HHL Foundation

founded as Kramerstiftung 1887

Join us in shaping tomorrow’s society today.

We plan to increase the Foundation’s capital in the next few years. Therefore, we are interested in hearing from donors and sponsors who wish to contribute to the education of tomorrow’s accomplished and responsible business leaders and so to strengthen Germany as a center of business.
We would be delighted to receive your endowment contribution. For large endowment projects, we offer the option of creating a foundation like e.g. the HHL Alumni Trust Foundation under the auspices of the HHL Foundation which would then bear your name.

We are looking forward to meeting you to discuss the details of your contribution, including possible tax options.

Become Donor of the Month

Help us to drive the excellent work at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. Already a small donation is valuable. Each month we will present the Donor of the Month on this web page. He or she will be drawn from all donors of the running month. We are looking forward to your support!

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How well we master the challenges of tomorrow heavily depends on the skills of future generations.

Prof. Dr. Georg Milbradt
Chair of the HHL Foundation Board

About us

The HHL Foundation’s day-to-day activities are directed by its board, chaired by Prof. Dr. Georg Milbradt and with Prof. Winfried Pinninghoff and Dr. Gerd Robertz as vice-chairs.

The deciding body is a board of trustees consisting of the founder (Chamber of Commerce and Industry Leipzig) and representatives of companies and institutions which make significant contributions to the foundation.


Only jointly we cope with the challenges of the future! 

This was what a group of Leipzig merchants thought and so they founded their own guild in 1278, the Leipziger Kramerinnung. The guild played a formative role in the development of Leipzig as an economic region and, when it broke up in 1887, the newly established Chamber of Commerce Leipzig used the guild’s wealth to create a new and strong institution, the Kramer Foundation. Right from the outset, the foundation set itself the goal of shaping the future: the interest generated by the founding capital was to be used to promote commercial education and training in the Leipzig region.

In 1927 and as the world economic crisis began to develop, the original Kramer Foundation was dissolved. After the Second World War, political obstacles prevented a re-activation, and so it was not until 1991 that the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Leipzig re-established the foundation, basing it on the pre-war model.
The result was the “new” Kramer Foundation, a foundation under civil law, based in Leipzig. Just like its predecessor, the foundation originates from the notion that an economy can only be as strong as the next generation of leaders that it produces. That is why the Kramer Foundation’s sole purpose is to promote the stability and the development of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Germany’s oldest business school.
To establish a clear relation between the Kramer Foundation and HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management the traditional Kramer Foundation was renamed in HHL Foundation in 2017. As before, the Foundation’s purpose lies in the sustainable support of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management.

Prof. Dr. Georg Milbradt with Prof. Winfried Pinninghoff and Dr. Gerd Robertz

Support us!

Your support to the HHL Foundation helps in many ways:

  • It contributes to making our society more successful.
  • It helps the next generation of managers learn to take on responsibility.
  • It ensures that your personal success story has a lasting impact.

Participate in the HHL Foundation and help shape HHL for the long term. Your contribution can be directed to an area or topic you specify, and you can be involved in all developments if you desire.

  • support teaching and research directly by financing a chair at HHL
  • (co)finance research projects
  • fund HHL development projects
  • provide scholarships for HHL students

We would be delighted to discuss further details with you in a personal meeting.

Bank details

We very much appreciate endowments to the HHL Foundation (in German: HHL-Stiftung) of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. One of the following two bank accounts may be used.

Account name: HHL-Stiftung
Bank: Deutsche Bank AG
IBAN: DE90 8607 0000 0171 9913 00
Purpose of payment: Endowment

Account name: HHL-Stiftung
Bank: Sparkasse Leipzig
IBAN DE63 8605 5592 1100 1114 80
Purpose of payment: Endowment

For your information: To send you a confirmation of your endowment we need your complete name and postal address. Please send the information to info@hhl-stiftung.de. Thank you.

Our Donors

Donors of the Month

Thorsten Becker
Founder of Management Angels GmbH & Board of Directors and Member of the Executive Board of its parent company, MAGNALIA AG in Zug, CH, HHL-Alumnus K2

I have been active in the market for interim management solutions for over 18 years. HHL has provided me with an almost perfect education in this field. The entrepreneurial spirit, the breadth of the topics, the international orientation with semester abroad and internship abroad were exactly what I can use every day now – and what I would like to make possible for the current students with my donation.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Suchanek
Chairholder, Dr. Werner Jackstädt Chair of Economic and Business Ethics at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

HHL is an East German business school with an international reputation. That deserves support.

Nikolas Mittag
Manager Inhouse Consulting, ECE Projektmanagement G.m.b.H. & Co. KG, HHL Alumnus P12C

HHL has shaped and strengthened me enormously. The result is a connection that goes far beyond studying. The support of my alma mater is therefore natural for me!

We are grateful to the HHL Foundation donors:

Companies and organizations

  • Alte Leipziger Lebensversicherung aG, Oberursel
  • b&m management, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Bayerische Hypo- und Vereinsbank AG, Munich
  • Beatrice Deutschland GmbH, Paderborn
  • BGH Edelstahlwerke GmbH, Freital
  • BMW AG, Werk Leipzig
  • Bueromoebel Mueller Sachsen GmbH, Leipzig
  • Cargill GmbH, Krefeld
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry Leipzig
  • CosiFan Computersysteme GmbH, Leipzig
  • Deloitte & Touche GmbH, Leipzig
  • Deutsche Bahn AG, Berlin
  • Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt/Main
  • Deutsche Bundesbank Hauptverwaltung Leipzig
  • Deutsche Industriebank AG, Leipzig
  • Dow Olefinverbund GmbH, Schkopau
  • Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart
  • E. Breuninger GmbH & Co., Leipzig
  • Ernst & Young AG, Berlin
  • Festo AG & Co. KG, Esslingen-Berkheim
  • Festo Corporation, Hauppage (New York), USA
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co. oHG, Frankfurt/Main
  • Henkel KGaA, Duesseldorf
  • HL komm Telekommunikations GmbH, Leipzig
  • IMMO100 Gesellschaft mbH, Leipzig
  • Kinowelt GmbH, Leipzig
  • KODA Stanz- und Biegetechnik GmbH, Dortmund
  • Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig GmbH Kreiskrankenhaus Greiz GmbH, Greiz/Thuringia
  • Martens & Prahl Versicherungskontor GmbH, Leipzig
  • Merkur Bank KGaA
  • Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, Frankfurt/Main
  • Randstad Deutschland, Eschborn
  • Robert Bosch GmbH, Gerlingen-Schillerhoehe
  • Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Munich
  • Sachsen Bank (former Sachsen LB), Leipzig
  • Siemens AG, Leipzig
  • Stadt- und Kreissparkasse Leipzig
  • Stadtwerke Leipzig GmbH
  • Telefonanlagenbau Spanka GmbH, Schkeuditz
  • TOM TAILOR Holding AG, Hamburg
  • UNIPLAN International GmbH & Co KG, Kerpen
  • Veolia Wasser GmbH, Leipzig
  • VNG Verbundnetz Gas Aktiengesellschaft, Leipzig
  • Wachsonian GmbH, Leipzig
  • Weber Rohrleitungsbau GmbH & Co. KG
  • WIPConceptWinfriedPinninghoff, Leipzig
  • Wohnungsgenossenschaft Transport eG

We are grateful to BDO AG Wirtschaftspruefungsgesellschaft, Leipzig,
for its pro bono support.


  • Adrian Kreller, Berlin
  • Alexander Perske, Barsbüttel
  • Alexander Sonntag
  • Alexander von Reden,  Leipzig
  • André Rothe, Stuttgart
  • Andreas, Björn, Martin (K13)
  • Andreas Frisch, Frankfurt/Main
  • Anja Ritchie, Frankfurt
  • Christian Pfingsten, Duesseldorf
  • Christoph Stancke, Hamburg
  • Ciarán O’Leary, Munich
  • Clemens Graf zu Castell-Castell, Castell
  • Daniel Kirchhof, Leipzig
  • Daniel Theuerkauf, London
  • Dr. Alfred Oetker, Bielefeld
  • Dr. Burkhart Eymer, Luebeck
  • Dr. Christian Carl Kauffmann, Hamburg
  • Dr. Christian Elsner, Leipzig
  • Dr. Christiane Springer, Leipzig
  • Dr. Elmar Günther, Darmstadt
  • Dr. Emilio Matthaei, Oxford
  • Dr. Gerd und Nicola Robertz
  • Dr. Johannes Graßmann, Dachau
  • Dr. Kerstin Faaß & Tobias Fehre, Frankfurt/Main
  • Dr. Matthias Afting, Krailling
  • Dr. Michael Rau, Frankfurt/Main
  • Dr. Niklas Darijtschuk, Verl
  • Dr. Philipp Päuser, Berlin
  • Dr. Vivek Velamuri, MBA class of 2006, Leipzig
  • Dr. Wolfgang Gänswein, Düsseldorf
  • Familie Detlev von Plato, Heiligenthal/Lueneburg
  • Felix Ludwig (K3)
  • Florian Kielhorn, Hamburg
  • Frank Wilhelmi, Heidelberg
  • Franz Koch, Berlin
  • Friedrich von Ploetz, Berlin
  • Heiko Mittelhamm
  • Henrike Simon
  • Hubertus Scherer jun., Hannover
  • in memoriam Florian Zinsmeister, Straubing
  • Ivy League Organizing Team 2006 / K20
  • Ivy League Organizing Team 2007 / K21 & M.Sc.1
  • Janes Grotelüschen, München
  • Jürgen Eschment
  • K13 of HHL
  • K19 of HHL
  • Kai Schultz, Erlangen
  • Katharina Rosenbohm, Frankfurt/Main
  • Lars Wulfken, Hamburg
  • Lutz Kregel, Frankfurt am Main
  • Marco Minnerup, Oberursel
  • Marco Ziemski, Gütersloh
  • Markus Schmitt, Bad Soden
  • Markus Weber
  • Michael Odenthal, München
  • Michael Petersen, Leipzig
  • Michael Veit, Munich
  • Nadim Iraki, Berlin
  • Nico Mateew, Leipzig
  • Oliver Beckel, Leipzig
  • P2 of HHL
  • Peter Albert, Dresden
  • Peter Dorsch, Leipzig
  • Philipp Joas, München
  • René Brembach, Berlin
  • Roland Drapatz, Hamburg
  • Roland Hauke, Hannover
  • Sebastian Just, Munich
  • Tatiana & Sebastian Steusloff, Frankfurt/Main
  • The Terboven Family, Rheinberg
  • The Uhlig Family, Oberursel
  • Thomas Butzlaff, Berlin
  • Thorsten Becker, Hamburg

Other private supporters

  • Anja Nietzschmann, Taucha
  • Bernhard Walter, Frankfurt/Main
  • Bettina Kudla, Leipzig
  • Christian Freiherr von Humboldt-Dachroeden
  • Dr. Alois & Antonella Waldburg-Zeil, Leipzig
  • Dr. Andreas Schmidt, Berlin
  • Dr. Arend Oetker, Berlin
  • Dr. Hans-Dietrich Winkhaus, Duesseldorf
  • Dr. Hans-Paul Bürkner, Frankfurt/Main
  • Dr. Johannes Habbig, Bergisch Gladbach
  • Dr. Judith Marquardt, Halle (Saale)
  • Dr. jur. Dr. h. c. Ludwig Trippen, Muenster
  • Dr. Nikolaus Petersen, Leipzig
  • Dr. Norbert Emmerich, Muenster
  • Dr. Siegfried Luther, Guetersloh
  • Hajo Graf Vitzthum, Lüneburg
  • Hans-Peter Wehner, Cologne
  • Harald & Nicola Lehmkuehler, Warendorf
  • Irena Tomys, Mirkow
  • Karl Kolle, Dortmund
  • Ludwig-Ferdinand Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Bad Laasphe
  • Meike Wachs, Leipzig
  • Peter Krakow, Leipzig
  • Petra Spanka, Leipzig
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Suchanek, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard & Gisela Schwetzler, Leipzig
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Milow, Kronberg
  • Prof. Dr. Dieter J. Pommerening, Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Hans Wiesmeth, Leipzig
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Karl-Heinz Forster, Frankfurt/Main
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Heribert Meffert, Muenster
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Helmut Sihler, Poertschach am Woerthersee, Austria
  • Prof. Dr. Gert Assmus, Hanover (New Hampshire), USA
  • Prof. Dr. Hans Göschel, Leipzig
  • Prof. Dr. Kathrin Moeslein, Leipzig
  • Prof. Winfried & Ute Pinninghoff, Luedinghausen
  • Silvia & Harald Hungenberg, Lich
  • Stephan Schroeter, Leipzig
  • The Dr. Enders Family, Bornheim

Do you wish a personal consultation? I am here for you:

Vera Götz
Assistant HHL Foundation