Direction and Management

Foto: Renate Schlicht
Foto: Renate Schlicht

Doris Lerche became known with her cartoons "Du streichelst mich nie!“ in 1980. She was one of the three first satiric graphic artists in Germany. Moreover she has published short stories, novels and lyric. Since 1986,  she  holds performances on stage reading her own literary works accompanied by a live music performance.


1985 she founded the "Romanfabrik" in Frankfurt together with other writers and artists. She was primarily responsible for the structure of Romanfabrik as well as for the seletcion of its programs.





Direction and Management

Claudia Gehricke (Dipl.-Übersetzerin, certified translator) MA in Applied Linguistics (English/Spanish), Comparative Literature and Psychology.
Claudia Gehricke, in addition to working as a full-time translator at a bank in Frankfurt, is particularly committed to promoting the intercultural dialogue with readers and writers of contemporary literature from Germany, Great Britain, the USA, Spain and Latin America. Since 2010, she has managed the literary circle of Literaturhaus Frankfurt e. V. and the “club de lectura” of “Puerta del Sol e. V.”, the association of Bolivians in Frankfurt. Her activities include the presentation and dissemination of contemporary literature of Bolivia, which is practically unknown in Germany. She also supports various cultural projects, such as the intensification of the cooperation of Alondra Institute with the Fundación Tres Culturas in Sevilla as well as local literary agents and institutions.




Peter Ripken (*1942 in Bielsko-Biala/Poland) worked in development cooperation in Africa after studies of comparative literature, sociology and mass communication. He was a co-founder of the German Anti-Apartheid movement in the early 1970s and was in charge of the Information Centre on Southern Africa (issa) at that time. Later he worked as a journalist mainly for radio, and from 1984 to 1986 was senior editor with the Africa Service of Radio Deutsche Welle in Cologne.
From 1987 to 2007 he was the director of the Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American literature in Frankfurt/Main, a special literary agency closely connected with the Frankfurt Book Fair. From 2003 to 2009 he was program manager of the International Centre of the Frankfurt Book Fair. During all these years, he organized many literary events and chaired many readings with authors from all over the world. He was also a member of several jurys for literary awards.
Since 1997 Peter Ripken has been active with the program “Cities of Refuge”, and has been instrumental, among others with Daniel Cohn-Bendit (then the first City Councillor for multicultural affairs in Frankfurt, later a Member of the European Parliament for the Greens until 2014), to have Frankfurt declared “City of Refuge”. Peter Ripken was involved in the foundation of the International Cities of Refuge Network ICORN in 2006. He was Chair of ICORN’s International Board until April 2016.




Dr. Shiva Kambari is a Managing Director and Project Consultant. She has studied Philosophy, majoring in International Relations and specializing in Confidence Building. Thus she uses confidence and bridge-building in her multifaced work in international trade and management as well as her social activism in the interest of peace, national development and cooperation.
She helped organize the first "Global Seminar on Fiction and Dialogue among Cultures", held in Kish , Iran in 2002. Since then she has been close to Doris Lerche, who also took part, and supported Alondra Institute in an advisory position.








Michael Vander (*1960 at Essen) started his business career as a banker, followed by various leading positions at German and International leasing companies. He studied “International Marketing” at the British CIM  Institute. Today he continues to be a member of the Research Institute for Leasing at the University of Cologne as well as a member of the EMST-Alumni-Organisation. Since January 2009 he works for corporations, manufacturers and financial services institutes as an Independent Professional.

At the start of 2012 he began his first exchange of ideas with the “Alondra Institute”, following which a fruitful cooperation has developed. Through his commercial experience and his network, he now supports the Institute and its objectives in an advisory role.