Dr. Elke Leonhard, Honorary President of the German Parliamentary Society, former long-term member of the German Parliament; Honorary Member of the City for the Cultures of Peace; Member of the Jury for Cultures of Peace Awards.

The long-term President and current Honorary President of the German Parliamentarian Association, comprising all German Parliamentarians from Helmut Schmidt and Helmut Kohl to Angela Merkel, is a foremost expert of political and social developments in contemporary Germany. For 15 years she was a member of the German Parliament. In addition, she held important posts: She was the Head of the Committee for Culture and Media, a reporter at work in the Budget Committee for the Einzelplan 14 (the defense), a member of the Budget Committee, and the Head of the interparliamentarian Association. Currently Elke Leonhard is a Board Member of the International Institute on Bioenergetic Analysis in New York and an Executive Board Member of the Foundation Grundwerte und Völkerverständigung in Berlin. In her documentary films and books, she has also discussed time and again the political reality in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Publications: “Die Genossen. Wie sie sind und wie sie waren“ (1989); „Schmidts Erben“ (1990); „Aus der Opposition an die Macht.“ (1995); „Die linke Versuchung. Wohin steuert die SPD?“ (2009). Documentary Films: „Sozialistische Internationale“ (Script e regia, WDR, 1984); „Verrat auf Deutsch – Verrat auf Italienisch“ (WDR, 1985).

For further information, please consult: http://www.elke-leonhard.de/



Keynote address at the European Forum on the Cultures of Peace: Personal Engagement in History and Society, Senatssaal of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and former Berliner Reichtagspräsidentenpalais, premises of the German Parliamentary Society (DPG), Germany, 13-14 June 2007.

Lecture at the International Forum on the Cultures of Peace: Resistence to Change: Implementing Political, Social and Cultural Innovation, UNESCO Forum on the Social Science – Policy Nexus, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 20-24 February 2006.

Laureate of the City for the Cultures of Peace, 2006.

Photo © Elke Leonhard