Theodor Wanner Award 2014; Photo: Wolfgang Borrs
Theodor Wanner Award 2014; Photo: Wolfgang Borrs
Theodor Wanner Award 2014: Norbert Lammert, Federal President; Photo: Wolfgang Borrs
Theodor Wanner Award 2014: Norbert Lammert, Federal President; Photo: Wolfgang Borrs
Theodor Wanner Award 2014; Photo: Wolfgang Borrs
Theodor Wanner Award 2014; Photo: Wolfgang Borrs
Theodor Wanner Award 2013, Laureate: Ernesto Cardenal; Photo: Wolfgang Borrs
Laureate: Ernesto Cardenal; Photo: Wolfgang Borrs
Theodor Wanner Award 2014; Photo: Wolfgang Borrs
Theodor Wanner Award 2014; Photo: Wolfgang Borrs
Theodor Wanner Award 2014; Photo: Wolfgang Borrs
Theodor Wanner Award 2014; Photo: Wolfgang Borrs
Theodor Wanner Award 2014; Photo: Wolfgang Borrs
Theodor Wanner Award 2014; Photo: Wolfgang Borrs

Theodor Wanner Award

Since 2009, the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) has conferred the Theodor Wanner Award to those who significantly contribute or have contributed their scientific, social, socio-political, artistic, entrepreneurial or financial expertise to foster dialogue among cultures. The award was launched at the initiative of the Friends of the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen. The patron of the Theodor Wanner Award is the Foreign Minister of Germany.

Award Winners

2015: Human Rights Watch

Child soldiers from the villages near Bassongoa, Central African Republic, 3.11.2013; Photo: Marcus Bleasdale/VII Human Rights Watch
Child soldiers from the villages near Bassongoa, Central African Republic, 3.11.2013
Photo: Marcus Bleasdale/VII Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch (HRW) defends human rights worldwide. Investigation, revelation, change – the independent non-governmental organization (NGO) discloses the violation of human rights and urges governments and other decision makers the stop illegimate practices and to respect international Human Rights. For more than 30 years the organization based in New York works on establishing legal and moral principles for a sustainable change and on demanding justice and security for all people worldwide. Human Rights Watch is exclusively financed by donations by private persons and foundations. Since 1993 Kenneth Roth is the Executive Director. He will accept the in the name of the organization. The award ceremony will take place in Berlin.

2014

Photo: Wolfgang Borrs

Ernesto Cardenal

Poet, theologian, freedom fighter, former Culture Minister of Nicaragua
Laudatory speech: Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, President of the Bundestag

2013

Photo: © Earl McGehee

Yoko Ono

Artist, musician, activist
Laudatory speech: Dr. Guido Westerwelle, Foreign Minister of Germany

2011

Dr. h.c. Jacques Delors

Dr. h.c. Jacques Delors

Former president of the European Commission
Laudatory speech: Dr. h. c. Hans-Dietrich Genscher, former Foreign Minister of Germany
Documentation in German (PDF)

2010

Carla del Ponte

Carla del Ponte

Former chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in Den Haag and former Swiss Ambassador
Laudatory speech: Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Jutta Limbach, former president of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany
Documentation in German (PDF)

2009

Dr. h. c. Daniel Barenboim

Dr. h. c. Daniel Barenboim

General music director of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, founder of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Laudatory speech: Dr. h.c. Joschka Fischer and former Foreign Minister of Germany
Documentation in German (PDF)
    

Jury

The award winners are selected by a majority vote of the jury, which includes among others the directors of the Friends of ifa and ifa itself. The jury is free to choose as it wishes.

Current jury members include:

  • Ursula Seiler-Albring, ifa President
  • Stephan Brübach, Chairman of the Friends of ifa
  • Bernt Graf zu Dohna, ifa Vice President and Member of the Friends of ifa
  • Otto Ruthenberg, Member of the ifa executive board and Daimler AG
  • Ronald Grätz, ifa Secretary General

Suggestions can be made by among others members of the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), members of Friends of the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, the advisory boards, and ifa employees.

Theodor Wanner (1875-1955) was a Stuttgart citizen, patron of the arts, patriarch and at the same time a busy manager. His name is synonymous with bourgeois, Swabian entrepreneurship. Motivated by his own experience abroad, he founded and established countless cultural initiatives, such as the Württembergische Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften (Association of Württemberg Patron of the Arts) and the Deutsches Ausland-Institut (German Foreign Institute, DAI), the predecessor to today's Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa). Theodor Wanner was the long-year chairman of the Handelsgeographischer Verein (Association of Trade Geography), which gave rise to the Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde (State Museum of Ethnology), today the Linden Museum, in Stuttgart.
Theodor Wanner is an embodiment of lasting, personal commitment to cultural dialogue.

Award

Theodor Wanner Preis. Preisobjekt

The Friends of ifa donates the prize money of 10,000 euros, which are appropriated to a project chosen by the winner. The award winners are honoured in a ceremony. The trophy was designed by Axel Kufus, professor for creation and development in design at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Photo: © Wolfgang Borrs
Photo: © Wolfgang Borrs

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ifa | The Nicaraguan poet, theologian and freedom fighter Ernesto Cardenal has been honoured with the Theodor Wanner Award 2014.
In German only.

Photo: © Wolfgang Borrs
Photo: © Wolfgang Borrs

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ifa | Artist and human rights activist Yoko Ono receives ifa's Theodor Wanner Award 2013.
In German only.