Dr. Hannelore Vogt
The Magic of a New Beginning

Dr. Hannelore Vogt came to Nairobi in 2018 to speak at the African Library and Information Associations and Institutions' Leadership Academy from January 15-19. The workshop's participants came from seven countries: Namibia, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Kenya. The speakers were from the USA, Kenya, Uganda, Germany and South Africa. She also spoke to the Goethe-Institut Kenya about possible areas of cooperation with Kenyan libraries.

In Kenya I was surprised by… the fact that people are so open-minded and enthusistic.
In Nairobi I was reminded of Cologne by...
the many traffic jams.

A particular beautiful experience during my visit was… the many times I was received with a lot of hospitality.

My favorite dish in Kenya is… difficult to say, I especially enjoy fish - Tilapia was my favourite.
My motto of life is…
I always think positively and am open to new experiences! Because: Every beginning holds its own magic...


Dr. Hannelore Vogt is the director of the Stadtbibliothek Köln (Cologne City Library), which won the national "Library of the Year" award in 2016, just like the Stadtbücherei Würzburg (Würzburg City Library), whose director she was before. The Cologne Cultural Council honoured her as "Cultural Manager of the Year" in 2016.

She has a degree in library science, a masters degree in cultural management and a doctorate in marketing. Besides, she was on the Advisory Board "Information & Library" of the Goethe-Institut and a strategic advisor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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