Gertrud Höhler

Gertrud Höhler


  •  Dr. phil., University of Mannheim (1967). [1], [2]


Gertrud Höhler is a German literary critic, journalist and corporate consultant as well as an outspoken Christian Democrat and past advisor to Chancellor Helmut Kohl. She is also on the boards of a number of major Swiss and German companies. She has also done work for radio, television, newspapers and magazines, and has received a number of awards. [3]

She studied literature and art history in Bonn, Berlin, Zurich and Mannheim from 1960 to 1966. She attained a Doctorate (Dr. phil.) at the University of Mannheim. From 1972 to 1993 she was a professor of German studies and General Literature at the University of Paderborn. She was later elected to the University Council of the University of Paderborn, but was forced to resign from this position after the allegation that she had deliberately rented offices to a state representative of the NPD (National Democratic Party of Germany). [4], [5], [6], [7]

Höhler has held a number of other positions, including public relations consulting for Dr. Alfred Herrhausen and as CEO of Deutsche Bank AG from 1987 to 1990. From 1992 to 1995 she was the Non-executive Director at the British food conglomerate Grand Metropolitan PLC. Between 1997 and 2008, Gertrud was Director of CIBA Specialty Chemicals, Basel. She has also been director of Baloise Insurance since 1998, and a Director of Georg Fischer AG, Schaffhausen. [1]

CIBA Specialty Chemicals is a chemical company based in Basel, Switzerland. CIBA stood for “Chemische Industrie Basel” or Chemical Industries Basel, and was originally formed as the non-pharmaceutical element of Novartis. In 2008, CIBA was taken over by the German Chemical company BASF and eventually renamed BASF Schweiz AG. Höhler ended her term as director (PDF) in the same year. [8]

Stance on Climate Change

[Pending further investigation.]

Key Quotes

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Key Deeds

November/December 2012

Gertrud Höhler was an attendee (PDF) at the Eighth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-8)/Fifth International Conference on Climate and Energy (ICCE-5) sponsored by both the Heartland Institute and the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE). Höhler delivered a Dinner Speech following a presentation by Klaus Angerer. [9]

August 2012

Höhler is well-known for her recent book “Die Patin: Wie Merkel Deutschland umbaut – The Godmother: How Merkel Is Reconstructing Germany,” which portrays Angela Merkel as having “left the path of democracy” and as being Germany’s new dictator. “That woman,” Höhler maintained at a press conference to launch her book, “has already installed an autocratic regime.” Many members of the German media viewed Höhler’s accusations as inappropriate. [10], [11], [12]


According to her biography at the Fairness Foundation, Gertrud Höhler also has the following memberships:

  • Advisory Council of Defense for matters of internal leadership (1986 1993)
  • Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin
  • Board of the German Foundation for Monument Protection (1990 1999)
  • Trustees and Staff College Baden Württemberg
  • Trustees of the University of Witten-Herdecke
  • Trustees of the Forum for Germany (1989 1993)
  • Senate of the Fraunhofer Society (1989 1995)
  • Advisory Council to the Minister of Research and Technology (1990 1993)
  • Board of Trustees Luftbrückendank Berlin (1990 1994)
  • Board of Trustees “lovable old trees in Germany”
  • Trustees AIESEC Paderborn
  • Board of SMG
  • Swiss Management Company, Zurich (1992 2000)
  • Trustees UP initiative Jungendpresse eV
  • Trustees AUDIMAX (academic journal)
  • Trustees Red Sea Festival, Israel
  • External Advisory Board of tecis Holding Aktiengesellschaft
  • Trustees of the RTL Foundation “Helping Children”
  • Trustees ECLA European College of Liberal Aris
  • Trustees TOTAL E = QUALITY Germany eV
  • Advisory Board at the National Sports Federation Berlin


A list of Gertrud Höhler’s books is available here.


  1. Biography Prof. Dr. Gertrud Höhler,” Fairness Stiftung. Accessed November, 2012.
  2. Gertrud Höhler PROF., DR. PHIL.”, Wirtschafts Woche. Accessed November 25, 2012.
  3. Tony Paterson. “Merkel accused of being ‘female Don Corleone’,” The Independent, September 9, 2012.
  4. Senate of the University of Paderborn chose on Wednesday, 25.4.2007, University Council – the first university in NRW with a new body – the future, the university conducts a Bureau” (Press Release), University of Paderborn, April 24, 2007.
  5. Gertrud Höhler: The third version of the truth”,  FOCUS online, June 24, 2007.
  6. “Rent to NPD: Earlier Kohl consultant Höhler to go,” Spiegel Online, June 30, 2007.
  7. Rent to NPD: ex Kohl consultant Höhler under pressure,” Spiegel Online, June 22, 2007.
  8. UNTERNEHMENSFÜHRUNGCORPORATE GOVERNANCE,” Ciba Spezialitätenchemie Holding AG (PDF – Page 48). Retrieved from
  9. “8th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-8): V International Conference on Climate and Energy (ICCE-5). Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, November 30 – December 1, 2012” (PDF) retrieved from on November 24, 2012.
  10. The Godmother: Germany’s New Dictator, Angela Merkel?”, Gatestone Institute, September 6, 2012.
  11. Tony Paterson. “Merkel accused of being ‘female Don Corleone’,” The Independent, September 9, 2012.
  12. Der ESM wird von ‹Paten› gesteuert,” Basler Zeitung, September 13, 2012.
  13. VW: A lot of trouble because of Ms. Hohler,” Der Spiegel, October 2, 1989.

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