Dear members, partners & friends,

There is a saying "after an event is before the next event": We enjoyed an incredibly interesting hour today as part of our #SmartCities series (missed it? watch it!) and are looking forward to the German American Business Outlook on Jan 29th. As teased last week as "in the works", please note a special collaborative event on Covid-19 Vaccines scheduled for February 4th organized with the German Consulates General Boston and San Francisco as well as GABA California. Registration is open!

As a reminder, 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! We will be shifting and introducing more member-only events (such as the Fireside Chat which will come back in March) as well as free-for members events while charging non-members.

We will also bring back our travel section. While a few things haven't changed (so called "travel ban" is still in place), for those who can travel, as of January 26th, travelers are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 when entering the U.S..The same is in the works for entering Germany. We will let you know when that is implemented.

In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend and stay healthy.

Emily Westhoven
Executive Director
Upcoming GABC Events
Covid-19 Vaccines in Record Time
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
  • 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
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
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
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
Other events of interest
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
Missed today'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 today's topic. If you missed today's 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.
Member news
Deutsches Altenheim Foundation announces appointment of Executive Director of Development

The Deutsches Altenheim Foundation has appointed Michael Jugenheimer Executive Director Development to lead its fundraising and development activities for the Foundation in support of the Deutsches Altenheim senior care campus. Michael Jugenheimer joins the Foundation from the Boston Athenæum where he led major gifts development. More information
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
In the News | Pressespiegel
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Broad Institute’s Eric Lander stepping down to become Biden’s science adviser
January 15, 2021
"Eric Lander, the founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, will step down to take an unpaid leave of absence as cabinet-level science adviser in the Biden administration, according to the Cambridge institute. It will be the first time such a position has been elevated to the cabinet level, a signal that under the new president, the White House will embrace scientific research more enthusiastically than President Trump did."

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Boston business leaders: Economic recovery hinges on vaccination
January 14, 2020
"Vaccinations, vaccinations, vaccinations.

That’s the reason for optimism — and some apprehension — behind how the economy can climb out of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Eric Rosengren, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and a Boston Business Journal panel of experts."

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Merkel Weighs Tougher German Lockdown as Cases Exceed 2 Million
January 14, 2021
"A record number of coronavirus deaths in Germany underscored the urgency facing Angela Merkel as the chancellor seeks to tighten lockdown restrictions. The German leader is working to reach a consensus with state premiers on additional curbs amid fears that a more contagious variant may cause infections to spiral out of control, a government official said. A meeting to review pandemic measures, which was slated for Jan. 25, was moved forward to Tuesday, according to her spokesman Steffen Seibert. "

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Wird der Impfausweis bald der neue Reisepass?
15 Januar, 2021
"Auch wenn die schrittweise Rückkehr zur Reisefreiheit noch einige Monate in der Zukunft liegt, wird eines zunehmend klar: Der gelbe WHO-Impfausweis oder digitale Alternativen werden wohl bald so wichtig wie ein Reisepass sein. Reisefreiheit ohne Testpflicht und Quarantäne könnte es demnach bald nur für gegen Corona geimpfte Menschen geben – zumindest solange die Pandemie nicht offiziell gestoppt ist.."

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