The Management of the DAAD includes the President, the Vice President, the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General. Get to know our management.

President: Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee

Vice President: Dr. Muriel Kim Helbig

Secretary General: Dr. Kai Sicks

Deputy Secretary General: Dr. Michael Harms

Deputy Secretary General: Nicole Friegel


DAAD Praesident Joybrato Mukherjee (c) Jonas Ratermann

Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee began his term as president of the DAAD on 1 January 2020.

According to the charter of association, the President is responsible for representing the DAAD in all organisation-related matters. He serves as the chairperson of the Executive Committee, prepares its deliberations and resolutions, and ensures their implementation. He also chairs the meeting of the Board of Trustees and the General Assembly. His responsibilities include appointing the Secretary General following confirmation by the Executive Committee and supervising the management of the organisation.

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Vice President

Vice President Muriel Helbig

Dr. Muriel Kim Helbig has served as vice president of the DAAD since 1 January 2020.

The Vice President represents the President, if prevented from carrying out his duties, by managing the bodies of the organisation, representing the organisation and in other matters entrusted to her by the President.

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Secretary General

Dr Kai Sicks

Dr. Kai Sicks is the new Secretary General of the DAAD from 1 April 2021.

The Secretary General is responsible for the administration of the DAAD. He implements resolutions passed by the bodies of the organisation and ensures compliance with requirements stipulated by the funding authorities in accordance with the rules of procedure.

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Deputy Secretary General

Portrait Dr. Michael Harms

Dr. Michael Harms is the new Deputy Secretary General of the DAAD from 1 January 2022.

He is based in Berlin and represents the organisation in the capital. He supports the Secretary General with managing the DAAD’s administration and oversees the Berlin Office.

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Deputy Secretary General

Portrait Nicole Friegel

Nicole Friegel has been Deputy Secretary General of the DAAD since September 2022.

She is based in Bonn and supports the Secretary General as Director of the Central Administration Department, Deputy Crisis Officer and Budget Officer in the management of the Head Office and the DAAD Network.

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