Board of Trustees

The Board of Directors is supervised by the Board of Trustees, comprising Dr. Hans-Jürgen Schinzler, Dr. Jörg Schneider and Dr. Doris Höpke. The Board of Trustees, in turn, is appointed for a two-year period by the full Board of Management of Munich Re. 

Dr. Doris Höpke

Born in Lower Saxony in 1966, Doris Höpke completed studies in law at the universities of Osnabrück, Hanover and Leiden, graduating with state law examinations and a PhD. She started her career in 1996 in the industrial liability division at HDI, before joining Munich Re in 1999. Following a number of positions, including head of Munich Re, Madrid, she was appointed a member of the Board of Management of Munich Re in 2014. Dr. Höpke is responsible for the Special & Financial Risks division and for human resources throughout the global reinsurance field of business, also carrying out the role of Labour Relations Director.

Doris Höpke believes that corporate responsibility is a key component of Munich Re’s corporate culture, and she sees the voluntary work of current and former staff members, supported by Munich Re, as a true win-win situation: the foundation benefits from many pairs of helping hands; the staff broaden their horizons, and their impact is amplified thanks to the cooperation with the Schinzler Foundation; while Munich Re is able to fulfil its responsibility as a corporate citizen.

Dr. Jörg Schneider

was born in 1958 in Duisburg, and studied business management
at the Berufsakademie in Stuttgart. After obtaining his degree, he studied law in Tübingen and went on to obtain his doctorate. After working for the State of Bavaria as an articled clerk, Dr. Schneider joined Munich Re’s Finance Department in 1988. In 2000, he was appointed to the Board of Management. 

Dr. Schneider is concerned that the excessive expansion in the welfare state has led to it cutting back on precisely those who rely most on its assistance to survive. He believes that private initiative is needed all the more in such circumstances, where even small amounts can make a difference.


Dr. Hans-Jürgen Schinzler

was born in 1940, and joined Munich Re in 1969 after completing a law degree and undergoing a bank training at the Bayerische Vereinsbank. In 1981, he was appointed to the Board of Management, and became Chairman in 1993. From 2004 to 2012, he was Chairman of the Supervisory Board. 

He had always been impressed by the social work performed by the many anonymous helpers in our society, who unselfishly give up their time for the common good. He hoped that by setting up the foundation, he could support these volunteers. He himself performs voluntary work on behalf of a number of charitable foundations and associations.