Rainer Kern

Global Parliament of Mayors und Director UNESCO City of Music, Stadt Mannheim


Rainer Kern has studied chemistry in Karlsruhe and Heidelberg and changed over after his diploma degree in chemistry to the culture field. As a freelance cultural manager, curator and producer he managed several projects in Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen. . He was the founder of the Mannheim based literature festival lesen.hören (reading.listening). He was also the founder and now still is the festival director and artistic director of the biggest german Jazz Festival, Enjoy Jazz - International Festival for Jazz and More, which is held every autumn for seven weeks in the cities Mannheim, Heidelberg and Ludwigshafen.

Currently he is member  of the team of the Habitat III following and implementation process for the city of Mannheim regarding the “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, Agenda 2030)” together with the “New Urban Agenda”.

He is responsible for the setup and strategic development the new worldwide Network “Global Parliament of Mayors” (GPM) which was launched in September 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands and co-founded by the city of Mannheim. The GPM now is a member of the Global Taskforce.