Established in 1995, the Pittsburgh Warburg Chapter brings together the German-American community and other interested individuals for discussions on important transatlantic topics affecting the region. The Chapter hosts a variety of events, including breakfast briefings in small groups of 10-25 people, luncheons that host 50 or more, and occasionally small dinner events. It also works closely with other local organizations including the Economics Club, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, the Honorary Consul for the Federal Republic of Germany, and the German American Chamber of Commerce. The Chapter also works with local colleges and universities throughout the region to reach students and faculty. The Chapter has hosted numerous events on topics such as climate change, sustainability, immigration, technology advancement, and foreign and security policy.
As a highlight of 2016, the Pittsburgh Chapter hosted a discussion and luncheon with the German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt. Other recent events included Dr. Philipp Ackermann, former Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany; Ralf Fücks, President of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation; and Dr. Stephen Szabo, Executive Director of the Transatlantic Academy
About the Chapter Directors
William (Bill) Adams
Vice President and Senior International Economist
The PNC Financial Services Group
William (Bill) Adams is Vice President and Senior International Economist for The PNC Financial Services Group. His responsibilities include forecasting economic conditions and exchange rates, covering emerging Asia, the Eurozone, Canada and Latin America. Mr. Adams serves as the principal spokesperson on global economic issues for PNC, and frequently presents to PNC clients on the international economic outlook.
Mr. Adams joined PNC in July 2011 after serving as resident economist for The Conference Board China Center from 2009 to 2011. In that position he served as spokesman on the Chinese business cycle and was a designer of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index for China®, a widely-followed, market-moving economic indicator. Mr. Adams lived in China for five years and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
He is a member of the Economics Advisory Council of the Duquesne University Palumbo Donahue School of Business, is an advisory board member and center associate of the University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center, and was a 2014 American Council on Germany Young Leader. He serves on the board of directors of the Economic Club of Pittsburgh – the local chapter of National Association of Business Economics (NABE).
Mr. Adams is co-author with Damien Ma of “In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China’s Ascent in the Next Decade,” published in 2013 by the Financial Times Press, and translated into Chinese in 2014 by Gusa Publishing (Taiwan).
Mr. Adams holds a master degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and is a graduate of Harvard College.
German American Chamber of Commerce
Rachel Mauer is the Co-founder and Vice President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce (AHK Pittsburgh Chapter). Rachel is also the President and Founder of The Mauer Group Consultancy, a firm that provides strategic business development and competitive intelligence for a spectrum of clients, including small and medium-sized businesses, multinational construction companies, local manufacturing powerhouses, Fortune 200 companies, and diversified companies in emerging markets. Rachel is also currently a Senior Advisor and Head of the Market Intelligence team at Legacy HP.
Rachel’s professional history includes managing worldwide sales development for the Systems Division of Bombardier Transportation, a leading global rail company. She has over ten years of experience in cross-cultural studies and international relations, beginning with her international studies during her undergraduate program. She also lived and worked in Austria, before returning to the United States. Rachel participated in the American Council on Germany’s Young Leaders Study Group. She is also active in the local community with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and is Co-Director of the American Council on Germany’s Pittsburgh Warburg Chapter.
Rachel is a graduate from Cornell University with a degree in International Government. Rachel is fluent in German, including the Austrian (Tirolean) dialect.