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American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

  • Washington, DC
  • www.americanfriends-of-avh.org

Mission Statement

To promote networking, exchange, and creative collaboration among scientists, scholars, artists, and other professionals in the United States and Germany consistent with the goals of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Service Areas

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National

American Friends Mission is to become a leading source in the United States for the promotion of national and international networking, exchange, and creative collaboration among scientists, scholars, artists and other professionals. Our goals include:

Expanding the pool of future Humboldtians from the United States;
Encouraging and supporting continued collaboration among US alumni;
With partners, raising Germany's visibility as a center for research.

ruling year

2000

Principal Officer

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Dr. Cathleen S. Fisher

Keywords

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academic cooperation, transatlantic research collaboration

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EIN

52-2217136

 Number

4773547945

Physical Address

1101 17th Street NW Suite 603

Washington, DC 20036

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

Professional Societies, Associations (U03)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

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Service Areas

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National

American Friends Mission is to become a leading source in the United States for the promotion of national and international networking, exchange, and creative collaboration among scientists, scholars, artists and other professionals. Our goals include:

Expanding the pool of future Humboldtians from the United States;
Encouraging and supporting continued collaboration among US alumni;
With partners, raising Germany's visibility as a center for research.

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American Friends of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

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Principal Officer

Dr. Cathleen S. Fisher

BIO

Dr. Cathleen S. Fisher has been engaged in transatlantic and German-American relations for over 25 years. She joined American Friends in 2008 as executive director. From 2002-2006, she was deputy director of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), The Johns Hopkins University, where she was centrally involved in management of all operations and programs in support of the Institute's mission. Before joining AICGS, Fisher served for ten years as a senior associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center, where she focused on nuclear arms control, export controls, and transatlantic security issues.

She has been a Fulbright scholar at the University of Bonn (1981-82), and has held fellowships at the Harvard Center for International Affairs, the Free University of Berlin, and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. She chairs the Advisory Council of the German Center for Research and Innovation and served on the American Chemical Society's International Center Task Force. Fisher has taught at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, in the National Security Studies Program at Georgetown University and in the Department of Political Science at Emory University. She holds a Ph.D. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from George Mason University's School of Public Administration. She has written numerous articles and monographs and has spoken in the United States and Asia on German-American and transatlantic relations, U.S. foreign policy, and the role of nongovernmental organizations in nuclear nonproliferation and arms control.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"As the professional partner of the Humboldt Foundation in the United States, American Friends aspires to become a valued resource and partner for all those interested in advancing international networking, exchange, and creative collaboration among scientists, scholars, artists, and other professionals in the United States and Germany.

Located in Washington, DC, we are a young but growing organization with ties to 5,000+ Humboldtians in the United States. Our Alumni Council, Board of Directors, and a nationwide network of alumni volunteers help to promote the Foundation's programs, sustain personal and professional ties to other alumni and to Germany, and contribute to our programs on the globalization of research and higher education, as well as transatlantic policy issues with significant science and technology content.

In the spirit of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, we believe in investment in individuals of singular talent, and in an international community of intellectual inquiry. Humboldtians are at the center of our vision and are vital partners in our mission. As acknowledged leaders in their fields, Humboldtians are uniquely qualified to serve as special ambassadors of German intellectual life in the United States and to shape internationalization strategies in the US research enterprise.

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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Eric Koenig Esq.

Microsoft (Retired)

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