Hildegard Grunow, née Brune, was born in 1923 in Dortmund, where she grew up. During the war she worked as medical-technical assistant at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institute, today’s Max-Planck-Institute, on medical-technical and dietetic issues.
She married in 1947 in Hamburg, had two children, and adopted the name Grunow in her second marriage. Owing to the professional development of her children she stayed attached to medical and nutritional sciences throughout her life, and donated part of her inheritance to call the Hildegard Grunow Foundation to life.
Klaus Schümann, born 1947, grew up in Hamburg and studied medicine in Freiburg and Berlin (1968 to 1975). After his MD (1976) he did an MBA at IMD in Lausanne (1979).
1976 to 1990 he worked as a clinician and toxicologist and was acknowledged specialist for General Medicine, Naturopathic Treatment and Occupational Medicine as well as for Pharmacology and Toxicology. From 1982 until 2003 he worked at the Walther-Straub-Institute for Pharmacology and Toxicology of the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich, where he qualified as professor (1990) and senior researcher.
His scientific focus is on absorption, distribution and excretion of iron and other trace metals. In 2003 he changed to the Faculty of Nutrition at the Technische Universität München, where he worked until his retirement in 2017. Besides teaching, he is engaged in 3rd world health and nutrition and functions as CEO of the Hildegard Grunow Foundation since it was established in 2007.
Simone Wallace, born 1965, grew up in Braunschweig and studied hotel management at the private hotel management school Dr. Robert Eckert in Regensburg, Germany.
After successful completion of her exams she worked for prestigious hotels in Germany, London and New York City. During that time she continuously expanded her knowledge and took part in advanced training courses.
With her professional abilities she followed her career working as a business center manager and also as assistant mananger to the executive management board for several companies.
As of october 2016 she works with the Hildegard Grunow Foundation.
Gabi Börries, born 1968, grew up in Kelkheim and studied Nutrition with minor in Home Economics in Giessen from 1987 to 1993. After finishing her degree she spent 18 months at the Institute for Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA) in Santiago, Chile, for further studies and a research project on childhood obesity.
From 1996 to 1999 she worked at the GSF Centre of Investigation for Environment and Health, Neuherberg, today’s Helmholtz Centre Munich. From 2000 to 2002 she functioned as research assistant at the Institute for Home Economics at the Technische Universität München. In 2008 Gabi Börries passed the state examination as teacher for vocational schools.
In 2009 she joined the team as senior scientist and assists in the organization of the Rainer Gross Prize-Awarding ceremony.