Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Carl H. Hahn

Following his studies in economics and political science, Mr. Hahn received his doctorate in 1952 from the University of Berne with a summa cum laude (Dr. rer. pol.) and studied Italian and art history in Perugia.


After a traineeship at Fiat in Italy and a year's service with the OECD in France, Mr. Hahn returned to Germany, where he joined the Volkswagen Group in Wolfsburg in 1954. In the following years, as head of the "Volkswagen of America," he played a major role in the US success of the VW Beetle. After Mr. Hahn became Chairman of the Board of Management of VW in 1982, he led the company to become a global corporation by opening global production facilities in China, Spain and Portugal, but also in numerous Eastern European countries such as Poland. Prof. Carl H. Hahn ("Mr. Volkswagen") played a decisive role in shaping Volkswagen's development for half a century. Under him, the company grew into Europe's largest automobile group. Mr. Hahn was and is today a member of the supervisory board of numerous global companies and a respected consultant in economic matters.


In 2002, the University of Applied Sciences Zwickau appointed Carl H. Hahn as an honorary professor. Further universities in Germany and abroad have awarded Hahn with academic honors, and his international experience makes him a sought-after speaker at conferences worldwide. 


In 2007, exposure to his multilingual family and scientific findings motivated him to an innovative project to explore the benefits of playful learning for cognitive development in the form of an English- and now also a Chinese speaking kindergarten group for children from 3 years of age, as well as his own English curriculum-oriented educational program for the pre-school in Wolfsburg.


In addition to his economic expertise, Mr. Hahn is also distinguished by his extensive commitment to cultural and educational institutions. For example, he sits on the advisory board of Saxony International School and is a member of the Berlin British School.


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