WCGA Flagship Event Agenda

Transatlantic Relations in
Business & Politics

Berlin, Germany
October 14 - 15, 2022

Friday, October 14, 2022, 6.30 - 10.00PM: Opening Dinner

Formal dinner featuring a keynote by Sigmar Gabriel, Chairman of the Atlantic Bridge (Atlantik-Brücke e.V.) and former German Minister for Foreign Affairs and Vice-Chancellor.

Location: Berlin’s SoHo House in Berlin-Mitte

Saturday, October 15, 2022, 9.15AM - 8.00PM: Conference

Location: Keynote presentations, panel discussions, and networking taking place in the premises of the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in the former DDR “Staatsratsgebäude” (Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin).

   9.15AM - 12.00PM: Opening Session: Status Quo, Challenges & Visions for Transatlantic Relations in Industry

Presentations by experts like

  • Prof. Lars-Hendrik Röller,Professor of economics at ESMT, Chairman of BlackRock, and former Chief Economic Advisor to German Federal Chancellor Merkel and G7 and G20 Sherpa.
  • Dr. Manfred Bischoff, Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Mercedes-Benz AG, former Chairman of EADS and Chairman of the Board of Daimler AG
  • Simone Menne, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, Board Member of Deutsche Post and Henkel AG, and former CFO at Lufthansa and Boehringer Ingelheim AG
  • Gordon Riske, Chairman of the Board MTU Aero Engines and former CEO of KION

The discussion will be moderated by Frank Mattern, Chairman of Frank Mattern Advisory & Investments and Director Emeritus McKinsey&Company. Mr. Mattern, WG'90, is also a member of Wharton’s Executive Board for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

   2.00 - 4.30PM: Afternoon Session: Transatlantic Specifics in Venture Investing & Start-up Formation

Panel discussion with leading VCs and founders, including

The discussion will be moderated by Bernd WendelnWG'04, Managing Partner of Wenvest Capital and Chair of Wharton’s Executive Board for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

   5.00 - 6.00PM: Cultural Intermezzo

Opportunity for guided tour of the Feuerle Collection in Berlin-Kreuzberg, featuring exquisite ancient Chinese and contemporary art in the unusual location of a former WWII bunker.

   6.30 - 8.00PM: Networking & Closing

A final get-together for an aperitif & appetizer will take place at ESMT’s premises, providing an excellent opportunity for discussions & networking with fellow alumni & Wharton faculty.
Prof. Philip Nichols from Wharton’s Department of Legal Studies & Business Ethics will get us started with an update on his latest research. Prof. Nichols has co-led this year’s Wharton Global Modular Course to Latvia and Estonia and was a long-time member of the American Council on Germany in the past.

Afterwards, ESMT’s central location will provide an excellent starting point for a night out in Berlin’s vibrant restaurant scene.

Registration Information:

REGISTER NOW for the full event at 440 €, which includes

  • Opening dinner at SoHo House on Fri, 14 Oct 2022 (food & drinks included) and
  • Full access to one-day conference on Sat, 15 Oct 2022 (lunch & dinner aperitif included)

Friday's Opening Dinner and the Saturday Conference can also be booked separately at 220€ p.p. each.

Participation in the guided tour of the Feuerle Collection can be booked at an additional 40€ p.p.

Registration is open to all Wharton and Penn Alumni and their guests (+1). INSEAD Alumni & Ivy Circle Members are cordially invited, too, to join us for this event of learning, fun, and networking.

Payments on our website can be made via credit card in the course of the check-out process. If you require alternative payment options (PayPal, transfer), please contact [email protected].

Registrations are considered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and are binding only after receipt of the complete registration fee.

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