The HFD has been made possible through the collaboration of many people. Two teams of researchers have had primary responsibility for the creation and continuing development of this database. These teams are based at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), Rostock, Germany and its Laboratory of Demographic Data and at the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria. The HFD team benefits from external advice by members of the HFD Advisory Board. The list below includes all current members of the project.
Joshua R. Goldstein (former MPIDR Director and the founding director of the HFD), Vladimir Shkolnikov (MPIDR, former director of the HFD), Evgeny Andreev (MPIDR), Pavel Grigoriev (MPIDR), Dora Kostova (MPIDR), Edward J. Nash (MPIDR), Olga Grigoriev (MPIDR), Sebastian Klüsener (MPIDR).
Dimiter Philipov (VID), Inna Danilova (MPIDR), Ainhoa Alustiza Galarza (MPIDR), Evgueni Soroko, Jude Mikal (MPIDR), Sigrid Gellers-Barkmann (MPIDR).