Dear members, partners & friends,

if you haven't already, register for our panel discussion on Covid-19 vaccine development, manufacturing and distribution with experts from the industry & academia from both sides of the Atlantic. We are extremely pleased to bring you this top level event and it will be moderated by Jan Hartmann, member of GABC's board of directors.

Did you miss last Friday's German American Business Outlook and industry panel discussion? See below for a link to the recording as well as to the results of the survey of German firms in the U.S. and how they assess their business outlook for this year.

Our Fireside Chat (members only) is coming back on March 8th with a presentation of a very interesting business case! Stay tuned.

Stay healthy.

Emily Westhoven
Executive Director
Upcoming GABC Events
This Thursday!
As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches into 2021 and vaccination campaigns are underway, we want to discuss what lies ahead with leading experts from industry and academia, the US and Germany. A conversation organized by the German Consulates of Boston and San Francisco as well GABA California and GABC Boston:
  • Johannes Ahrendts, Head of strategy at GAVI
  • Antony Blanc, Chief Commerical Officer, CureVac
  • Andrew Bulpin, EVP, MilliporeSigma
  • Melanie Ott, Professor, Dept. of Medicine, UCSF
  • Jan Hartmann, VP, Haemonetics (Moderator) and Member GABC Board of Directors

Date: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2021
Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST
Platform: Zoom Webinar
Cost: Complimentary
This is the fourth in a series of monthly “Smart Cities” virtual events leading up to our German-American Economic Forum, now scheduled for 2021. #GAEF2021
Circular Economy for Waste Management
The delivery economy has taken off during the pandemic leading to increasing amounts of packaging waste and adding to an already existing waste crisis. As Asia is beginning to ban the import of plastic waste from western countries, it’s time to rethink waste management and also look at new packaging solutions.

Panel Discussion:
  • Sebastian Frisch, Sr. Partner, BlackForest Solutions
  • Megan Wolski, Innovation Engagement, DHL
  • Annette Wiedenbach, GABC SmartCities Task Force (Moderator)

Date: Thursday, Feb 18th, 2021
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm EST
Platform: Zoom Meeting
Finance for Non-Finance Folks!
This one-hour workshop is presented by the GABC Young Professionals as part of their Career Development series and will include a primer on the most important terminology in finance, how to read financial statements, and what drives value. (Note: this event will take place on President's Day)

Fabian Schober, CFO, TÜV SÜD America

Date: Monday, February 15th, 2021
Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm EST
Platform: Zoom Meeting
Cost: Free for members
A global business outlook & panel discussion about the challenges facing international businesses
  • Judith Dean, Professor of International Economics, Brandeis University

Panel Discussion moderated by

  • David Day, Chairman, Global Risk Management Foundation
  • Becca Gould, SVP, American Tower Corporation
  • Nate LaMar, International Capture Manager, AM General
  • Ernesto Pinal, Director of Business Development, DQM Software
  • Shawn Levsen, International Sales Manager, UPS. President of the National District Export Councils

Date: Thursday, Feb 25th, 2021
Time: 4:00pm to 5:30pm EST
Platform: Zoom
Other events of interest
German International School Boston: Financing College
Student loan expert Jens Meyer will cover current college cost trends in the US and Europe and outline both short- and long-term financing options and strategies. He will also talk about financial aid and what to watch out for when accepting college scholarships. Jens leads the credit risk, portfolio management, and collections group at Cognition Financial.
When: Feb 24th | Time: 12:30 to 1:30PM EST | Register
Event Recaps
Did you miss the event? Watch the video!
Germany is the #3 investor in the U.S., and the U.S. is the #1 destination for German firms. Despite the pandemic, more than 90% of companies are expecting growth and the contribution of U.S. entities to their company's overall sales is in many cases more than 50%. These were findings presented as part of the results of the annual survey of German firms in the U.S compiled by KPMG Germany and GACC NY. It was followed by a vivid industry panel discussion with executives from German companies in New England: Jaime Paris Boisvert (Siemens Smart Infrastructure), Roland Wandeler (MorphoSys) and Javeed Buch (Windmoeller&Hoellscher) and preceded by an economic update from David Kelly (J.P. Morgan).
January Stammtisch - Mystery Solved!
"Whodunit" was the question in last week's YP Stammtisch "Escape Room" edition, but the teams solved the tricky puzzles to get to the bottom of the mystery and had a nice chat afterwards. Fun night out, hhmm, we mean, fun night from home, of course!
In the News | Pressespiegel
As seen in
Baker: State must ‘lean into’ post-pandemic business changes
January 26, 2021
"Baker predicted, as others have, that many people may not want to return to the office five days a week after working remotely for so long, and that large and small businesses have learned how to win customers without seeing them in person. Employee recruitment, business travel and sales have all undergone major transformations, he said."

As seen in
SAP CEO Shares New Plans to Boost Cloud Adoption
January 27, 2021
"SAP SE Chief Executive Christian Klein says the enterprise-software giant is redoubling its efforts to move customers to the cloud, offering a new subscription service aimed at helping companies get more value out of making the switch."

As seen in
Interview with Virologist Christian Drosten
January 22, 2021
"In an interview with Christian Drosten, the German virologist looks back on the mistakes he has made in the coronavirus pandemic – and ahead to the dangers that the pandemic still has in store for us."

Gelesen im
Hoffnungsfaktor Joe Biden: Deutsche Unternehmen wollen ihr US-Geschäft stärken
29. Januar 2021
"Die deutschen Unternehmen schauen unter der neuen US-Regierung von Joe Biden optimistisch in die Zukunft. Trotz Coronakrise sind die USA noch immer einer der profitabelsten Standorte für deutsche Firmen. 82 Prozent wollen dort auch weiter investieren. Das geht aus einer Umfrage der Wirtschaftsprüfungsagentur KPMG und der Deutsch-Amerikanischen Handelskammern (AHKs) unter deutschen Tochterfirmen in den USA hervor."

Travel Updates (ohne Gewähr | subject to change)
  • U.S. citizens traveling to Germany from the United States will not be permitted to enter unless they meet one of only a few narrow exceptions. (Source & more information)
  • Persons entering Germany who have spent time in an RKI-designated risk area in the 10 days prior to entry are required to submit a digital registration on entry. 
  • If you are travelling to Germany from an area with a particularly high risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection (this includes the U.S), you must get tested before starting your travel (Source)
  • Effective January 26, 2021 all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. (source)
  • Foreign nationals who have been in Germany (and certain other countries) during the past 14 days may not enter the United States, exceptions apply (source)
  • Certain business travelers, investors, treaty traders, academics, students, and journalists may qualify for national interest exceptions (source)
  • President Biden's "Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Non-Immigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease" Jan 25, 2021 (Source)
  • LH422/423 (BOS-FRA): 5 weekly flights for the duration of the winter schedule, but days of operation and timings will change.
  • No flights on 2/2, 2/6, 2/10, 2/14 2/17, 2/27
  • LX52/53 (BOS-ZRH): Cargo only through winter schedule.

All of these announcements are subject to re-evaluation at any point given the uncertainty of the current situation.
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