Administrative and Finance Committee

The Administrative and Finance Committee is a committee of the European XFEL Council. It is charged with the general responsibility of advising the council on all matters of administrative issues and of financial management.

The Shareholders of each Contracting Party together have a maximum of two representatives to the AFC.

The Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson of the AFC are appointed by the Council for a fixed period of two years. With their election, the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson become supra partes and leave their delegations. The Chairperson may invite guests and/or experts to the AFC meetings, provided that all AFC members have been informed beforehand.


Chairman of the AFC

  • Xavier Reymond (State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI, Bern, Switzerland)

Vice Chairman

  • Michał Wójtowicz (National Centre for Nuclear Research, Otwock-Świerk)



  • Denmark: Morten Scharff (DAFHES, Copenhagen)
  • Germany: Sabine Carl (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Bonn) and
    Christian Harringa (DESY, Hamburg)
  • France: Philippe Sassier (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, Paris) and
    Stéphanie Dupuis-Lê Vàn (Direction de la Stratégie Financière, de l'Immobilier et de la Modernisation, Paris)
  • Hungary: Györgyi Kolossváryné Juhász (NKFIH, Budapest)
  • Italy: Veronica Buccheri (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) and
    Antonella Tajani (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche)
  • Poland:  Michał Rybiński (Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Warsaw)
  • Russia: Valeriy Nosik (NRC "Kurchatov Institute", Moscow)
  • Slovak Republic: Pavol Sovák (P.J. Šafárik University, Košice)
    and Martin Šponiar (Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava)
  • Sweden: Hanifeh Khayyeri (Swedish Research Council, Stockholm)
  • Switzerland: Peter Allenspach, (Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen)
    Doris Wohlfender-Bühler (State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI, Bern)
  • United Kingdom: Amber Vater (Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Swindon)


Secretary to the AFC

  • Uta Sprenger (European XFEL GmbH, Schenefeld, Germany)

Vice Secretary to the AFC

  • Deike Pahl (European XFEL GmbH, Schenefeld, Germany)