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German American Conference at Harvard | organized by student clubs at harvard university
The largest student-led conference of its kind in the united states
October 30-31
with quality of knowledge
discussing today’s most pressing challenges


Let us inspire you to take initiative in solving today’s most pressing challenges. We want to energize you by bringing together extraordinary personalities to share their principles for success with you. Confronted with an ever increasing dynamic and complex environment, German American leadership seeks new avenues of cooperation.


The German American Conference is highly focused on an exchange between two of the world’s arguably most influential nations in order to foster cooperation and leadership. Join our dialogue on the most pressing issues!


Business and Innovation has been at the heart of the German American Conference since its very inception. We explore the latest emerging trends that drive growth and prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic. This year we will take you to the next level! Meet the hottest Startups from Silicon Valley to Berlin in our Innovation Lounge and feel the vibe in our engaging workshop sessions.

This Year at a Glance


International Attendees


Renowned Speakers


Interesting Panels


Legendary Dinner

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“The German American Conference at Harvard is an outstanding platform to get especially young Germans and US-Americans‎ enthusiastic about the transatlantic friendship between the United States of America and Germany”

Dr. Thomas de Maizière , Federal Minister of the Interior

“The contribution and the impulses achieved by the German American Conference for our bilateral relations, cannot be overestimated”

Dr. Ursula von der Leyen, Federal Minister of Defense

“I really enjoyed the panel discussions with top-level politicians and executives – it is hard to find another conference that is offering so many insiders‘ views and open exchanges on topics that define our transatlantic relationship.“

Peter Kloeppel, Chief Anchorman RTL Aktuell


Many more speakers to be announced soon!

General Michael Hayden

Former Director of CIA & NSA

Frank Mattern

Director of McKinsey & Company and Global Head of Recruiting

Dr. Miriam Meckel

Chief Editor WirtschaftsWoche

Robert Zoellick

11th President of the World Bank Group; Chairman of Goldman Sachs’ International Advisors

Thomas Gottschalk

German TV Host & Entertainer

Ska Keller

Vice-president and spokesperson for migration of the Green Group in the European Parliament

Ingo Zamperoni

U.S. correspondent of ARD German TV and former news anchor for ARD

Kai Diekmann

Chief Editor BILD

Brigitte Zypries

Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Dr. Peter Wittig

German Ambassador to the US

Peter Schaar

Chairman of the European Academy for Freedom of Information and Data Protection (EAID) & former German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information

Ranga Yogeshwar

German TV Host & Scientist

Prof. Claudia Kemfert

Head of the department of energy, transportation and environment at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin / DIW Berlin

Stephan Gemkow

CEO Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH

Dr. Eric Fellhauer

Managing Director and Co-Head of Investment Banking of Lazard Germany

Thomas Geisel

Mayor of Duesseldorf, Germany

Prof. Brenda Shaffer

Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES), Georgetown University

Dr. Helmuth Ludwig

Global Executive Vice President of Digital Enterprise of Siemens PLM

Alexander Graubner-Mueller

CTO & Founder Kreditech

Philipp Steinberg

Chief of Staff to German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel

Isabel Schayani

Correspondent at the New York bureau of ARD German TV

Dr. Dr. Alexander Görlach

Publisher & Chief Editor The European

Richard Morningstar

Founding Director of the Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council & former US ambassador

Yahya Alaous

Syrian Journalist & Refugee

Dr. Christian Hoepfner

Director of the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems

Rana el Kaliouby

Chief Strategy & Science Officer at Affectiva

Prof. Jocelyne Cesari

Director of the Harvard interfaculty program “Islam in the West”

Torsten Arnswald

Head of the Fiscal Policy Division at the Federal Ministry of Finance, former economic advisor to the President of Germany

Constanze Stelzenmüller

Inaugural Robert Bosch Senior Fellow with the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings Institution

Uwe Weiss

CEO Blue Yonder

David Livingston

Associate, Energy and Climate Program Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Markus Meckel

President of the German War Graves Commission – Former Foreign Minister of the German Democratic Republic

Prof. Karl Kaiser

Adjunct Professor of Public Policy HKS Collateral Appointment (FAS) & Senior Associate, Program on Transatlantic Relations, WCFIA Harvard Kennedy School

Prof. Hans-Helmut Kotz

Senior Fellow, Center for Financial Studies, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University & Fellow, Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Prof. Michael Ignatieff

Edward R. Murrow Professor of the Practice of the Press, Politics and Public Policy Harvard Kennedy School

Dr. Christoph Lengauer

CEO at German Accelerator Life Sciences CSO & Chief Drug Hunter at Blueprint Medicines (BPMC)

Artjem Weissbeck

CEO & Founder Kapten & Son

Prof. Brigitte Madrian

Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management

Kaija Landsberg

MD of CHILDREN for a better World e.V., Germany; co-founder of Teach First Deutschland, Germany

Prof. Jeff Frankel

Director of Program in International Finance and Macroeconomics at the National Bureau of Economic Research, former member of U.S. Council of Economic Advisors

Jennifer Broutin Farah

CEO & Founder of SproutsIO

Doug Hauer

Member of Mintz Levin's Corporate & Securities Practice and Immigration Practice

AJ Perez

CEO & Co-founder of NVBOTS

Felix Klühr

CEO & Co-founder qLearning Applications

Felix Heberle

CEO & Co-founder matchinguu

Dr. Philipp Götting

CEO & Co-Founder WirNachbarn.com

Katrin ten Eikelder

Managing Director & Founder The Knots


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1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


The conference takes place on and around Harvard University’s campus – feel the vibrant energy and be stunned by the ivy-beauty of one of the most prestigious educational institutions the world has to offer.



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