Israel, the Middle East and the Coronacrisis

May 18/25, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic challenges all societies. It changes their dynamics and the routines of their people. The Middle East and especially Israel are particularly affected by this development, as both Dr Asher Susser on May 18 and Dr Gershon Baskin on May 25 explained to us in the two Global Bridges video conferences on Israel. Both are leading Israeli Middle East experts and well known friends of Global Bridges through our many study trips: Susser is Senior Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle East Studies and Baskin is founder and co-chair of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI). The conferences were chaired by Dr Steven Althaus, former Chief Marketing Officer, BMW AG & Credit Suisse Group, who created a pleasant and constructive atmosphere for discussion. The introduction of the topic and speakers was taken on by Dr Beate Lindemann.

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Video conference of the participants of the Study Trips to Africa

May 7, 2020

„Please fasten your seatbelts and turn off your microphones. “

For the second time, the Global Bridges motto “We go there” was transformed into “We zoom there”. After the first video conference with participants of our previous Study Trips to Africa was a great success, all of the participants met online to zoom into an exciting discussion. This time, the destination was Accra, Ghana.

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Video conference of the participants of the Study Trips to Africa

April 8, 2020

On April 8, the Global Bridges motto “We go there” was temporarily changed to “We zoom there”. In an almost 90-minute online video conference, 15 participants of the last two Study Trips to the African continent discussed the current situation in Ethiopia as well as approaches to support the country in this situation.

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XXXIX Berlin Global Forum

Berlin, Germany

January 29, 2020

Across the African continent, innovative startups are on the rise. Young entrepreneurs are harnessing technology and creating digital solutions with the potential both to stimulate growth and to address some of the most critical challenges the continent is facing – from access to health care to financial inclusion and market access. At our XXXIX Berlin Global Forum on January 29, 2020, Global Bridges members and Young Leader Alumni had the great opportunity to discuss opportunities and challenges of this growing startup scene and its potential for sustainable development.

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XXXVIII Berlin Global Forum

Berlin, Germany

January 16, 2020

As a follow-up to our XV Study Trip to China & Hong Kong we organized another Global Forum on China for our members. Thanks to our large network and our longstanding relationships in China, we were able to assemble a high-ranking panel for the evening, including: Wolfgang Niedermark, Head of German Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Johnny Erling, lived in China for over 40 years and worked as China correspondent for German newspapers (i.e. Die Welt) for 22 years, and Robert von Rimscha, German Consul General in Chengdu until October 2019. Veit Etzold, Global Bridges member, professional storyteller and author, guided us through the evening. Read more

X New York Global Forum

New York, United States of America

December 12, 2019

“2019, a Turbulent Year for the US and China Relationship. What can we expect from 2020?” was the title for the 2019 Christmas holiday breakfast in NYC. Mr. Rong Yang, Vice President, Head of Hematology Marketing, Bayer US LLC, shared his perspective on the current status of the US-China relationship with a focus on the trade issue. The US has since long-time chronic trade imbalance. With EU, NAFTA countries Canada and Mexico and China, the United States runs a large volume of trade deficit. Since President Trump laid his focus on solving trade issues, it is logical that he had the three trading partners in his focus, China in particular. Read more

2019 Annual Thanksgiving Dinner / XX Frankfurt Global Forum

Frankfurt am Main, Deutschland

5. Dezember, 2019

On Thursday, December 5, Global Bridges members, Young Leader Alumni and friends came together in Frankfurt to celebrate the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at the invitation of U.S. Consul General Patricia Lacina in her festively decorated residence. The Thanksgiving Dinner in Frankfurt has become so popular that this year we reached the absolute capacity limit with 80 participants. Read more

XV Study Trip to China and Hong Kong 2019

Beijing – Dunhuang – Chongqing – Guilin – Hong Kong

October 20 – November 2, 2019

From October 20 to November 15, Global Bridges travelled to China and Hong Kong for the fifteenth time. According to the topic of this year’s Study Trip „From the Ancient Silk Road to Today’s Belt and Road Initiative“, we followed the political and economic developments and challenges China is facing today. Read more

VIII London Global Forum

London, United Kingdom

October 7, 2019

Topic: Book Presentation „Brexit. Causes and Consequences“ by Rudolf G. Adam

On Monday, 7 October 2019, Sir Robert Cooper presented to members of Global Bridges and some invited guests the book „Brexit. Causes and Consequences“, written by our member Rudolf Adam. The event took place in the Churchill Room at the Carlton Club, St. James, London. Read more

Study Trip to Ethiopia and Ghana

Addis Ababa – Accra

September 15 – 22, 2019

Compared to China, whose population will remain at 1.4 billion by 2050, the population of Africa will grow from the current 1.3 billion to 2.3 billion. The challenges involved are enormous, but so are the opportunities for the “Continent of the Century”. Time for Global Bridges to get their own impressions of Africa in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) and Ghana (Accra).

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