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.