Dr. Brigitte Merz

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

office: Am Neuen Markt 1, room 0.33
phone: 0331/28991-54
fax: 0331/28991-40

E-Mail: brigitte.merz [at]


Stations in career 

since 07.2023
Head of Administration, Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam

01.2023 - 06.2023
Self-employed cultural manager and consultant, Berlin and London

09.2020 - 12.2022
Executive Administrative Director, SWP (German Institute for International and Security Affairs), Berlin                 

08.2011 - 08.2020
Managing Director, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin            

12.2007 - 07.2011
Managing Director and Scientific Coordinator, Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”, University of Heidelberg

07.2002 - 11.2007
Managing Director and Scientific Coordinator, Collaborative Research Centre “Ritual Dynamics”, University of Heidelberg

10.2000 - 06.2002
Scientific staff member, Department of Anthropology, Heidelberg University

11.1996 - 09.2000
Self-employed cultural manager, Heidelberg  

10.1993 - 10.1996
Head of the branch office, South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University, Kathmandu, Nepal       

Academic status 

Doctor of Philosophy at University of Heidelberg. Subjects: Anthropology (principle subject), Sociology, Psychology.