IV Walther Leisler Kiep Symposium 2019

Berlin, Germany

June 24/25, 2019

Topic: China as a Global Competitor: Implications for Europe

On 25 June 2019 the Fourth Walther Leisler Kiep Symposium discussed the challenges and opportunities of China’s rise.

After generations of passive introspection, China is reappearing as an active power, engaging in foreign policy, staking out its geostrategic, territorial and technologic claims. The real competitor of the USA is no longer Russia. It is China – a China that is no longer imitating and copying western technology but taking the lead in some of the most advanced technologies: artificial intelligence, digital communication, bio-sciences, automotive solutions.

Two giants, the USA and China, overshadow a Europe that finds itself stuck uncomfortably in the middle. China is one of our most important markets. Europe – and even more so the USA – provides an important market for China. We are dependent on imports from China in some key technologies. We do not have a European champion to stand up to Huawei.

China has woken up. It is time we wake up from the dreams and illusions that we formed in our past. This Symposium has certainly shaken us up from some comfortable dreams. That is why we should all give our sincere thanks to those who organized this event and to those who let us share in their vast experience and wisdom.

For the full report from Dr. Rudolf Adam please click below

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VIII German-Chinese Young Leaders Conference

Dresden, Germany

June 02 to 07, 2019

Topic: “Identify Bridge-Builder and Bridges of the 21st Centry”

On the occasion of the VIII German-Chinese Young Leaders Conference, about 20 German and 20 Chinese young leaders the fields of politics, business and the media came together to in early June to discuss current issues and get to know this beautiful region. As is the yearly tradition, the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA) and Global Bridges jointly hosted the conference.

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II Study Trip to Russia

Moscow – St. Petersburg

May 26 – June 1, 2019

This year’s Study Trip to Russia was set on the backdrop of a few key objectives: 1) to obtain a perspective on the political status quo and mindset in Russia in light of recent years’ political tensions (and sanctions) with the Western World, 2) to learn about the technological activities in Russia in both the private sector and start-up world and 3) to put these themes into perspective with the developments in the West.

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XVIII European-American Young Leaders Conference, May 19-23, 2019

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

May 19 to 23, 2019

Topic: “Kyrgyzstan in the Heart of Asia”

Kyrgyzstan, a landlocked country nestled in the sphere of influence of two major world powers, was the destination of this year’s European-American Young Leaders conference. The young nation experienced a turbulent past with two revolutions taking place in 2005 and 2010 and is now at the center of the Chinese “One Belt, One Road” initiative which made it the ideal place for the 38 young leaders to engage in discussions on the past, present and future of this beautiful country.

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XXXVII Berlin Global Forum, May 15, 2019

Topic: Africa Rising – Ethiopia and Ghana in Transition

On Wednesday, May 15th, Global Bridges members, young leaders and friends came together in the offices of the Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft e.V. to discuss the economic opportunities, challenges and developments in the African countries of Ghana and Ethiopia. Set as a lead-up to the Study Trip to Ethiopia and Ghana in September 2019, our Afrika-Verein moderators Tara Méité, Manager West Africa, and Ambassador (ret.) Egon Kochanke, Diplomatic Advisor, set th    e stage for these rising African powerhouses.

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XXXVI Berlin Global Forum, March 27, 2019

Topic: “German Statups Abroad”

On March 27, Global Bridges Members, Young Leaders, and guests gathered at the offices of WMPEurocomAG to discuss the topic “German Startups Abroad”. Moderated by Kirstin Hegner, Global Bridges member and Managing Director for Digital Hub Mobility at UnternehmerTUM GmbH, the evening’s discussion focused on the various challenges that German startups face both within Germany and as they expand into foreign markets.

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II Study Trip to Airbus Toulouse, Febuary 27/28, 2019

Toulouse, France

“You win or you learn.” – with these words Airbus’ Head of Urban Air Mobility, Eduardo Dominguez Puerta marks the great spirit of the II. Field Trip to Airbus Headquarters from February 27-28, with many inspiring discussions, with an (even more) inspiring team of Global Bridges members, young leaders and friends.

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XXXIV Berlin Global Forum, February 18 2019

For most of us, the term ‘robot’ brings to mind vivid images of car assembly lines, unmanned drones, or deep space. The term ‘artificial intelligence’ (AI), however, may be a bit more difficult to grasp. This software, which enables computers to learn independently, is quickly becoming the basis for future innovations in robotics, medical diagnostics and autonomous vehicles. In fact, AI is driving most of today’s technological innovations. Soon, it will shape every sector of the economy, boosting productivity everywhere from manufacturing plants to law firms. Additionally, AI will also play an increasingly central role in defense. However, the adoption of AI has also raised questions about its potential misuse as an instrument of social control, as well as the technology’s impact on labor markets.

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IV München Global Forum, Febuary 04, 2019

The future lies in space, agreed the participants of the IV München Global Forum, who were introduced to the topic “SPACE – THE NEW PLACE? Opportunities and Risks of Space Traffic”.  The catchword “New Space” played an important role, as the term summarizes the multitude of new business models for the commercial use of space.  Read more

IX New York Global Forum, December 13, 2018

On December 13, with the holidays right around the corner, Global Bridges Members, Young Leaders Alumni, and invited guests convened in New York City in high spirits for Global Bridges’ IX New York Global Forum. Two esteemed guest speakers, former US Ambassador Dr. Cameron Munter and Global Bridges Member and successful London banker Mr. Axel K. A. Hansing, joined those in attendance at the Deutsches Haus for a morning of fascinating talks and energetic, productive discussions. German Consul General to New York David Gill, a former Young Leader, graciously hosted the event.

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