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Foto der Veranstaltung zum 20-jährigen Bestehen des Freundeskreises der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Kay Otto / offenblende
In 2019, the Circle of Friends of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung celebrated its 20th anniversary.

 Making Contacts and Friendships

In the KAS Circle of Friends, some 1,600 politically interested people affiliated with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung have come together and support it with further developing and strengthening our society’s fundamental Christian democratic values. In 2019, the Circle of Friends celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Sponsors meet at regulars’ tables, seminars and study travels in Germany, Europe and also countries on other continents. Together, they gather information on political, economic and cultural realities. For 2023, study trips are planned to take place in Budapest, from Rome via Umbria to Florence, to Athens and the European capital of culture, Eleusis, to the Channel Islands, from Brussels via Rotterdam to Amsterdam and to Albania, a bike trip from Bonn to Brussels and seminars in Cadenabbia and Kloster Banz.



All of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s work is characterised by one goal: to impart moral and political values. In its youth and educational work, material and non-material support of particularly talented young people and, of course, also in adult education and political work. Yet as important and beneficial as ideological support is, the material basis needs to be ensured over the long-term. To use the words of Konrad Adenauer, “material possessions are not the decisive criterion for human life”, but rather one of the prerequisites for taking part in the “intellectual and cultural resources of our time”. And that applies today more than ever before; projects and programmes both in Germany and abroad require ideological as well as complementary private support and funding.


Board of Directors and Members

The Chairman, the Secretary General and the Treasurer of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung belong ex officio to the Circle of Friends’ Board of Directors, an additional Board member is elected every two years at the meeting of members. The Articles of Associations allow for up to 25 members.

Board of Directors and Members of the Circle of Friends


Board of Directors of the Circle of Friends

Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert
Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, former President of the Bundestag

Michael Thielen
Secretary General of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Dr. Christoph Brand
Treasurer of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Dr. Konrad Adenauer
Lawyer, Cologne


Members of the Circle of Friends

Konrad Adenauer
Notary retired, Cologne

Dr Claus-Michael Allmendinger
Of counsel, Baker Tilly GmbH & Co. KG

Dr Erik Becker Becker
Former Ambassador of Venezuela

Henrik Braun
Head of Finance at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Heinrich Otto Deichmann
Chairman of the Administrative Board Deichmann SE

Uta Hellweg
Head of Internal Communication and Networks at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Christoph Kannengießer
Deputy Secretary General of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung until 01/10/2007, Managing Director Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft e.V.

Dr Lothar Kraft
Deputy General Secretary of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung until 01/07/2000

Dr Thomas de Maizière
Federal Minister (ret.)

Dr Gisela Meister-Scheufelen
State Secretary (ret.)

Dr Beate Neuss
Deputy Chairperson of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Dr Hans Reckers
State Secretary (ret.)

Dr Franz Schoser
Treasurer of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung until 07/06/2019

Dr Johannes von Thadden
Deputy Secretary General of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung until 03/12/2003, President and CEO Airbus Group Polska

Dr h.c. Josef Thesing
Deputy General Secretary of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung until 31/12/2002

Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker MdB
Judge (ret.)


Become a Sponsor

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As a sponsor in the Circle of Friends, you support the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s work and enjoy a number of privileges. The regularly published friends’ letter will provide you with the latest information about particularly interesting events, seminars and workshops as well as forward-looking projects of the foundation. Upon request, you will receive individual informational material on domestic, foreign and socio-political topics covered by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Larger foundation events afford you the opportunity to establish and maintain contact with other sponsors of the Circle of Friends via a special “meeting place”. You are a warmly welcome guest at concerts, readings, exhibitions and other cultural events held by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, and can participate in the Circle of Friends regulars’ tables in Berlin and Bonn.

Get involved! As a sponsor in the Circle of Friends, you will help to ensure the variety and high quality of what the foundation has to offer in the long-term.

If you do not yet belong to the Circle of Friends, we look forward to receiving your declaration of membership.


“Vision J” – Offers for Young Sponsors

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Konrad Adenauer, the first German Federal Chancellor, has, with this policies and unforgettable character, inspired generations of politicians who stand for Christian Democratic principles, a peaceful, cleverly innovative and culturally thriving Germany and Europe. Our Circle of Friends that has been in existence for over 20 years, would now like to increasingly appeal to the young generation and win them as sponsor members. In the Circle of Friends, you will find people with interesting life stories, you can network and establish friendships that sometimes last a life time as well as building professional bridges. Last but not least, we hope that the Circle of Friends will appeal to an even greater extent to all generations wanting to exchange ideas.

We are delighted to have gained three testimonials to contribute: Nikolaus Adenauer, Philipp Amthor MdB and Diana Kinnert. Events are scheduled with them in Berlin and at regional level.

Nikolaus Adenauer

Nikolaus Adenauer

Nikolaus Adenauer, great-grandson of the first German Federal Chancellor, was born and raised in Cologne, before moving to England at 16 years age for his school-leaving qualification and university degree. There he attended Bedford School and London School of Economic and Political Sciences. Following successful graduation, Nikolaus worked for a real estate company Bauwens in Cologne, was employed as a Business Consultant in Berlin and managed the international expansion of Fielmann AG. Since 2019, Adenauer has been completing his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Harvard Business School after which he will be employed in the real estate sector in New York.

“For my great-grandfather, Konrad Adenauer, politics was not an end in itself, but rather a service to the people, democracy and freedom. For the sake of our joint future, it is important for these values to be firmly established among and actively lived by the younger generation, too. The KAS Circle of Friends brings together sponsors who are committed in this sense – especially in the social sphere – and who play a role in creating a society fit for the future. I am very happy to be able to support them with this and to attract younger members to our association.”


© Foto: Fulvio Pagani

Philipp Amthor

Philipp Amthor

Philipp Amthor is a former scholarship holder at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. With his entry into the German Bundestag in 2017, the lawyer was the youngest member of parliament to have won a constituency.

“It is with gratitude that I look back on my life as a student, during which the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung supported me with a scholarship. The foundation’s Circle of Friends brings together sponsors who, despite their diverse life stories, have one thing in common: the desire to advocate the values of Christian democracy and the ideas of Konrad Adenauer. Given that these are also my core beliefs, I am now happy to give something back of what I learnt at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, and support the Circle of Friends.”


© Foto: Tobias Koch

Diana Kinnert

Diana Kinnert

Political Scientist and Philosopher Diana Kinnert joined the CDU at the age of 17. Between 2015 until the end of 2016, she was employed in the Office of the Vice President of the German Bundestag Peter Hintze and is a member of the CDU’s Federal Commission for “Social Cohesion” and in the “Federal Network Integration”. Kinnert was a member of the Youth Advisory Board at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and ambassador of the foundation for the rights of future generations.

“In addition to providing financial and ideological support to the foundation, the Circle of Friends stands for protected discussion across generations. Here, pioneers from various disciplines reaffirm their values and visions within an intimate setting and thus herald a culture undergoing permanent transformation. In a world in transition, certainties, institutions and even places for reflection are fading away. The Circle of Friends acts as a counterweight to this – by means of openly exchanging ideas in a spirit of trust.”


© Foto: Dominik H. Müller


Sponsorship Contribution:

The minimum sponsorship contribution per year for:

Individual persons € 60.00

Spouses € 80.00 (joint contribution)

Companies/institutions € 500.00

Students and scholarship holders € 40.00

You are already a sponsor and have friends and acquaintances who are also interested in politics and cultural events? Then recruit new sponsors for the KAS Circle of Friends – you will receive a gift as a token of our appreciation.

Cycling Tours

Cycling tours represent a new format in our event portfolio, aimed primarily at sponsors of the KAS Young Circle of Friends.

Cycling Tours 2023


Study Tours and Seminars

Trips with the circle of friends at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. are exclusively open to sponsors and their spouses. The circle of friends reserves the right to decide on any exceptions.

Study Tours and Seminars 2023

  • Kloster Banz
    Burgen, Ritter und Minnesang in Franken vom 8. bis 11. Januar 2023

  • Budapest
    Budapest – von der europäischen Mitte ins Abseits vom 3 bis 7. Mai 2023
    Programme and registration

  • Unsere Region erleben
    Unsere Region erleben am 11. Mai 2023
    Programme and registration

  • Umbrien
    Etrurien – Umbrien - Europa - eine Erfolgsgeschichte der frühen Migration vom 14. bis 25. Mai 2023
    Programme and registration

  • Athen und die europäische Kulturhauptstadt Eleusis
    Athen und die europäische Kulturhauptstadt Eleusis. Ein urbanes Laboratorium, das mit Kreativität die Frage aufwirft, in welchem Europa wir leben wollen vom 6. bis 10. Juni 2023
    Programme and registration (Cancelled)

  • Nordschleswig
    Auf den Spuren der Deutschen Minderheit in Nordschleswig am 17. Juni 2023
    Programme and registration

  • Cadenabbia
    Quo Vadis, Christliche Demokratie?
    Seminar vom  23. bis -27. Juli 2023
    Programme and Registration | ausgebucht

  • Kanalsineln
    Kanalinseln -  Steuerparadies mit französisch-britischem Flair
    Poltische Bildungsreise Anfang September
    Programme and Registration

  • Berlin
    Es muss nicht immer Mitte sein - Berlin am Rande
    Exkursion vom 10.-15. September 2023
    Programme and registration

  • Belgien und Niederlande
    Rotterdam – Den Haag – Brüssel. Vom Goldenen Zeitalter der Niederlande zur Europäischen Union von heute
    Politische Bildungsreise vom 3. bis 7. Oktober 2023
    Programme and registration

  • Kiel
    Glanz und Untergang: Kiel im Kaiserreich 1871-1918
    Exkursion  am 7. Oktober 2923
    Programme and registration

  • Albanien
    Albanien – Land im Aufbruch
    Politische Bildungsreise im Oktober 2023
    Programme and registration | ausgebucht

Study Tours and Seminars 2022

  • Zwischen Brexit-Brennpunkt und Nordlicht
    Der Freundeskreis auf Tour in Irland/Nordirland und Norwegen
    To the event report
  • Prag – Die Stadt an der Moldau
    Politische und kulturelle Streifzüge vom 3. bis 6. April 2022
  • Zagreb - Rijeka - Trieste - Lubiljana
    Europa im Kleinen vom 28. April bis 5. Mai 2022
    To the event report
  • Diagnose und Therapie
    Seminar in Cadenabbia zur Zukunft der (Christlichen) Demokratie in Deutschland
    To the event report



When registering for any events of the Circle of Friends, please contact the address In addition to events, an annual cycling tour is also planned. The first starts on 7 May in the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Sankt Augustin and leads via Aachen, Maastricht and Waterloo to Brussels.

Upcoming Events 2023

Virtual political regulars’ table

Donnerstag, 26. Januar 2023, 17 Uhr
mit Anja Czymmeck, Leiterin Auslandsbüro Brasilien, und Trainee Carmen Leimann-Lopez
Thema: „Die Arbeit der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Brasilien im Kontext von Angriffen auf die Demokratie und Polarisierung der Gesellschaft"
Via Zoom

Donnerstag, 16, März 2023, 17 Uhr
mit Andrea Ellen Ostheimer, Leiterin des Büros der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung bei den Vereinten Nationen in New York
Thema: „Vereinte Nationen im Spannungsfeld geopolitischer Rivalitäten und globaler Krisen"
Via Zoom

Donnerstag, 11. Mai 2023, 17 Uhr
mit Walter Glos, Leiter des Länderprojektes Türkei
Thema: „Die Türkei 3 Tage vor den Wahlen"
Via Zoom



Event and Travel Reports

The Circle of Friends creates interesting event reports on some travel reports and events, an overview of which can be found below.

Event and Travel Reports 2022

  • Prague - The City on the Vltava
    Political and cultural excursions from April 3 to 6, 2022
    To the event report
  • Zagreb - Rijeka - Trieste - Lubiljana
    Europe in miniature from April 28 to May 5, 2022
    To the event report
  • Diagnosis and Therapy
    Seminar in Cadenabbia on the future of (Christian) democracy in Germany
    To the event report

Event and Travel Reports 2021

  • 100 years Thuringia
    An excursion to Eisenach, Erfurt and Weimar between 11 and 15 October
    To the event report

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Kay Otto / offenblende
September 17, 2019
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