Transatlantic Business Conference

AmCham Germany’s 15th Transatlantic Business Conference took place on Friday, December 3, 2021, in Berlin. The conference was an in-person event at the AXICA Congress and Convention Center. The conference centered around the overall theme "Shaping the Future of Transatlantic Economic Relations after the German General Elections".

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Transatlantic Business Conference

About the Transatlantic Business Conference: 

AmCham Germany’s Transatlantic Business Conference offers a platform for networking and exchange among our members and high-ranking decision makers from business, politics, and the media. It is a forum to engage in constructive dialogue and foster transatlantic collaboration on issues of relevance for both Europe and the U.S. The conference offeres a multitude of formats, such as keynote speeches, panel discussions, viewpoints from the industry, as well as breakout sessions. 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM - December 3, 2021


AXICA Congress and Convention Center
Pariser Platz 3
10117 Berlin



9:00 AM 
Registration & Welcome Coffee

9:30 AM 
Conference Opening by Moderator Chelsea Spieker

9:35 AM 
Introductory Remarks by Simone Menne, President, AmCham Germany

09:40 AM    
Welcome Remarks by Clark Price, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., U.S. Embassy Berlin

9:50 AM 
Keynote Speech by Dr. Jörg Kukies, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance Germany

10:05 AM 
Q&A with the audience

10:15 AM 
Viewpoints from the Industry: Topics for the Next German Government

Confirmed Speakers:
Hannah Helmke, Founder and CEO, right. based on science and AmCham Germany Female Founders Award Recipient 2021
Dominick Kennerson, Global Head G4A Digital Health, Bayer AG and Member of AmCham Germany’s NextGen Program

10:30 AM 
Coffee Break & Time to Network

10:50 AM 
Panel Discussion 1:
Germany After the General Federal Election – What are Priorities for the New German Administration vis a vis the US and Transatlantic Economic Cooperation?

Moderator: Chelsea Spieker

Confirmed Speakers:
Metin Hakverdi, Member of the Bundestag, Chairman of the USA/North America Working Group within the SPD Parliamentary Group
Gordon Riske, CEO, KION Group AG
Aylin Tüzel, Country Manager, Pfizer Germany
Sandra Weeser, Member of the German Bundestag, Free Democratic Party

12:00 PM 
Lunch Break

1:30 PM 
Breakout Sessions 

Session 1: Future Business Models & the Future of Work in a post-COVID World 

Confirmed Speakers:
Dirk Lange, Managing Director Central European Region, 3M Deutschland GmbH
Bernhard Fauser, Managing Director, HP Central Europe

Session 2: Troubled Supply Chains – tackling Shortages, Sustainability and (Data) Governance

Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. Nikolaus Helbig, Partner, Deloitte
Dr. Jürgen Sandau, Partner, Deloitte 

2:30 PM 
Impulse Video Statement by Angela Ellard, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization on The Role of the WTO in Promoting Open Markets and Rules Based Free Trade as well as the Importance of Transatlantic Trade

2:40 PM 
Panel Discussion 2: 
Global Trends and Economic Challenges: How to Navigate Transatlantic Business in a Post-COVID 19 World

Moderator: Chelsea Spieker

Confirmed Speakers:
Jeff Bullwinkel, Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs, Microsoft Europe
Dr. Christian Forwick, Deputy Director-General for External Economic Relations, Trade Policy, America, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Nathan Houser, Chief Operating Officer, Deloitte Consulting Central Europe
Molly Montgomery, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Omid Nouripour, Member of the German Bundestag, Alliance `90/The Greens, Spokesman on Foreign Affairs

3:45 PM 
Coffee Break & Time to Network

4:00 PM
Exchange between Simone Menne, President, AmCham Germany, and Myron Brilliant, Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

4:25 PM   
Exchange between Simone Menne, 
President, AmCham Germany, and Ambassador Emily Haber, German Ambassador to the U.S.

5:00 PM 
Closing Remarks & Farewell by Simone Menne, President, AmCham Germany

5:00 PM 
End of Transatlantic Business Conference 2021

Thomas Henneberg

Manager, Head of Membership Engagement & Events

Sarah Duryea

Manager, Membership Engagement & Events