Field trips to destinations of geographical importance, conferences at focal points of world history, forums about issues with substance and relevant participants are the signature of our event calendar.

On Focus

Remembering our Friend Walther Leisler Kiep

“I am left with great confidence.”
Walther Leisler Kiep, January 5, 1926
May 9, 2016

The Board of Directors and the members of Global Bridges are united in deep sadness over the death of Walther Leisler Kiep. Saying farewell to the founding father of our organization leaves us with painful wounds and deep gaps that will be hard to fill.

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China, October 26 – 2015

Far from the booming metropolises of Shanghai and Hong Kong, it is easy to witness the rebirth of a world power caught between traditional structures and new prosperity. A Chinese conversation partner casually pointed out that following decades of unprecedented growth and the increase in pollution, the app he uses to measure fine dust has almost become as important to him as weather reports.


Iran, May 1 – 2015

While high-pressure nuclear negotiations were being carried out with the utmost diplomacy, we experienced a land of extreme diversity and contradiction. Conservatives insist on the status quo of isolation, reformers strive for cultural openness and economic awakening. New perspectives for the recognition of the role women play in society are being formed. We were addressed with curiosity on the streets – and in well-spoken English. As a longstanding politician, Frankfurt’s former mayor Petra Roth swiftly wins sympathy among young female Iranians.


  • XXXII Berlin Global Forum, March 22, 2018

    Guest Speaker: Felix Hufeld, President of the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin)

    Panelists: Mark Turell ( CEO & Founder of Vork), Peter Müller-Brühl (Member of the Board of Greencom Networks) and Stephanie Adam (Senior Consultant at Apricum - The Cleantech Advisory)

    Topic: “Bitcoin – Blockchain: The Next Big Thing After the Internet?”

    Host and Moderator: Jan-Friedrich Kallmorgen (CEO of Berlin Global Advisors)

Program – First Half of 2018

  • III Study Trip to the Islamic Republic of Iran, April 7-15, 2018
  • VI Study Trip to Israel and the West Bank, April 25 – May 3, 2018
  • I Study Trip to Jordan, May 4-11, 2018 (CANCELLED)
  • XVII European-American Young Leaders Conference in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, May 27-31, 2018
  • III Walther Leisler Kiep Symposium Berlin, June 26-27, 2018


  • VI London Global Forum, March 15, 2018

    At the Invitation of Carl-Peter Forster, Chairman of the Board of London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC)

    Topic: Light Wight Construction and E-Mobility of the Future

  • Traditional New Year’s Dinner, January 2018

    At the Invitation of H.E., the Chinese Ambassador in Germany, Mr. Shi Mingde

  • II Hamburg Global Forum, January 2018
  • VIII New York Global Forum, December 2017

    At the Invitation of the German Consul General in New York David Gill
    Guest Speaker: Phil Murphy, newly-elected Governor of New Jersey

  • XIV Frankfurt Global Forum / Thanksgiving Dinner, November 2017

    At the Invitation of The U.S. Consul General Mr. James W. Herman in Frankfurt am Main