Governance & Structure

The foundation assembly of the association took place in Grünwald on the 22nd of October of 2013. The assembly elected Dr Dietmar Scheiter (1st chairman), Ms Patricia Paulus (2nd chairwoman) and Dr Petra Wibbe (treasurer) as executive board with a mandate of three years. Dr Albert Graf von Schönborn was also elected as controller for three years.

Dr Dietmar Scheiter (1st chairman)

Dr Dietmar Scheiter
Dr Dietmar Scheiter

Dr Dietmar Scheiter was born in 1958. After leaving school and an officer training in the Bundeswehr (the German Armed Forces), he studied business administration in Münster and St. Gallen. After two years of training in an American consulting firm, he returned to St. Gallen for his PhD.


1988 he started his own business. At the end of 2005 he left the company, which he headed for the past ten years as chairman of the executive board, in order to start a holding company with its head office in Grünwald.


In an honorary capacity, Dr Scheiter is engaged in, among others, the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science e. V. and his local parish in Grünwald, where he acts in the parochial church council and the Nachbarschaftshilfe (association of neighbours for mutual assistance). Since 2012 he is also Honorary Consul of Sierra Leone in Bavaria.

Patricia Paulus (2nd chairwoman)

Patricia Paulus
Patricia Paulus

Patricia Paulus was born in 1965 in Bingen am Rhein. Following her Abitur (final school exam) and her graduation as Handelsfachwirting (german vocational training in trade) in Munich, she studied economic computer science at the EBS Business School Östrich-Winkel.


After working as management assistant in different companies, she returned to the EBS Business School and graduated in Immobilienökonomie (real estate economics). At the same institution, Ms Paulus also completed the training as systemic coach. Ms Paulus took on the management of the family real estate company which she is heading until today.


In addition to her commitment to Für Sierra Leone e. V. Ms Paulus is voluntarily active in the parish Maria Königin, Grünwald and the Nachbarschaftshilfe (association of neighbours for mutual assistance) in Grünwald.

Dr. Petra Wibbe (treasurer)

Dr Petra Wibbe
Dr Petra Wibbe

Dr Petra Wibbe was born in 1956. After leaving school, she studied law at the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München, where she was awarded a doctorate in 1981.


Since 1982, she is a legally qualified lawyer. In 1985, she graduated with a Master of Laws (LLM) from the North-western Law School in Chicago. After having been qualified as a lawyer in the State of New York in 1985, she worked one year in a lawyer’s office in New York City. She then worked in the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs from 1987 to 1989. She now works as an independent lawyer, specialised in company law and the support for companies in the private equity sector.


In addition to her commitment to Für Sierra Leone e. V. she is member of the executive board of the Förderverein Lenbachhaus München (a support association for the Lenbachhaus museum and its art collections).