Dear members, partners & friends,

we are looking forward to the return of GABC's signature Fireside Chat (members only) with a short business review of 2020 from the perspective of Dräger which manufactures, amongst other things, N-95 masks and ventilators. Join us for this interesting hour: Registration is open and "seats" are filling up.

Looking ahead, we just added our fifth event in our #SmartCities virtual series and are turning our attention to renewable energy sources with representatives from energy giants Shell (Germany) and EnBW. Sign up now for March 18th.

We are looking back at four events (!) we offered over the last two weeks. If you missed them, we have either a video or a recap for you to read. See below.

On another note: we are participating in the The Ripple, the largest networking event organized by multiple transatlantic organizations across the country. Interested to become a sponsor and reach beyond Boston? Contact me!

Stay healthy.

Emily Westhoven
Executive Director
We are bringing the Fireside Chat back!
Dräger, one of the world's largest ventilator and N-95 masks manufacturers was pushed into overdrive when the pandemic hit last year. Here at its Andover, Mass. site where Carsten Kossler is president of Draeger Medical Systems Inc. (Patient Monitoring / Medical Division), important business decisions had to be made as Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in the U.S. surged. Carsten will share how 2020 turned out to be an extraordinary business year like no other he has seen before.

Date: Monday, March 8th, 2021
Time: 5:30pm to 6:45pm EST
Format: Presentation, Q&A and networking opportunity
Platform: Zoom Meeting
Cost: complimentary (members only)
This is the fifth in a series of monthly “Smart Cities” virtual events leading up to our German-American Economic Forum, now scheduled for 2021. #GAEF2021
The world will continue to need more and cleaner energy as well as access to convenient, reliable and affordable energy to power the livelihoods of communities and economic activity. But power generation and energy consumption have become heated topics (pun intended) as they have been identified as culprits that create carbon dioxide emissions. We will talk with representatives of two energy giants about how new energy technologies like wind power and green hydrogen as well as distribution models contribute towards a low carbon transition.

-Jens Müller-Belau, Energy Transition Manager, Shell Germany
-Philipp-Nikolas Otto, Market Research Manager, EnBW North America
-Annette Wiedenbach, GABC SmartCities Task Force (Moderator)

Date: Thursday, March 18th, 2021
Time: 12pm to 1:00pm EDT
Format: Panel discussion
Platform: Zoom Meeting
Cost: complimentary (members only)
Registration opens March 1st
Save-the-date and stay tuned for more information on the “The Ripple“, the largest online networking event based on professional matchmaking for and by the transatlantic business community. We are excited to join them for their 4th edition on March 30th — opportunity awaits, come make waves!

Would you like to become a sponsor? Contact us!

Date: Tuesday, March 30th, 2021
Time: 11:30pm welcome | 12pm EDT
Format: Video Speednetworking (you make your schedule)
Platform: Conversation Starter
Cost: free (GABC members) | $10 non-members
Young Professionals
March Stammtisch
The GABC YPs are inviting members, non-members, and newcomers to a regular Stammtisch.

This edition: No special theme, just networking, relaxing and talking about what is on everyone's mind. Join them!

Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Time: 7PM EST
Platform: Zoom Meeting
Cost: complimentary, open to all
Open Positions
German Accelerator: Program Associate - Life Sciences
A successful candidate will assist with program operations and work closely with the Program Director to provide exceptional support to their portfolio companies.
MorphoSys: Several Positions
MorphoSys is currently advertising a number of open positions both at its U.S. and Germany locations, including Sr. Director Global Patient Safety and Associate Director Corporate Communications.
Draeger Medical Systems Inc.: 2021 Summer Internships
Draeger has posted several internship opportunities for college students including, but not limited to, Systems, Mechanical and Clinical Engineering for its Andover, MA location.
Other events | opportunities of interest
Looking for a partner to conduct an Experience Sampling Study
Jon M. Jachimowicz, Assistant Professor at Harvard Business School (recently selected by Forbes under 30 Deutschland) is looking for companies or people to partner with him on an Experience Sampling Study. It entails asking people twice/day (once in the morning & once in the evening) a few short questions (~2-3 minutes) how they are doing in this moment. For example, questions like, "How passionate for your work do you feel right now?" or "How exhausting was work today?". To learn more about this study contact him directly at
German International School Boston: Financing College (DATE & Time CHANGE!)
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.
New Date: When: Mar 2nd | Time: 7PM to 8PM EST | Register
Event Recaps
RECAP: Circular Economy for Waste Management
Did you miss the event? Watch the video!
Waste management may not be the first topic that comes to mind when thinking about #SmartCities, but it's an increasingly important one -- and participants at our virtual event last week definitely thought so! Engagement was high in our fourth event in our #SmartCities virtual event series where we took the "delivery economy" as a hook into the broader discussion of packaging and other waste that seems to pile up, and it's not only the pandemic that contributes to this.

Annette Wiedenbach, member of GABC's Smart City Task force, led a compelling conversation with Sebastian Frisch of Black Forest Solutions and Megan Wolski of DHL America that highlighted challenges, smart solutions and ways forward to tackle this important challenge.
Watch the video recording.
RECAP: International Business: The next 4 years (GBANE)
Interest was very high in the 2021 GBANE (Global Business Alliance of New England) Annual Conference held virtually on February 25th! The event was kicked-off by Boston's Chief of Economic Development (and expected Boston mayoral candidate) John Barros, followed by an excellent economic update delivered by Prof. Judith Dean of Brandeis University and a very engaging panel discussion moderated by Doug Banks, Executive Editor of the Boston Business Journal. GABC was a partner in this event.
RECAP: Finance for Non-Finance Folks (Young Professionals)
Not only young professionals joined a group of about 20 active listeners as Fabian Schober explained in (mostly) plain terms the most important terminology in finance, how to best read and understand financial statements, and what exactly in these numbers drives value -- complementing it with examples from his financial work and world as the CFO of TÜV SÜD America. A great primer and extremely useful workshop thanks to the initiative of GABC YP co-chairs Susanna Bächle and Thorben Beckmann and the time provided by GABC YP advisor Fabian Schober! Thank you!
RECAP: Escape Room presented by the Young Professionals
In previous years, Fasching was on the Februar calendar and enjoyed by many of the young professionals. This year, as an "escape" from work and desks and to get together with friends and newcomers, the GABC YPs together with BABC YPs organized an Escape Room, an hour of mystery and puzzle solving!

We can report that the mystery was solved and everyone had a great time!!
In the News | Pressespiegel
As seen in
Massachusetts to move to Phase 4 of reopening plan for first time
February 25, 2021
"The Baker administration plans to advance the state to the second step of the reopening plan’s third phase on March 1 and — for the first time since the pandemic began — enter Phase 4 later that month."

As seen in
Biden Reopens Gateway For Green Cards And Work Visas, Reversing Trump COVID-19 Freeze
February 24, 2021
"The reversal by the new administration means that hundreds of thousands of foreigners, who had expected to wait until the end of March for the chance to apply for the coveted visas, can do so immediately."

As seen in
Adidas confirms it will part with Reebok
February 16, 2021
""The long-term growth opportunities in our industry are highly attractive, particularly for iconic sports brands," said Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted, in a news release. "After careful consideration, we have come to the conclusion that Reebok and Adidas will be able to significantly better realize their growth potential independently of each other.""

Gesehen im
Deutschland könnte Europas größter Impstoff-Produzent werden.
26. Februar 2021
"In Deutschland entstehen an zahlreichen Stellen wichtige Impfstoff-Produktionszentren. Insbesondere in Ostdeutschland gibt es bereits Firmen mit Tradition und viel Erfahrung."

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 traveling 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. The test (time of swabbing) must have been performed no more than 48 hours prior to entry in Germany. (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 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26
  • LX52/53 (BOS-ZRH): Cargo only through 3/27.

Updates on summer schedule:
  • Both MUC and ZRH are scheduled to return with limited service in May.
  • Seasonal flights LX54/55 ZRH or LH420/421 FRA will NOT operate

On 2/10 LH Group announced that it is extending the Rebooking Fee Waiver until May 31st for all its airlines.

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