The board of trustees appoints the board of directors and supervises the management of the foundation. The following institutions send representatives to the board of trustees:
• The Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie und Klimaschutz (BMWK - Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action),
• The Bundesministerium der Finanzen (BMF – Federal Ministry of Finance),
• The Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Nukleare Sicherheit (BMUV – Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safetyand Consumer Protection), as well as
• All parliamentary groups of the German Bundestag.
The board of trustees can consult the Deutsche Bundesbank for advice. It elects a chair from among the representatives of the federal ministries and a deputy chair from among the members appointed by the German Bundestag.
The German Bundestag has appointed the following members of the Board of Trustees for the 20th legislative period:
Bernd Westphal (Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees), Helmut Kleebank, Carsten Träger, (SPD parliamentary group),
Olav Gutting, Dr. Andreas Lenz, Dr. Klaus Wiener (CDU/CSU parliamentary group),
Dr. Sebastian Schäfer, Jürgen Trittin (BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN parliamentary group),
Frank Schäffler (FDP parliamentary group),
Peter Boehringer (AfD parliamentary group),
Klaus Ernst (DIE LINKE. parliamentary group).
Melanie Wegling, Andreas Mehltretter, Michael Thews (SPD parliamentary group),
Dr. Carsten Brodesser, Michael Kießling, Klaus Mack (CDU/CSU parliamentary group),
Bruno Hönel, Harald Ebner (BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN parliamentary group),
Dr. Gero Clemens Hocker (FDP parliamentary group),
Dr. Michael Espendiller (AfD parliamentary group),
Victor Perli (DIE LINKE. parliamentary group).
The following members of the Board of Trustees were appointed by the federal ministries:
Udo Philipp (Chairman of the Board of Trustees), Philipp Steinberg, Birgit Schwenk, Kathrin Wünnemann (BMWK)
Dr. Marcus Pleyer, Rita Schutt, Hans-Borchard Kahmann, Petra von Wick (BMF)
Gerrit Niehaus, Andrea Meyer, Ronny Meyer, Eva Kracht (BMUV)
Stephani Jungheim-Hertwig, Thomas Solbach, Christoph Reichle, Antje Hansen (BMWK)
Alexander Nagl, Sabine Poniatoswki-Persé, Angela Hofmann, Peter Klepser (BMF)
Thomas Elsner, Hartmut Pellens, Nilgün Parker, Sabine Pex (BMUV)