Press release
Essen, 11/10/2023

Co-Managing Director Oliver Döhrmann will be leaving the RuhrFutur education initiative on December 31, 2023, having reached a mutual agreement with associates.

“It is with great regret that we do without the services of Oliver Döhrmann. We would like to thank him on behalf all associates for his valuable work and leadership of the company during an important phase of its development,” explain the two Managing Directors of Stiftung Mercator, Wolfgang Rohe and Markus Piduhn. The Essen-based foundation founded RuhrFutur in 2013 together with municipalities in the Ruhr Metropolis, universities, and the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

“I look back on about six years at RuhrFutur with immense gratitude. Together with the numerous partners of the education initiative and a great team, we have been able to further develop education-related cooperation in the Ruhr region as well as launch pioneering projects and initiatives for an education system with more equal opportunities for all. I am convinced that RuhrFutur will continue to do so successfully. Personally, I am looking forward to new tasks in the future,” explains Oliver Döhrmann.

From January 2024, Markus Piduhn will run the business of RuhrFutur as sole Managing Director until further notice – in addition to his role as Executive Director of Stiftung Mercator.



Julia Heer | Leitung Kommunikation

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Lothar Kuhn | Director Communication

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About RuhrFutur
RuhrFutur is a joint education initiative of local authorities, universities, the Ruhr Regional Association, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and Stiftung Mercator for the Ruhr region. Its aim is to make the education system more efficient and more equal in terms of opportunities and to give all children, young people and young adults fair opportunities to access, participate in and succeed in education – regardless of their background.


About Stiftung Mercator
Stiftung Mercator is a private, independent, and non-profit foundation that acts on the basis of scientific expertise and practical project experience. Since 1996, it has been advocating for a society based on solidarity and participation. To this end, it supports and develops projects that improve participation and cohesion in an increasingly diverse community. Stiftung Mercator stands up for a cosmopolitan, democratic Europe, a digital transformation of state and society based on fundamental rights, and socially just climate change mitigation. Stiftung Mercator pursues activities in Germany, Europe and worldwide. It feels particularly connected to the Ruhr area, home of its founder’s family and the foundation’s headquarters.