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The next Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance will take place from August 16 to 26, 2024.

The first Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance was launched in 2001 by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. From 2004 to 2018 it has been conducted in cooperation with the Heinz Nixdorf Stiftung. From 2019 to 2023, the Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance has been conducted by the ZEIT STIFTUNG BUCERIUS, Hamburg, in cooperation with the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. Since 2024, the Bucerius Summer School will be conducted by the ZEIT STIFTUNG BUCERIUS in cooperation with the Karl Schlecht Stiftung, Aichtal.

The Bucerius Summer School is an annual intensive 10-day summer seminar and today one of the most longstanding and successful programs of the ZEIT-Stiftung. The aim of the Bucerius Summer School is to foster leadership qualities among young professionals by opening a cross-border dialogue on current questions of global relevance. Participants will be inspired by – and learn from – high profile speakers who are eminent public figures in politics, business, academia and the NGO sphere. Among the speakers in recent years have been Rahul Gandhi (then Vice President of the Indian National Congress Party), Valéry Giscard d’Estaing (former President of the French Republic), Charles Kupchan (Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University), Lotte Leicht (EU Advocacy Director, Director of Human Rights Watch’s Brussels Office), Volker Perthes (then Director, German Institute for International and Security Affairs), John Ruggie (former UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights), Wolfgang Schäuble (then German Federal Minister of Finance), Shashi Tharoor (member of the Indian parliament), and Frank-Walter Steinmeier (then German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs).

Over the past years, the thematic focus of the Summer School has shifted as have the issues that occupied the decision makers: Climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, Russia's war in Ukraine, global energy crisis, food insecurity, the spread of Misinformation and fake news, the global financial crisis and economic downturn, the economic and political rise of Asia, the recurrence of conflicts in the Middle East, and finally overarching questions of good governance, sustainable and equitable development. These topics demand responsible political and economic action in a globalized world. The Bucerius Summer School is a platform, where leaders of tomorrow discuss and further develop their ideas in a highly inspiring atmosphere.


Georg Mascolo

In 2017, Georg Mascolo joined the Bucerius Summer School as Dean and Moderator.

Georg is a journalist and author. From 2014 to 2022, Georg was Head of the Joint Investigative Group of Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s leading newspaper, and the major German public television stations NDR and WDR. Previously he worked for nearly 25 years for the SPIEGEL Group. From 2008 until 2013 Georg was Editor-in-Chief of SPIEGEL Magazine. He is a member of the Core Group of the Munich Security Conference. 

He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and a Global Fellow with the Woodrow Institute in Washington DC. He won the “Political Journalist of the Year” award in 2014.

Eberhard Sandschneider

In 2014, Eberhard Sandschneider joined the Bucerius Summer School as Dean and Moderator.

Eberhard is Partner at Berlin Global Advisors. Until December 2020, he was Professor for Chinese Politics and International Relations at the Otto-Suhr-Institut of the Freie Universität Berlin. Eberhard was Otto Wolff-Director of the Research Institute and Head of the China/Asia-Pacific Program of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) from 2003 to 2016. He graduated from the Saar University, Saarbrücken in 1981 in English Language and Literature, Latin, History and Political Science. In 1986, he received his PhD in Political Science at the Saar University with a thesis on “The Political Role of the People’s Liberation Army after the Cultural Revolution”. He finished his habilitation on “Stability and Transformation of Political Systems” in November 1993. He held a position as Professor for International Relations between 1995 and 1998 in Mainz, before accepting a chair at Free University Berlin in 1998. Between March 2001 and March 2003 he served as Dean of the faculty for Political and Social Sciences at Free University. From 2003 until 2016 he succeeded Karl Kaiser as the Otto-Wolff-Director of the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).

Among his most recent publications are: Der erfolgreiche Abstieg Europas. Heute Macht abgeben, um morgen zu gewinnen, 2011; Doing Business in Disputed Regions, DGAPanalyse No. 4, 2010;  The Importance of Being Europe,  Internationale Politik: Global Edition , Spring Issue 1/2009; China-Europe relations : perceptions, policies and prospects, 2008; Globale Rivalen. Chinas unheimlicher Aufstieg und die Ohnmacht des Westens, 2007.


Director, Head of Politics and Society
Sascha Suhrke

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Project Manager
Dörthe Boose


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Anja Clausen

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Project Manager
Tim Sievert

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Helen Oqueka

Partner: KSG

Karl Schlecht Foundation

The Karl Schlecht Foundation is a non-profit foundation with a focus on "Good Leadership". Her guiding principle is the improvement of leadership in business and society through humanistic values. Against this background, it supports projects for the personal development of young people and prospective managers in the areas of ethics, leadership, entrepreneurship, culture and technology. The Karl Schlecht Foundation, based in Aichtal with offices in Berlin and Munich, was founded in 1998 by engineer Karl Schlecht. The donor is the founder of the concrete pump manufacturer Putzmeister.