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

V Chinese-German Young Leaders Conference Hainan, Haikou, P.R. China

Hainan, Haikou, P.R. China October 11 to 16, 2016

“Craftsmanship, Innovation, and Business Startups of Young Leaders

The days in Haikou, were a truly memorable and enriching experience:

First, the conference was an excellent opportunity to learn more about China, its culture and about Hainan in particular. The breathtaking speed at which China is transforming its economy and its society, for example, was very vividly illustrated by the contrast between Haikou’s historical city center and the local government’s ambitious future urban development goals.

Second, the conference was a catalyst for stimulating exchanges about Craftsmanship, Innovation, and Business Startups among its participants.

Finally and most importantly, the days in Haikou facilitated personal encounters – during the formal program but also various informal get-togethers (Karaoke, Chinese foot massages, evenings at the hotel bar) – which laid the basis for long-lasting friendships.

Young Leaders Conference in Yerevan

Yerevan, Armenia

June 12-16, 2016

The resolution of the German Bundestag on the Armenian Genocide has put the small, but historically significant Caucasian state back into the center of current political debate. In the midst of this debate, we visit a country trying to come to terms with its history and to become a modern, prosperous national economy. Standing in the way are the Diaspora, the continuing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and overwhelmingly powerful neighboring states, all of which influence Armenian living conditions. How can the geopolitical placement and rich resources of the country be used to create a prosperous society and a stable democracy? Young Leaders from eighteen countries discuss ways to lead Armenians to free elections, to fight corruption, and to help the country rise out of poverty and to shift its focus to the future.

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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Schedule of Activities

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Upcoming

  • Study Trip to Pakistan, from May 17-25, 2024

    Islamabad and Karachi

  • Chinese-German Young Leaders Conference, from May 26-31, 2024

    Hangzhou, P.R. China

  • VII. Walther Leisler Kiep Symposium “Challenges to the Global Order – Revisionism, Populism, and the Rise of the Global South”, from June 12-13, 2024

    Berlin, Germany

  • Cosmopolitan Talk, June 27, 2024

    Topic: “Digitale Plattformen als Staaten”
    Speakers: Dr. Moritz Holzgraefe, Director Public Affairs EU, Axel Springer SE
    Moderator: Michael Rümmelein, Co-Founder and Director, Swiss 5 Group
    Zurich, Switzerland

  • Study Trip to Liechtenstein, from July 2-7, 2024

    Zurich, St. Gallen and Vaduz

Past

  • Geopolitical Monitor, May 8, 2024

    Topic:  “Ukraine between Western War Fatigue and Russia’s Presidential Election”
    Speakers: Nico Lange, Senior Fellow, Munich Security Conference; Dr. Jana Puglierin (TBC), Head, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)
    Moderator: Dr. Stefan Meister, Head of the Centre for Order and Governance in Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP)
    Berlin, Germany

  • Geopolitical Monitor, April 23, 2024

    Topic:  “Kranker Mann am Indus? Pakistan zwischen Nachbarschaftsstreit, Wahlchaos und Klimawandel”
    Speakers: Georg Klussmann, Head of Division Afghanistan/Pakistan, Federal Foreign Office; Dr. habil. Christian Wagner, Senior Fellow, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)
    Moderator: Jürgen Osterhage, Freelance media coach, fmr. ARD correspondent in New-Delhi
    Online

  • Chapter Meeting, March 19, 2024

    Young Leaders Alumni
    Topic:  “Innovating fast, while safeguarding trust – Deutsche Börse’s perspective on digital assets and their regulation”
    Speakers: Sujata Wirsching, Head of Unit Luxembourg Governmental Affairs and Lead Digital Finance, Group Regulatory Strategy, Deutsche Börse; Miryusup Abdullaev, Managing Director, Deutsche Börse Digital Exchange
    Frankfurt am Main, Germany

  • Geopolitical Monitor, 10 March, 2024

    Topic:  “Der Gaza-Krieg und seine Auswirkungen – Welche Zukunft hat die Zwei-Staaten-Lösung noch?”
    Speakers: Deidre Berger, Chair, Jewish Digital Cultural and Recovery Project Stiftung; Steven Höfner, fmr. Director, Konrad Adenauer Foundation Ramallah
    Moderator: Dr. Dirk Schmalenbach, Partner, Freshfields
    Berlin, Germany

  • Geopolitical Monitor, February 15, 2024

    Topic: “Quo Vadis Türkiye”
    Speakers: Prof. Dr. Sanem Aydin-Düzgit, Prof. Dr. Fuat Keyman
    Moderator: Dr. Hürcan Asli Aksoy
    Online