The office of the Fortified Churches Foundation is located in Sibiu. The following structure forms the basis of the organisation:

The Patrons

The Romanian President Klaus Werner Johannis and the German Federal President Joachim Gauck have take over the double patronage of the Foundation.

Klaus Werner Iohannis,
President of Romania

Joachim Gauck,
President of the Federal Republic of Germany

The Board of Trustees

is active in terms of a supervisory board. It is responsible for overseeing the work of the foundation and is to help and relieve the Executive Board. It is composed of eleven honorary members from Romania and abroad.

The Executive Board

directs the work of the Foundation and is responsible for making important decisions. The following two honorary members are currently in the Executive Board:

1.2_Vorstand Niedermaier

Architect Prof. Dr. Paul Niedermaier, Director of the Institute of Humanities Sibiu

1.3 Vorstand Gunesch

Friedrich Gunesch, Lead Counsel of the Evangelic Church A.C. in Romania.

The Office of the Foundation

is run by a managing director and is composed of the following staff. Together they are responsible for the practical work.

Philipp Harfmann: Managing Director ph@kirchenburgen.org

Sebastian Bethge: Representative for Monument Preservation sfb@kirchenburgen.org

Ruth István: Representative for Tourism and Public Relations ri@kirchenburgen.org

Wieland Köber: Project Administration wnk@kirchenburgen.org

A large network of professionals and experts support the team on individual occasions and projects.

The work of the Fortified Churches Foundation is based on the almost ten-year experience of the former Coordination Office for Fortified Churches and is further developing it.