Date, Venue & Program 

June 22, 2017 | Düsseldorf

 

Industrie-Club Düsseldorf

Elberfelder Str. 6
40213 Düsseldorf

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 Agenda 

8:30am     Registration & Breakfast

 

9:00am   Welcome and Introduction

  • Caroll H. Neubauer, Chairman of the German American Chambers of Commerce of the U.S. (GACCs)

  • Andreas Schmitz, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Düsseldorf

9:10am   Keynote

  • Dr. Herbert Jakoby, Head of the Foreign Trade Department, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy, SME and Handcraft of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia 

9:20am   Opening Panel: Transatlantic Relations 4.0

Moderator: Andreas Kluth, Editor in Chief, Handelsblatt Global

  • Thomas Geisel, Mayor of Düsseldorf

  • Michael R. Keller​, Consul General, US-Consulate General Düsseldorf

  • Dr. Walter Maisel, President & CEO, KOSTAL North America, Inc., Chairman of the Board of Directors of GACC Midwest and Chairman & President of GACC Midwest’s Michigan Chapter

  • Dr. Lutz Raettig, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Morgan Stanley Bank AG

  • Frank Sportolari, President UPS Germany; Vice President, American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V.

10:50am   Coffee Break

11:15pm  Future Report: ECONOMY 4.0

  • Dr. Vera Demary, Head of the Research Unit Structural Change and Competition, Cologne Institute for Economic Research

11:30am  Future Report: ENERGY

  • Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer, Executive Chair World Energy Ressources, World Energy Council

11:45am  Panel: ENERGY

Moderator: Dr. Jan Fritz Rettberg, Head of Innovation Management, ie³ Institut für Energiesysteme, Energieeffizienz und Energiewirtschaft, Technische Universität Dortmund

  • Jekaterina Grigorjeva, Senior Manager, Energy and Climate Policy, Federation of German Industries

  • Dr. Stefan Hardt, Managing Director, MeteoViva GmbH

  • Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer, Executive Chair World Energy Ressources, World Energy Council

  • Robert Werner, Managing Director, Heindl Energy GmbH

13:00pm   Lunch Break and Networking

2:00pm  MARKET ENTRY WORKSHOPS (75 min) - Part 1

Sales Strategies USA

Moderator: Mark Tomkins, GACC Midwest

  • Rainer Aits, Managing Director, P3 group

  • Dr. Friedrich-Hans Grandin, CEO, HUESKER Synthetic GmbH

  • Christoph Petri, Regional Manager, Weishaupt America Inc. 

  • Werner Streich, Sales Manager | Business Development, SCHAEFFLER Engineering GmbH

Legal Framework & Risks

Moderator: Susanne Gellert, GACC New York

  • Bernd Groß, CEO, Cumulocity GmbH

  • Dr. Stefan Hardt, Managing Director, MeteoViva GmbH

  • Dr. Matthias Rauhut, Managing Director, DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE GmbH & Co. KG

  • Dr. Michael Tal, Managing Director, BusyLamp GmbH

Startups 4.0 - The old guy & the new guys

Moderator: Rene van den Hoevel, GACC West

  • Konrad Augustin, Investment Director & Head of E.ON SCI US, E.ON Innovation / Strategic Co-Investments

  • Amadeo Gaigl, CEO & Co-Founder, Bohème Digital GmbH

  • Dr. Christian Heinrich, CFO & Founder, scoutbee GmbH

  • Maximilian P. Wagner, CEO, SMS digital GmbH

3:15pm   Coffee Break

 

3:45pm  MARKET ENTRY WORKSHOPS (75 min) - Part 2

Sales Strategies USA

Moderator: Mark Tomkins, GACC Midwest

  • Rainer Aits, Managing Director, P3 group

  • Dr. Friedrich-Hans Grandin, CEO, HUESKER Synthetic GmbH

  • Christoph Petri, Regional Manager, Weishaupt America Inc. 

  • Werner Streich, Sales Manager | Business Development, SCHAEFFLER Engineering GmbH

Legal Framework & Risks

Moderator: Susanne Gellert, GACC New York

  • Bernd Groß, CEO, Cumulocity GmbH

  • Dr. Stefan Hardt, Managing Director, MeteoViva GmbH

  • Dr. Matthias Rauhut, Managing Director, DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE GmbH & Co. KG

  • Dr. Michael Tal, Managing Director, BusyLamp GmbH

Vocational Education and Training

Moderator: Stefanie Jehlitschka, GACC South

  • Freya Lemcke, Vice President, RGIT

  • Sebastian Patta, Geschäftsführer Personal und Organisation, SITECH Sitztechnik GmbH

  • Peter Riehle, President & CEO, Wittenstein North America

  • Andy Stecher, President/CEO, Plasmatreat North America

5:00pm   Networking Reception

 

6:30pm    End of Event

The conference will be held in German!

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