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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Program – Second Half of 2022

  • Study Trip to Singapore and Malaysia from March 4-13, 2023
  • Study Trip to Egypt from May 6-14, 2023

Past

  • Traditional Holiday Breakfast / XI New York Global Forum on December 8, 2022

    New York, USA
    Speaker: The Honorable Dr. Henry A. Kissinger
    In cooperation with the German Consul General in New York

  • Video Conference “EU Global Gateway Initiative in Afrika – Neue Chancen für eine Nachhaltige Infrastrukturpolitik?” on November 17, 2022

    Speakers: Bienvenue Angui (TBC), Head of Operations - GreenTec Capital Africa Foundation; Gunther Beger, Managing Director of the Directorate of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation of UNIDO; Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament
    Moderator: Dr. Daniel Bloemers, Policy Officer at European Commission

  • Book Launch “I Shall Not Hate” Professor Abuelaish’s bestselling autobiography (meet in-person) on November 15, 2022

    Berlin, Germany
    Speakers: Professor Izzeldin Abuelaish, Professor of Global Health, University of Toronto, Canada
    Moderator: Nora Müller, Körber Stiftung
    In cooperation with Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation and the Deutsches Orient-Institut

  • Video Conference “Brazil after the Elections: Future Relations between Germany, the EU and South America’s Largest Country” on November 14, 2022

    Speakers: Dr. Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal, President, Fundação Getulio Vargas; Rafael Haddad, Managing Director, Lateinamerika-Ausschuss der Deutschen Wirtschaft
    Moderator: Dr. Hildegard Stausberg, Honorary member of the board of the Kölner Presseclubs

  • Video Symposium “20. Nationalkongress in China: Quo Vadis?” on November 8, 2022

    Speakers: Felix Lee, Correspondent, TAZ; Dr. Angela Stanzel, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik; Jörg Wuttke, BASF China/European Chamber of Commerce in China
    Moderator: Katrin Otto, Deutsche Börse Group