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The Society of Friends and Supporters of the HWWI (GdFF for short) e.V. is a non-profit association that pursues the exclusive goal of “supporting the HWWI in every way in carrying out its tasks and expanding and deepening the relationships between economic research and economic practice.” (§ 2 of the statutes).

The association emerged in 2005 from the support association of the HWWA (the predecessor institute of the HWWI). It was originally founded in 1949. The association’s goal of promoting the HWWI is pursued through membership fees and donations. Members of the association are companies, institutions and individuals. The association’s board is elected every 3 years by the general meeting.

The Board

Prof. Dr. Arno Probst (Chairman)

Deloitte GmbH

Stefanie Huppmann

Bürgschaftsbank Hamburg GmbH

Dr. Bernd Georg Spies

Spies PPP

Doreen Hotze


Dr. Dirck Süß


Become a Member

As a member of the GdFF, you support the HWWI in its work and become part of the HWWI network. You will receive information about the results of the HWWI’s work and will be regularly invited to HWWI events. The membership fee for individuals is at least 100 euros per year; companies can become members for an annual fee of 500 euros or more. A voluntary increase in the contribution is possible. Contributions and donations to the GdFF can be claimed for tax purposes.

Supporting the Institute

The HWWI is a non-profit enterprise and does not receive government funding. The public goods provided by the HWWI are offered free of charge. The basic research and methodological training of the staff, which are essential for the quality of the work, the public presentation of the research results and the reliable staff expertise are mainly financed by donations. The HWWI receives these donations from companies and corporations in northern Germany – and from many friends and supporters.

There are various ways to support the HWWI in its work.