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.
The doctor, bioinformatician and excellent tennis player with two doctorates decided in 2009 to bring the expensive high-speed gene analysis from the universities into practice. She founded the company CeGaT, which examines hundreds of genes in parallel and thus enables rapid, tailor-made therapies, for example for tumours. She now has 110 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.
Belgian environmental scientist Sandrine Dixson-Declève has been advising EU policy-makers and governments on climate change and sustainable growth for over 30 years. Since 2018, she has been Co-President of the international think tank Club of Rome, which presented the Climate Emergency Plan to the EU Parliament in 2018 and is committed to an environmental turnaround in the economy.
Martin Eisenhut, born in 1963, finds Digitalization changes everything and at the same time offers huge opportunities. Nevertheless, it must not be an end in itself and must offer added value. Since the end of 2016, Eisenhut, who holds a doctorate in natural sciences, has been Managing Director at Kearney, responsible for business in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. He looks back on almost 25 years in the consulting business and has held positions at Roland Berger, Oliver Wyman and Deloitte.
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 digitisation 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.
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 digitally: 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 digitally, 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.
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 terminals.
The Women’s Economic Conference of the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, organised by the PLAN W team together with the organisers of the SZ-Wirtschaftsgipfel. There are many women who are changing the economy. The PLAN W magazine has been telling its stories for over five years now and is aimed at everyone – women and men – who like to look at the economy from a different perspective. At this year’s second PLAN W conference, we will be bringing these topics and faces virtually to the stage under the motto “MITEINANDER”. Top women and men from corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, researchers, scientists, politicians and start-up founders will be present.
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.