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

507 events


    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

  • Current Challenges for the Rule of Law and the Security Authorities

    Thomas Haldenwang

    President, Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz


    Martin Blach

    Chairman of the Board, Stiftung Kloster Eberbach

    Benjamin Klein

    Managing Director, Consortium Gastronomie GmbH

  • Turn of the times

    Dr. Christoph Heusgen

    Chairman, Munich Security Conference


    Hessischer Kreis

  • China's Attack on Freedom

    Ulf Röller

    Head of the ZDF East Asia Studio in Beijing as well as the ZDF Tokyo Office


    Hessischer Kreis

  • And then came Omikron - Where do we currently stand in the Corona pandemic?

    Prof. Dr. Sandra Ciesek

    Director of the Institute of Medical Virology at University Hospital Frankfurt and Professor of Medical Virology at Goethe University Frankfurt


    Dr. Frank Heinricht

    CEO, Schott AG

  • Voting and Governing in Coronacracy

    The Traffic Light is in Operation

    Prof. Dr. Karl-Rudolf Korte

    Professor of Political Science and Director, NRW School of Governance, Institute for Political Science University of Duisburg-Essen


    Dr. Thomas Gauly

  • The reinvention of German industry

    A decade of possibilities

    Dr. Roland Busch

    CEO, Siemens AG


    Dr. Manfred Knof

    CEO, Commerzbank AG



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

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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, Member of the Executive Board, Lufthansa Cargo AG
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
Spokeswoman for the Executive Board, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Peter Hähner
Regional Executive, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg
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
Dr. Theodor Weimer
CEO, Deutsche Börse AG
Prof. Dr. Mirjam Wenzel
Director, Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt
Gerhard Wiesheu
Member of the Board, B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. AG
Partner, B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. Holding AG
Eva Wunsch-Weber
Chairwoman of the Board, Frankfurter Volksbank eG
Martin Zielke
Chairman of the Board, Commerzbank AG
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