Prof. Dr. jur. Karola Wille , born in 1959, studied law at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, where she received her doctorate in 1985. jur.
After continuing her academic career, she started at MDR in 1991 as a consultant in the legal directorate and from 1993 was deputy to the legal director. In November 1996 she took up her position as Legal Director.
The University of Leipzig awarded the doctorate in law an honorary professorship for media law in 2002. Since 1997 she has been teaching there at the Institute for Communication and Media Studies.

Karola Wille was the representative of the director of the MDR from 2003-2011 and took up the post of director of the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk on November 1, 2011.
As a film director, Karola Wille maintains contacts with the producer alliance. In addition, she represents ARD on the administrative board and executive committee of the FFA film funding agency. In 2016 and 2017, Prof. Dr. Karola Wille chairwoman of the ARD.