The Founder – Active for Over 30 Years

The Founder – Active for Over 30 Years

Dr. h.c. Ute-Henriette Ohoven – UNESCO – Goodwill Ambassador for the program Education for Children in Need

UNESCO Sonderbotschafterin Ute Henriette Ohoven bei den DON BOSCO Schwestern und SALESIANER in Port-au Prince in HAITI

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Ute Henriette Ohoven seen with the Sisters of DON BOSCO and SALESIANER in Port-au Prince, HAITI

Dr. h.c. Ute-Henriette Ohoven is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Honorary President of the ZNS – Hannelore Kohl Foundation (President until 2011) and Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Senegal.  She is married to Mario Ohoven, President of Bundesverbandes mittelständische Wirtschaft e.V. (BVMW) as well as the Europäischen Mittelstandes (EV-KMU). Ute Ohoven is the mother of four grown children.

Humanitarian Engagement

For over 30 years, Ute Ohoven has been committed to helping humanitarian causes.

Commitment to the treatment of children with cancer at the Universitätsklinikum in Düsseldorf.  Helped establish the first bone marrow donor registry in Germany.

Named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.  Her work takes on an international dimension.

Named as sole Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO’s Education for Children in Need program.  Following her naming as Goodwill Ambassador by the former UNESCO General Director, Prof. Federico Mayor, she commits fully to this program and to education for children in need worldwide.

Begins her tenure as President of the ZNS – Hannelore Kohl Foundation. Based on the invitation of former Chancellor Dr. Helmut Kohl, she becomes President of the ZNS – Hannelore Kohl Foundation. This foundation is dedicated to helping victims of central nervous system injuries and their families.  In Germany, over 270,000 people each year experience serious injury to their central nervous systems through tragic accidents and must live with the difficult consequences of these injuries.  Also in this function, Ute Ohoven increasingly gears her focus towards helping younger accident victims especially through stronger measures of accident prevention.


Organisation of the international UNESCO Charity-Ball



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Project Work to Help Children in Need


Honors and Awards

In order to honor her humanitarian and social work, Ute Ohoven has been welcomed into the private audiences of Pope Johannes Paul II, Pope Benedikt XVI, Mother Teresa and His Holiness Dalai Lama.

Ute Ohoven has received the following awards:

  • Bundesverdienstkreuz
  • Order of Merit of Nordrhein-Westfalen
  • Highest civil medal of Senegal
  • UNESCO Picasso Medal in Gold
  • Women’s World Award
  • Kinderlachen Award (Germany)
  • Golden Heart Award in Moskow
  • Starlite-Award forexceptional engagement in Marbella
  • ONE WORLD FAMILY Award in Germany
  • Medal of the Holy Eufrosinia von Polotsk (Weißrussland)
  • Honoary Citizen of Belo Horizonte and San Salvador
  • Honory doctorate of the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Minas Gerais, on of the oldest and most respected universities in Latin America
  • Selected as one of the leading personalities promoting piece in the world for the publication „Universos de Paz“ and „60 Women Contributing to the 60 years of UNESCO“
The YOU Foundation – Education for Children in Need, an initiative of UNESCO Special Envoy Dr. h.c. Ute-Henriette Ohoven, is committed to education for the poorest of the poor worldwide.



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