Persons, Opinions, Places

We ensure civil society is visible and audible.

The Hessischer Kreis organizes lecture and discussion evenings on current issues relating to politics, business, society, science, religion and culture. The association, with its great diversity of topics and speakers, offers civil society leaders the opportunity to understand trends and developments outside their everyday sphere of influence and to include their gained knowledge in their decision-making. It is a place for the exchange of ideas, reflection and orientation. As a non-profit association, it contributes to the culture of discussion and the promotion of general education.

You will find on our list of events an overview of our lecture evenings since 1959.

The Hessischer Kreis with a co-hosting company invites guests to an evening of lectures. After the main speech, there is dedicated time for discussions with the speaker. This is followed by a „Get-Together“ to make contacts and continue the debate. The association is financed by annual donations from its guests, so-called "friends".

The association can only carry out its work through hosted events from its circle of participating friends. The Board works on an honorary basis. Apart from the founding members and the Board there are no other club members.

1959 - today

List of events

479 events

  • The start of a decisive decade: mobility in transformation

    Online Event

    Oliver Zipse

    Chairman of the Board, BMW AG

    Host

    Hessischer Kreis e. V.

    Management Board

  • Corona pandemic and financial stability: What to do?

    Online Event

    Prof. Dr. Jan Pieter Krahnen

    Scientific Director, Leibniz-Institut für Finanzmarktforschung SAFE and Professor of Banking and Finance, House of Finance, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

    Host

    Hessischer Kreis e. V.

    Management Board

  • What should give us confidence

    Online Event

    Prof. Dr. Jochen Maas

    Managing Director Research & Development, Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH

    Host

    Hessischer Kreis e. V.

    Management Board

  • High-Performance Buildings, Sustainable Infrastructure and the Future of our Cities

    Date postponed due to corona virus risk

    Patrick Bellew

    Founding Director, Atelier Ten

    Host

    Axel Juhre

    Manager BMW Branch Central Germany

  • Focus on the customer - digitization as a growth engine

    Date postponed due to corona virus risk

    Kasper Rorsted

    Chairman of the Board, adidas AG

    Host

    Martin Zielke

    Chairman of the Board, Commerzbank AG

  • Bey­ond the Hype: Cur­rent Sta­te of AI, the Path Ahead, and Role In So­cie­ty

    Dr. Vishal Sikka

    Founder and CEO, Vianai and former CEO, Infosys

    Host

    Elfriede Eckl

    Branch Manager Frankfurt, EY

  • The Humboldt Forum on the Home Straight - Global Perspectives and National Significance

    Prof. Dr. Hartmut Dorgerloh

    General Director and Chairman of the Board, Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace

    Host

    Gerhard Wiesheu

    Partner, B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. KGaA

  • Hesse as a Business Location

    Dr. Thomas Schäfer

    Hessian Minister of Finance

    Host

    Alexander Schindler

    Member of the Board, Union Investment

  • Our Planet Earth and the Major Challenges

    Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Reinhard Hüttl

    Scientific director and Chairman of the Board, Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ

    Host

    Hessischer Kreis

    With the Friendly Support of KfW

  • Anniversary Event 60 Years Hessischer Kreis

    DR. ANGELA MERKEL

    German Chancellor

    Host

    Hessischer Kreis e. V.

    Executive Board

    Deutsche Vermögensberatung AG, Frankfurt

    Dr. h.c. Udo Corts, Member of the Board

  • Realignment of the Social Market Economy

    DR. ROBERT HABECK

    Federal Chairman of BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN

    Host

    KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Frankfurt

    Holger Kneisel, Central Regional Board

  • A New Game: How Artificial Intelligence will change the Rules in Business

    JIMMY FUSSING NIELSEN

    Partner and Co-founder @ Heartcore Capital, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Host

    Ashurst LLP, Frankfurt

    Reinhard Eyring, Head of Germany

Today

Board

Hessischer Kreis

Founded at the end of the 1950s, the Hessischer Kreis was led by its founder Kurt Baron of Gleichen for 40 years as a discussion group. Guests were invited to eight to ten co-hosted lecture and discussion evenings.

The association was founded in 1993.
Regina Löffler heads the administrative office.

From left to right: Peter Steiner, Andreas de Maizière, Ingo Mandt, Stefan Quandt
From left to right: Peter Steiner, Andreas de Maizière, Ingo Mandt, Stefan Quandt
Andreas de Maizière
Former Member of the Board, Commerzbank AG
Chairman of the Board since 2009
Board member since 2007
Ingo Mandt
Chief Risk Officer, Citi Germany
Stefan Quandt
Chairman of the Board of Directors, AQTON SE
Deputy Chairman of the Board since 2005
Member of the Board since 2004
Peter Steiner
Independent Auditor
Member of the Board since 2007
„Our event contents are a reflection of current topics from the past, present and future.“
Event at the Goethe-University Frankfurt, Campus Westend, June 2012
Event at the Goethe-University Frankfurt, Campus Westend, June 2012
Today

Board of Trustees

Hessischer Kreis

The Board of Trustees is an honorary committee, which advises the Executive Board on the composition of the event program.

The term of office of the members of the Board of Trustees is usually three years, whereby an appointment may be renewed.

Christiane Benner
Second Chairwoman, IG Metall Executive Board
Dr. h.c. Udo Corts
Member of the Board, Deutsche Vermögensberatung AG DVAG
Tanja Gönner
Spokeswoman for the Executive Board, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Peter Hähner
Regional Executive, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg
H.R.H. Heinrich Donatus Landgraf von Hessen
Executive Member of the Board, Hessische Hausstiftung
Dr. Marcus Kuhnert
Group CFO, Member of the Executive Board, Merck KGaA
Prof. Dr. Jochen Maas
Managing Director Research & Development,
Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH
Karl von Rohr
Deputy Chairman of the Board, Deutsche Bank AG
Dr. Norbert Rollinger
Chairman of the Board, R+V Versicherung AG
Eva Wunsch-Weber
Chairwoman of the Board, Frankfurter Volksbank eG
Dr. Theodor Weimer
CEO, Deutsche Börse AG
Prof. Dr. Mirjam Wenzel
Director, Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt
Gerhard Wiesheu
Member of the Board, Partner, Bankhaus B. Metzler Seel. Sohn & Co. KGa
Martin Zielke
Chairman of the Board, Commerzbank AG
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Hessischer Kreis