Helmut Anheier (Ph.D. Yale University, 1986) is Professor of Sociology at UCLA and Heidelberg University. He is the Academic Director of the Center for Social Investment at Heidelberg University, and Director of the Center for Civil Society at UCLA's School of Public Affairs. From 1998 to 2002 he was the founding director of Centre for Civil Society at the London School of Economics, where he now holds the title of Centennial Professor. Prior to this he was a Senior Research Associate at the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies, and Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University. Before embarking on an academic career, Dr. Anheier served as Social Affairs Officer with the United Nations.