Dr. Rupert Graf Strachwitz, PhD is co-founder and shareholder of HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform gGmbH. He has been involved with civil society for nearly 40 years – as a volunteer, staff member, consultant, researcher, and lecturer. From 1989-2011, he was managing director of Maecenata Management, a specialized consultancy for civil society and philanthropy. Since 1997, he has been the director of the Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society, Berlin. He is also Executive Director of the Maecenata Foundation, Munich. As a volunteer, he is Deputy Chairman of the German-British Society, Berlin, Chairman of the Board of the Fliege Foundation, and Deputy Chairman of the Board of the ADAC Foundation, and the Wilhelm Kempff Cultural Foundation. After serving at World Headquarters of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in Rome, he became regional director for the Order of Malta Relief Service in Bavaria. Subsequently, he was President of the Duke of Bavaria’s Administration while serving on the board of a number of NGOs, including German Caritas, where he was Vice President in 1984-85. Increasingly involved in Third Sector research, he chaired the German advisory committee of the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project from 1995–2000. His approx. 500 publications, in German, English as well as other languages include books and articles on foundation issues as well as European and cultural policy, the third sector, and civil society.