The Charité Tinnitus and Hearing Foundation is managed by a five-member Board of Directors, which represents the Foundation both in and out of court and administers it on its own responsibility in accordance with the Foundation’s statutes (see Foundation Statutes § 7). The chairperson is Professor Dr. Birgit Mazurek, Director of the Tinnitus Center Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
Prof. Dr. med. Birgit Mazurek, Chairwoman of the Board of Management
After completing her ENT residency, Prof. Dr. Birgit Mazurek established the Tinnitus Center of the Charité since 2001. In order to offer patients with severe tinnitus interdisciplinary care, the center was expanded in 2003 to include a day clinic.
Prof. Dr. Birgit Mazurek conducts basic research and publishes in the field of changes in the auditory system. The Tinnitus Symposium, organized annually by the Center together with the Foundation, serves to promote interdisciplinary scientific communication. Prof. Dr. Birgit Mazurek was president of both the XI World Tinnitus Congress (2014) and the 55th Inner Ear Biology Congress (2018), both held in Berlin.
“There is a lack of money to expand tinnitus research in Germany. That’s why I’m involved with the German Tinnitus and Hearing Foundation Charité.”
Juliane Siafarikas, Vice Chairwoman and Treasurer
Juliane Siafarikas is a lawyer and worked for many years as Managing Director of a leading German management consulting firm. After a wake-up call from her body, she ended that career and is now self-employed as a coach and attorney.
“In my working life, I have and have had a lot to do with people who feel a lot of stress, either professionally or personally. Helping them today as a coach has become a very fulfilling task for me. Tinnitus as a phenomenon often caused by stress is unfortunately familiar to many of my clients. The German Foundation Tinnitus and Hearing Charité is committed to prevention and research. Being able to support this work on a volunteer basis as a board member is something I think is great.”
Dipl.-Ing., Dr. rer.pol. Lutz Mackebrandt
In 1975, Dr. Mackebrandt founded CMS Societät für Unternehmensberatung GmbH, which, as Restrukturierungspartner jwt GmbH & Co. KG, has become one of the leading management consulting firms for restructuring and in the event of insolvency. Dr. Mackebrandt is co-editor of the journal “KSI. Krisen-, Sanierungs- und Insolvenzberatung”.
His honorary posts: Honorary member of the Bundesverband Deutscher Unternehmensberater BDU e.V. (since 2019, Member of the Executive Committee 1999-2016) / Deputy Chairman of the BDU e.V. (since 2019, Member of the Executive Committee 1999-2016). Member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Employment Agency (2002-2018) / Vice-President of the Federal Association of Liberal Professions (2000-2016).
“Millions of people suffer from tinnitus. Our foundation is a way for those affected to help themselves. But it is also important for society as a whole. Because by being mindful, we can protect our hearing so that suffering doesn’t happen in the first place.”
Dr. Kurt Anschütz
Dr. Anschütz received his doctorate in contemporary church history from the University of Heidelberg; he has published on the relationship between Protestantism and National Socialism and on the significance of foreign reconciliation work for Berlin’s postwar history. Postgradually, he earned the title of Fundraising Manager (FM/FA). Until 2009, Dr. Anschütz was the managing director of Bürgerstiftung Neukölln. In 2010, he was appointed founding coordinator of the German Foundation Tinnitus and Hearing Charité and subsequently its executive director. In September 2021, Dr. Anschütz was appointed to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
“In our foundation, we have set ourselves a comprehensive mission: We provide research funding, we organize international science communication, we are involved in prevention, and throughout Europe we promote the cooperation of self-help organizations. We try to motivate as many people as possible to support us: Because everyone can help to ensure that the lonely tinnitus condition finally receives the necessary public attention in Germany as well. And all of them can contribute to the foundation’s continued success through donations. That’s why I’m confident and happy to get involved on the board now.”
Dr. Magnus Rüde
Dr. Magnus Rüde was appointed Managing Director of the Executive Board of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin in 2017, having already been Head of the Staff Office of the Executive Board of Charité since 2010.
He holds a doctorate in history from the Humboldt University in Berlin; he has a Master of Management degree from the Malik Management Zentrum St. Gallen. He has distinguished himself as an author and editor of publications on knowledge management. Dr. Rüde explains his involvement in the German Foundation Tinnitus and Hearing Charité thus:
“Tinnitus is one of those common diseases that still receives too little attention in academic medicine. With its commitment, the foundation is making a valuable contribution to medical research, treatment and education that will improve the lives of more than 7 million people in Germany.”