Hans Olaf HENKEL :
Un leader de l'industrie et du business Allemand
Former President of the Federation of German Industries
Company boards Audi, Bayer, Continental, Orange, Brambles, Daimler Aerospace,
Best speaker in the German business community - Cicero Award
HANS OLAF HENKEL was born in Hamburg on March 14, 1940.
After an apprenticeship at the international logistics company Kuehne & Nagel he completed his studies at the University for Economics and Politics in Hamburg. In 1962 he joined IBM Germany.
After holding various executive positions in Germany, the U.S., Asia and France, he became President of IBM Germany in 1987, Vice-President of the Corporation in 1989 and President of IBM Europe,
Middle East and Africa in 1993.
From 1995 through 2000 he was President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), roughly the equivalent of the British CBI. Between 2001 and 2005 Mr. Henkel was President of the
Leibniz-Association which comprises of 89 state-funded research institutions. From 2001 through 2012 he lectured as Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim.
HANS OLAF HENKEL was member of various company boards such as Audi/Ingolstadt, Bayer/Leverkusen, Continental/Hannover, Orange/Paris,
Brambles/Sydney, Daimler Aerospace /Munich, SMS/Duesseldorf.
From 2014 he was a member of the European Parliament and Vice Chair of the ECR (European Conservatives and Reformists), Vice-Chair of the Committee of Industry, Energy and Research and member
of the Human Rights Committee.
HANS OLAF HENKEL is a long time member of Amnesty International. Amongst the awards he received throughout his career was the
„Cicero-Award“ (best speaker in the German business community).
He is Commander of the French Legion d’Honneur and received the Japanese Order of the Holy Treasure as well as Brazil’s Southern Cross.
Select list of speaking topics ( only a few examples ) :
"A New Deal for Britain“
From the perspective of a global business person as well with the experience as a previous member of the European Parliament from 2014 through 2019, Henkel describes the reasons which lead to the
British referendum in the first place and its final outcome. For him, Brexit is a „lose-lose-situation“ for both, Britain and the EU. He explains why Brexit was not only caused by „London“ but
also by „Brussels“. He describes the economic, political and strategic consequences of Brexit not only for the British but also for the Continental business community. He provides ample advice to
politicians and business executives how to deal with the current situation.
„The Global Triangle“
Having spent most of his professional business life outside Germany, the German Ex-President of IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa deals in his speech with the effects of globalization. Since
globalization is under increasing criticism by politicians from the far Left, the far Right and the Greens as well as by U.S. President Donald Trump, the acceptance of world trade, international
rules and regulations is under pressure. Henkel provides not only economical but also political, moral and philosophical arguments against this growing trend. For him, globalization is more than
just the exchange of goods, services and financial funds.
„The United States of Europe“ or „A Europe of Sovereign Nations?“
In this speech, Henkel compares two different models for the future of Europe. Based on his experience as President of IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa, as Vice-Presient of the IBM Corporation,
President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) - roughly the equivalent of the British CBI – as well as a Member of the European Parliament from 2014 through 2019, Henkel weighs the pros
and cons of centralization vs. subsidiarity, harmonization vs. Competition, socialization vs. self responsibility. He reflects the results of the recent European elections as well as the current
political trends in Britain and in other European countries.
Business, Leadership, Management,Industries, Top Manager, European Industry, German Industry,
Globalisation - A Challenge for the Economy, The Future of Europe: Integration and Mobility, The Ethics of Success
Reality and Visions, Europe's Industry and the Euro, The Opportunities of Free Markets, Germany's Position in Global Markets
The Competitive Society, The Power of Renewal, German Economy,CEO, Chef d'entreprise Allemand, Allemagne, Executive,