120th Annual Membership Meeting 2024

The American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V. is delighted to announce that its 120th Annual Membership Meeting will take place on June 17-18, 2024, in Munich at the BMW World. Please mark your calendar!

The official invitation and possibility to register for the membership meeting and business conference will be sent out to all members in mid May 2024

Once a year, AmCham Germany’s members gather for the Annual Membership Meeting (AMM). The AMM brings together members and representatives from politics, media and the transatlantic business community and offers a platform for interdisciplinary exchange and networking. 

  • On Monday, June 17 , 2024, the meetings of AmCham Germany’s Executive Committee, Board of Directors, as well as Chairpersons (Regional Chapter Chairs, Policy Committee Chairs, Senior Advisors) will take place. After these meetings, a Recognition Dinner for our leadership as well as sponsors of the conference will be hosted on the eve of the AMM.
  • On Tuesday, June 18, 2024, the Membership Meeting will take place in the morning. After a light buffet lunch, a half-day business conference will take place in the afternoon, offering insights from political and business leaders in various formats including keynote speeches, a panel discussion, and breakout sessions hosted by sponsors – all in an effort to actively foster discourse and best practice exchange on the most relevant transatlantic topics. In the realm of the business conference, AmCham Germany in cooperation with Roland Berger will also present the latest results of its 2024 Business Barometer, an annual survey that takes a closer look at the investment and location conditions in both Germany and the United States. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on current opportunities and challenges for transatlantic businesses and how German and U.S. corporates currently assess Germany and the U.S. as a business location.



 Monday, June 17, 2024, Munich
12:00 PM – 06:30 PMMeetings of Executive Committee, Board, and Chairpersons
06:30 PM – 07:00 PMBus Transfer to Dinner Location
07:00 PM – 09:30 PMRecognition Dinner for AmCham Germany's leadership as well as AMM sponsors (by invitation only)
 Tuesday, June 18, 2024, Munich
08:30 AM – 09:00 AMWelcome Coffee & Registration
09:00 AM – 11:30 AMMembership Meeting (AmCham Germany members only)
 Location: BMW Welt, Business Center, Am Olympiapark 1, 80809 Munich
11:30 AM – 12:45 PMLunch 
12:45 PMStart of Business Conference 
12:45 PM – 01:00 PMWelcome & Introductory Remarks
Simone Menne, President, AmCham Germany
Glenn Schmidt, Vice President Government and External Affairs, BMW Group
01:00 PM – 01:30 PMKeynote by Consul General Timothy Liston, U.S. Consulate General Munich
followed by a bilateral Exchange with Simone Menne
01:30 PM – 02:00 PMKeynote by Dr. Florian Herrmann, MdL, Head of the State Chancellery and State Minister for Federal and Media Affairs, Bavarian State Chancellory
followed by a bilateral Exchange with Simone Menne
02:00 PM – 03:15 PM

Presentation of Transatlantic Business Barometer 2024 Survey Results by Marcus Berret, Global Managing Director, Roland Berger,

& Panel Discussion with AmCham Member Company Representatives:

  • Marcus Berret, Global Managing Director, Roland Berger
  • Klaus Bürg, Managing Director & Vice President, Palo Alto Networks EMEA
  • Agnes Heftberger, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Germany
  • Lukas Köhler, Member of the German Bundestag, Free Democratic Party (FDP)
  • Catherine Hunt Ryan, President, Manufacturing & Technology, Bechtel

Moderator: Daniel Andrich, General Manager, AmCham Germany

03:15 PM – 03:30 PMCoffee Break & Time to Network
03:30 PM – 04:30 PMBreakout Sessions by Platinum Sponsors

Session 1: Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Topic: "Building Digital Resilience in an Unstable World"

As the world is struggling with geopolitical tensions and new security challenges, conflicts and threats increasingly reach beyond conventional into digital domains. This requires unprecedented speed of assessment, agility, and decisive action that is changing how governments, security organizations and the private sector react and respond. In this context, new collaborations and ways of working with tech companies must be advanced to achieve digital transformation while responding to an increasingly unstable world. Against this background, the panel will discuss political and technological responses to advance economic resilience, digital sovereignty and political stability.

Session 2: KPMG
Topic: "Transforming Your Business with GenAI: Innovation, Efficiency and Strategy"

Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) marks a revolutionary shift in AI. Opportunities abound but it is not always clear where and how to get started with this new technology. This breakout session will explore GenAI in practice, highlighting its creativity, adaptability, and efficiency in driving innovation and creating value.

Together we will:

1. Examine various use cases developed by KPMG for sales, customer service and back-office automation to enhance the customer experience.

2. Demonstrate how to leverage GenAI to enhance operations and foster innovation, paving the way for new business opportunities.

3. Learn how to develop a GenAI strategy, including developing use cases to implementation, integration, and scaling.

Finally, we will discuss how to build a business case for GenAI adoption, focusing on success metrics, potential Return of Investment (ROI), and strategic advantages.  

04:30 PM Wrap Up & Farewell
04:45 PMEnd of Business Conference
04:45 PM – 05:15 PMExclusive Tour of the BMW World (optional)

119th Annual Membership Meeting 2023

The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Germany) hosted its 119th Annual Membership Meeting in person at the Hotel de Rome in Berlin on July 6, 2023. Members of AmCham Germany gathered to (re-)elect officers for the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The Annual Membership Meeting was chaired by the President of the Chamber, Simone Menne, who has now been serving in such position for two years and has been re-elected to continue such role. The membership meeting also celebrated the 120-year anniversary of the organization, which was founded in Berlin in 1903.

Click here to read our Event Report


 Wednesday, July 5, 2023, Berlin
12:00 PM – 06:30 PMMeetings of Executive Committee, Board, and Chairpersons
07:00 PM – 09:30 PMRecognition Dinner for AmCham Germany's leadership as well as AMM sponsors (by invitation only)
 Thursday, July 6, 2023, Berlin
09:00 AM – 12:00 PMMembership Meeting
 Location: Hotel de Rome, Behrenstraße 37, 10117 Berlin
12:00 PM – 12:30 PMLunch 
 Start of Business Conference Part
12:30 PM – 12:35 PMWelcome by Moderator Cherno Jobatey
12:35 PM – 12:40 PMIntroductory Remarks
Simone Menne, President AmCham Germany
12:40 PM – 01:30 PMKeynote Speech by Minister Wolfgang Schmidt, Head of the Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Tasks, German Chancellery
Moderated Discussion with Simone Menne incl. Q&A with the audience

Moderator: Cherno Jobatey
01:30 PM – 02:30 PMPanel Discussion:
Future-Proofing Transatlantic Business in an Age of AI Revolutions: How Transatlantic Sovereignty Can Contribute to More Competitiveness, Resilience, and Responsiveness in Our Economies

- Adel Al-Saleh, CEO of T-Systems and Member of the Board of Management, Deutsche Telekom AG
- Klaus Bürg, Vice President EMEA (DACH+CEE), Palo Alto Networks GmbH
- Christoph Weigler, General Manager DACH, Uber
- Further speakers to be confirmed
02:30 PM – 03:00 PMCoffee Break & Time to Network
03:00 PM – 03:30 PMKeynote Speech by Ambassador Dr. Amy Gutmann, U.S. Embassy Berlin
followed by a Q&A with Simone Menne
03:30 PM – 03:40 PMWrap Up & Farewell by Simone Menne, President, AmCham Germany & Cherno Jobatey, Moderator
03:40 PM – 04:00 PMNetworking & Closing
04:00 PMEnd of Business Conference

118th Annual Membership Meeting 2022

The 118th Annual Membership Meeting took place on June 2, 2022, as an in-person event in DüsseldorfOn June 1, 2022, our internal Executive Committee, Board of Directors as well as Chairpersons’ Meetings took place.

With Germany's G7 presidency in 2022 and the geopolitical shifts occurring as a result of the war in Ukraine and beyond, opportunities to strengthen transatlantic cooperation on a multitude of topics are vast: Ramping up transatlantic security, overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic and discussing future pandemic preparedness, deepening transatlantic cooperation in the healthcare sector and jointly working on sustainability and the global challenge of climate change, as well as advocating for a joint digital transatlantic economic zone: AmCham Germany's 118th Annual Membership Meeting in Düsseldorf highlighted and addressed these and other critical topics of importance for the transatlantic business community ahead of the G7 summit in late June 2022 at Schloss Elmau.

Click here to read our Event Report.



12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Meeting of AmCham Germany's Executive Committee (Current ExCo members only)

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Meeting of AmCham Germany's Board of Directors (Current BoD members only)

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM 
Chairpersons Meeting (Regional Chairs, Policy Chairs and Senior Advisors only)

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Recognition Dinner (AmCham Germany Leadership only)

Guests of Honor: 

  • Pauline Kao, Consul General , U.S. Consulate Düsseldorf
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, State Minister for Economic Affairs, Digitization, Innovation and Energy, North-Rhine Wesfalia


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM
Virtual Address by Christian Lindner, Federal Minister of Finance, German Federal Ministry of Finance (Live via Webex)

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

1:00 PM
Start of Business Conference & Opening by Katie Gallus, Moderator

1:00 PM - 1:05 PM
Introductory Remarks
Simone Menne, President, AmCham Germany

1:05 PM - 1:15 PM
Welcome Remarks
Andreas Gerber, Chairman of the Management Board, Janssen Germany

1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Keynote Speech by Dr. Amy Gutmann, U.S. Ambassador to Germany

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Panel Discussion including Q&A: "Germany's G7 Presidency: Evaluating Priorities for Transatlantic Cooperation"

  • Tim Cranton, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Europe
  • Andreas Gerber, Chairman of the Management Board, Janssen Germany
  • Agnes Michalik, Managing Director, Global Solutions Initiative Foundation
  • Dr. Katrin Suder, Board Member, Senior Advisor, former State Secretary
  • Roland Werner, Director Government Relations, Uber DACH & Southern Europe 

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Coffee Break

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Moderated Discussion including Q&A between Dr. Hans-Christian Wirtz, Head of Government Affairs and Policy, Johnson & Johnson Germany, and Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, State Minister for Economic Affairs, Digitization, Innovation and Energy, North Rhine-Westfalia, on Germany and North Rhine-Westfalia as a Business Location

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Closing Remarks
Simone Menne, President, AmCham Germany

4:30 PM
End of Business Conference

117th Annual Membership Meeting 2021

AmCham Germany's Annual Membership Meeting 2021 took place on June 25, 2021. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic it was conducted in a virtual format.

Since our Annual Membership Meeting also serves as an important platform for transatlantic dialogue, it was concluded with a high-profile Business Conference. This virtual conference was open to both AmCham Germany members and the interested public. Armin Laschet, Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia, Head of Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the CDU/CSU Candidate for Chancellor of Germany, kicked off the conference with a keynote speech. Following the keynote, two high-calibre panel discussions between AmCham Germany Executive Committee and Board Members as well as political decision makers provided insights and expertise. They engaged in discussions on the present and future of the transatlantic partnership, and the economic policy framework shaping Germany as a location for the transatlantic business community. Annalena Baerbock, Chairwoman of BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN and Candidate for Chancellor of Germany, ended the conference with a Closing Statement.

For more information, read our event report.


Friday, June 25, 2021

9:00 AM - 11:15 AM

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Introduction by Simone Menne
Executive Vice President, AmCham Germany

Keynote Speech by Armin Laschet
Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia, Head of Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and CDU/CSU Candidate for Chancellor of Germany

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Panel Discussion 1: "Strengthening Transatlantic Economic Relations in 2021 and Beyond: Perspectives from the Political and Business Community"

Andreas Cichowicz, Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), Editor-in-Chief

Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, and Member of the Delegation for Relations with the United States
Gabriele Hässig, Managing Director, Procter & Gamble Germany GmbH & Co. Operations oHG
Dirk Lange, Managing Director Central European Region, 3M Deutschland GmbH
Dr. Nils Schmid, Member of the German Bundestag and Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs for the SPD Parliamentary Group

12:35 PM - 1:25 PM
Panel Discussion 2: "Germany as a Location for the Transatlantic Business Community: Discussing the State of Competitiveness Ahead of the German Bundestag Elections"

Andreas Cichowicz, Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), Editor-in-Chief

Thomas Erndl, Member of the German Parliament, CDU/CSU
Annette Green, Vice President DACH, SAS Institute GmbH
Gordon Riske, CEO, KION Group AG
Michael Theurer, Member of the German Parliament, Vice-Chair of the FDP-Group

1:25 PM - 1:30 PM
Closing Statement by Annalena Baerbock
Chairwoman of BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN and Candidate for Chancellor of Germany

Concluding Remarks by Simone Menne
Executive Vice President, AmCham Germany

1:30 PM

Annual Membership Meeting 2020

Due to COVID-19, the 117th Annual Membership Meeting that was planned to take place on April 29-30, 2020, in Munich was cancelled and AmCham Germany did not hold an Annual Membership Meeting in 2020. Membership Voting took place in September and October 2020 through circulation procedure with electronic and paper voting.

Thomas Henneberg

Head of Department

Strategic Partnerships, Regional Coordination & Events

Sarah Duryea

Manager, Strategic Partnerships, Regional Coordination & Events