|19 May 1958
||Theodor Heuss, the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany after the World War ll, established the Friedrich Naumann Foundation at his official residence Villa Hammerschmidt in Bonn. |
||Mr. Werner Stephan, the Foundation’s first director, took office and oversaw the first publication of the magazine “Liberal”.|
||The German head office set up a department to deal specifically with international activities.|
||An educational centre was set up in Tunisia to handle the Foundation’s first project outside Germany. |
||The Foundation’s first activities abroad involved strengthening democratic development in Latin America.|
||Focal points of the FNF international work abroad were basic and advanced trainings for executives.|
||The Theodor Heuss Academy was opened in Gummersbach to provide political training and education.|
||The Foundation launched its scholarship programme.|
||The FNF expanded the geographical scope of its international work to include southern Europe by giving support to democracy movements in Spain, Portugal and Greece|
||The Foundation began activities in Mexico.|
||The FNF expanded its activities to Argentina.|
||The Liberal Archive in Gummersbach was officially opened. The Foundation relocated its headquarters to Margarethenhöhe in Königswinter.|
||The FNF opened its Brussels office, offering international conferences and seeking co-financing opportunities from the European Commission. |
||The International Academy for Leadership was founded in Sintra (Portugal).|
||The Berlin-Brandenburg Office was established to provide civic education in Germany’s eastern states of Länder Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.|
The Foundation began spreading its civic education programmes to central, southeast and eastern Europe.
||The FNF revamped its organisational structure and assigned regional offices to implement and coordinate international work in their respective regions of the world.|
||The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats of CALD was established.|
||The Theodor Heuss Academy took over the management of the International Academy for Leadership or IAF in Gummerbach.|
Dr. Otto Graf Lambsdorff was elected chairman of the Board of Directors while Mr. Rolf Berndt was elected Executive Chairman.
The Foundation’s Liberal Institute was founded in the same year.
||Dr. Jürgen Morlok was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees|
||The head office was relocated to Potsdam.|
||“The Rights of Minorities” was discussed, amended and adopted by the Second Minorities’ Conference of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, held at Berlin. |
||Re-orientation of FNF civic education programmes in Germany began: regional offices were established in Halle, Hanover, Lübeck and Wiesbaden, and later in Stuttgart (2002), Munich (2004) and Hamburg (2004).|
||The head office was relocated to the Truman House in Potsdam.|
||Virtuelle Akademie, Germany’s first on-line provider of civic education, launched its first programme.|
||The African Liberal Network or ALN was launched in Johannesburg.|
||RELIAL or the Liberal Network Latin America was founded in Mexico.|
||Virtuelle Akademie or the Online Academy won the European e-learning-award “eureleA” in 2005.|
The Foundation and Dr. Otto Graf Lambsdorff received with the “Light of Truth Award” from His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet.
||Mr. Wolfgang Gerhardt was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors.
The Congress of the Arab Network for Economic Freedom was founded in Beirut.The Al-Mena (Alliance of Liberals in the Middle East and North Africa) was established in Cairo.
||The Foundation changed its slogan to “für die Freiheit” to highlight its primary goal of spreading freedom.|
||The Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary at the German headquarters and other offices worldwide.|