Verein der Freunde des Aspen Instituts e.V.

The “Verein der Freunde des Aspen Instituts e.V.” (Association of Friends of the Aspen Institute) was founded in 1989. Its founders and members are representatives of business, academia, politics, diplomacy, and culture. It is their goal to support the implementation of the mission and aims of the Aspen Institute Germany.

Corporate, individual, and junior members support the Institute’s work through their annual donations. The contributions make up the primary funding of the Aspen Institute Germany. They allow the Institute’s staff to serve the Institute’s mission independently and in a nonpartisan matter.

The Management Board of the “Verein der Freunde” are:

Dr. Roland Hoffmann-Theinert (partner, lawyer & notary at GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB), chairman,
Jan Losemann (lawyer and CEO of Losemann Legal Tax GmbH), deputy chairman,
Ulrich Misgeld (member of the board of the APRIL Foundation), treasurer,
Eva Katharina Deininger,
Arno Heuermann (partner and CEO of Catenion GmbH), and
Helmut Kranzmaier (managing partner at HELUMA Ventures GmbH).


The “Verein der Freunde” is characterized by a familiar yet exclusive atmosphere. Friends of Aspen Germany enjoy intimate events and special occasions such as the summer party, the Transatlantic Conference, and the public portion of our Southeast Europe Foreign Ministers’ conferences. In addition to being intellectually stimulating, these events offer a unique networking opportunity.

All members receive the associations’ newsletter “Aspen Inside” three times a year, in which new members are introduced, upcoming events are announced, and past ones reviewed. Aspen publications, such as the annual report and official conference papers, can be ordered from the Institute for free.

Individual Members support the Aspen Institute Germany with 500 € per annum. They receive personal and non-transferable invitations to Aspen events. Individuals up to the age of 35 may become Junior Members at the special annual rate of 250 € per year.

In addition to the benefits Individual Members enjoy, Corporate Members donating 3,000 € or more annually may send two representatives to all of the events listed above. Furthermore, they are invited to an annual exclusive corporate member lunch with high-level keynote speakers as well as to select special occasions.

Individual and Corporate Members receive a 10% (350 €) discount at the German Aspen Leadership Seminar. Corporate Members may send one representative per seminar at the reduced fee while private members may use this benefit once. If you decide to become an Individual or Corporate Member within six months of your seminar participation, your first annual contribution will automatically be reduced by 350 €.

Family, Gift, and Mentoring Memberships are available upon request.

Donations to the “Verein der Freunde” are tax-deductible in Germany, the EU, and in the United States. Please contact us for more information.

Information and application to become a member

Statutes (German)