Dear members, partners & friends,

Within the next two weeks, we have two exceptional virtual events in store for you:

During the German American Business Outlook (Jan 29th), you will hear how German companies across industries view the U.S. as a trading partner and investment location for 2021 (joint event with J.P. Morgan and GACC NY). The following week (Feb 4th), we jump right into the Covid-19 vaccine conversation -- and just added an executive from German vaccine maker CureVac to the panel (joint event with the German Consulates and GABA).

Our YPs have come up with a special edition of next week's Stammtisch: Escape Room! Curious? RSVP below.

Our travel section is back and located at the bottom of the newsletter. We strive to provide the most up-to-date information, but please always double check yourselves, as the situation is fluid indeed.

And on a special note: We are delighted to share here Consul General Nicole Menzenbach's New Year's greetings with you.

Stay healthy.

Emily Westhoven
Executive Director
German Consul General to the New England states, Nicole Menzenbach, is offering New Year's greetings to the community.
Upcoming GABC Events
German American Business Outlook 2021
One of our most popular business events of the year! Join us for this year's virtual edition with a slate of expert speakers and NE industry executives:

D. Kelly, Chief Global Strategist | J.P. Morgan
D. Rieg, President & CEO, GACC New York
A. Glunz, Managing Partner, KPMG Germany

Panel Discussion:
B. Brinker, Managing Director J.P.Morgan (Moderator)
J. Paris Boisvert, GM Northeast,Siemens Infrastructure
R. Wandeler, COO, MorphoSys
J. Buch, SVP, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation

Date: Friday, Jan 29th, 2021
Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm EST
Platform: Zoom Webinar
Speaker from CureVac added to the panel!
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 (just added to the panel!)
  • Andrew Bulpin, EVP, MilliporeSigma
  • Melanie Ott, Professor, Dept. of Medicine, UCSF
  • Jan Hartmann, VP, Haemonetics (Moderator)

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
Presented by the GABC YPs - Open to Everyone
The first Stammtisch of the year -- hosted by the GABC Young Professionals and open to everyone.
January Stammtisch: Escape Room!
For this edition, the YPs have prepared an "Escape Room" which is a fun icebreaker and entertaining way to get introduced to new members. The escape room is expected to take about 30 to 45 minutes to complete. The prompts for the Escape Room are in English, and depending on who is attending, the group may also speak some German — if you enjoy speaking, practicing or listening to German, this is a great hour for you to join.

*)Hint: an escape room, also known as an escape game, is a game in which players cooperatively discover clues, and solve a "mystery" or puzzle.

Date: Tuesday, Jan 26th, 2021
Time: 7:00pm to 8:00pm EST
Platform: Zoom Meeting
Cost: Complimentary
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
Other events of interest
Women in World Trade: The Post-Brexit Landscape
Featuring UK's Consul General to New England, Dr. Peter Abbott, and the Head of Trade Policy at the British Embassy in Washington, DC, Sarah Clegg.
When: Jan 25th | Time: 1PM to 2PM | Register
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
Missed last week's event? Watch the Video!
What does "smart" mean in the context of building infrastructure & software and energy efficiency? What are digital twins and what's more important, the focus on retrofitting or building new to make them energy efficient? "This is a journey", said Andrew Krenning, as the panelists discussed last week's topic. If you missed the panel discussion, tune in on YouTube for an incredibly smart hour of conversation with Kent Larson, Director City Science, MIT Media Lab (Moderator) and Ben Thompson, Director of Sustainable Business, Autodesk and Andrew Krenning, Zone Solutions Director, Siemens Smart Infrastructure.
In the News | Pressespiegel
As seen in
Europe Welcomes Biden, but Won’t Wait for Him
January 18, 2021
"Europe is eager for “a political climate change” after Joseph R. Biden Jr. is sworn in on Wednesday, but if the new American president is preoccupied with troubles at home it is prepared to move ahead in key areas on its own, European leaders and analysts say."

As seen in
MilliporeSigma buys its Burlington HQ for $252M
January 20, 2020
"MilliporeSigma, which is owned by Darmstadt, Germany's Merck KGaA, housed nearly 1,000 employees at the Burlington campus prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. It had invested $115 million in the 280,000-square-foot office and lab at 400 Wheeler Road in 2016, and has occupied what’s now 400 and 600 Summit Drive since 2017.."

As seen in
Covid-19 vaccine supply is running low. Here’s how Biden hopes to fix that
January 21, 2021
"A new strategy document released Thursday, totaling nearly 200 pages, offers the first clear list of the options President Biden has before him, though it doesn’t specifically say he’ll actually take all of the steps. On the list are some controversial ideas, like cutting the amount of vaccine being administered to each American. "

As seen in
A Guide to the New Covid-19 Testing Rules for Travel to the U.S.
January 22, 2021
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has ordered that all travelers flying to the U.S. from abroad will have to show proof of negative Covid-19 tests before boarding their flight starting Jan. 26. The CDC said preflight testing is necessary as Covid-19 cases continue to soar and more-contagious strains of the virus emerge around the world."

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.
  • 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. 
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? YES, potentially including mandatory COVID-19 testing at the airport for certain travelers. (Source & more information)
  • 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)
  • 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 1/26, 1/29, 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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