The Speaker

Hanns Michael Hölz,
Managing Director, Deutsche Bank AG

Born in 1951, married, 2 children

After successfully completing his traineeship at Deutsche Bank and his business administration studies at the University of Mannheim, Hanns Michael Hölz worked with the Badische Kommunale Landesbank Mannheim as head of the management board office. He has been working for the Deutsche Bank group since 1986.

As Global Head he is responsible for the fields of corporate citizenship (co-head of Corporate Social Responsibility), sustainable development (group inspector for the sustainability management system) and sport.

He is a member of executive boards of a large number of organisations of Deutsche Bank, e.g. the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and the Deutsche Bank Africa Foundation. His area of responsibility also covers the representation of Deutsche Bank in national and international committees, including UN Global Compact (member in the former Advisory Council of Kofi Annan), Global Reporting Initiative (member of the executive board) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (member of the executive board). Furthermore, he is a member of the board of trustees of the Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe and the German National Anti-Doping Agency.

For 15 years now he has played an important part in shaping the corporate citizenship of Deutsche Bank, and in the past ten years he has placed his focus on promoting the idea of sustainable activities – inside as well as outside the bank. He is committed not only to changing paradigms in thinking, in favour of sustainable development, but also to the initiation of the necessary measures as well as to their implementation.

His activities include, for example, holding the following positions:

- Chairman of the UNEP Finance Initiative
(2000 to 2005), co-author of the UNEP Statement
"Statement on the Environment and
Sustainable Development"
- Chairman of the Bellagio Forum for Sustainable Development
- Member of the executive board of the Global Reporting
- Member of the executive board of econsense, Forum for Sustainable Development, co-chairman of the econsense Association
- Director of the Peace Parks Foundation in Africa

Two of his main concerns are pushing forward the concept of micro-financing worldwide and supporting the Deutsche Bank Africa Foundation. Microcredits help families in developing countries to build up a small business and thus to free themselves from the vicious circle of poverty. The Deutsche Bank Africa Foundation acts according to the maxim that sustainable progress and peace can only be achieved if social, economic and ecological conditions are developed at one and the same time.

In 2003 he was presented with the B.A.U.M. Environmental Award.