Founders

Guido Westerwelle and Ralph Dommermuth founded the Westerwelle Foundation together in 2013 in order to create more opportunities for young people around the world. The values of our founders rest in everything that the foundation does with a focus on the promotion of fostering democracy, market-economy, rule-of-law, and tolerance.

Guido Westerwelle

Dr. Guido Westerwelle

Dr. Westerwelle was born in 1961. He grew up in Bonn. He studied law at university, received a doctorate in law and worked as an attorney. He joined the Free Democratic Party (FDP) in 1980. Guido Westerwelle was Secretary General of the FDP from 1994 to 2001. He was elected Chairman of the FDP from 2001 to 2011. From 1996 to 2013, Guido Westerwelle was a member of the German Bundestag and from 2006 to 2009, President of the FDP parliamentary group and leader of the opposition. From 2009 to 2013 Guido Westerwelle was Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and from 2009 to 2011, Deputy Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Ralph Dommermuth

In 1988, Ralph Dommermuth founded 1&1 EDV Marketing GmbH. 1&1 was offering marketing services for software and telecommunications services. In 1996, 1&1 started the development of its own internet services. At the same time, it began to invest in young internet start-ups. In 1998, Dommermuth went public with 1&1 and registered as the first internet enterprise at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. In February 2000 Dommermuth renamed his enterprise group to United Internet, which marked the end of the realignment process towards the internet sector. Along with 1&1, it includes GMX, WEB.DE, mail.com, Versatel, Fasthosts, Strato, arsys, InternetX, United Domains, affilinet and Sedo.

Westerwelle Foundation - Ralph Dommermuth

Timeline

2021

Launch of Imp’ACT Up Tunis

2020

Launch of Entrepreneurship Programm Tunis

2019

Opening of Makerspace at Westerwelle Startup Haus Kigali powered by Evonik Stiftung

2018

Launch of Entrepreneurship Programm Kigali

2018

Launch of Westerwelle Startup Haus Kigali powered by Evonik Stiftung

2016

Launch of Westerwelle Startup Haus Tunis

2016

Launch of Westerwelle Young Founders Programme

2016

✝ Guido Westerwelle passed away

2013

Founded by Guido Westerwelle and Ralph Dommermuth

Board Members

Westerwelle Foundation - Michael Mronz

Michael Mronz
Chairman of the Board

Michael Mronz is a serial entrepreneur in the fields of sports, events and communication. In 1992, business graduate Michael Mronz founded the agency MMP Event GmbH, which organized and successfully promoted events such as the annual World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen, the FEI World Equestrian Games 2006 or the IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2009 and numerous TV productions. Since summer 2016, Michael Mronz has been the initiator and organizer of the privately funded initiative “Rhine Ruhr City 2032”. The initiative promotes a potential bid by the Rhine-Ruhr region to host the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Mronz has developed a concept that focuses on ecological and economic sustainability and the use of existing sports and event venues. In 2017, he founded “Storymachine” together with Philipp Jessen, ex-head of stern.de, and ex-Bild editor Kai Diekmann.

Westerwelle Foundation - Ralph Dommermuth

Ralph Dommermuth
Member of the Board

In 1988, Ralph Dommermuth founded 1&1 EDV Marketing GmbH. 1&1 was offering marketing services for software and telecommunications services. In 1996, 1&1 started the development of its own internet services. At the same time, it began to invest in young internet start-ups. In 1998, Dommermuth went public with 1&1 and registered as the first internet enterprise at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. In February 2000 Dommermuth renamed his enterprise group to United Internet, which marked the end of the realignment process towards the internet sector. Along with 1&1, it includes GMX, WEB.DE, mail.com, Versatel, Fasthosts, Strato, arsys, InternetX, United Domains, affilinet and Sedo.

Westerwelle Foundation - Martin Biesel

Martin Biesel
Member of the Board

Martin Biesel began his political career as a speechwriter and advisor for international relations at Otto Graf Lambsdorff. He held leading positions at the FDP headquarters. Martin Biesel had been Guido Westerwelle’s political companion for many years since his election as General Secretary in 1994. In 2009, Guido Westerwelle entrusted him with the coordination of coalition negotiations for the FDP side and was appointed State Secretary in the Federal Foreign Office. After leaving political office, Martin Biesel was the authorized representative of the Executive Board at Air Berlin. Prior to this, he had already worked in aviation for EADS (Airbus) from 1999 to 2011. In January 2017 he founded his own political consulting company.

Our Team at Westerwelle Foundation

Oliver is a Cambridge educated venture builder with a hunger to drive positive change by empowering entrepreneurs.

Oliver Reisner
Managing Director

Judith is passionate about sustainable development and innovation, with experience across Europe, Africa, Asia and North America.

Judith Li
Global Programme Manager

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Global Operations Manager

Our Team at WSH Kigali

Sarah is a marketing & communications expert with extensive experience in both nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

Sarah Rukundo
General Manager

Blaise is responsible for enabling entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. He has experience in People Management & Leadership Development.

Blaise Dusi
Programme Manager

Sandra Sebudandi
Finance Manager

Ziadi is a hardware Engineer who is interested in making innovative solutions to solve Rwandan problems by using trending technologies.

Ziadi Nsabimana
Makerspace Manager

Martine Basaninyange
Makerspace Assistant

Mireille Nkeramihigo
Community Associate

Our Team at WSH Tunis

Yahya is a social business ecosystem development connoisseur, helping entrepreneurs & other stakeholders to develop an enabling environment.

Yahya Marzouk
General Manager

Alaa Aridhi
Programme Coordinator

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Finance & Operations Manager

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Community Coordinator

Our Team at WSH Arusha

Optimist, planner and mobiliser to drive impact through entrepreneurship

Collins Kimaro
General Manager

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Programme Manager

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Community Coordinator

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Finance & Operations Associate

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