Prof. Dr. Margret Wintermantel began her term as president of the DAAD on 1 January 2012.
According to the charter of association, the President is responsible for representing the DAAD in all organisation-related matters. She serves as the chairperson of the Executive Committee, prepares its deliberations and resolutions, and ensures their implementation. She also chairs the meeting of the Board of Trustees and the General Assembly. Her responsibilities include appointing the Secretary General following confirmation by the Executive Committee and supervising the management of the organisation.