Theodor Wanner Award

Since 2009, the ifa has given the Theodor Wanner Award to persons or organizations who, by virtue of their scientific, scholarly, social, socio-political, artistic, entrepreneurial or financial engagement, have made outstanding contributions to peace, international understanding and the dialogue of cultures.

The award goes back to the initiative of the Friends’ Association of the ifa. Patron of the Theodor Wanner Award is the Federal Foreign Minister. The award is named after Theodor Wanner (1875-1955), on whose initiative the German Foreign Institute (DAI), today the ifa, was founded in 1917.
The prize money in the amount of 10,000 euros will go directly to a cultural and peace-building project chosen by the award recipient. He or she will be honoured by being given a prize object. In co-operation with the Steidl publishing house, the ifa also publishes a portrait volume on each recipient
The award recipients are selected by majority decision of a jury formed by the board of the Friends’ Association and the ifa. The jury is free in its selection.

Theodor Wanner Award 2019

Federica Mogherini, former High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, was awarded the Theodor Wanner Award 2019 on 18 December.
The award recognises her commitment to peace and understanding and to culture in the EU's external relations. The laudation was held by Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. In his speech he stressed that Mogherini understood better than many others that Europe must be not only an economic and political project but also a cultural project.

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, award winner Federica Mogherini and president of ifa Ulrich Raulff
Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, award winner Federica Mogherini and president of ifa Ulrich Raulff, photo: ifa/Wolfgang Borrs
Michelle Schmitz, Head of the Allianz Representative Office Berlin
Michelle Schmitz, Head of the Allianz Representative Office Berlin, photo: ifa/Wolfgang Borrs
President of ifa Ulrich Raulff
President of ifa Ulrich Raulff, photo: ifa/Wolfgang Borrs
Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas gives the laudation for Federica Mogherini
Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas gives the laudation for Federica Mogherini, photo: ifa/Wolfgang Borrs
Secretary General of ifa Ronald Grätz hands over the Theodor Wanner Award
Secretary General of ifa Ronald Grätz hands over the Theodor Wanner Award, photo: ifa/Wolfgang Borrs
Secretary General of ifa Ronald Grätz and award winner Federica Mogherini
Secretary General of ifa Ronald Grätz and award winner Federica Mogherini, photo: ifa/Wolfgang Borrs
Award winner Federica Mogherini, former High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Award winner Federica Mogherini, former High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, photo: ifa/Wolfgang Borrs
Mauro D'Andrea of Rondine Cittadella della Pace, this years prize money winner, and Stephan Brübach, chairmen of the Friends‘ Association of ifa
Mauro D'Andrea of Rondine Cittadella della Pace, this years prize money winner, and Stephan Brübach, chairmen of the Friends‘ Association of ifa, photo: ifa/Wolfgang Borrs
Ulrich Raulff, Federica Mogherini, Ronald Grätz, Mauro D'Andrea and Stephan Brübach
Ulrich Raulff, Federica Mogherini, Ronald Grätz, Mauro D'Andrea and Stephan Brübach, photo: ifa/Wolfgang Borrs
Musical program with the project "Heimatlieder aus Deutschland". Artist: Robert Lee Fardoe
Musical programme with the project "Heimatlieder aus Deutschland". Artist: Robert Lee Fardoe, photo: ifa/Wolfgang Borrs
Quan Ho Chor Berlin
Vietnamese Quan Ho from the Quan Ho Choir Berlin, photo: ifa/Wolfgang Borrs
Cuban Son by Rafael Martinez y sus Compadres
Cuban Son by Rafael Martinez y sus Compadres, photo: ifa/Wolfgang Borrs

Jury members

  • Stephan Brübach, Director of Brand Management + Consortium Format Development Dr. Eckert and Chairman of the Friends’ Association for the ifa
  • Dr jur Bernt Graf zu Dohna, General Counsel (emeritus) the Robert Bosch GmbH, Vice President of the ifa
  • Ronald Grätz, Secretary General of ifa
  • Prof Dr Dr hc Jürgen Osterhammel, historian
  • Prof Dr Dr hc Ulrich Raulff, President of the ifa

Proposals may be submitted by members of the ifa, members of the Friends’ Association of ifa, the advisory councils and the staff of the ifa.

Past award recipients

2017: Queen Silvia of Sweden
Laudation: Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

2016: Human Rights Watch, Independent Non-Governmental Organisation
Laudation: Dr Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid

2014: Ernesto Cardenal, politician and theologian
Laudation: Prof Dr Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag

2013: Yoko Ono, artist
Laudation: Dr Guido Westerwelle, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

2011: Dr hc Jacques Delors, former President of the European Commission
Laudation: Dr hc Hans-Dietrich Genscher, former Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

2010: Carla del Ponte, jurist
Laudation: Prof Dr Dr hc mult Jutta Limbach, former President of the Federal Constitutional Court

2009: Dr hc Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Laudation: Dr hc Joschka Fischer, former Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs