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

513 events

  • How banks help shape Europe’s future

    Christian Sewing

    Chairman of the Management Board – Deutsche Bank AG, President – Federal Association of German Banks, President – European Banking Federation


    Gerhard Wiesheu

    Chairman of the Board of B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. AG and President of Frankfurt Main Finance

  • Energy transition in times of geopolitical change

    Prof. Dr. Veronika Grimm

    Holder of the Chair of Economics teaching, especially economic theory, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and Member of the Council of Experts on the respect for macroeconomic developments


    Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank

    Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank

  • The Ukraine War and the role of NATO on the north-eastern flank

    Generalleutnant Jürgen-Joachim von Sandrart

    Commander Multinational Corps North-East


    Dr. Hubertus Kolster

    Senior Partner, CMS Hasche Sigle

    Dr. Tobias Bomsdorf

    Partner, CMS Hasche Sigle

  • The DFB – playing field and match plan for the future

    Dr. Holger Blask

    Managing director, DFB GmbH & Co. KG

    Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

    Coach of the German women's national football team


    Dr. Constantin H. Alsheimer

    Chairman of the Management Board, Mainova AG

  • Monetary policy challenges in times of high inflation

    Prof. Dr. Isabel Schnabel

    Member of the Executive Board, Europäische Zentralbank (EZB)


    Hessischer Kreis

  • Blockchain and Web3: Disruption in the financial world

    Dr. Philipp Sandner

    Head of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center


    Benjamin Hermanns

    CEO & Founder


    Dr. Sebastian Baden

    Director and Managing Director of the SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT


    Guido Zoeller

    Group Country Head Germany & Austria, Société Générale Frankfurt

  • Four Challenges in a changing world – an Italian View

    Maurizio Molinari

    Editor-in-Chief, La Repubblica


    Noerr Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB

  • New times – with more chances to start a decade of innovation

    Bettina Stark-Watzinger

    Federal Minister for Education and Research


    Dr. Norbert Rollinger

    Chairman of the Board of Management, R+V Versicherung AG

  • Concert and reception on the occasion of the opening of the Casals Forum of the Kronberg Academy

    Raimund Trenkler

    Founder and Chairman of the Board, Kronberg Academy


    Dr. Christoph Gleske

    Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

  • Rethinking the health indus­try

    Michael Sen

    CEO, Fresenius Kabi AG


    Volker Ludwig

    Managing Director, Interxion Deutschland GmbH

  • Game, Set & Match Kerber

    Angelique Kerber

    Tennis Professional


    Ulrich Spranger

    Managing Director, Jarltech Europe GmbH



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.

Ingo Mandt, Andreas de Maizière, Dr. Kristina Schröder,  Peter Steiner, Stefan Quandt
Ingo Mandt, Andreas de Maizière, Dr. Kristina Schröder, Peter Steiner, Stefan Quandt
Andreas de Maizière
Former Member of the Board, Commerzbank AG
Chairman of the Board since 2009
Member of the Board since 2007
Ingo Mandt
Spokesman of the Board, Fürstlich Castell´sche Bank, Credit-Casse AG
Member of the Board since 2009
Stefan Quandt
Chairman of the Board of Directors, AQTON SE
Deputy Chairman of the Board since 2005
Member of the Board since 2004
Dr. Kristina Schröder
Management Consultant and Publicist
Former Federal Minister
Member of the Board since 2022
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

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
Dorothea von Boxberg
CEO, Brussels Airlines
Dr. h.c. Udo Corts
Member of the Board, Deutsche Vermögensberatung AG DVAG
H.R.H. Heinrich Donatus Landgraf von Hessen
Executive Member of the Board, Hessische Hausstiftung
Tanja Gönner
Managing Director, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e. V. (BDI)
Peter Hähner
Regional Executive, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg
Benjamin Hermanns
Managing Director, fintus GmbH
Prof. Dr. Jochen Maas
Former 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
Dr. Theodor Weimer
CEO, Deutsche Börse AG
Prof. Dr. Mirjam Wenzel
Director, Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt
Gerhard Wiesheu
Spokesman of the Executive Board, B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. AG and President, Frankfurt Main Finance
Eva Wunsch-Weber
Chairwoman of the Board, Frankfurter Volksbank eG
Martin Zielke
Chairman of the Board, Commerzbank AG
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