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Photo: Dr. (PhD) Bernd Scheifele (Honoree) & Dr.(PhD) Kornelie Schutz-Scheifele

NEW YORK, NY(SMI-GLOBAL-PHILANTHROPY -SOCIETY-FEB 24-28, 2024)-The Germanistic Society of America celebrated its 63rd annual "Quadrille" benefit and dance gala honoring Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heidelberg Materials AG, Dr. Bernd Scheifele as Guest of Honor at the renowned Grand Ballroom 583 Park Avenue in New York City.


The "Quadrille"  benefit & dance ball since its inauguration in 1961, raises funds annually on behalf of the Germanistic Society of America to provide academic scholarships through its exchange program to selected US and German university Master & PhD students to study abroad and do research in the U.S and Germany or Vice versa.

The 2024-63rd annual "Quadrille" benefit gala was made possible in conjunction with The Institute of International Education and Columbia University to raise money for a special scholarship fund for undergraduate and graduate exchange students enrolled in German and U.S. universities.

DR. BERND SCHEIFELE is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heidelberg Materials AG, one of the world's largest integrated manufacturers of building materials and solutions. The United States of America and Canada form its largest market area. Besides his responsibilities for Heidelberg Materials, he serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, the second largest German media publisher group, operating in the US with its division Macmillan Publishers, Learning, and Education. Moreover, he is a Member of the Supervisory Board of Springer Nature AG & Co. KGaA, a leading global research publisher.

In addition, he is the active Chairman of the Supervisory Board of PHOENIX Pharma SE, the European leader in pharmaceutical wholesale, pharmacy retail, and services for the pharmaceutical industry.Furthermore, Dr. Scheifele acts as a Senior Advisor for EQT AB, a private equity company.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Scheifele worked with the renowned law firm Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch at its headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. In his function as attorney, he prepared the incorporation of PHOENIX Pharma handel AG & Co KG, Mannheim, Germany. He was CEO of PHOENIX before serving Chairman of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement AG (now Heidelberg Materials AG).

Dr. Bernd Scheifele studied law in Freiburg, Germany and Dijon, France. He received a Fulbright scholarship for the United States and completed the Master's Degree Program with Master Laws (LLM) at the University of Illinois. Dr. Scheifele is a member of Atlantik-Brücke.

The Notable attendees/Guests included:

His Excellency David Gill: The Consul General of Germany in New York

● Dr. Barbara Elling : President of Germanistic Society of America

● His Excellency Damien Laban: The Consul General of France in New York

● Allison Baroness and Baron Von Armin

● Hubert Heiss & Helene Steinhausl:The Consul General of Austria 

● Matthew Yokobosky : US Fashion /Culture Museum Curator

Dr. (PhD) Bernd Scheifele (Honoree), Dr.(PhD) Kornelie Schutz-Scheifele, Dr. Barbara Elling & JB Kresser
Photo: Irmintraud Jost & Emma Sweeney
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