Cultural Vistas appoints Christian Hänel to its Board of Directors

Washington, DC – Cultural Vistas is pleased to announce the appointment of Christian Hänel to its Board of Directors, effective May 14, 2021. Christian most recently served as Senior Vice President Future Issues and Foundation Development at the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Stuttgart, Germany. He brings almost two decades of experience in philanthropy in various management and advisory roles. Christian has headed International Relations departments at the Robert Bosch Stiftung, developing and overseeing the foundation’s portfolio in America, Asia, Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

“I wholeheartedly identify with Cultural Vistas’ mission to develop the next generation of global leaders. If we want to tackle transnational challenges such as climate change, social inclusion and international security, we need to identify, connect and promote changemakers worldwide. We need to equip them with the skills and tools to listen to each other and work together.”                                           

– Christian Hänel | Cultural Vistas Board Member

As Senior Vice President Future Issues and Foundation Development, his tasks included challenges and opportunities for the impact ecosystem in the nonprofit sector, digitization, sustainable alumni networks, agile structures, and strategic foresight. He has led the strategic planning, implementation and evaluation of international and transnational partnerships and programs in topic areas such as civil society, governance, promoting Europe, international affairs and global issues, education and cultural exchange. Christian holds a M.A. in history and economics from the Universität Bielefeld in Bielefeld, Germany and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States.

“Christian brings a tremendous set of experiences and perspectives on transatlantic and transpacific relationships, both of which are priorities for Cultural Vistas, He is passionate about developing global leaders and believes deeply in the power of people to people exchanges.  We are grateful to have him join our board and continue to be an integral member of our global community.”  

–  Jennifer Clinton | President + CEO, Cultural Vistas


Cultural Vistas’ Board of Directors guides the overall philosophy and direction of the organization and is committed to our mission of equipping the next generation of global leaders to solve complex challenges by connecting lives to exchange knowledge, values and perspectives.  Learn more about our dynamic board.


About Cultural Vistas
Founded in 1963, Cultural Vistas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has developed international professional experiences in more than 130 countries to equip the next generation of global leaders with the skills they need to drive positive impact in their communities around the world. Our 150,000 alumni have experienced the life-changing value of international exchange and we are working to build a diverse and inclusive community of leaders to address the challenges we face.  Join us at