Events

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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Guiyang

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.

Isfahan

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.

Current

Momentarily no announcements on short notice.

Program – Second Half of 2021

  • Video Conference (in German): “A new government: What does the economy expect?” on October 26

    Speakers: Dr. Stefan Traeger, Chairman of the Board, Jenoptik AG; Martin Kind, Owner and Managing Director, Kind-Gruppe; Moderator: Michael Behrens, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Die Himmelsschreiber

  • Thanksgiving Dinner / XX Frankfurt Global Forum on November 30

    In-person event at the invitation of the U.S. Consul General in Frankfurt, Norman Thatcher Scharpf.

Past

  • Global Bridges Day 2021 / Annual Membership Meeting

    In-person, German-language event on September 7, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.

  • “Musée privé”: Exclusive Guided Tour of Exhibitions (meet in-person, in German) on September 6, 2021: Impressionism: The Hasso Plattner Collection & Impressionism in Russia: Dawn of the Avant-Garde

    At the Museum Barberini, Potsdam, followed by dinner at Restaurant Waage (walking distance)

    https://www.museum-barberini.com/en/exhibitions/

  • Video Symposium on August 16 (Englisch-language event): “New Data Economy and its Consequences”

    Speakers: Young Sohn, CEO, Harman / Kardon ; until recently President of Samsung Electronics and Alastair Buchan, Chair of Stroke Research and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Oxford University. Moderator: Ali Aslan, International TV Presenter, Conference Moderator, Journalist

  • Video Conference: “Change of power in Tanzania: preserve the old and dare the new” on June 16

    With H.E. Ambassador Regine Heß and Sanjay Rughani, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Tanzania. Moderated by Prof. Dr. Edward Krubasik.

  • Video conference “USA – Russia– EU: Coordinated Realisation of the Paris Climate Accord Goals” on May 31, 2021

    With Professor Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Sigmar Gabriel and Cem Özdemir. Moderated by Professor Dr. Friedbert Pflüger. German-language event.