The Haniel Foundation is a non-profit foundation which was established in 1988 by Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH and is based in Duisburg. The Foundation's mission is to promote value-oriented entrepreneurship; build bridges between different social spheres; and facilitate international dialogue and knowledge-transfer for its projects.
As our strategic partner in education, the Haniel Foundation has contributed towards building up the Brandt School into one of the leading professional schools in Europe. The Foundation recently solidified its commitment to the Brandt School by granting it institutional funding for the first time in its history. Therefore, since 2008 the Haniel Foundation has been partially funding the Franz Haniel Chair for Public Policy, which acts as a reminder of the entrepreneurial pioneer and founder of the Haniel Holding, Franz Haniel (1779-1886). The Haniel Chair for Public Policy is held by Prof. Dr. Florian Hoffmann.
The Brandt School and the Haniel Foundation share a commitment for entrepreneurial values and responsible leadership. With this goal the Brandt School has been training policy entrepreneurs in its MPP program since 2002 and developed entrepreneurship into one of the school’s four research areas. To further strengthen this focal area, the Foundation will fund the Aletta Haniel Professorship for Public Policy and Entrepreneurship beginning in 2012.
Students showing excellence are supported through the Haniel Foundation’s prestigious scholarship programs, among them the Go-West scholarship program for young academics from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and the Haniel Stipends for high-performing students from all over the world.
As well as scholarship programs the Haniel Foundation supports the Brandt School’s activities in Eastern Europe by funding international cooperation projects with two prestigious Russian universities: The Moscow Institute for International Relations and the Higher School of Economics (HSE). Every year the HSE and the Brandt School organize the Haniel Spring or Fall Schools, which are joint seminars on key current public policy issues.
„My professorship is coupled with the strategic development of the Brandt School. The content of our projects is set out for us by our intellectual environment: firstly Willy Brandt as a visionary but at the same time pragmatic politician, and secondly Franz Haniel, who – as an entrepreneur in a phase of political and economic uncertainty such as the period of early industrialisation – was capable of identifying opportunities and seizing them.“ Read more
„Value-oriented entrepreneurship, the theme of the Haniel Foundation with its many facets, has been picked up on by active people in different societies and is continuing to develop dynamically. It is guided by the question that has also always interested the Haniel family: What characterizes value-oriented entrepreneurship that offers the generations coming after us better opportunities?“Prof. Sascha Spoun, member of the board of trustees.
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