The institute is headed by two directors, who conduct research both in national and international research associations and in cooperation with projects from the DIE programs. The development and knowledge sociologist Anna-Katharina Hornidge is director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and professor for global sustainable development at the University of Bonn. Deputy director Imme Scholz is engaged in research activities both within German and international research networks and in cooperation with projects that belong to DIE programmes. Areas of investigation include fundamental questions of development policy, the transformation of international patterns of cooperation between OECD and non-OECD countries, the emergence of pathways to sustainable development in the context of global change (with a particular focus on the impact of digitalisation and of decreasing social cohesion), the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and development policy cooperation in Europe. Imme Scholz is Deputy Chair of the German Council for Sustainable Development (Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung, RNE) and was co-chairing the T20 Task Force on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development from 2016-2018.