Rupert Graf Strachwitz

executive director, Maecenata Stiftung; director, Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society (

Rupert was born in 1947, and grew up in Argentina, Italy, and Germany. He studied at Colgate University, USA, served in the German Army and continued his studies of Political Science and History at Munich University. His career included serving at headquarters of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Rome, as Regional Director of the Order of Malta German Ambulance Corps, and as President of The Duke of Bavaria’s Administration.

Since 1987, he has worked as professional consultant, academic researcher, and policy advisor on philanthropy and civil society. He was vice president of German Caritas, served on a Parliamentary Commission on Voluntary Action, was Council Member of Europa Nostra and member of the Commissione Centrale di Beneficienza of the Cariplo Foundation. He teaches and lectures regularly and has published widely on philanthropy and civil society issues. (