• MEDA Convention 2018

    MEDA Convention 2018

    A weekend of inspiration, networking and fun celebrating the power of entrepreneurship to alleviate poverty!

  • MEDA Convention 2018

    MEDA Convention 2018

    Roads to Enduring Livelihoods

4 - Cornelia Horsch

Friday, November 3, 12:00 p.m. - Panel on Refugee Issues

Cornelia Horsch 2Cornelia Horsch

Management Team member, Horsch Machines

Building Bridges to New Lives for Refugees - Panelist

Cornelia Horsch is a member of the management team of Horsch Maschinen GmbH based in Schwandorf, Germany. In this family-owned company in the Upper Palatinate, Cornelia, a mother of four, is responsible for their sales, service and marketing departments.


Horsch Machines is one of the leading companies of agricultural machinery and a specialist in tillage, seed drills and plant protection. Founded in 1984, Horsch Maschinen GmbH employs 1,300 people all over the world and in 2016 achieved an annual turnover of 300 million Euros. In 2010, the company was awarded the “Großer Preis des Mittelstands,“ one of the most important German economic awards, for its achievements. In 2016 the company won the Human Resources Excellence Awards in the “HR Innovation of the Year” category for its cross-cultural training program and ranked first as the most family-friendly company of the district of Schwandorf.


Cornelia Horsch is married to the company’s founder, Michael Horsch. In 1988 the graduate economist started her professional career in the internal sales department, soon after that she headed the sales and the service department and was responsible for marketing. Today she is a member of the corporate management team that was restructured in 2013 and is the managing director of the French subsidiary Horsch France SARL. One objective of her activities is a further linking-up and enhancement of the service, sales and marketing departments by intensive communication to expand existing markets and to develop new markets.

Cornelia is an honorary board member of the LCC International University in Klaipėda in Lithuania. The state-approved university goes back to a private initiative with the objective to provide students with a qualification based on Christian principles and with a holistic education.

In her own company as well, Cornelia, as the managing director, intensely supports the apprenticeship and employee training departments. During the past several years, the apprenticeship department at Horsch has developed in such a way that the company was presented as a positive role model for several projects. Currently, the Horsch family campaigns for providing refugees with good training and thus with a promising future in the region.

Moreover, Cornelia encourages art and culture at the company’s head office in Schwandorf as the chair of the Konrad Max Kunz Fördervereinigung that consists of 3 branches: music academy, oratorio choir and theatre.