Jella Benner-Heinacher is the chief managing director (deputy) of Deutsche Schutzvereinigung für Wertpapierbesitz (DSW), the leading shareholder association in Germany. Ms Benner-Heinacher, a German attorney, having studied in France, Switzerland and the U.S., is primarily responsible for international activities as Vice-President of BETTER FINANCE in Brussels. Ms Benner-Heinacher is also chairwoman of the European Corporate Governance Services (ECGS) in London, and a member of the Stock Exchange Board in Düsseldorf.  Furthermore she is responsible for Corporate Governance issues as well as for DSW’s participation in the legislation procedure at both national and international level.


Founded in 1947, Deutsche Schutzvereinigung für Wertpapierbesitz e.V. (DSW) today has about 30,000 members and is Germany’s leading association for private investors. DSW is a non-profit organisation with its head office seated in Düsseldorf supported by eight regional offices which are run by honorary representatives. Next to a wide range of service offers for their members, DSW has three key objectives:

1. Defending and representing private investors’ interests
2. Providing information and education
3. Fostering the equity culture in Germany 

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