The DKMS Stiftung Leben Spenden (Foundation for Giving Life) exclusively and directly pursues non-profit and charitable purposes.
DKMS Foundation Board is responsible for:
For Katharina Harf, DKMS and the fight against blood cancer have been her life’s passion since the age of 14. After losing her mother to leukemia, Katharina put her focus into education, ultimately moving to the United States and graduating from Harvard cum laude. With her degree in hand, Katharina returned to DKMS, the company her father founded in the wake of her mother’s death, with a desire to expand the reach and impact of their life-saving work.
After helping her father found the first international branch of DKMS in New York City, Katharina took on a number of positions to help get the fledgling office on its feet. From managing the organisation's PR and Marketing departments to acting as CEO, Katharina’s passion for the well-being of patients and their families and her dedication to increasing awareness around the cause helped DKMS quickly grow, with over one million registered donors in the US.
Katharina is the Chairwoman of the Foundation Board of DKMS, acting as the public face of the organisation. In addition to the current scope of her global duties, Katharina is also, overseeing operations and strategy for the country’s offices.
Vice Chairman of the DKMS Foundation Board and Chairman of the DKMS Medical Council
Marcel R.M. van den Brink, MD, PhD, is a leading oncologist with extensive experience in both laboratory and clinical research, specialising in strategies to improve allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT). He is the Head of the Hematologic Malignancies department at the world-renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Thomas Klingebiel, MD, has been the Director of the Paediatric Oncology, Haematology and Haemostaseology Clinic at the J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main since 2000. He also serves as the Director of the Centre for Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine in Frankfurt. The paediatric stem cell transplantation center in Frankfurt is one of the leading centres in Germany.
Alejandro Santo Domingo is the Managing Director of Quadrant Capital Advisors Inc. in New York. He is also a member of the Board of Anheuser-Busch InBev, Chairman of Bavaria S.A., member of the Board of Backus & Johnston SAA in Peru, Director of Caracol Televisión and Fundación Mario Santo Domingo.
Prof. Dieter Hoelzer was the Director of the Department of Haematology/Oncology, Rheumatology and Infectious Diseases at the Frankfurt University Hospital for more than 20 years. He has extensive clinical experience with inpatient and outpatient treatment of all haematological/oncological and internal diseases. Prof. Hoelzer is one of the most renowned haematologists and specialists in the field of acute lymphatic leukaemia. He was also awarded the DKMS Mechtild Harf Science Award in 2017.
Patrice de Talhouët is the Head of Western Europe at JAB Consumer Fund and former Executive VP/CFO at Coty, a leading global cosmetics company. He was Corporate Finance Officer Americas and a CFO of Mars, Inc. and served as Dean of Mars University for Finance.
Laurence David Atlas is a senior executive and attorney. He is the Special Counsel at the Office of the General Counsel at the Federal Communications Commission, an independent United States government agency regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable.
Sebastian Lombardo is the Chairman and CEO of Valtech, a leading business and digital transformation agency. With a strong background in technology and finance, Sebastian has been working in the IT/digital sector for the past 20 years.
Anna-Lena Kamenetzky-Wetzel is a former Partner and Head of Business Development at JAB Holding in Washington, DC as well as former Co-Head of JAB Consumer Partners. She founded and runs K4 Family Investments, an investment company focused on backing growth companies in consumer goods and services. She serves on the Boards of Kitu Life, Inc (owner of the brand Super Coffee), Fuzzy and Project Pollo.