Patrons in 2016: European
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Julián   Carrón

Julián Carrón

Since 2005 Fr. Prof. Julián Carrón has led the Catholic movement “Communion and Liberation”, succeeding the founder, Luigi Giussani. He teaches the course “Introduction to Theology” at the Catholic University of Milan.


Nils-Peter   Daetz

Nils-Peter Daetz

Nils-Peter Daetz has worked in Saudi Arabia, France and the USA, among other countries, and is now Acting Head of European HR at Nokia Solutions and Networks GmbH & Co. KG in Munich.


Gabriele   Gien

Gabriele Gien

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien studied to become a teacher with the subjects German language and literature, physics, mathematics und art. While working as a teacher she completed a doctorate in the didactics of primary education, finally completed her professorial qualification with a long-term study of the development of metaphorical abilities of children and adolescents. From 2008 to 2014 she was Chair of German Language and Literature Didactics at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, as well as Vice President of Studies, before being named interim President in October 2014.


Georg   Haubs

Georg Haubs

The physicist Dr. Georg Haubs has headed various subsidiaries of the Rohde & Schwarz Group since 2007, and is among other responsibilities now Managing Director of R&S Systems GmbH.


Angel   Mel Ortega

Angel Mel Ortega

Angel Mel Ortega completed his studies in business administration in 1984 at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and thereafter worked for, among others, the Spanish multinational Tompla S.A., where he was responsible for various European offices, as well as at Leroy Merlin, S.A. between 1990 and 2002, as managing director. In 2002 the father of several children decided to leave Leroy Merlin and founded a school.


Roberto   Pellegatta

Roberto Pellegatta

Roberto Pellegatta is teacher of philosophy and history. He has been involved in the training and development of teachers and school directors since starting of his 40 year career. He works on numerous commissions at regional and national levels, and has completed research for the Italian Ministry of Education on fundamental issues in the school system, especially from a European perspective.


Claire   Pickartz

Claire Pickartz

Claire Pickartz studied mathematics and geography at RWTH Aachen. After 16 years at the Liebfrauenschule in Cologne she took up first the role of deputy director in 2002, and then director, of the Erzbischöfliches St. Ursula-Gymnasium school in Brühl.


Franz   Reimer

Franz Reimer

Prof. Dr. Franz Reimer is Professor of Public Law and Legal Theory at the Justus Liebig University, Gießen. Born in Bonn, he studied law at Bonn, Oxford and Freiburg, where he received his doctorate, where he then worked as a research assistant in the Institute of Political Science and Philosophy of Law. After qualifying as a professor in 2007 he accepted a call to the Justus Liebig University in Gießen and while there has served since 2012 as executive director of the Rudolf von Jhering Institute for Fundamental Research in Legal Theory.


Eugenia   Scabini

Eugenia Scabini

Prof. Eugenia Scabini is emeritus Professor of Social Psychology of the Family at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, and leader there of the scientific advisory of the Centre for Family Studies and Research. Before taking up this role she was for eleven years Dean of the Faculty of Psychology.


Burkhard   Schmitt

Burkhard Schmitt

Burkhard Schmitt studied German and political science at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau and wrote his Masters thesis on Hannah Arendt. Only ten years later he became director of the CJD Christophorusschule Droyßig near Leipzig, a State-recognised selective private secondary boarding school, which position he still holds.


Bernhard   Scholz

Bernhard Scholz

Since 2009 Bernhard Scholz has been president of Compagnia delle Opere, an association of around 35,000 small and medium-sized enterprises and non-profit organizations in Italy. He is a management consultant and, since 2006, heads the Scuola d’Impresa della Fondazione per la Sussidiarietà, an academy for leaders of small and medium-sized businesses.


John   Waters

John Waters

John Waters is a journalist and writer based in Ireland. He has been writing for Irish newspapers since 1981 and contributing to the Irish Times for 23 years. Since 2014 he has been working as a columnist for the Irish Independent. He has authored several books, audio books, stage plays, and song lyrics.