Alfred Herrhausen Society

The not-for-profit Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft mbH (AHG) is Deutsche Bank's international forum. Founded in 1992,[1] the society is named after the spokesman of Deutsche Bank's board of directors, Alfred Herrhausen, who was assassinated in 1989.[2] It is part of Deutsche Bank's commitment to civil society.[3] Since 2016, Its managing director has been Alfred Herrhausen's daughter Anna Herrhausen.[4]

Logo of the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft

The work of the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft focuses on the three programs "Cities," "Europe" and "Free Thinking."[5]

The “Cities” programme is characterised by a long-standing collaboration with LSE Cities, an international research center for urban development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Together, AHG and LSE Cities have been shaping the Urban Age programme since 2005 with numerous activities and events. Spring 2020 also saw the launch of the New Urban Progress project. In collaboration with the Progressive Center and the US Progressive Policy Institute, "New Urban Progress" aims to reinvigorate transatlantic cooperation, examining cities on both sides of the Atlantic. The results are intended to help shape inclusive, innovative, digital and diverse cities.

Since 2017, the "Europe" programme has advocated for the continuation of a peaceful, democratic and united Europe that serves as a model for a liberal world order. For years, the "Thinking of Germany" conference series shaped the Europe programme. The conferences were held annually between 2009 and 2019 with interdisciplinary discourses on topics such as "The world out of joint. In search of new certainties" (2015), "Have we made it? Germany in 2025" (2016) and "Who do we think we are? German self-confidence in a moving Europe" (2019). Guests at "Denk ich an Deutschland" conferences have already included German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Federal Minister Ursula von der Leyen, CDU Chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Gregor Gysi (Die Linke), and SPD politicians Martin Schulz and Olaf Scholz. Since 2020, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft has been bundling its activities in the Europe programme area under the motto "Thinking of Europe." The aim of "Thinking of Europe" is to preserve and reconceptualize the European idea. New event formats for 2021 are currently being developed for this purpose. In the run-up to the German EU Council Presidency, the "Digital Europe 2030" project has already worked out possible futures for a changing political public sphere and digital sovereignty in Europe with an interdisciplinary group of experts.

The "Free Thinking" programme is dedicated to current important development beyond the thematically focused programmes. The first project to be launched in 2019 in this programme was "Think. Order. Form. Forwards", The project transfers Alfred Herrhausen's visionary ideas into the present and aims to show ways in which the future of our society can be shaped on the basis of these values and convictions. The participants include statesmen such as Mikhail Gorbachev, scientists such as Thomas Straubhaar, international publicists such as Parag Khanna, historians such as Heinrich August Winkler, political advisors such as Henrik Enderlein, artists such as Roman Lipski and, with Arno Brandlhuber, also an architect. "Think. Order. Form. Forwards" is intended to contribute to the Alfred Herrhausen  Gesellschaft’s goal of actively shaping and promoting a free and open society and its cohesion. In 2020, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft responded to the Corona pandemic with the project #WeiterDenken2020. Contributors of the project "Think. Order. Form. Forwards” look back at their contributions from the previous year, take a day-by-day stance, and offer concrete recommendations for action.

The goal of the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft is to promote the exchange of ideas and the discussion of important issues of the day. It has a network of partner institutions from around the world.


  1. ^ "Deutsche Bank Corporate Responsibility Report 2016 - Units and foundations". Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  2. ^ Times, Ferdinand Protzman, Special To The New York (1989-12-01). "Head of Top West German Bank Is Killed in Bombing by Terrorists". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  3. ^ "Deutsche Bank Corporate Responsibility Report 2016 - Units and foundations". Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  4. ^ "Anna Herrhausen, mehr als Tochter". (in German). Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  5. ^ "Übersicht - Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft". Retrieved 2021-01-18.

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