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ECDF director Gesche Joost elected new president of the Goethe-Institut


ECDF director Gesche Joost will be the new president of the Goethe-Institut. This was decided by the Executive Board of the Goethe-Institut at a special meeting on July 3, 2024. Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has officially confirmed the election of Gesche Joost as the new president and welcomes the decision of the Executive Board.

Gesche Joost is currently Vice President of the Goethe-Institut and will take over from current President Carola Lentz on November 19, 2024: "As Vice President, I have already been able to be part of the Goethe-Institut. Now I'm looking forward to taking on the role of president from mid-November. The Goethe-Institut is the most important institution in Germany's foreign cultural policy and is committed to democracy and freedom of expression - these are such important issues today. Making the institute fit for the future - even more participatory and digital - is my goal," said Gesche Joost on the occasion of the confirmation of her election as the new president of the Goethe-Institut.

Gesche Joost is one of the founding members of the ECDF, has been on the board since its opening and has been chair of the Board of Directors since summer 2023. Her fellow board members and vice speakers of the ECDF Board, Prof. Timm Teubner and Prof. Andrea Cominola, warmly congratulate her on her election: "We warmly congratulate Gesche Joost on her election as future president of the Goethe-Institut. Gesche is an outstanding scholar at the interface of digitalization and art, a democrat and always in touch with the zeitgeist. We are convinced that she will make an important contribution to promoting digital and analog exchange and finding intercultural solutions to the social challenges of our time," said the two ECDF professors. 

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