The conferences and publications of local global aim at international dialogue. Speakers and authors share their personal viewpoints with the audience and our readers.

The challenges of digitalization

Gunther Kegel

Dr. Gunther Kegel is CEO of Pepperl+Fuchs and President of VDE

Olaf Koch

Olaf Koch has been Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG since 2 March 2017 and has been appointed until 1 March 2022.

Roland Bent

Roland Bent, Chief Technology Officer at Phoenix Contact, on the prospects for Industry 4.0 in China


Winfried Kretschmann

The Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, in an interview on the challenge of disruption in his federal state.

Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut

State Minister of Economy, Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, has good arguments for working in her Federal State, Baden-Württemberg.

Corina Cretu

Corina Creţu, current European Commissioner for Regional Policy, on the European Danube Region Strategy.

Mateusz Morawiecki

Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland’s Prime Minister and former Minister of Development and Finance, on the industrial strategy of Poland.

Mark Rutte

Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, on building bridges for the international manufactoring industry.

Shi Mingde

Ambassador of P.R. China to Germany, Shi Mingae, shares his views on China’s opportunities.

Muhterem Aras

Muhterem Aras, President of the Parliament of Baden-Württemberg, recounts her family’s migration to Germany and how education paved her career.

Olaf Koch

Olaf Koch, CEO of Metro AG, on the book Gatro.Startup.Berlin and why Berlin is the place to be.

Michael Müller

The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, on the aims and assets of Smart City Berlin.

Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori

H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates, on how SME can benefit from the UAE’s ambitious diversification programmes.

László Palkovics

Hungary’s Minister of State for Higher Education, Prof. László Palkovics,  on Hungary’s position as a hub for the world’s automotive industry.

José Rogelio Garza Garza

Undersecretary of Industry and Commerce of Mexico’s Economy Ministry, José Rogelio Garza Garza, on Mexico’s perspectives of Industry 4.0.

Volker Treier

 Dr. Volker Treier, Deputy Chief Executive of DIHK, on the role of Germany’s economy as job machine worldwide.

Eberhard Veit

Former CEO of FESTO, Dr. Eberhard Veit, on China’s role in smart manufacturing of the future.

Klaus Mangold

Prof. Dr. Klaus Mangold, the “Mr. Russland”, on the need of innovation in Russia.

Dieter Kempf

Prof. Dieter Kempf, President of the BDI (Federation of German Industry), expresses clear views about the future of international trade.

Robert Bauer

Dr. Robert Bauer, CEO of SICK AG, on how SICK AG  managed its way out of the 2009 crisis and continues to grow on the world market.

Friedhelm Loh

Friedhelm Loh, owner and CEO of Rittal, looking back at 45 years of HannoverMesse as the launch pad of global success and future challenges.

Renate Pilz

Renate Pilz, of automation and safety specialist PILZ, on the values which motivate her global teams and have lead to long-term success.

Michael Ziesemer

 Michael Ziesemer, President of ZVEI – the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association connected industries.

Peter Köhler

Peter Köhler, CEO of Weidmüller Gruppe, shares how the company from Detmold positions itself.

Peter Fenkl

Peter Fenkl, the Chairman of the Künzelsauer based Ziehl-Abegg SE, explains how the champion technology has grown by 50% since 2010.

Ulrich Dietz

Ulrich Dietz, former CEO of GFT and founder of code_n, on the challenges of entrepreneurial navigation in a “world out of control”.

Eric Reuting

Eric Reuting, HR Director of Volkwagen Slovakia, shares a look at the HR strategies of the automotive group, for whom dual training plays a central role.

Peter Anterist

Peter Anterist, CEO of the globally active trust company InterGest, on the most common wrong track taken in international business.

Juray Sinay

Prof. Juraj Sinay, President of the Slovak Automobile Association ZAPSR, on the need of dual education and employment promotion of employees by companies.

Werner Faix

Prof. Dr. Werner Faix, founder and director of the Steinbeis School of International
Business and Enterpreneurship SIBE, on the need of international HR-development.

Stefan Franzke

Dr. Stefan Franzke, CEO of Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, on the importance of start-ups for the innovation of the German economy.

Uwe Hück

Uwe Hück, former Works Council Chairman at Porsche, on education and equal Opportunities.

Rolf Leiber

A visit to Dr. Rolf Leiber, of Leiber Group, shows how Germany’s industrial SMEs work and how they achieve sustainable competivity.

Alfred Goll

Festo HR Director, Alfred Goll, on how Festo tackles the issue of demographic change and the global competition for engineers.

Geraldine Ghinet

Geraldine Ghinet, founder of the Romanian start-up Adquest, on why she decided to make her way in her country.

Elżbieta Bieńkowska

Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska on new EU programmes and incentives to support European businesses.