Born in Thuine (Emsland) in 1969. Studied philosophy, German language and literature, and musicology in Cologne and Paris from 1990 to 1996. Press spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research from 1996 to 1998. Scientific assistant of Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers from 1999 to 2000; did his doctorate on the topic of “Heidegger und die Poetologie”. Has been Personal Assistant of the Quandt Family and Executive Board Chairman of the Johanna Quandt Foundation since 2000. Was appointed member of Stiftung Charité Executive Board in 2005. Managing Director of Consiqua GmbH since 2009. Managing Director of aqtivator gGmbH since 2013.
Emil Jürgen Zöllner is a physician and German politician (SPD), and since May 2012, he has been member of the Executive Board of Stiftung Charité. From 1964 to 1969, Zöllner studied medicine in Freiburg im Breisgau and Mainz, earned his doctorate in 1970 and qualified as a university lecturer in Mainz in 1975. In 1977, he was at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Glasgow as a DFG Fellow. In 1977, he was appointed Professor of Physiological Chemistry at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, and was Vice-President there from 1983 to 1990, and from 1991 on University President. From 1991 to 2006, Zöllner was Education and Science Minister in Rhineland-Palatinate, where he also served as Deputy State Premier from May 2006 on. Finally, from 2006 to 2011, Zöllner was Senator of Education, Science and Research of the State of Berlin. In 2007, he was President of the Conference of Ministers of Cultural Affairs, in 2008 Chairman of the Conference of Ministers of Youth and Family Affairs and, from 2008 to 2011, a member of the Board of the Joint Science Conference, the Chairmanship of which he assumed on an annually rotating basis with the Federal Minister of Education and Research. From 1991 to 2011, he was a member of the German Council of Science and Humanities, and for several years, Chairman of the Administrative Commission of the German Council of Science and Humanities on a rotating basis with the respective federal representative. Today, Zöllner is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Freie Universitaet Berlin.