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Born in 1971
World Citizen Card number :24784
Address : Alfter (Germany)

Declaration of intention summary

Rasmus Tenbergen ( ) is the founder and manager of The World Parliament Experiment (, a provisional Internet World Parliament and co-initiator of the Coalition for Global Democracy and a World Parliament ( He wants to work for the People's Congress as a step towards a World Parliament.


Dr. Rasmus Tenbergen is Executive Director of the Institute for Leadership Development ( and of the World Parliament Experiment ( He studied political science and public administration at the Free University of Berlin and at Harvard University concentrating on Negotiation analysis and International relations. From 1996-1997, he was co-opted by former Chancellor Helmut Kohl to the national board of the governing party (CDU) in Germany. Since 2000, he has been lecturer in negotiation and leadership development at the Universities of Bonn and Erfurt.

CV Dr. Rasmus Tenbergen


  • Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Cambridge, MA
    Master in Public Administration, June 2001
    Course work includes: leadership, negotiation, international relations
  • Aachen Institute of Technology, Germany
    PhD in Political Science, July 2000
  • Free University of Berlin, Germany
    M.A. in Political Science, July 1996


  • 1999-2007 Executive Director of the Institute for Leadership Development in Bonn, Germany
  • 2000-2007 Executive Director of the World ParliamentExperiment (
  • 2000-2007 Lecturer in Negotiation Analysis and Leadership Development at the Universities of Bonn and Erfurt, Germany
  • 1996-1997 National Chairman of the Association of Christian-Democrat Students (RCDS).
  • 1996-1997 Co-opted to the national board of the Christian Democrat Union (CDU) by former Chancellor Dr. Helmut Kohl.

Personal :

  • Married to Katja Tenbergen
  • Conductor of the Fitzcarraldo Orchestra in Germany
  • Languages: German, English and French
  • Contact: : Dr. Rasmus Tenbergen, Höhenweg 17, DE 53347 Alfter, Germany

Declaration of intention

During the discussion on the World Citizen E-mail list I was invited to add my name on the list of candidates for the People`s Congress. I am glad to do that because I see a hugh potential in the People's Congress: in my opinion, it can serve as a "Provisional World Parliament from below" and that is my favorite way how a World Parliament should be created. I think it is a very good approach if registered world citizens give other world citizens a mandate to represent them, coordinate their efforts, and interact with the outside world. This is also the approach that I tried to implement in the project that I founded in 2000: The World Parliament Experiment ( , formerly: The Global Democracy Experiment (, a provisional World Parliament on the Internet.

A second important aspect for me is the collaboration between different Global Democracy Initiatives. I am a co-initiator of coalition-building efforts since 2003 (for example: and here again I see potential for the People's Congress to help organize collaboration with legitimacy through elections based on the principle of one person, one vote. That does not mean that I think it should be the "one and only" umbrella organization, but it can certainly help to co-ordinate the different constructive initiatives.

If you are interested in more information, you can visit my website: I am looking forward to working with you, be it in this or in any other context.