Executive Board

The executive board consists of five members. The appointed Chairwoman ist Professor Dr. Birgit Mazurek, Director of the Tinnituszentrum Charité. The Executive Board of Directors represents the Foundation both in and out of court and administers the Foundation on its own responsibility in accordance with the Foundation Statutes, see § 7.

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Professor Dr. med. Birgit Mazurek
Chairwoman of the board

After qualifying as ENT specialist, Professor Mazurek has been building up the Tinnitus Center Charité since 2001. A day clinic was set up at the centre in 2003 to provide interdisciplinary care for patients.

Professor Mazurek conducts basic research and publishes on changes to the auditory system. The annual Tinnitus Symposium organized by the Centre promotes interdisciplinary science communication. Prof. Dr. Mazurek was President of the XI Tinnitus World Congress (2014) and the 55th Inner Ear Biology Congress (2018), both held in Berlin.

"Money is needed to expand tinnitus research in Germany. This is why I am actively engaged in the German Tinnitus and Hearing Foundation Charité."


Photo: Lutz Mackebrandt

Dipl.-Ing., Dr. rer.pol. Lutz Mackebrandt

Dr. Mackebrandt founded the CMS Societät für Unternehmensberatung GmbH in 1975, which under the name Restrukturierungspartner jwt GmbH & Co. KG has become one of the leading management consulting firms for restructuring and insolvency. Dr. Mackebrandt is co-editor of the journal “KSI. Krisen-, Sanierungs- und Insolvenzberatung.“

Honorary offices: Honorary member of the Federal Association of German Business Consultants, BDU (since 2019, member of the presidium 1999-2016) / Deputy member of the administrative council of the Federal Agency for Employment (2002-2018) / Vice-president of Federal Association of Liberal Professions (BFB, 2000-2016)

"Millions of people suffer from tinnitus. Our foundation gives patients a chance to help themselves. But the foundation is also important for society as a whole. If we take care we can protect our hearing to avoid damage developing in the first place."


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Dr. Magnus Rüde

Dr. Magnus Rüde was appointed managing director of the board of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin in 2017, after he had already been head of the staff unit of the board of the Charité since 2010.

He holds a doctorate in history from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and a Master of Management degree from Malik Management Zentrum St. Gallen. He is author and editor of several publications on knowledge management. Dr Rüde explains his commitment to the German Tinnitus and Hearing Foundation Charité as follows:

"Tinnitus is one of those widespread diseases that still receive too little attention in academic medicine. With its commitment, the German Tinnitus and Hearing Foundation Charité makes a valuable contribution to medical research, treatment and education, which will improve the lives of more than 7 million people in Germany."


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Juliane Siafarikas, Deputy Chairmwoman and Treasurer

Juliane Siafarikas is an attorney at law 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 this career and is now self-employed as a coach and lawyer

"In my working life I have had and still have a lot to do with people who feel a heavy burden, both professionally and privately. To help them 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 Tinnitus and Hearing Foundation Charité is committed to prevention and research. It am very happy to support this work on a voluntary basis as a board member."


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Dr. Kurt Anschütz, FM/FA

Dr Anschütz completed his doctorate in contemporary church history at 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 post-war history. Postgradually, he acquired the title of Fundraising Manager (FM/FA). Until 2009, Dr Anschütz was the managing director of the Bürgerstiftung Neukölln. In 2010, he was appointed founding coordinator of the German Foundation Tinnitus and Hearing Charité and subsequently its managing director. In September 2021, Dr Anschütz was appointed member of the Executive board.

"In our foundation, we have set ourselves a comprehensive mission: we provide research funding, we organise international science communication, we are involved in prevention, and throughout Europe we promote the collaboration between self-help organisations. We try to motivate as many people as possible to support us because everyone can help to ensure that tinnitus, which can isolate sufferers, finally receives the necessary public attention in Germany as well. And everyone can contribute to the Foundation's continued success through donations. That is why I am now confidently and gladly involved in the Executive board."