The Tönissteiner Kreis – promoting an international outlook in business, academia and politics


The Tönissteiner Kreis (TK) is a network of leaders in business, academia and politics with a strong international background and interest. It is nonpartisan, interdisciplinary and spans across generations. Strengthening the international outlook of today's and tomorrow's leaders is one of the TK's key objectives. The TK presents a forum for dialogue and projects to address society's challenges, driven by pro-bono and non-profit work. The TK promotes international debates to fortify Germany's global outlook and its innovation capacity.

The Tönissteiner Kreis lives and promotes a cosmopolitan outlook.


In pursuit of its goals, the Tönissteiner Kreis (TK) organises:

  • Regional and national events, colloquia and rounds of experts to debate topics crucial for today's society - in multiple languages
  • Study tours abroad, usually organised by local Tönissteiner Members
  • Projects to support next generation leaders among pupils, students and young professionals
  • Projects promoting an international perspective in education and human resource policy and a culture of welcoming foreigners in Germany

All activities are based on the voluntary engagement of the TK's individual members. External funding and close cooperation with partner organisations in Germany and abroad greatly contribute to the TK's activities.