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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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