Dr. Hoffmann worked as an advisor in the European Parliament (Office
of Prof. Hans-Gert Poettering, former President of the European
Parliament), the German Bundestag (State Secretary of Defense Peter Kurt
Wuerzbach, MP) and the U.S. Senate (Sam Nunn, Gary Hart) in defense and
foreign affairs for many years.
He was Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic &
International Studies (CSIS), Georgetown University. Dr. Hoffmann holds a
Ph.D. in Political Science with "summa cum laude" (Prof. Karl Dietrich
Bracher, University of Bonn, Germany) and is a lawyer as well. He is a
reserve officer in the German Army (Field Artillery).
For 13 years he has worked as a successful entrepreneur and investor
in different funds. Co-founder of GCG which invested from 2005-2007
Euro 3,3 bn in companies like Volkswagen, BASF, ThyssenKrupp, Lanxess
and Siemens. From 1996-2000 he was founder and CEO of InternetMediaHouse
AG and a large investor and member of the Executive Board at Loewe TV
company, increasing the value of both companies by 24 times in two years
to a peak of €600m. Before he worked as a journalist in the White House
Press Corps, as an editor for ZDF, the largest TV station in Europe,
and as managing director of large German media companies.
Dr. Hoffmann supported NATO's Two Track Decision from 1979 to 1983
to deploy medium-range nuclear weapons in Europe combined with mutual
arms reductions on the Russian side, putting him on the target list of
the RAF, the German terrorist organization. In 1978 he founded a popular
German appeal (Dattelner Appell) to dismantle the new Russian SS-20
missiles and to combine it with the non-deployment of NATO Pershing II
and Cruise Missiles, which was signed by more than 100 members of the
German Bundestag, U.S. Senators like Edward Kennedy, and others, and on
December 12, 1979 was successfully integrated into NATO's Two Track
Decision and later into the INF Treaty.
In 1980 he initiated a CDU/CSU resolution and Federal Law of the
Bundestag for an Annual Report on Arms Control and Disarmament, which
since then has been published by the German Government.
For ten years Dr. Hoffmann was Chairman of the Christian Democratic
Union (CDU) Committee for Foreign, Defense, European and Inner-German
Affairs in his home state of Lower Saxony in Germany and active in
promoting German re-unification and a strong NATO. Elected CDU-Member of
the City Council in his home town Goslar (Harz).
In 1984 Dr. Hoffmann organized the exchange program for young
reserve officers from the U.S.A. and Germany with the support of
then-State Secretary of Defense Peter Kurt Wuerzbach with more than 1000
reserve officers involved from both sides of the Atlantic. He was a
German member of the Executive Committee of the NATO Reserve Officers
He supported the Mujaheddin from 1985-1990 against the Russian
invasion of Afghanistan, visiting them in the mountains in 1985 and
writing the Afghanistan Report for the European Parliament.
In 1989 - during the visit of German Chancellor Helmut Kohl - he
initiated and helped to finance the first "Farmers Association of
Silesia" - former German homeland of his expelled parents in Poland -
which now has more than 3,000 Polish and German members and its own
In 1992 he was Chairman of the Eesti Committee Report (requested by
Estonian President Tunne Kelam) about the Future of the "Baltic
Hanseatic Region" (Oblast Kaliningrad; Lithuania; Latvia, and Estonia),
which helped to create stable democratic states in the Baltic and the
fundament to join the EU and NATO.
In 1981 his home town of Goslar/Harz awarded him its "Förderpreis"
for journalistic merits (Laudatio: General (Ret.) Johannes Steinhoff,
former Chairman of NATOs Military Committee).
Schitag Ernst & Young, SAP and Manager magazine honored Dr.
Hoffmann as "Finalist German Entrepreneur of the Year 1998" for growth
and innovation as member of the Board and co-owner of Loewe Opta Holding
In October 2000 he was awarded the "Federal Cross of Merit" for
"innovative business ideas" by German President Johannes Rau in Schloss
In 2002 at Friedrichsruh Palace near Hamburg, Prince Ferdinand von
Bismarck bestowed upon Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann the "Bismarck Medal in
Silver with Golden Oak Leaves" for his "patriotic faithfulness and
proven Prussian national consciousness".
In 2010 he initiated the first official Progress Report Afghanistan
of the German Government supported by the SPD opposition and the CDU/CSU
and FDP groups in the Bundestag.
100 poor boys and girls from the tribal areas (FATA) received a WSN
FATA Scholarship to visit schools in Karachi (Pakistan) in 2010.
Dr. Hoffmann is the author of two standard books about nuclear
weapons ("Atomkrieg, Atomfrieden: Technik, Strategie, Abrüstung" 1980;
"Die Atompartner: Washington - Bonn und die Modernisierung der
taktischen Kernwaffen", 1986).
One of his main activities in WSN is The Human Codes of Tolerance and Respect Project,
promoting universal rules for parents, educators, journalists,
religious leaders and politicians on how to promote respect for other
religions, races and ethnic minorities, as important soft factors of
peacemaking including best practices from all over the world and the
roots of respect and tolerance in the life of the Prophet and Islam (see
Dr. Hoffmann is a frequent speaker and has spoken in the White House
Situation Room (Briefing for National Security Advisor Bob McFarlane
and his NSC Directors), the U.S. Congress, YPO Europe in Krakow
(Poland), MedDays in Tanger (Morocco), Global Women Leader Conference of
Zayed University in Dubai (UAE), the Royal College of Defense Studies
(RCDS) in London, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Georgetown Universities,
Trinity College (Dublin), and the Cambridge Union (UK).
Member of YPO (Rhine Chapter) and IISS (London) Scholar Konrad Adenauer and Thyssen Foundation Young Atlantic Leader 1992 (Atlantik-Brücke)
Anne Stiens Vice President Codes of Tolerance Project
Research Assistant in the German Bundestag in Berlin since April
Master in 2011 and Bachelor of Arts in 2006 at the University of
Münster in Germany. Universita degli Studi Milano-Bicocca in Italy in
2009; teacher for German at the University in Usbekistan in 2010.
Assistant in the media project of the university (Uni Münster TV);
reporter of NRWISION TV and WSN TV.
Vice President WSN Codes of Tolerance and Research Director
After graduating from the Munich School of Political Science,
Jochen Ketterer worked as an intern for the German-Saudi Arabian Liaison
Office for Economic Affairs (Gesalo) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Currently
he is Director Research for the Codes of Tolerance Project of WSN.
Monsignor of the Catholic Church in Lindau at the Lake of
Constance in Germany is Chairman of the Comittee for Christian Peace,
Tolerance and Reconciliation Policies of the World Security Network
Foundation. He is coordinating the dialogue between the Church and the
annual meetings of Nobel Price winners at the Lake of Constance.
Arif Ali Shah
Arif is the Chairman of KASB Foundation in Karachi, Pakistan,
which is a not-for-profit-charitable organization that offers social
services inclusive of education, health, relief and grants aid for the
betterment of the deprived section of the Pakistani community.
Arif is the Chairman of Board of Governors and is the Chancellor of
KASBIT, which is among the highest rated Institutes, chartered by the
Government of Sindh, Pakistan and recognized by the Higher Education
Commission as well as the Chairman of KASB Developers, a leading
construction and real estate developer company and among others, 24/7
Media Network, which operates a TV channel and is involved in the media
developments of Pakistan.
He is the Chairman of Trade and Investment Committee of
International Chamber of Commerce Pakistan and also a Member of the
Karachi Cotton Exchange.
Arif is a Member Board of YPO MENA (Middle East & North African
Region) and has the honor of being amongst the founder members of YPO
Pakistan Chapter of which he is also the Chapter Chair.
Arif is a Member Board of Young President Organization (YPO) Middle
East and North African Region. He is Chapter Chair of YPO Pakistan and
also the Founder of YPO Indus chapter and Mentor of WPO Pakistan
Chapter. YPO’s main mission is to develop “Better Leaders through
Education and Idea Exchange”.