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German politician, Former Member of the European Parliament and a political publicist.
He was formerly a manager at IBM, president of the Federation of German Industries and president of the Leibniz Association. After decades as a political observer, he was elected to the European Parliament in 2014 for the AfD. In response to the election of Frauke Petry as the new federal chairman in July 2015, he resigned from the AfD. He is now an independent member of the European Conservatives and Reformists.
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Hans-Olaf Henkel's 2023 biography
Hans-Olaf Henkel’s Background
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.
He 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 through 2019 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.
He 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).
Hans-Olaf Henkel's 2023 speaking fees
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