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Program | German American Conference at Harvard


The conference takes place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

415 Summer St., Boston, MA 02210.

The main stage is in room 210 and the Innovation Lounge right in front of it.

Day 1
06 Apr 2017
Day 2
07 Apr 2017
Day 3
08 Apr 2017
Day 4
09 Apr 2017

Reception for Fellows of the “Studienstiftung” and DAAD

By invitation only.
Sibylle Kalmbach
Ulrich Grothus

The Boston Consulting Group Dinner

By invitation only.
Dr. Hubertus Meinecke

Opening Remarks

Opening remarks by Dr. Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the U.S.
Dr. Peter Wittig

Keynote: Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is Director of the Future...
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Prof. Nicholas Burns

McCloy Panel: Security – Germany’s New Global Role

Brexit, Daesh, Refugees, Turkey, Libya and Ukraine. There is no lack of geopolitical challenges on Europe’s doorstep. At the same time, with isolationist voices rising on the right and the...
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Constanze Stelzenmüller
Jürgen Hardt
Dr. Peter Wittig
Prof. Nicholas Burns
Andrea Thompson
10:45 - 11:00

Coffee Break

Keynote: Edelgard Bulmahn: Quo vadis, transatlantic relations?

Edelgard Bulmahn is Vice President of the German Bundestag. She was Federal Minister of Education and Research from 1998 to 2005.
Edelgard Bulmahn

Transforming the Energy Paradigm

In shaping a sustainable energy future, efforts come from actors across the board – from global to local, public to private, and everywhere in between. In Germany, the federal government...
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Christina Becker-Birck
Reinhard Bütikofer
Caio Koch-Weser
Gina McCarthy
12:30 - 13:30

Lunch break

Press Round: The First 80 Days Of The New Administration

Over the last seven decades the German-American relationship has become one of the most important cornerstones in international affairs and diplomacy. The successful implementation of the Marshall-Plan, as well as...
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Christian Feld
Jon Finer
Erik Kirschbaum
Prof. Karl Kaiser
Ina Ruck

TED-style Talk: Process Mining

Celonis is the worlds leading process mining software company. Process Mining is a new big data analytics technology designed to help customers to optimize their operations. Process Mining goes through...
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Alexander Rinke
14:40 - 16:00

Innovation Lounge Break

The Future of Education

The digital revolution has made its mark on every industry of our globalized world, and has even found its way into academia. The limitless exchange of ideas, especially across international...
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Fernando Reimers
Ulrich Grothus
Sascha Spoun
Patrick Mullane
Prof. David J. Malan
Edelgard Bulmahn

Democracy in a Digital Age

In the digital age, we all have first-handedly seen the news move from paper onto a screen, and from the radio onto a stream. However, current affairs are only a...
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Dr. Dr. Alexander Görlach
Marina Weisband
Andrew McAfee

Exclusive Gala Dinner

Join us for our exclusive Gala Dinner in the Harvard Club of Boston with the speakers, organizers, and partners of the conference. One of our speakers will deliver a dinner...
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Keynote and Q&A: Alexander Graf Lambsdorff – The future of Europe

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff is Vice President of the European Parliament and Member of the Board of Trustees, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.
Alexander Graf Lambsdorff

Panel Discussion: Joe Kaeser

Joe Kaeser is President & CEO of Siemens AG.
Dr. Miriam Meckel
Joe Kaeser

Innovation and Investment panel

Traditionally, the U.S. has been the startup hub of the world and while this is still true, also other countries around the world recognize how important a healthy entrepreneurship environment...
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Henning Schneider
Peter Woodward
Moritz Baier
Christian Busch
Dr. Cornelius Boersch
Martin Weiss
12:15 - 13:15

Lunch Break

Stefan Winners: Digital Transformation in Media

Stefan Winners is a Member of the Board of Hubert Burda Media
Stefan Winners

Towards Agile Governance of Emerging Technologies

Wendell Wallach is a Consultant, Ethicist, and scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics   This talk is organised in collaboration with the future society at the Harvard Kennedy...
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Wendell Wallach

Keynote: Berlin Calling!

Dr. Jens Müffelmann

Keynote: Strategies that work in a disruptive environment

Dr. Peter Gassmann is Managing Director with Strategy& Europe
Dr. Peter Gassmann

Keynote: Allianz Global Investors

Dynamic Asset Allocation: An Active Path to Superior Portfolio Diversification
Thomas Zimmerer, Ph.D.
15:30 - 16:45

Innovation Lounge Talks & Shows

Keynote: Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann

Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann is CEO of Opel Group GmbH and President of General Motors Europe.
Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann

Next Generation Mobility

The merging of car manufacturing and fast-paced tech-driven innovation will disrupt one of the leading industries in the US and Germany–the automotive industry. The push of new powerful players in...
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Paolo Santi
Peter Woodward
Norbert Barthle
Dr. Hubertus Meinecke
Dr. Jennifer Dungs
Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann

Closing Remarks and Acknowledgements

Consul General Dr. Ralf Horlemann
Dr. Ralf Horlemann

Falling Walls Lab

Falling Walls Lab

Workshop: How to professionally stalk someone in the Internet.

Workshop by Marc Al-Hames from CLIQZ / Hubert Burda Media.
Dr. Marc Al-Hames

Workshop: Smart Home

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