UPCOMING – FIRST COUNCIL FORUM 2016 IN BERLIN ON OCTOBER 21ST AND 22ND

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UPCOMING – FIRST COUNCIL FORUM 2016 IN BERLIN ON OCTOBER 21ST AND 22ND

It is official: The first Council Forum will take place at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin on October 21st and 22nd.

This first event of its kind in Germany aims to reconnect the alumni (200+ speakers, 50+ partners, 200+ team members) of the eight previous German American Conferences as well as the new friends of the GAC community.

Juergen Hardt, a Christian Democratic Union member of the Bundestag and Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation, will be the host of this event. He will also give a keynote speech on the U.S. Election 2016.

All visitors can look forward to an exciting get together with speeches by thought leaders, exchange of ideas as well as fantastic networking opportunities.

Here you can find the detailed SCHEDULE of our kickoff event:

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21

  • GOOGLE HQ TOUR BERLIN

Company tour and discussion with Sandro Gianella, Public Policy and Government Relations Manager at Google

(only for members, join now) *fully booked - you can register for our waiting list

WHERE?
Google Germany GmbH, Main Entrance
Unter den Linden 14
10117 Berlin

WHEN?
Friday, October 21, 2016
11:15 - 12:30

 

  • US ELECTION OUTLOOK AT THE FEDERAL FOREIGN OFFICE
    HOSTED BY THE COORDINATOR OF TRANSATLANTIC COOPERATION,
    JÜRGEN HARDT, MdB

We are excited to welcome you at the heart of the German diplomacy – the Federal Foreign Office. Just 18 days before the US Election, this part of the Council Forum will give us up-to-date insights on the last leg of the presidential campaign.

To ensure a smooth admission to the event, please bring a photo identification (identity card/passport) and arrive no later than 14:50 at the main entrance; no late entrance possible. Dresscode: Formal.

SPEAKERS
Jürgen Hardt, MdB and Transatlantic Coordinator
John Kornblum, US Ambassador to Germany from 1997 to 2001, businessman, and founding Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Atlantic Forum
Annette Heuser, Managing Director of the Prof. Otto Beisheim Foundation, former Executive Director and founder of the Washington, DC office of the Bertelsmann Foundation
Dr. Gregor Peter Schmitz MPA '05, Bureau Chief Berlin at WirtschaftsWoche, part of the former WikiLeaks and NSA team at SPIEGEL

WHERE?
Auswärtiges Amt, Main Entrance
Werderscher Markt 1
10117 Berlin

WHEN?
Friday, October 21, 2016
Entrance starts at 14:30, event starts on time at 15:00 - 17:00

 

  • YOUR HARVARD: GERMANY

This event organized by Harvard University hosts an extraordinary line up of speakers. It starts at 19:00 at the Deutsches Historisches Museum. It is important to note that you have to sign up separately through Harvard Alumni using the following link: alumni.harvard.edu/events/your-harvard-germany

Signing up only through the Council’s sign up sheet is not sufficient!

There will be a group of participants going directly from the Federal Foreign Office to the Deutsches Historisches Museum after the reception.

 

  • FREE DRINKS NIGHT AT BAR TAUSEND

Please join us for complimentary drinks, which is a great opportunity to meet old and new Harvard friends as well as GAC friends in a casual setting and dance the night away.

WHERE?
Bar Tausend
Schiffbauerdamm 11
10117 Berlin

WHEN?
Friday, October 21, 2016
21:00 - approx. 02:00
Please enter the bar between 21:00 - 23:00 to benefit from the complimentary drinks night.

Dress code: smart casual.

The bar is located in 10 minute walking distance from the “Deutsches Historisches Museum”.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are free as long as stock lasts. Admission is also free for you! Spots for this great event are limited. This evening program is made possible thanks to our generous sponsor Hoesch & Partner.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22

 

  • BRIEFING: YOUNG LEADERS IN NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

The panel features four young leaders with diverse leadership experience in the public and private sector. With a focus on key security challenges for the transatlantic partnership, it discusses opportunities for young and emerging professionals to help shape security policies and debates. It offers four distinct perspectives from government institutions, multilateral organizations and academia. All panelists will share their personal insights of what it means to work on security in highly different organizational settings, sector logics and cultural environments.

SPEAKERS

Elisa OezbekPersonal Assistant to the Special Representative of the Federal Government for the Middle East Stability Partnership, Foreign Office

Liana Fix, Fellow at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)

Dr. Gundbert Scherf, Director of Armaments Strategy, Defence Industrial Policy, and Cyber Security, German Ministry of Defence

Mirco Günther, Deputy Head of Mission, OSCE Mission in Kazakhstan

Moderator: Léa Steinacker, Digital Scout at Wirtschaftswoche

WHERE?
Soho House Berlin (Room: Torstraße 2)
Torstraße 1
10119 Berlin

WHEN?
Saturday, October 22, 2016
13:00 - 15:00

 

  • SECOND GENERAL MEETING OF THE COUNCIL (only for members of the Council!)

WHERE?
Soho House Berlin (Room: Torstraße 2)
Torstraße 1
10119 Berlin

WHEN?
Saturday, October 22, 2016
15:30 - 17:00 

 

  • INTIMATE TRANSATLANTIC DINNER

Experience our new “Intimate Dinner Series”. The standing dinner format allows you to actively engage in discussions with a variety of interesting speakers and guests. Have a good conversation with old friends and make new ones when joining other high tables. The intimate dinner combines both innovative cuisine and three Michelin star character conversations – the perfect complement to the SOHO HOUSE BERLIN’s chic, modern setting.

DISCUSSION LEADERS
Dr. Helmuth Ludwig, CIO, Siemens
Dr. Barbara Frfr. v. Bechtolsheim, President of the German Stanford Association, Lecturer for American and German literature and Literary Translator
Dr. Johannes Bohnen, Managing Partner of BOHNEN Public Affairs, former Managing Director at Scholz & Friends Berlin

SOHO’S BRING ME FLYING FOOD & OPEN BAR
Selection of Bites & Bowls (e.g. Hokkaido, curry, almonds & mango; Fried prawn, chili & lime; Shaved lamb, chicory, mint froth; Pistachio Mille-Feuille, spiced plum) and 3hrs of free drinks (house wine, beer, soft drinks, and tea & coffee).

WHERE?
Soho House Berlin (Room: Torstraße 2)
Torstraße 1
10119 Berlin

WHEN?
Saturday, October 22, 2016
19:00 - open end

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P.S. If you wish to stay in life long contact with Harvard and the German American Conference, feel free to apply for a Council Membership here.