Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees, founded in 2016, represents an impetus for new creative processes at the festival and provides support in the future, strategic planning of the Enjoy Jazz brand. The founding of the Board of Trustees was taken as an opportunity to rethink, openly question and further develop the promising and successful approaches and projects that already exist with a wide range of stakeholders.

Enjoy Jazz Kuratorium

left to right: Jürgen Fritz, Rainer Kern, Dr. Werner Dub, Dr. h.c. Manfred Lautenschläger, Ulrike Hacker, Atli Saevarsson, Udo Tschira, Michael Sieber



Dr. h.c. Manfred Lautenschläger

Manfred Lautenschläger is a highly respected Heidelberg entrepreneur, foundation founder and patron of the arts. After stepping down as Chairman of the Executive Board of MLP AG, he founded the Manfred Lautenschläger Foundation and has since been committed to promoting science and culture, as well as improving the living conditions of minorities. In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Theology at the University of Heidelberg.

Matthias Brandt

After a first engagement at the Oldenburg State Theater in 1985, the German actor belonged to the ensembles of various major German theaters. His big breakthrough came with the film "Im Schatten der Macht" (2002), in which he played the GDR agent Günter Guillaume. He has been awarded the Bavarian Television Prize, the Golden Camera, and twice the Grimme Prize and the German Audio Book Prize. He is known for playing multi-layered and abysmal characters.

Dr. Werner Dub

Dr. Werner Dub started his professional career in the energy industry. Most recently, he was a member of the Executive Board of MVV Energie AG, Mannheim, for 15 years from January 2000. Prior to that, he was Managing Director at Ferngas Nordbayern GmbH, Nuremberg, and held various positions at Ruhrgas AG, Essen. He began his professional career at the International Energy Agency (IEA), Paris.

Dr. John Feldmann

John Feldmann, who holds a doctorate in chemistry, was a member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE until 2011. Since then, he has been a member of various supervisory boards (KION Group AG, Chairman, Supervisory Boards of the HORNBACH Group), of the Board of Trustees of the Hector Foundation II, and of several boards of trustees and sponsoring associations for various cultural initiatives, including the Festival of German Cinema, the Festspielhaus Baden Baden, the Kunsthalle Mannheim Foundation, and the Mannheim National Theater.

Atli Saevarsson

Icelander Atli Saevarsson was most recently Retail Director at Mannheim-based Dorothee Schumacher. Before that, he was Commercial Director at Hermès Benelux/Nordics. In total, he looks back on more than 20 years of experience in the fashion industry, including at Prada and Hugo Boss. With a degree in philosophy, his path into the fashion industry was an unconventional one. As a complement, Saevarsson therefore completed an MBA at Mannheim Business School. Currently, Saevarsson is researching the topic of philosophy in connection with fashion and style.

Udo Tschira

Since 2009, Udo Tschira has been managing director and shareholder of session GmbH & Co. KG, a leading and innovative trading and service company in the music, media and culture industry. Since then, Udo Tschira and his team have succeeded in establishing session as one of the five most important music stores in Germany, with its regionally strongly anchored branches in Walldorf and Frankfurt, as well as its constantly evolving webshop. Since 2015, Udo Tschira has also been managing partner of the Klaus Tschira Foundation. It is one of the largest non-profit foundations in Europe, whose goal is to promote the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science. Udo Tschira studied jazz and popular music at the FMW Frankfurt and played in various jazz and pop bands for many years.

Horst-Günter Remanny

Horst-Günter Remanny is managing partner of mobisys Mobile Informationssysteme GmbH in Walldorf. Based on his many years of experience as a sales manager and with his entrepreneurial spirit, he has built mobisys into a leading provider of software products for the integration of mobile solutions into SAP systems. In addition to his love of jazz, his personal passions include a fascination with classic cars, new wine and winemaking discoveries. In all areas, whether business or private, Horst-Günter Remanny focuses on the sustainability of quality over the years. Under the aspect "culture as communication" the company mobisys therefore supports selected cultural events, which in their claim fit the philosophy of the company.

Michael Sieber

Michael Sieber, was a long-time member of the state parliament for the CDU and State Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts from 1998 to 2006. Currently, Michael Sieber is a member of the following boards of trustees: Schwetzingen Festival (chairman), ZKM Karlsruhe, Kunststiftung Baden Württemberg and Kulturstiftung Rhein-Neckar. He is a jury member of the Bremen Literature Prize and patron of Enjoy Jazz.

Jürgen Fritz

Jürgen Fritz, a psychologist, was responsible for marketing and business development in the management of SAS Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH) until the end of 2019. He held management positions for more than 30 years and played a key role in building up SAS in DACH. He continues to work on issues of corporate management, cultural change in companies, leadership and future-oriented management concepts. He currently works as a management consultant and coach. As initiator and responsible for the promotion of the main sponsor SAS, he has accompanied the festival Enjoy Jazz for more than 15 years.

Dr. Roland Geschwill

Dr. Roland Geschwill is co-founder and managing director of the "Denkwerkstatt für Manager", which has expertise in both Anglo-American and German management culture. The graduate psychologist has been advising managers since 1986. His standard work "Employer Branding" (together with Florian Schuhmacher) is published by Springer Gabler. In addition, Roland Geschwill volunteers as the spokesman of the board of the "Friends" sponsoring association at the Enjoy Jazz Festival.

Karin Heyl

Karin Heyl, who studied philology, worked in the Arts and Science department of Dresdner Bank AG from 1990 and from 1999 was simultaneously a member of the board of the Jürgen Ponto Foundation and the Dresden Cultural Foundation. From 2004 to 2006 she was managing director of the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e.V. and of the Arbeitskreis Kultursponsoring. After six years as managing director of the Crespo Foundation, Karin Heyl moved to BASF SE in 2012. There she is responsible for social commitment.

Joshua Redman

Joshua Redman is considered one of the most distinguished modern saxophonists. Although his initial focus was not on music, he immersed himself in the New York jazz scene during a one-year study break and won the prestigious "Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition" just five months later. Recordings and tours with well-known jazz greats and a contract with Warner Bros. Records followed. Since then, Joshua Redman has performed with various groundbreaking formations.

Ulrike Hacker (former member)

As an expert in branding and communications, Ulrike Hacker was involved in setting up the Alte Feuerwache cultural center in Mannheim and managed the press and public relations work for Mannheim's city anniversary in 2007 under the leadership of the current mayor, Dr. Peter Kurz. She is the founder of the successful Mannheim literature festival "lesen.hören" under the patronage of Roger Willemsen and managed the festival's program until 2013. Since 2013, Ulrike Hacker has been assistant to the management at the Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof and has also started her own business. Since 2019, she has been working as Personal Assistant to the State Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg. In the same year, she stepped down from her position on the Enjoy Jazz Board of Trustees.