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 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.
Joachim Geitner (2nd chairman)
Joachim Geitner was born in 1981 in Memmingen. He studied business administration, computer science and economics in Munich and Los Angeles. After his graduation, he worked as a consultant at a global management consultancy that provides advice to public, private, and non-profit organizations. In 2010 he founded AZUBIYO, the leading jobboard for apprenticeships and dual study programs in Germany. His excellent know-how and the perspective as a young entrepreneur are strongly incorporated in the work of the Für Sierra Leone e.V.
Dr. Petra Wibbe (treasurer)
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).