About DKMS

Shaping the future of our DKMS Group

Meet our Foundation Board and Global Executive Team.


Our Global Executive Team and Foundation Board are responsible for setting the strategic direction of our DKMS group at an international level. The team is advised by our Medical Council.

As consultants, they also provide advice and support to our management teams in the DKMS entities in the development of local strategies. The Global Executive Team also act as the UK Board.

Chief Executive Officer: Dr Elke Neujahr

Dr. Elke Neujahr

In 2018, Elke Neujahr rejoined a cause that had long been close to her heart by becoming Global CEO of the DKMS Group. She also became Executive Vice-Chairwoman of the Board of Directors in the United States and Chairwoman of the board in Poland, United Kingdom and South Africa.

“Every year, tens of thousands of donor searches are initiated across the globe. At DKMS, we are working to ensure that every patient in need finds a matching donor. Our mission is driven by the countless employees, for whom this is a matter close to the heart, and the millions of compassionate individuals across the world who we are proud to call our donors."

With a doctorate in communication sciences, Elke served national and international executives as an expert in all questions of corporate reputation, crisis, and change management. Initially holding a variety of positions in the industry, Elke ultimately switched to the consulting side of the corporate communications business. She has been partner and CEO of a leading European PR Consultancy before she successfully ran her own company for 15 years. With 40 years of expertise in general management, she drives the development of the DKMS Group.

As the Global CEO, Elke oversees all DKMS operations and the organisation’s continued international expansion.

"Aware of the need for a multifaceted approach, we will continue to extend our mission and are currently investing in providing access to transplantation. The only effective way to address blood cancer and other life-threatening blood diseases is with a macro perspective that ensures no patient is left behind, regardless of their geographic location or socio-economic status.”

Chief Medical Officer: Dr Alexander Schmidt

Dr. Dr. Alexander Schmidt

Dr Alexander Schmidt has been Managing Director and the Chief Medical Officer of DKMS since 2013. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of the DKMS Life Science Lab and the DKMS Stem Cell Bank and Chief Scientific Officer of the DKMS Registry.

Alexander is responsible for all areas providing professional information and advice, as well as the coordination and support for donors before, during, and after their donation, thus ensuring safe bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell donations.

In addition, Alexander oversees the ongoing relationship management with transplant centres, search units, registries, and the medical advice for all DKMS entities. He and his teams are also responsible for various quality programmes and scientific projects.

Alexander holds a doctorate in mathematics and medicine. After working as an intern at Heidelberg University Hospital, he worked as a management consultant with a focus on health care issues. He has been working for DKMS since 2002 in various management positions.

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