This year’s Reunion will take place on 10 – 12 September in Berlin!

Things might look a little different at this year’s Reunion due to Covid-19 related restrictions, but the schedule will continue to feature the most traditional events such as class dinners, master classes, and brunch. We will also commemorate the life of our past President Henrik Enderlein.

A special celebration will also take place to commemorate the 10-year anniversary for the classes of 2010 and 2011. These cohorts are invited to a dinner with Acting President Mark Hallerberg.

We can’t wait to connect with our global alumni network this September – whether here in Berlin or online. Check out our programme below or download it here.

Join us online for the opening of the Alumni Reunion 2021.

Friday, 10 September 2021

4:00 - 5:00 pm | Registration, Hertie School, Friedrichstraße 180

5:00 - 6:00 pm | Official welcome, Hertie School, Auditorium Friedrichstraße 180 | Livestream available here

Mark Hallerberg, Acting President and Axel Baisch, Managing Director will welcome all guests followed by a panel discussion.


  • Andreas von Brandt, JD, MA, LLM, Ambassador of the European Union to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  • Prof. Marina Henke, PhD, Professor of International Relations at the Hertie School
  • Basir Feda (MPP 2014), Head of Unit, Afghanistan and Central/South Asia, Berghof Foundation
  • Moderation by Harmke Kruithof (MPP 2014), Policy Officer at the EU Delegation to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

6:00 - 7:00 pm | Reception with Alumni , Deutsche Bank Quartier Zukunft, Friedrichstraße 181, 10117 Berlin

8:00 pm | Alumni Dinner, Lawrence - Oranienburger Straße 69, 10117 Berlin
The first day will end with our traditional 10-year anniversary celebratory dinner for the cohorts of 2010 and 2011 with our Acting President Mark Hallerberg. All other cohorts will join an Alumni dinner with Managing Director Axel Baisch. As always, the Hertie School covers all expenses for food. A cash bar will be available.



Saturday, 11 September 2021

10:00 - 11:00 am | Community Commemoration Event, Henriette Herz Park
Join us for a community event to commemorate the life and work of Henrik Enderlein. Gather at Henriette Herz Park at 10 am (behind Potsdamer Platz). More instructions will follow on the day. This event will be open to the entire Hertie community, participants who have not registered for the Alumni Reunion are also welcome to attend.  

11:00 - 11:45 am | Reconnecting in times of crisis Livestream link available here
With the overarching theme for this reunion being “Reconnecting in times of crisis” we will kick-off day 2 with updates from management delivered by Mark Hallerberg and Axel Baisch. 

11:45 am - 1:15 pm | Parallel master classes (On-site and online)

  • A brief introduction into the art and science of Grand Strategy, Marina Henke | On-site - Hertie School
    An introduction to Grand Strategy in international affairs: what exactly does it mean to have a Grand Strategy guide a nation‘s foreign policy? How do you write strategy? And why does Europe urgently need a Grand Strategy right now? 
  • Discussing the EU Commission‘s Fit for 55 Package Proposal under the EU Green Deal, Christian Flachsland | On-site - Hertie School 
    We will review and discuss challenges and opportunities of the EU Commission‘s Fit for 55 Package proposal for implementing the EU Green Deal. What are the critical issues with respect to policy design, governance, and politics at EU and member state levels? After an introductory talk by Christian Flachsland, Hertie alumni working in different sectors will discuss their assessments of the proposal.
  • Building resilience for career success, Career Development Team | On-site - Hertie School
    As a recent graduate you have your sights set on getting into the working world. Once again, the experiences of the pandemic pointed out the importance of building resilience in this ever-changing world. The Career Development Team has created this master class for recent graduates who are embarking on a job search journey and entering the job market. The team will share some practical strategies on how to be more resilient and successful in your job search and workplace. This will be an interactive session, where you will be invited to share your personal experience.
  • Open social innovation, Johanna Mair | Hybrid session, Hertie School and online. Livestream link available here
    An introduction to the concept of open social innovation will be offered in this master class. Through the case study #WirvsVirus we will discuss how open social innovation can lead to better crisis management, how to strengthen an open social innovation approach and how to use open social innovation as an instrument for political participation.
    While the master class will be held online, we encourage alumni who are unable to attend the reunion in Berlin to also register. A link will be shared prior to the class.
  • Future of Health: Our visions for healthcare in 2040, Slava Jankin and Monika Rimmele | Hybrid session, Hertie School and online. Livestream link available here
    Join us for an interactive workshop on the future of health in which we will discuss and present different visions of healthcare in 2040. This class will be jointly conducted by Hertie School Professor of Data Science and Public Policy Slava Jankin and Hertie School Alumna Monika Rimmele (Head of Digital Transformation, Siemens Healthineers; MPP 2011). Alumni experts from the health, digital health or tech sectors are invited to present their visions during this workshop in Pecha Kucha format. If you wish to join as an Alumni expert please send your brief motivation, a short outline of your future vision and your CV to alumnirelations[at]hertie-school[dot]org. If you wish to attend this session as an Alumni participant (that means not delivering a presentation) you just have to register through the Reunion's registration form. Please note that this is a hybrid session and Alumni who can’t join in Berlin are encouraged to register for it.

1:15 - 2:00 pm | Lunch at the Hertie School

2:00 - 3:00 pm | Speed dating networking session, Hertie School cafeteria
Curious to connect with current students and alumni about your professional experience? Join the Alumni speed dating networking session. You will be able to get together for thematic break-out sessions hosted by alumni working in different sectors. Take this chance to exchange valuable career insights with experienced Hertie School graduates and expand your professional network!

3:00 - 3:45 pm | Alumni Achievement Award ceremony, On-site at the Hertie School Forum and online. Livestream link here
Acting President Mark Hallerberg will present the Alumni Achievement Award.

3:45 - 4:00 pm | Presentation by Prof. Dr. Andrea Römmele - Dean of Executive Education at the Hertie School

4:00 - 5:00 pm | Coffee and cake with the Executive Education team at the Hertie School

8:00 pm | Socially distanced Alumni Reunion party,The Weekend Club - Alexanderstraße 7, 10178 Berlin
The evening of Saturday is all about having fun with your fellow alumni. Relax, catch up and mingle at the Alumni Reunion party.  



Sunday, 12 September 2021

12:00 - 14:00 pm | Brunch at the Hertie School
We will conclude the Alumni Reunion 2021 with a relaxing brunch with Axel Baisch and a strategy session with Alumni on the topic of expectations, vision for the Alumni network and next steps.



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