17th Transatlantic Business Conference

AmCham Germany will hold its 17th Transatlantic Business Conference on Thursday, November 30, 2023, at the Hilton Frankfurt Airport The Squaire, Frankfurt am Main. Please find more information on the program and confirmed speakers and topics below.

Registration for the conference is possible via this link.

ADMISSION FEE FOR THE CONFERENCE: 95€ for AmCham Germany members | 195€ for non-members

Please note: You will receive a registration confirmation a week ahead of the conference with the latest information on the final conference program. A cancellation up to 5 days prior to the event is free of charge and an invoice will be issued after the event has taken place.

About the Program

AmCham Germany's 17th Transatlantic Business Conference will offer high-level perspectives on how to further deepen transatlantic business and trade relations by fostering open trade and the elimination of trade barriers; advocating for more transatlantic sovereignty in focal areas such as international supply chains, standards and norms, as well as critical and emerging technologies; as well as curb-up efforts to conduct business in a clean and sustainable, innovative manner. In the realm of the conference, AmCham Germany in cooperation with Accenture will also present the latest results of its TOP50/30 survey, a ranking of the TOP 50 U.S. companies in Germany and the TOP 30 largest U.S. employers in Germany. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on important challenges for transatlantic businesses in Germany and how U.S. companies currently assess Germany as a business location. 

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Location: Hilton Frankfurt Airport, The Squaire,
Am Flughafen, 60549 Frankfurt am Main, Deutschland

08:30 – 09:00Guest Registration & Welcome Coffee
09:00 – 09:05     Conference Opening by Moderator Dr. Tobias Endler
PART I:Setting the Scene
09:05 – 09:15Introductory Remarks, Simone Menne, President, AmCham Germany
09:15 – 09:30Opening Keynote by Uwe Becker, State Secretary for European Affairs, Hesse
09:30 – 10:00

Exchange between Simone Menne, President, AmCham Germany, Uwe Becker, State Secretary for European Affairs, Hesse, and Michael Kotzbauer, Member of the Board of Managing Directors, Commerzbank AG

Moderator: Dr. Tobias Endler

10:00 – 10:15     Coffee Break & Time to Network
PART II:TOP30/50 Survey Results Presentation
10:15 – 10:30

Presentation of TOP30/50 Results by
Christina Raab
, Market Unit Lead ASG, Accenture Germany

10:30 – 11:15

Panel Discussion on TOP30/TOP50 Results

Moderator: Daniel Andrich, General Manager, AmCham Germany


  • Christina Raab, Market Unit Lead ASG, Accenture Germany
  • Christin Schack, Vice President & Managing Director Central Europe Region, 3M Deutschland GmbH
  • Gabriele Hässig, Managing Director Communications & Sustainability, Procter & Gamble Germany GmbH
11:15 – 11:30Q&A with Auditorium
PART III:High-Level Perspective on the State & Future of Transatlantic Relations
11:30 – 12:00

Keynote by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Dr. Amy Gutmann, U.S. Embassy Berlin,
followed by a Bilateral Exchange between Simone Menne & Ambassador Gutmann

PART IV:Lunch Break 
12:00 – 13:00Lunch Break 
PART V:Breakout Sessions
13:00 – 14:00

Session 1 by 3M & Procter & Gamble on Innovation & Sustainability – The Power of Partnerships: From Idea to Implementation in a Transatlantic Context

This breakout session will showcase how people & businesses can pool their skills and resources to develop and implement new ideas together – for driving transformation in times of transformation. Both the collaboration between companies and institutions as well as the collaboration between individuals play an important role. Successful implementation of innovations, especially in sustainability, requires an open and collaborative culture.

Location: Main Conference Room

Session 2 by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP on the Global Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Developments and Trends, and Their Impact on Transatlantic Businesses

Join Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in this breakout session for insights and a discussion on what companies need to know about ESG in order to navigate the ever-evolving legislative and regulatory landscape. 

Topics will include:

  • The ESG landscape in the United States, Europe, and Germany
  • Why you should care about ESG and ESG risk areas
  • The "S" in ESG: Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Practical tips and best practices for businesses

Location: Room 4

14:00 – 15:00 

Session 1 by Frankfurt Rhein Main GmbH & Hessen Trade and Invest on Touching Down in Frankfurt Rhein Main: Unpacking the Impact of NFL Games on the Region

This breakout session aims to comprehensively explore and analyze the multifaceted impact of NFL games on the Frankfurt Rhein Main region. From economic and cultural influences to community engagement, we will delve into the ways in which hosting NFL games has shaped and continues to shape the region.

Location: Room 1

Session 2 by KPMG on What US-owned Companies Need to Know About the Upcoming EU Sustainability Reporting Requirements

Confused by the ESG Reporting challenges presented by the myriad of legislation and directives enacted by both the EU and various member states including: the CSRD, EU Taxonomy, and related Supply Chain Regulations?  Members of KPMG’s US Country Practice Team who have been advising management of US companies at both the US headquarter and European subsidiary levels will provide you insights not only into what these regulations require, but also some of the unique challenges they present (as well as potential strategies to address them) to US multinational companies operating in the European Union.

Location: Room 2

Session 3 by AmCham Germany NextGen Steering Committee on New Talent & New Work


Competition for talent remains fierce. For certain categories of workers, the barriers to switching employers have dropped dramatically. Thus, companies of all shapes, sizes, and sectors face the same enduring and worrisome challenge: how to keep good talent from walking out the door? In this session, we will explore these challenges in-depth across industrial, consulting, and start-up spaces as well as the key differences between the U.S. and the German job markets.

Location: Room 4

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break & Time to Network
PART VI:Trade in Times of Geopolitical Upheaval
15:30 – 15:45Keynote Dr. Tobias Meyer, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Group
15:45 – 16:00Exchange with Dr. Tobias Meyer, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Group, moderated by Daniel Andrich, General Manager, AmCham Germany
PART VII:The Transatlantic Partnership Beyond 2023
16:00 – 17:15

Impulse by Wolfgang Niedermark, Member of the Executive Board, Federation of German Industries (BDI e.V.),

followed by Panel Discussion and Q&A


  • Daniel Caspary, MEP, Chairman of the German CDU/CSU-Delegation in the European Parliament and Member of the Committee on International Trade
  • Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU
  • Wolfgang Niedermark, Member of the Executive Board, Federation of German Industries (BDI e.V.)
  • Carl Valenstein, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Part VIII: Wrap-Up
17:15Wrap-Up by Moderator & Simone Menne, President, AmCham Germany
17:30End of Transatlantic Business Conference 2023


AmCham Germany has a pre-reserved contingent of 25 rooms at both the Hilton Frankfurt Airport and the Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport at the following rates:

Hilton Frankfurt Airport: 259,00 € / single room / night incl. breakfast

Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport: 219,00 € / single room / night incl. breakfast

Guests interested in staying at the conference location may reserve rooms upon availability via:

Phone: +49 (0) 69 2601 20 02288
Email: frankfurtairport.reservations@hilton.com            

Please use the code: TWK2023                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Please note: AmCham Germany will not cover any hotel accommodation costs and reservations need to be made individually with the respective hotels.


16th Transatlantic Business Conference

AmCham Germany held its 16th Transatlantic Business Conference on Thursday, November 17, 2022, at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof, Frankfurt am Main. On the eve of the conference, a networking reception was hosted at our co-organizer Commerzbank. 

This year's Transatlantic Business Conference focused on the impacts of the German "Zeitenwende" and the U.S. midterm elections on the transatlantic business community. Experts assessed the significance of both developments for transatlantic cooperation on a whole range of global issues: from geo-economic and security challenges for the business community and the transatlantic partnership, to jointly combating climate change and fostering innovation and cooperation in the healthcare and the energy sector. Furthermore, with Frankfurt being the main financial hub of Germany, the topic “Sustainable Finance” played a prominent role.


Event Report

Read our Event Report from the 16th Transatlantic Business Conference here.


Program: November 16-17

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022 – Networking Reception

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022 – Networking Reception
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Commerzbank Tower, 49th Floor,
Kaiserstraße 16, 60311 Frankfurt am Main

6:30 PM – 7:00 PMGuest Arrival & Registration
7:00 PM – 7:05 PMOpening by Daniel Andrich, General Manager, AmCham Germany
7:05 PM – 7:10 PMWelcome Remarks by Manfred Knof, CEO Commerzbank AG
7:10 PM – 7:30 PM

Moderated Fireside Chat between Simone Menne & U.S. Consul General Norman Thatcher Scharpf, U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt

Moderator: Daniel Andrich, General Manager, AmCham Germany

Topic: Transatlantic Economic Relations after the U.S. Midterms

7:30 PM – 9:30 PMReception & Networking
9:30 PMEnd

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022 – Transatlantic Business Conference

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022 – Transatlantic Business Conference
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Location: Conference Hotel Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof,
Bethmannstraße 33, 60311 Frankfurt am Main

8:30 AM – 9:15 AMGuest Registration & Welcome Coffee
9:15 AMConference Opening by Sumi Somaskanda, Journalist and Moderator

Setting the Scene:
The Transatlantic Economic Outlook & the German "Zeitenwende":
High-Level Perspectives from Germany and the U.S.

9:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Introductory Remarks, Simone Menne, President, AmCham Germany

Keynote by Dr. Franziska Brantner, Parliamentary State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

Keynote by Marisa Lago, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce

Moderated Fireside Chat between Simone Menne, Under Secretary Lago and State Secretary Dr. Franziska Brantner on the Transatlantic Economy and Transatlantic Economic Cooperation

Moderator: Sumi Somaskanda, Journalist and Moderator

10:30 AM – 11:00 AMCoffee Break & Time to Network
PART II:The U.S. Midterm Elections and Impacts on Transatlantic Cooperation post 2022
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Fireside Chat with former U.S. Congressman Jack Kingston (R), Principal, Squire Patton Boggs on "The U.S. Midterm Elections: Impacts on the U.S. and Transatlantic Business"

Impulse by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Siegfried Russwurm, Chairman, Transatlantic Business Initiative, on "The U.S. Midterm Elections: Possible Impacts on the German Business Community"

Panel Discussion and Q&A

The Transatlantic Partnership after the U.S. Midterm Elections: Assessing the Election Results and Impacts on Transatlantic Economic Cooperation


Sumi Somaskanda, Journalist and Moderator


Dr. Sabine Gilliam, Country President, Pfizer Germany

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Siegfried Russwurm,Chairman, Transatlantic Business Initiative 

Sean Stein, Senior Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP & Chairman, The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai

Armand Zorn, Member of the Bundestag, Social Democratic Party

12:25 PM – 12:30 PMAward Presentation by AmCham Germany to Prof. Dieter Kempf, Former President, Federation of German Industries (BDI)
12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch Break
PART III:Breakout Sessions
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Session 1: Deloitte

Topic: Circular Economy – The solution for disrupted supply chains?

Tomas Henninger (Partner - Supply Chain & Network Operations) and Oliver Bendig (Partner - Supply Chain & Network Operations) will provide an outlook on the circular economy. What is the circular economy? What are the goals and how can it help to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow? These questions will be answered with the help of case studies and research findings.

Room: Salon 15

Session 2: Procter & Gamble feat. World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Topic: Combating Climate Change

Room: Salon 3-5

PART IV:Sustainable Finance
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Sustainable Finance, EU Taxonomy & Social Governance: Opportunities and Challenges for the Transatlantic Business Community in Light of the New Geo-Economic and Security Realities 

Amy Curlee, Senior Manager North America, Frankfurt Rhein Main GmbH


Michael Kotzbauer, Member of the Board of Managing Directors, Commerzbank 

Melanie Kreis, CFO and Member of the Board, Deutsche Post DHL Group, and Co-Chair, Transatlantic Business Initiative (virtual participation)

Wiebke Merbeth, Partner, Deloitte & Member, Sustainable Finance Advisory Committee of the German Federal Government 

Stefan Schnell, Senior Vice President, Group Reporting & Performance Management, BASF

Judith Wiese, Chief People and Sustainability Officer (CPSO), Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and Labor Director, Siemens

3:30 PM – 4:00 PMCoffee Break & Time to Network
PART V:The Transatlantic Partnership beyond 2022: Dispatches from Berlin & Washington
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Exchange between Simone Menne, AmCham Germany President, Axel Dittmann, Deputy Chief of Mission, German Embassy in the U.S., and Woodward Clark Price, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Berlin

Moderator: Sumi Somaskanda, Journalist and Moderator

PART VI:Conference Wrap-Up
5:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Closing Remarks, Simone Menne, President, AmCham Germany

Wrap-Up by Sumi Somaskanda, Journalist and Moderator

15th 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".

Read our event report for more information.

Thomas Henneberg

Head of Department

Strategic Partnerships, Regional Coordination & Events

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Manager, Strategic Partnerships, Regional Coordination & Events