|Vice-Chair of the European Conservatives and Reformists|
12 June 2014
|Serving alongside||Ryszard Legutko
Geoffrey Van Orden
|Preceded by||New office|
|Member of the European Parliament|
1 July 2009
9 March 1940
|Political party|| EU
European Conservatives and Reformists
Liberal Conservative Reformers
|Alliance for Progress and Renewal|
Marlene (divorce 2004)Bettina Hannover (m. 2005)
|Alma mater||University of Berlin|
Hans-Olaf Henkel (born 14 March 1940) is a German politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Germany. He is a member of the Liberal Conservative Reformers, part of the European Conservatives and Reformists.
Life and career
Hans-Olaf Henkel was born and raised in Hamburg. He studied at the Akademie für Gemeinwirtschaft, which merged as Universität für Wirtschaft und Politik (HWP) with the Hamburg University in 2005. Henkel joined IBM Germany in 1962. From September 1993 to December 1994 he was head of IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa with his office in Paris. From 1995 to 2000 he was president of the Federation of German Industries (BDI).
He was President of the Leibniz Association from 2001 to 2005. Henkel is a board member of the Deutscher Familienverband (German family association).
Until 2013 Henkel was a member of the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG, Continental AG, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace, Ringier AG and other companies. He resigned from these positions to join the Alternative for Germany in 2014. Since November 2000 he lectures as Professor of International Management at the University of Mannheim.
In November 2010, Henkel suggested in an article in the German magazine Focus to split the Eurozone into two currencies, a northern and a southern one which was paid a lot of attention. In 2011 he proposed in an article in the Financial Times, that "Austria, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands should leave the eurozone" and "create a new currency leaving the euro where it is".
Henkel received an Honorary Doctor’s degree from the Technical University of Dresden. The WWF named him "Environmental Manager of the Year". As author of numerous publications he received among other awards the international writer’s award "Corine".
Currently, he is on the advisory board of OMFIF where he is regularly involved in meetings regarding the financial and monetary system.
- Rettet unser Geld!: Deutschland wird ausverkauft - Wie der Euro-Betrug unseren Wohlstand gefährdet, 2010.
- Die Abwracker: Wie Zocker und Politiker unsere Zukunft verspielen, 2009.
- Der Kampf um die Mitte: Mein Bekenntnis zum Bürgertum, 2007.
- Die Ethik des Erfolgs. Spielregeln für die globalisierte Gesellschaft, 2004.
- Die Macht der Freiheit, 2002.