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2016 Young Leaders Conference

2016 Young Leaders Conference Builds Connections and Reinvigorates Transatlantic Partnership

Eight years after Barack Obama’s Berlin speech at the Victory Column, where do we stand? What issues are at the core of a common transatlantic agenda? How can the partnership be strengthened? What does it even mean to be an American and a German today? These are some of the questions that almost 50 up-and-coming professionals from the United States and Germany considered when they convened for the XXXVIII American-German Young Leaders Conference from July 24 to 28, 2016, in Berlin.

The ACG’s Young Leaders Conference provides a forum where bright and informed young professionals from diverse fields and backgrounds can discuss transatlantic and global issues in an informal setting and build networks across the Atlantic. Young Leaders meet with high-level officials to hear their perspectives and also participate in working groups and plenary sessions to discuss solutions to today’s complex challenges – from an unsteady global economy to security threats, and from migration to the rise of populist movements. The overarching theme of this year’s conference was “Making the Alliance Great Again? The West at a Crossroads.”

The Young Leaders had the opportunity to meet with:

Peter Altmaier
Head of the Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Tasks

Rainer Baake
State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Ambassador John Emerson
U.S. Ambassador to Germany

Christian Flisek
German Bundestag member

Ulrich Grillo
President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI)

Dr. Emily Haber
State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior

Dr. Georg Schütte
State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Dr. Thomas Steffen
State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance

Lt. General Dieter Warnecke
Director General of the Division of Strategy and Military Operations at the Federal Ministry of Defense

The group also visited the German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC) to learn about start-ups and innovation in Germany.

The 2016 Young Leaders included rising stars at Fortune 500 companies, the founder of an energy company, a law professor, an Army strategist, an economist, journalists, and senior staff in the Bundestag, German Federal Ministry of Finance, Ministry of the Interior, Foreign Office, and the European Commission, among others.

The ACG extends great thanks to the following sponsors for their generous support of the XXXVIII American-German Young Leaders Conference:

Anna-Maria and Stephen M. Kellen Foundation
AT&T
Daimler AG
Deutsche Bank AG

Hering Schuppener Consulting
Pfizer Deutschland
Noerr LLP
Steelhead Partners L.L.C.

Special thanks also go to:

Young Leader alumni:

Vincenz von Braun (2011 YL)
Founding Partner at anchor Rechtsanwälte

Michael Dzeba (2015 YL)

Dominik Stuehler (2012 YL)
Partner at DLA Piper

Ludwig Preller (2014 YL)
Entrepreneur, Managing Director, and Member of the Board at CLEVIS Group

Benjamin Rohé (2011 YL)
Managing Director of GTEC – the
German Tech Entrepreneurship Center

The Steering Committee:

Committee Chairman Edward McFadden
Secretary of Communications at the Archdiocese of Washington

Antonin Finkelnburg
Head of Public Policy/Campaigning at Arbeitgeberverband Gesamtmetall

Dr. Ronald J. Granieri
Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of America and the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute

Sarmad Hussain
Senior Expert in Public Affairs at Deekeling Arndt Advisors in Communications GmbH

Stefan Uecker
Policy Advisor to the SPD Parliamentary Group in the Bundestag