Why did Hasso Plattner set up the Hasso Plattner Foundation?

Hasso Plattner has always been aware that he has Germany’s largely free education system to thank for his success. It was therefore important to him to give something back to society, in particular in areas where young people are capable to innovate. This is not only in the interests of their individual advancement but also on behalf of our society as a whole, which needs to meet the challenges and opportunities of the digital revolution. To this end, he founded the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering (HPI) in Potsdam in 1998. The institute was funded with around €250 million over a period of 20 years. While the State of Brandenburg made some land available, the construction of the institute’s buildings, as well as the purchase of further plots and land, were and are also funded by the foundation. The then-permanent and entirely non-public funding of teaching at HPI and its continual expansion, with the aim of becoming an excellence center for digital engineering, were then further consolidated in 2015 with the foundation and funding of the Hasso Plattner Foundation.

The Hasso Plattner Foundation directly and exclusively pursues charitable purposes.



The Foundation has two executive bodies: the Executive Board and the Foundation Council.

The Executive Board is responsible for executing the Foundation’s strategy and consists of two directors: Dr. Rouven Westphal and Dr. Stephanie Ullrich. The members of the Executive Board jointly manage the business of the Foundation. They develop the Foundation’s strategic orientation, coordinate it with the Foundation Council and ensure its implementation.

The Foundation Council supervises the Executive Board, approves new projects and decides on the strategy of the Foundation. It consists of the three family members Sabine Plattner, Dr. Kristina Plattner, and Stefanie Plattner as well as the external Chairman of the Foundation Council John Flüh.

The Foundation Council must be involved in decisions of fundamental importance. It maintains a regular dialogue with the Executive Board on the fulfilment and further development of the Foundation’s mission.

Both, the Executive Board and the Foundation Council, are advised by the founder, Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Hasso Plattner. He is strategic advisor in all matters of business.