their charitable portfolios in close dialogue with them. She is also responsible for our Climate + Philanthropy Learning Journey.
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 provides Active Philanthropy with analyses of climate change issues and philanthropy.
Before joining Active Philanthropy in 2020, he worked with the German Committee Future Earth, a body advising the German Research Council on issues of global sustainability. In addition, Johannes has practical experience of climate change adaptation from working with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) in India.
Next to degrees in Human Geography and International Politics from University College London and Surrey University, Johannes holds a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from the University of Tübingen for studying how knowledge about the Anthropocene is produced.
Since March 2023, Stefanie Rocker has joined Active Philanthropy as COO. She is responsible for the smooth running of operational processes and, together with the management, for Active Philanthropy’s strategy development and implementation.
Stefanie worked for seven years as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in Berlin and San Francisco, with the focus on transformation & turnaround. At the beginning of 2020, she joined the Berlin based eCommerce company Berlin Brands Group as VP People & Culture.
Stefanie holds an MSc in Finance & Investment from the Rotterdam School of Management and a BA in Communication and Political Science from the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich. For several years she lived in Mexico and the USA.
Karolin Strunz is the backbone and nerve centre of Active Philanthropy. As operations manager, she administrates everything administrable, from finance via legal and HR to IT. She also provides the logistical support for our expeditions, workshops and events for philanthropists and social investors.
Before deliberately joining Active Philanthropy in May 2018, she worked with an early-stage tech VC. From 2012 to 2014, she managed the office for the then new start-up SumUp after she had spent more than five years in administration and marketing of a large corporation.
Karolin completed an apprenticeship as business administrator in Berlin in 2006.
Louis Wilß works as an analyst for Active Philanthropy.
Before joining Active Philanthropy, Louis gained insights into philanthropy through a graduate internship at the Robert Bosch Stiftung and an internship at the Liaison Office for Foundations & Corporations at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). During his studies, he gained research experience in Central Asia, worked for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and was a research assistant for the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF). Louis holds an M.Sc. in Geographical Development Studies and a B.Sc. in Geographical Sciences from the Freie Universität Berlin.
Edward Vaughan is an analyst on Active Philanthropy's advisory team. Previously, he was a research associate at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in Indianapolis for several years, where his research focused on the landscape for philanthropy in regions such as Western Europe, the Balkans, and East Asia. Since 2022, Edward has also been responsible for the “Giving to International Affairs” chapter in the prestigious annual publication Giving USA.
Edward holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt and a BA degree in Global & International Studies and German, with certificates in Chinese and African Studies from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.