Goethe-Institut Abidjan Goethe-Institut employee was among the victims in Ivory Coast

Henrike Grohs
Henrike Grohs | © Stefan Meisel

The Goethe-Institut is mourning institute director Henrike Grohs, who was killed during the attacks in Ivory Coast on 13 March 2016.

Henrike Grohs had been the director of the Goethe-Institut Abidjan since 1 December 2013. She was previously a consultant for Culture and Development at the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg since 2009. The 51-year-old Africa expert had strong regional ties and developed numerous successful cultural projects in Ivory Coast together with Ivorian partners. Between 2002 and 2009 the ethnologist was project manager for the Educational Programme of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, the president of the Goethe-Institut, said, “Henrike Grohs, who was committed to making others’ lives more meaningful, died such a meaningless death!” Johannes Ebert, the secretary-general of the Goethe-Institut stated, “We are aghast that Henrike Grohs was so tragically and brutally snatched from this life. She loved her work and was full of ideas and full of energy, implementing these ideas with her partners. Our thoughts are with her family and colleagues in Abidjan.”