With more than 60 speakers and, of course, with our participants, the 2018 Economic Summit will focus on the major issues moving today’s economy, politics and society: we will discuss where Germany and Europe are headed, what the future of our money holds and whether the breakthrough in artificial intelligence will cost us jobs as well as how leaders can master these challenges.



Our topics 2018

Where are Germany and Europe headed? How are the economy, politics and society managing the new American trade policy, Brexit and the populist and protectionist voices that are on the rise? These are some of the matters we will discuss with over 70 speakers from Germany, Europe and the world – and with you. This year, for the first time ever, from Monday to Wednesday. Thus, we can offer you three full days packed with our programme and an opportunity to discuss in detail all aspects that move the economy and its protagonists. We want to get to the bottom of current challenges managers across all industries are facing in regard to digitisation: how can we put up a healthy competition for US internet giants? What role do data protection and data security play in the success of companies? And how does the US perceive and evaluate the start of a new era in Europe?
Furthermore, we will take a look at key technologies and industries: what does the future of trade look like and that of our money? In what areas of life will robots play a greater role and how will this affect our economic system?
These are all complex issues that companies and their executives are facing. Therefore, we will also address how organisations can remain innovative and agile, what managers can learn from athletes and why digitisation and survival in the market can only succeed with the help of diversity.
Besides changing the conference days to Monday through Wednesday, we introduced one more innovation: the positive feedback on our breakfast panels convinced us to feature this intensive networking opportunity more prominently: on Tuesday and Wednesday we will leave the Adlon ballroom for two parallel breakfast sessions, which will be followed by lunch. You may look forward to exciting discussions on topics including the blockchain revolution or “The power of brands”.
And as always, you will be treated to three evening events: our congress warm-up on Sunday night, an evening chat show on Monday and the Night of the European Economy on Tuesday.
Thus far, we have planned the following discussion rounds, cross-examinations and disputes:*

Political challenges

  • Where is Europe headed?
  • Does the social market economy still work?
  • A new Europe – what’s next?

Digital challenges

  • The blockchain revolution – an opportunity for businesses?
  • Why digitisation only works with diversity
  • The digital superpowers of tomorrow
  • Man or machine – are we running out of work?
  • Germany, your robots
  • Is digitisation destroying our society?
  • Germany’s chances in digitisation
  • Digital Europe: three countries and their vision
  • Air taxi or e-car – the future of networked mobility
  • Data protection and data security – what businesses can do

Economic challenges

  • Europe and its champions
  • Humility and mindfulness – managers as role models
  • How to stay agile and innovative as a business?
  • Lead differently: what managers can learn from athletes
  • Pioneers of change
  • What will become of Germany?

* The program is subject to change and additions.