Dear members, partners & friends,

we hope this first newsletter of 2021 finds you well and healthy having enjoyed what most likely was a holiday season like no other. Germany went into a significant lockdown a week prior to Christmas and public life remains shutdown. Here in the U.S. we are watching the transition to a new government taking place in ways that sends shockwaves around the country and the world. While we are happy that 2020 is behind us, we hope that 2021 will turn peaceful politically and in control of the pandemic that threatens the health and lives of so many.

As the year is beginning, we hope you join us for many events that we are planning and also join or rejoin our community. We couldn't do what we are doing without our members! Our event schedule is filling up with exciting and interesting events which you can now register for and others are in the pipeline, including one on vaccine development. Stay tuned and stay healthy!

Wishing you all very Happy New Year,

Emily Westhoven
Executive Director
Upcoming GABC Events
This is the third in a series of monthly “Smart Cities” virtual events leading up to our German-American Economic Forum, now scheduled for Spring 2021. #GAEF2021
Smart Cities Series: Virtual Event #3
More than half of greenhouse gas emissions come from commercial, industrial, and large residential buildings. Why are they so energy intensive and what technologies are available to reduce energy and lower carbon emissions? Join the conversation moderated by

Kent Larson, Director City Science, MIT Media Lab
Ben Thompson, Director of Sustainable Business, Autodesk
Andrew Krenning, Zone Solutions Director, Siemens

Date: Friday, Jan 15th, 2021
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm EST
Platform: Zoom Meeting
Cost: Complimentary
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
January Stammtisch
The first Stammtisch of the year -- hosted by the GABC Young Professionals and open to everyone! This virtual event is usually approximately an hour long, but if the conversation flows, also longer. Depending on who is attending, the group may also speak German — if you enjoy speaking, practicing or listening to German, this is a great hour for you to join.

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
In the works...stay tuned!
Vaccines in Record Time
Thursday, February 4th (6PM EST)

Circular Economy for Waste Management (Smart Cities Virtual Event #4)
Thursday, February 18th (12-1PM EST)

GBANE: The next four years for international business
Thursday, February 25th (4-5:30PM EST)
Other events of interest
STAT&JPM: Behind the first Covid-19 vaccine
featuring Ugur Sahin, M.D., chief executive officer and co-founder, BioNTech | Özlem Türeci, M.D., chief medical officer and co-founder BioNTech and Matthew Herper, senior writer, medicine; editorial director of events, STAT (moderator) 
When: January 13th | Time: 1PM ET | Register 
Women in World Trade: The Post-Brexit Landscape 
Feature the UK's Consul General to New England Peter Abbott
When: Jan 25th | Time: 1PM to 2PM | Register
German International School Boston: Raising Racial Awarness
Dr. Jacqueline Dougé, MD, MPH, FAAP will discuss the importance of addressing race and racism and provide strategies on how to have the conversations in our schools and homes. Jacqueline Dougé is a pediatrician, speaker, and writer..
When: Jan 19th | Time: 7PM EST | Register
Open Position
Open Position: Head of Administration
The Head of Administration (HoA) is responsible for the management of business operations at GISB. The successful candidate will ensure the fiscal and operational health of the School and supervise all administrative functions, including admissions, finance, marketing/communications, health and safety, HR, international student programming, building maintenance, and IT. More information
Recap: Virtual Holiday Celebration
In December, many members, friends and partners gathered around the fireplace chatting and reminiscing about the past year. Well, of course, this is not quite true: We all gathered around our screens and the picture below captures it well. This was a festive event with a full program: German Consul General Nicole Menzenbach and GABC President Bodo Liesenfeld addressed the guests; John Tesoro, CEO of TÜV SÜD America reflected on how the pandemic impacted his business and industries they are serving; Jan Hartmann, GABC board member, tied the evening together as the master of cereomonies. Comedian Ingrid Wenzel, joining live from Berlin, entertained (and illustrated) the guests before they broke into smaller groups for a meet & greet. A few lucky ones were even the winners of the Ravensburger Puzzle raffle! While we enjoyed this evening every much, we hope this was GABC's first and last virtual Holiday event!
In the News | Pressespiegel
As watched in
Gov. Baker extends post-Christmas restrictions at least 2 more weeks
January 7, 2020
"Many Massachusetts businesses will continue to be limited to 25% of maximum capacity through at least Jan. 24, Gov. Charlie Baker said on Thursday, pointing to the high spread of Covid-19 in the state.The governor also announced new steps to allow hospitals to expand ICU capacity, including in some cases allowing for temporary exemptions to nurse-to-patient ratios in the units."

As seen in
Another Covid-19 Vaccine Developer Gets Help From Big Pharma
January 7, 2021
"Under the deal, Bayer, best known for its aspirin, will support CureVac with expertise in drug development and infrastructure, including supporting clinical work, regulatory affairs and supply-chain management, the two companies said. The partnership is part of a now-familiar pattern in which big pharmaceutical companies have swooped in to help smaller players with promising Covid-19 vaccine candidates.."

As seen in
Coronavirus vaccine: German Health Minister Jens Spahn under fire
Januar 6, 2021
"The health minister rejected the notion of delaying the second dose in order to speed up the process after the UK approved such a move last week. Spahn suggested he would await the green light from BioNTech-Pfizer before taking such a measure. He also said that Germany is working alongside BioNTech to open a new production site in Marburg, which could be open as early as next month, in order to boost global supplies.  Meanwhile, Spahn said the German government would acquire 50 million doses of the Moderna vaccine following the European Union's approval of the jab."

As seen in
A Cold War-Era Law and Vaccines
January 2, 2021
"... MilliporeSigma, a life sciences business with a portfolio of 300,000 products, has been tasked by the U.S. government with prioritizing production of supplies and materials for Covid-19 vaccines. The Burlington, Massachusetts-based unit of German Merck KGaA has been a critical part of the global pandemic response, providing filtration devices, custom lipids, and other tools for 50 vaccines and 20 therapeutics geared to tackle the pandemic, while meeting the needs of its customary clients.. "

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