In times of the current crisis it is obvious that we are experiencing a radical change. Health and safety, digitalisation and work, environment and sustainability – these are the topics that the SZ-Wirtschaftsgipfel 2020 will address in an overarching manner. The motto is written all by itself: “2021: The way out of the crisis.” We are currently still busy with the exact planning of the topics and are looking forward to reporting to you soon here more about the plans for the conference in November in Berlin.
Simone Bagel-Trah, as head of the supervisory board, watches over Henkel, the parent company of brands such as Persil and Pritt. The great-great-granddaughter of founder Fritz Henkel, born in Düsseldorf, also represents, as Chairwoman of the Shareholders' Committee, the ramified Henkel family, which holds a good 61 percent of the group's shares. In addition, the doctor of biology is co-founder of the small company Antiinfectives Intelligence in Rheinbach near Bonn, which researches and describes drugs.
Alexander Birken, born in Hamburg in 1964, has been CEO of the Otto Group since the beginning of 2017. Birken began his career at Philips Medical Systems after studying business administration. In 1991, he moved to Otto, where he initially worked in controlling, and from 1999 onwards he was head of the group's worldwide investment controlling. From 2002 to 2004, he was COO of the Spiegel Group mail-order company in Chicago, before becoming a member of the Otto Executive Board in 2005. As CEO, he wants to establish the family company Otto as the German alternative to Amazon - and in return, he is cancelling what has fallen out of time: the printed Otto catalog, actually almost a piece of German cultural heritage, was discontinued under his aegis. The future is digital, and Alexander Birken knows no place for sentimentality.
The doctor with two doctorates and a passionate tennis player decided in 2009 to bring the expensive high-speed gene analysis from the universities into her own company: Together with her husband Dirk, she founded CeGaT, a company that examines all human genes, enabling rapid diagnoses and the precise treatment of many tumour diseases. She now has 230 employees and was awarded the EU Innovation Prize for Women 2014 by the EU Commission.
Martin Brudermüller, born in Stuttgart in 1961, grew up in Karlsruhe. His mother was a housewife, his father a nuclear physicist. At home there was much discussion about natural sciences. Brudermüller wanted to become a surgeon for a while, but then decided to study chemistry. Even as a doctoral student he attended a holiday course for young scientists at BASF. He then applied there and worked his way up to the Board of Executive Directors, which he has chaired since May 2018.
Rolf Buch is the boss of Germany's largest landlord Vonovia. Under Buch, the former German Annington has taken over competitors, hatched new building plans, expanded abroad and renovated tens of thousands of apartments. But regular rent increases and increases in value also cause resentment among politicians and tenants' associations. Prior to his move to the real estate industry in 2013, Buch, who studied mechanical engineering, made a career at Bertelsmann.
born in 1967, is Board Member for Legal and Corporate Affairs and thus the Chief Legal Officer of Telefónica Germany. In addition to areas such as compliance or the company's regulatory work, her responsibilities also include relations with authorities and government agencies. She studied in Saarbrücken and took her second state examination at the Zweibrücken/Pfalz Higher Regional Court.
Fabio De Masi, Jahrgang 1980, stellvertretender Vorsitzender der Bundestagsfraktion Die Linke, beschritt den ungeraden Karriereweg. Erst auf dem Bau gejobbt, später im Call Center und als Kloputzer, dazu ein Ökonomiestudium. In der Politik geht es ihm um die Interessen der kleinen Leute. Manchmal denkt er dabei an seinen italienischen Großvater: Der kämpfte als Partisan gegen die Faschisten.
Each item on the program will follow one of the three main themes that run like a thread through our program and which we consider to be central for the coming year. We will talk about how Corona is accelerating digitalisation and changing the way we work, what will become of the climate debate, what mobility, food, living and travel will look like in the future. We debate about innovation management, fake news, hate speech and what the net does to us, and of course, we also deal with the results of the US election.
Register now and benefit from our modified cancellation conditions. For all events planned in 2020, the processing fee for cancellations of participant tickets will be waived from 01.04.2020. Up to 14 days before the event you have the opportunity to change your mind free of charge and cancel your participation on site.
The SZ-Wirtschaftsgipfel traditionally takes place in the Hotel Adlon in Berlin, directly at the Brandenburg Gate. This year, we will not only offer an evening event in another location, but will also bring the entire conference to the web as a digital event.
Due to our hygiene concept, fewer guests will be able to attend the SZ-Wirtschaftsgipfel live on site. This offers our guests exclusive opportunities to talk to our speakers. The lunch breaks will be hosted by exciting table captains and will allow an intensive networking.
For all those who cannot be present on site, there are two possibilities to participate virtually: Every day we offer our digital participants exclusively at least three curated, short “suite talks” as well as digital networking sessions on various topics in smaller groups. Parallel to this, all podiums can be followed virtually, voting can take place, participate in the discussion and contact all participants directly (including our guests on site).
In the free basic version, our guests can follow all content live in the stream as before.
Please note: The room allotments are available until eight weeks before the event begins. Bookings after this date can only be made subject to availability.
Tickets for participation on site in Berlin are unfortunately already sold out due to the necessary distance requirement and the resulting limited number of participants. Register now for a digital participation and convert your ticket automatically if you would like to be there live and we are allowed to increase the number of participants!
In addition, your registration includes six months' access (or three months' access for digital participation) to all digital contents of the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ Plus) from the date of the event. This access is included in the purchase price, ends automatically and can be used on up to five devices.
80 speakers, 30 large and small panels, keynotes, debates, cross-examinations, etc. – 35 hours program!
Every year, over 60 top executives from the worlds of business, politics, culture, science and sport take part in the panel discussion. Here you can find all the speakers who have spoken at Germany’s major business conference since 2007.