The Phoenix Warburg Chapter engages the region’s diverse population on key issues influencing the transatlantic and global agenda. The Chapter works closely with universities such as Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University, as well as organizations like the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations.
Events are generally held in the evening. In recent years, the Phoenix Chapter has hosted speakers such as German television host and journalist Ali Aslan; Dr. Susanne Dröge, a Senior Fellow in the Global Issues Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) Berlin; and Dr. Naika Foroutan, Professor of Integration Research and Social Policy in the Department of Social Sciences at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Speakers have covered a wide range of topics including Germany’s energy policy, populism in the EU and the United States, and cyber security post the NSA scandal.
About the Chapter Director
Chairman & CEO
Bernard Otremba-Blanc is Chairman & CEO of the BOA Group, an international business consulting organization. Some of his main areas of expertise are in corporate match making, government relations, M&A, and technology transfers. He has earned several prestigious awards, including the Blue Chip Enterprise Award for innovative marketing from the United States Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. and the Business Ethics Award among others.
Dr. Otremba-Blanc was a founding member of the Arizona Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce and served on the Board of Directors from 1992 to 1999. He also is past president of the Glendale Kachina Rotary Club in Glendale, Arizona.
He was Director of the Phoenix Warburg Chapter, from 1997 to 2011 and resumed the responsibility in April 2015. In March of 2002, the President of Germany bestowed upon Dr. Otremba-Blanc the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz der Bundesrepublik Deutschland), for his endeavors in fostering and sustaining American-German relations. He served as Honorary Consul of Germany, from 2002 to 2012 and Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Consular Corps of Arizona, from 2007 to 2011. In January 2012, he received the Officer’s cross of the Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse). Dr. Otremba-Blanc is a citizen of the United States, France, and Germany. He speaks English, French, German, and some Spanish.