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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2019 Global Bridges Conference / X Young Leaders Alumni Conference

Riga, Latvia

July 11-13, 2019

Topic: “The Baltic Bridge: Latvia as a Key Player in a Modern Europe”

This year’s 2019 Global Bridges Conference / X Young Leaders Alumni Conference took place in Jūrmala and Riga, Latvia on the shores of the Baltic Sea with more than 40 amazing Young Leader Alumni, Global Bridges-members and friends. Centered on the topic, “The Baltic Bridge: Latvia as a Key Player in a Modern Europe”, this year’s conference dove into the unique role of Latvia within the Baltics and larger European context.

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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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