The WZB has two directors who each hold office for six years.

The President, Prof. Dr. h.c. Jutta Allmendinger Ph.D., develops central features of research policy and the thematic orientation of scientific units. The Managing Director, Ursula Noack, is responsible for business, legal and administrative issues.

Jutta Allmendinger has been President of the WZB since 2007. Ursula Noack has directed the administrative affairs since January 2017.

The executive management works in close consultation with the directors of the research departments.

Former WZB presidents