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André Wilkens

20 Nov 2018

André Wilkens


“I am a child of Europe, and like many of us, I have my very own personal European history. I have experienced Europe, have traveled it extensively. There were problems and crises, there were detours and flaws: such is life. (…) This Europe, imperfect as it is, is the best thing we have built in the last centuries.”

— André Wilkens in a conversation with his editor Ulrike Holler

André Wilkens replaces Katherine Watson as director of the European Cultural Foundation commencing 15 November 2018.

André Wilkens is a Weltverbesserer (social entrepreneur) and author from Berlin, who works on European and international affairs, equality, climate change as well as for a more human digital world. He graduated in Political Sciences and spent many years living in Brussels, London, Turin and Geneva, working for the EU, the United Nations and various foundations. He initiated and is a founding member of the European Council for Foreign Relations. 

André Wilkens has extensive knowledge of and experience in the non-profit, philanthropic, private and public sector in Europe. Having worked at the Open Society Institute and Stiftung Mercator he will bring his experience of building a vibrant open society into the Foundation at a time when the 2019 theme which will determine and guide the Foundation’s activities is ‘Democracy needs imagination.’


Wilkens is the author of two successful books and various essay collections. He will remain on the board of Die Offene Gesellschaft which he co-founded in 2016.  

More about André Wilkens’ books on the website of S. Fischer Verlage. Also published by S. Fischer Verlage: A conversation between André Wilkens and book editor Ulrike Holler.


Selected articles & interviews with André Wilkens

André Wilkens and Daniel Röder on the Battle for Europe in German newspaper FAZ (18.11.2018)

André Wilkens launches five proposals for Europe in Spiegel online (04.02.2018)

André Wilkens about the future of the EU in German newspaper TAZ (25.03.2017)

André Wilkens and Jakob von Weizsäcker call for a European Broadcasting Service in Spiegel online (10.02.2017)


Website Die Offene Gesellschaft

Download André Wilkens’ CV

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