born 21 February 1961 in Limburg an der Lahn

Education and Career:

  • evening classes, community service
  • 1981 apprenticeship to become an art dealer
  • 1983 managing director of several art galleries
  • 1987 art dealer, founded a gallery of contemporary art in Cologne
  • since 1997 managing director of the German Cultural Council
  • since 2016 speaker of the initiative for cultural intergation 

Olaf Zimmermann is a publicist as well as chief editor of "Politik & Kultur", the newspaper of the German Cultural Council. He is the head of the Foundation for Digital Games Culture. Olaf Zimmermann has received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2020.