Director’s weekly thoughts – Calendar Week 25


Director’s weekly thoughts – Calendar Week 25

Re-opening and plans for the summer

Welcome to this weekly update on all things about Henley in Germany.

We are pleased to inform all of our current programme members, alumni, clients and friends that Henley in Germany is opening up its doors again. Of course, this only happens under strict observation of all applicable health regulations and recommendations to protect our stakeholders and staff alike.

In all our premises we have made hand sanitiser and face masks available. Food served during workshops will be prepacked and we have extra staff to assist with coffee and drinks to keep hygiene at highest levels.

While we welcome back our current programme members, clients and alumni into our campus, after having endured a considerable period of the COVID-19 pandemic online, we continue to offer blended learning approaches. As you will have seen from earlier editions of our Henley@home newsletter, all our sessions continuously run in the virtual space to make it easy for participants to choose their mode of engagement and not miss out on anything.

A silver lining

For Henley in Germany, being online is one of those things that is here to stay. After an overwhelming response to virtual features, and having gained truly valuable insights and experience on running online workshops, we see real value in continuing this practice. We can say with confidence that it has made us more agile and flexible when it comes to serving our diverse community.

A big ‘thank you’ therefore to all our alumni, clients, staff, and friends who have supported us in these trying times. We very much appreciate the Henley spirit in Germany.

Looking forward

At the end of June we will be opening our second location in Germany: Hamburg. Henley in Germany is a member of the prestigious Business Club Hamburg (BCH) and with it extends its community outreach also to the members of the club, anchoring us within a solid business community, and offering some of our programmes also in the hanseatic metropole in the future.

On 25 June we host a MasterClass at the BCH with Henley alumnus and current doctoral student Ole Petter Anfinsen. ‘Become the CEO of yourself’ is the topic for the evening and participants can register for the event here. This event takes place face-to-face as well as online.

On 26 June we host a Business Breakfast at the BCH with the Director of the Henley Centre for Coaching, Prof. Jonathan Passmore on the topic of ‘The Leader Coach’. Also here, participation is possible on-site or online. Please register here.

What does the future hold?

As we continue to deliver workshops in a blended approach, Henley Germany also supports is main campus in the UK by hosting many of the Greenlands-based activities in Germany in the future. The UK has been hard-hit by COVID-19 and the University of Reading imposed strict safety guidelines to all staff to contain the spread of the virus. Our facility in Greenlands, while safe for smaller groups, will not be holding any larger gatherings in the near future. While Henley Business School and the University of Reading are working tirelessly on approaches to making facilities available to staff and student alike, Henley Germany is the school’s strategic alternative location. We are therefore currently in the process of developing suitable plans for hosting our international groups and colleagues in warm-hearted German fashion, with all the health and hygiene precautions in place.

Also on the alumni end Henley is proud to work together with the alumni representatives of Germany in hosting the Great Minds Event in October 2020. This high-level business and networking event looks at challenges around AI and Big Data and how leadership will have to prepare itself to navigate those stormy waters. Join us in Frankfurt and register here!

New programmes starting in the autumn of 2020

With now two locations in Germany, Henley in Germany invites everyone to keep an eye on our course offering.

The Henley Professional Certificate in Coaching:

Our successful and world-wide acclaimed coaching programme starts in Hamburg in September and in Munich in November

The Henley Executive MBA Global:

Our international Executive MBA Global flagship programme starts again in October with a new intake from Germany, the UK, Finland and Denmark. We still have places available and if you know anyone that might be interest, please let them know. This programme continues to run out of Munich for the time being, but with enough participants from other parts of Germany, a second intake will be considered to run out of Hamburg in the future as well.

The Henley Post-graduate Certificate in Leadership:

The first stage of the Henley MA in Leadership, a programme targeting especially business leaders, fiving deeper into concepts taught on the MBA prorgramme, will develop participants to not only become but be the leaders of the future. This excellent leadership programme looks at leadership and leadership development approaches with a magnifying glass and will be a transformative experience for even seasoned business leaders. This programme will be on offer in Munich and Hamburg in Spring 2021. If you are interested to learn more, please contact:

The Henley DBA:

For those that want to take things to the ultimate level, the Henley Doctor of Business Administration also starts a new intake in October 2020 again. This programme is run out of our Greenlands facility in Henley UK. For more information, please contact:

Last but not least

This leaves me to thank our entire Henley community in Germany again for their efforts in making Henley in Germany so dear and special.

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A very good and productive week wishes,


Chris Raudonat

Director, Henley Business School in Germany GmbH

Christoph Raudonat

Managing Director, Business School Germany


Chris Raudonat is responsible for the business operations of Henley Business School in Germany. He centres his energy on the strategic direction and development of the organisation, programme sales and recruitment, communication as well as leadership learning / coaching. In the past he worked with a number of international non-profit and civil society organisations to manage their projects and increase their potential by assisting them in the development and implementation of their business strategies.

He is furthermore an executive coach, focusing on cognitive behaviour and positive psychology approaches and helps clients to become the best they can be by exploring innovative approaches to management learning both in practice and academics.

Chris is currently researching the specifics of interim leadership in the gig-economy and gig-leadership while engaging in a MSc/DBA programme at Henley Business School. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and holds degrees in Sociology, Social/Organisational Psychology, Law and Economics as well as an MBA from Henley Business School.