"2021: The way out of the crisis"

16 to 18 November 2020 in Berlin and as Digital Conference

The year 2020 will go down as one of the most difficult years for society, the economy and politics. At the end of this year, we want to look ahead, so our motto is: “2021: The way out of the crisis”. Together with you, we want to discuss what 2021 will be important – and what lessons we can learn from the challenges we are currently facing.

Register now and take part!

Register now for the 14th SZ-Wirtschaftsgipfel, you can be there on site as well as digitally.

The conference

Instead of lengthy lectures, the SZ-Wirtschaftsgipfel offers varied discussions, cross-examinations and debates, moderated by leading editors of the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.


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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.


This year again more than 70 top-class speakers from politics, business, science and culture will take part.

Simone Bagel-Trah
Simone Bagel-Trah


Simone Bagel-Trah

Aufsichtsratvorsitzende, Henkel

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.

Benedikt Müller
Alexander Birken
Alexander Birken

Otto Group

Alexander Birken

Otto Group
Saskia Biskup
Saskia Biskup


Saskia Biskup


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.

Max Hägler
Sophie Boissard
Sophie Boissard


Sophie Boissard

CEO, Korian
Martin Brudermüller
Martin Brudermüller


Martin Brudermüller

Vorstandsvorsitzender, BASF

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.

Elisabeth Dostert
Rolf Buch
Rolf Buch


Rolf Buch

CEO, Vonovia

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.

Benedikt Müller
Sandrine Dixson-Declève
Sandrine Dixson-Declève

Club of Rome

Sandrine Dixson-Declève

Club of Rome

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.

Helena Ott
Martin Eisenhut
Martin Eisenhut


Martin Eisenhut

Global Lead - Partner, Head of Kearney DACH Region, Kearney

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.

Katharina Müller


Health and Safety
Digitisation and Work
Environment and Sustainability

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.

Monday, 16.11.2020
  • Health and safety, the big corona overview
  • Corona in public space
  • How has Corona accelerated digitisation?
  • A group between profit and the common good
  • What will become of the environmental and climate debate?
  • Talk evening
Tuesday, 17.11.2020
  • Politics between science and industry - experiences from the Corona crisis
  • This is how innovations are created: The search for the vaccine.
  • Living, eating, travelling after Corona
  • Generation Talk
  • The financial system in its greatest challenge
  • Fake News, Hate News, Privacy - What does the net do to us?
  • "Working after the crisis" - How Corona forces us to "New Work"
  • Who may still work, who may still lead
  • Europe and the world
  • European Economy Night
Wednesday, 18.11.2020
  • How does the German car industry survive
  • Is the state a good entrepreneur?
  • Purpose, purpose, purpose - what does my company stand for
  • Does lobbyism determine economic policy?
  • The way to 2030: the trends of the decade

participate risk-free now

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.

Event information

Monday, 16 November to Wednesday, 18 November 2020

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.

Overview of the locations

Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Berlin
The legendary Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin is located in the heart of Berlin, directly at the Brandenburg Gate, and only a few steps away from the government quarter.

dress code: business casual

Museum für Kommunikation
Nacht der Europäischen Wirtschaft, 17. November 2020

Dresscode: Business Casual

Room reservation

Room rates: Single room from 285 € incl. breakfast plus VAT

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.

Please reserve under the keyword “SZ-Wirtschaftsgipfel”
participation fee #onSite
full participation:
3.445,- Euro plus VAT

This includes participation on site in Berlin, access to the conference zap, all streams and online formats, refreshments, lunch and participation in the evening events.

The conference addresses executive boards, supervisory boards, managing directors, top executives and entrepreneurs.
Participation fee #Digital
digital participation:
299,- Euro. plus VAT.
digital start-up participation:
149,- Euro. plus VAT.

Included in this is access to the conference zap, all streams and online formats.

If you register digitally now, you can switch to a live ticket at any time (if available). If the ticket is exchanged for a regular on-site participation, the digital ticket price will be credited in full.
We request your registration via the button "registration". After receipt of your registration we will send you a confirmation of registration and an invoice, which you should settle before the start of the event. Cancellations and registrations must always be made in writing. The organizer reserves the right to relocate, change or cancel the entire event or individual parts of it at short notice.

SZ Plus

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 SZ-Wirtschaftsgipfel is supported by


As a guest at the SZ-Wirtschaftsgipfel 2020 you will receive a free ticket for our SZ-PLAN W Digital Conference on September 2 & 3 - for yourself or for a colleague.

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.

More experience

Review 2019

Strong together!
That was the motto of the SZ-Wirtschaftsgipfel 2019

80 speakers, 30 large and small panels, keynotes, debates, cross-examinations, etc. – 35 hours program!
Review 2019

From 2007 until today

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.

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