Olaf Zimmermann


- Born 21 February 1961 in Limburg a.d.Lahn
- Apprenticeship to become an art dealer
- Art dealer, managing director of several art galleries
- 1987 founded a gallery of contemporary art in Cologne and Mönchengladbach;
- Since 1991 operates editorial and consulting office in Mönchengladbach
- Consults institutions and organisations, publishes books and articles on cultural policies, cultural market, civil engagement and forms of private sponsorship of arts and culture (foundations and associations)
- Teaching activities in the field of marketing, private sponsorship of arts and culture and cultural lobbying
- Since March 1997, managing director of the German Cultural Council
- Board member of the “Initiative Hören e.V.”
- Editor of the newspaper "Politik & Kultur" of the German Cultural Council
- In the 14th legislative period (1998 - 2002) head of the task force “Arts and Culture“ of the forum “Information Society“ of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and member of the enquete commission “Zukunft des Bürgerschaftlichen Engagements” of the German Bundestag
- In the 15th legislative period member of the enquete commission “Kultur in Deutschland“ of the German Bundestag
- In the 16th legislative period (2006 - 2007) member of the enquete commission “Kultur in Deutschland“ of the German Bundestag

The German Cultural Council
The German Cultural Council is the umbrella organisation of the federal cultural associations. Its structure contains 235 federal associations for the promotion of all areas of cultural life in the Federal Republic of Germany.