Our topics include the management of the Corona crisis, the vaccination campaign and what we can learn from the mistakes made – for the next pandemic, but also for political and social decision-making processes in Germany and Europe.
On the domestic front, the summit looks at the outcome of the Bundestag elections, the formation of a government and what that means for the economy and climate protection; on the foreign policy front, it looks at the first year of the presidencies of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Speakers and presenters assess the state of Germany’s still most important sector, industry, and discuss issues that impact everyone: Food, Mobility and Housing.
Digitalization, is the central transformation process in all branches of the economy, as well as in politics and society. For this reason, digitization will deliberately not be taken up as a separate topic, but will be embedded in all discussion formats. We will highlight only the most exciting area of digitization at the moment, namely AI and the power of data.
Be curious about the program points and our top-class guests on the topics!
Rainer Beaujean, born in 1968, started at Deutsche Telekom after studying business administration and became CEO of the internet provider T-Online in 2004. He then changed industries several times, working for a crane manufacturer and a packaging specialist. In 2019 he joined the Munich-based TV company Pro Sieben Sat 1, in March 2020 he became CEO and is now changing the strategy, back to the core business, is the motto.
Sophie Boissard sees herself as a companion in the life of the modern man. A graduate of the University of Ena, she has worked for French politicians, then for the SNCF railway group. Since 2016, she has been head of the nursing home operator Korian. This is perhaps the most difficult task, because it is about the last stage of a person's life. She knows about the bad image of the industry. She wants to change that.
Carla Kriwet, born in 1971, studied business administration and then worked at Linde, Drägerwerk and Philips. There she was most recently a member of the Group Executive Board, based in Boston, before moving to BSH-Hausgeräte, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bosch, as the new head of the company. Kriwet is also involved with Save the Children.
He leads a unicorn at the reins: Hanno Renner, born in 1990, is the boss and co-founder of Personio. The industrial engineering graduate built the start-up, which has developed an operating system for HR management, especially for SMEs, with four colleagues in Munich in 2015. In 2019, a consulting firm predicted a billion-dollar valuation, unicorn status in founder-speak, within two years. In January 2021, this goal was achieved. The next is to become an SAP for HR professionals.
Born in 1966, he has been at the helm of the Lufthansa Group since 1 May 2014. The industrial engineer and Airbus A320 captain began his career in management in 1994. Before becoming CEO, he headed the flight business under the Lufthansa brand for three years. Spohr is responsible, among other things, for setting up the low-cost division Eurowings. Getting Lufthansa through the Corona pandemic, in which air traffic temporarily collapsed, is his biggest task to date.
Ralf Wintergerst, born in 1962, has been CEO of Giesecke + Devrient since 2016. He has worked for the group, which specialises in banknotes, smart cards and IT security, since 1998. Giesecke + Devrient produces around five billion banknotes a year in 80 to 100 currencies around the world. Wintergerst holds several offices in cyber security and is a member of the executive committee of the digital association Bitkom. The business economist practised karate as a competitive sport in his younger years; he was German champion several times and became European champion in 1990. "In karate you fight alone, in your job you fight together," he says.
Marc Beise, born in Mainz in 1959, has been working for the Süddeutsche Zeitung since 1999, initially as deputy head of the business editorial department. In 2007 he became its head. He manages the department together with Ulrich Schäfer. He learned journalism at the Offenbach-Post, where his last position was head of the politics, economics and news department. He later wrote for the Handelsblatt for four years, most recently as head of the Economic Policy department. He studied law and economics in Frankfurt, Lausanne and Tübingen and received his doctorate on the World Trade Organization. He is the author of five economics books. His most recent publication is "Deutschland digital - Unsere Antwort auf das Silicon Valley" (2016).
Bastian Brinkmann is deputy head of the business editorial department of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. He was born in 1988 in NRW, grew up near Berlin, and has worked in Dublin and Brussels. Cologne School of Journalism. Studied economics and political science in Cologne and South Korea.
Caspar Busse, born in 1966, has been writing for the Süddeutsche Zeitung since 2005, both on economic and media topics. He also coordinates the SZ's reporting on companies, both large and small. Prior to that, he worked for the Handelsblatt for more than ten years, including as a correspondent in Berlin and as office manager in Munich. After graduating in economics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, he completed journalistic training at the Georg-von-Holtzbrinck-School for Business Journalists in Düsseldorf.
Wolfgang Krach, born 1963 in Regensburg, began his journalistic career as a volunteer and local editor at the "Donaukurier" in Ingolstadt. After studying philosophy at the University of Philosophy in Munich, he was the regional political correspondent for the "Donaukurier" in Munich. In 1993 he became a political reporter for the "Stern", in 1997 he changed to the "SPIEGEL". There he was deputy head of the Berlin office, then head of the Germany department at the SPIEGEL headquarters in Hamburg. From there he moved to the SZ in Munich in 2003 as head of the newsdesk. In 2007 he was appointed deputy editor-in-chief. Since April 1, 2015 he has been editor-in-chief.
Ulrich Schäfer, born 1967 in Telgte, has been working for the SZ since 2003, initially as deputy head of the parliamentary office in Berlin. From 2007 to 2010, he headed the economics editorial office together with Marc Beise, was then responsible for the regional editions of the SZ for three years and then returned to the economics editorial office as department head. From April 2019 to July 2020 he was head of news at SZ. Since mid-July 2020 he has been deputy editor-in-chief of the SZ. He learned journalism at the Münstersche Zeitung, later he worked for seven years as business editor for the SPIEGEL. He studied economics and is the author of three economics books. His most recent publication was "Deutschland digital - Unsere Antwort auf das Sillicon Valley" (2016).
Judith Wittwer is the first woman to head the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Since July 2020, she has headed the editorial office of Germany's largest subscribed daily newspaper together with Wolfgang Krach. Previously, the 42-year-old Swiss was editor-in-chief of the Zürcher Tages-Anzeiger. From 2011 to 2014 she worked as business editor for the Handelszeitung of the Axel Springer Verlag. Wittwer studied economics, law and political science (Master of International Affairs and Governance) at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and completed her diploma training at MAZ - Die Schweizer Journalistenschule. She is married and mother of two daughters.
Primarily, the SZ-Wirtschaftsgipfel traditionally takes place at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin, directly at the Brandenburg Tor. Also this year we will produce the summit live on site, our participants have the possibility to participate interactively digitally or live in Berlin. A limited number of participants will be present on site in Berlin and will be able to follow the conference live as usual from previous years.
Parallel to this, digital guests will also be able to follow all the panels on the Adlon stage digitally, take part in the voting, join in the discussion, talk to our speakers and exchange ideas with participants.
In the free basic version, you can follow the Adlon Stage program live in the stream as before.
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.
Here on the review page you will find all videos of the Adlon stage and impressions, including a look behind the scenes of the live production.
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