Transatlantic Business Conference

The 12th Annual Transatlantic Business Conference will take place on Nov. 29-30, 2018 (by invitation only).

For the first time, this year's conference will take place in Berlin. 

Given the current protectionist developments and the uncertainties in the transatlantic marketplace, the conference will focus on trade, digitization, and on restoring trust in the European-German-American partnership.

More information will be available soon.



Registration & Welcome
Haus der Commerzbank, Pariser Platz 1, 10117 Berlin


Site visits of innovation spaces


Evening Program


Registration / Welcome
Axel-Springer-Haus, Axel-Springer-Straße 65, 10969 Berlin


Conference (detailed program available soon)


Get together

Niels Annen, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office

Niels Annen has been Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office since March 2018. Until his inauguration, MP Annen acted as spokesperson on foreign affairs for the SPD Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag. He was elected to the Bundestag for the first time in 2005 and was re-elected in 2013 and 2017. Mr Annen has been a member of the SPD’s Executive Committee since 2003.

Niels Annen was a senior resident fellow with the German Marshall Fund in Washington, D.C. (2010 to 2011), and a researcher at the International Policy Analysis unit of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (2011 to 2013). He holds several honorary offices, such as member of the Executive Board of the German Council on Foreign Relations (GCFR) and member of the Advisory Council of the Atlantic Initiative. From 2001 to 2004 he was chairman of the Federal Executive Board of the Young Socialists. Mr Annen holds a Master of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Marcus Chromik, Chief Risk Officer at Commerzbank AG

Dr. Marcus Chromik is Chief Risk Officer at Commerzbank AG. His areas of responsibility include business segment asset and capital recovery, big data & advanced analytics, and group credit risk management. Previously, Dr. Chromik has worked for Deutsche Postbank AG and McKinsey & Company, Inc. He holds a PhD in Physics from Munich University. For more information, see his full CV

Lisa Davis, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG

Lisa Davis is a Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG. Based in Houston, Texas, she is also Chair and CEO of Siemens Corporation, USA. Her responsibilities include the Power and Gas Division as well as the Power Generation Services Division. Previously, Davis has worked for Shell, Texaco, and Exxon. She holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. For more information, see her full CV.

Jim Fitterling, CEO, The Dow Chemical Company &
COO, DowDuPont Materials Science Division

Jim Fitterling is the chief executive officer of The Dow Chemical Company and chief operating officer for the Materials Science Division of DowDuPont, a nearly $80 billion holding company comprised of The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont with the intent to form independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty products sectors.

As a member of Dow’s most senior leadership, Fitterling – who joined Dow in 1984– has played a key role in developing and executing Dow’s strategy to invest in a market-driven portfolio of advantaged and technology-enabled businesses that create value for shareholders and customers. He served as the business lead in the successful launch of Dow’s Sustainability 2025 goals. For more information, see his full CV.

Richard Grenell, U.S. Ambassador to Germany

Richard Grenell has been U.S. Ambassador to Germany since May 2018. Previously, he was a partner with Capitol Media Partners. His public sector experience encompasses work as National Security and Foreign Affairs Spokesman for Mitt Romney as well as Director of Communications and Public Diplomacy for the U.S. Ambassador to the UN. He has also served as Alternate Representative to the UN Security Council. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. For more information, see his full CV.

Dieter Kempf, President, BDI (Federation of German Industries)

Dieter Kempf is President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), a position he has held since January 2017. In addition, he serves on various supervisory boards and as honorary professor at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Previously, Kempf has been President of Bitkom and has held positions at Datev, including 20 years as Chairman, and Arthur & Young (now Ernst & Young).  For more information, see his full CV.

Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing

Scott N. Paul is President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), a partnership established in 2007 by some of America's leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers union. Scott served as a member of the White House Manufacturing Jobs Initiative before resigning on August 15, 2017. He authored a chapter in the 2013 book ReMaking America and has written extensively about Alexander Hamilton's role in forming U.S. national economic policy. Scott currently serves as the Board Chair of the National Skills Coalition and on the Board of Visitors of the Political Science Department at the Pennsylvania State University. He sits on the Leadership Council of the Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight. For more information, see his full CV.

Mandy Elgner

Manager, Head of Conferences & Events

+49 69 929104-30

Monika Kreutz

Manager, Conferences & Special Events

+49 30 2130056-22

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Conference 2017