Markus Hipp was appointed Executive Director of the BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt on September 1, 2006. Born in Hechingen in 1968, Markus Hipp studied philosophy and Catholic theology in Munich from 1989 to 1994. Upon graduation, he spent two years as a lecturer in German and philosophy at the Czech universities of Budweis and Brno, before taking up positions in the marketing and publishing industry in Munich and in Augsburg. In 1998, he joined the Robert Bosch Foundation in Stuttgart as assistant to the executive director. In 2000, he became the Foundation’s deputy chief executive for Central and Eastern Europe, before being appointed to establish the Berlin office of the Robert Bosch Foundation in 2002, which he directed until August 2006. In addition to his position at the BMW Foundation, the married father of four also holds a number of honorary posts in other organizations. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Association of German Foundations in Berlin, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Breuninger Foundation, a board member of the Paretz Foundation as well as a founding director and member of MitOst e.V., an association for language and cultural exchange in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. In addition, Markus Hipp is a member of the Advisory Council of the non-profit betterplace Foundation and of n-ost, the network for reporting on Eastern Europe.