Florian Hoffmann


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Florian Hoffman is the charismatic founder and managing director of Berlin’s DO School, a renowned development ground for young social entrepreneurs, working in partnership with major institutions and corporations around the world, including BMW, H&M, Covestro, Unilever, Axel Springer, OSRAM , the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the United Nations’ Global Compact. This year, he was nominated by the World Economic Forum as one of 100 distinguished Young Global Leaders under 40. The rich diversity of his relationships within the highest levels of business, politics, philanthropy and the arts in his home country has been key to his success.

Born in Germany, Florian has worked in social philanthropy and entrepreneurialism in the USA, Europe and Asia for over half a decade. Graduating at the top of his year at St Antony’s College, Oxford, with a MPhil. (with Distinction) in European Politics and Society, he also studied arts and social sciences at ECLA of Bard College, Berlin’s Humboldt University and Duke University.

He founded the DO School, with his wife Katherin Kirschenmann, in New York in 2013. The school moved to Berlin, where it is at the heart of the city’s thriving start-up culture, in 2014. Florian regularly contributes to ongoing global public debate on social entrepreneurialism and the ‘the future of work’ and has led workshops, driven by the DO methodology, at US and European universities, such as Columbia, Oxford, the University of Geneva, the Hasso Plattner Institute at Potsdam University and the European Business School.

An advisor to the American Friends of Bucerius, Florian was named a Fellow by the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards in 2015. The following year, he was a recipient of the German government’s Land de Ideen Award. He has been profiled in various international newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times, as well as magazines such as Inc. and Fast Company.

He currently divides his time between his home in Berlin and DO School operations in New York and Hong Kong.

Recent publications

4 Reasons to Put The Social Into Innovation“, Conscious Company Magazine, Spring 2015.