In 1995, Klaus Tschira established the Klaus Tschira Stiftung, a foundation which was built on his vision to foster the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, as well as the appreciation of these fields. In 1997, Beate Spiegel joined and began building up the foundation together with Klaus Tschira. Since 2011, she has been the managing director of the Klaus Tschira Stiftung. She worked side by side with Klaus Tschira until his passing in 2015, and has now been sharing the managing responsibilities with Carsten Könneker since 2019.
About Beate Spiegel
Beate Spiegel studied law at the University of Heidelberg (1981-1983), and obtained her degree as a state certified foreign language and management assistant in 1986 from the Commercial Technical College Bensheim. For over a decade she worked at the European Center for Network Research of IBM Germany, Heidelberg. Due to her knowledge in the area of computer science development and her strong organizational competence, Klaus Tschira felt she was the right person to coordinate his foundation.
Beate Spiegel was born in Heidelberg in 1960, and is married with two children.