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

Video Discussion: “Politico-economic Priorities for the New Federal Government from Autumn 2021 onwards – Gradual Change or Fundamental Change of Course necessary?”

In the autumn of 2021, Germany will have a new federal government that will have to face the socio-economic problems of our time with innovative solutions. These include obsolescence, unsuitable income taxation and digitisation. On May 18, 2021, Dr. Daniel Stelter, founder of the forum beyond the obvious, which specialises in strategy and macroeconomics, and Professor Dr. Achim Truger, Professor of Socioeconomics at the University of Duisburg-Essen and a member of the Advisory Council for the assessment of macroeconomic development, discussed these and other topics. The discussion was moderated by Professor Dr. Henrik Müller, professor for economic journalism at the TU Dortmund. On Global Bridges’ side, Dr. Beate Lindemann and Dr. Hans Albrecht, the executive chairwoman and the chairman of the board, respectively, took part, just as more than 50 members of the association.

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New Threats to the Freedom of the Seas – how vulnerable are Germany and Europe?

The safety of maritime trade routes is an important issue, especially for countries like Germany, whose economies are largely based on their merchant fleets. For this reason, Global Bridges organised a video symposium on April 21, 2021. The following speakers were invited: Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen, current Head of Operations in the Naval Command as well as former Force Commander of Operation Atalanta, and Irina Haesler, Head of Maritime Security Policy and the EU Representation of the Association of German Shipowners (VDR).

The symposium was moderated by Dr. Sarah Kirchberger, who, in addition to her activities as Head of the Strategic Development in the Asia-Pacific Department at the Institute for Security Policy at the University of Kiel (ISPK) and Vice President of the German Maritime Institute (DMI), is also a board member at Global Bridges. On behalf of Global Bridges, Dr. Beate Lindemann, executive chairwoman of the association, and more than 30 members took part in the symposium.

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Plastic waste pollution in the ocean: What African countries are doing

Dr. Claudia Winterstein welcomed all participants of the video conference. She then delivered her welcoming address and a brief introduction. She stated that “nearly 200 million tonnes of municipal waste are generated on the African continent annually”, with Ghana generating 1 million. Of this, only 2-5% is recycled. In Ghana, 23% also ends up in the sea. The waste collection rate is only 55% all over the African continent.

Dr. Winterstein briefly introduced all the guest speakers before handing over to the moderator; Samuel Boakye Opoku, Founder of Start.Up Lounge Africa, which is building an online platform, Kutana Africa, to provide African startups the opportunity to be visible and connect with other startups and SMEs across Africa.

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Schedule of Activities

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Upcoming

  • 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

  • Young Leaders Alumni Reunion, from July 4-7, 2024

    Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Past

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

    Hangzhou, P.R. China

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

    Islamabad and Karachi

  • 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