Strategic Investment Summit: USA


Date: September 29, 2015

Location: Grandhotel Hessischer Hof



08.30 - 09.00 Registration
09.00 - 09.45

Greeting & opening remarks
Işınay Kemmler, CEO of the Global Success Club


Lucia Puttrich, Hessian Minister of Federal & European Affairs


Dr. Lutz Raettig, Frankfurt City Council Member & Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Morgan Stanley AG


09.45 - 11.00

Innovations -- Made in the U.S.
A conversation on the conditions surrounding R&D and manufacturing in the U.S., featuring the personal experiences and perspectives of the executives from German firms currently active in the U.S.


Kevin O'Brien, Editor-in-Chief of Handelsblatt Global Edition



  • Dr. Joachim Hasenmaier, Member of the Board of Managing Directors at Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH


  • Rolf Najork, COO & Executive Board Member at Heraeus Holding GmbH


  • Siegfried Schabel, CEO of MEC Holding GmbH


11.00 - 11.15

Coffee break

11.15 - 12.15

Protecting your innovations

A discussion about patent laws in the U.S., including what you should know about protecting the results of your R&D and the global monetization of your patents. This panel will feature experts in U.S. patent law and the personal experiences of executives from German firms that are active in the U.S.


Dr. Roland Lentz, Innovation & Environment Division Manager at the Darmstadt Chamber of Industry and Commerce



  • Dr. Michael J. Pcolinski, Vice President Advanced Materials & Systems Research at BASF Corporation

  • Charles Eloshway, Senior Patent Counsel at the U.S. Patent & Trade Office

  • Jason P. Cooper, Partner & Co-coordinator of the IP Practice at Alston & Bird LLP

  • Dr. Stefan Horstmann, Vice President Chemicals Patents & Scientific Services at Merck KGaA


12.15 - 13.30

Lunch / Networking

13.30 - 14.30

All about money

A discussion about tax credits and other economic incentives for moving R&D and manufacturing processes to the U.S., including tips for the search for capital in the U.S. market and how to secure funding.


Prof. Dr. Yvonne Ziegler, Professor of Aviation Management at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences



  • Narbeli Galindo, International Business Development Coordinator at the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City (Missouri)

  • Dr. Heike Wenzel, President & CEO of the Wenzel Group GmbH & Co. KG

  • Prof. E.h. Dr.-Ing. Johann Grabenweger, CSO of KHS GmbH
14.30 - 15.30

Higher gains with higher education

A discussion about how to find partners among the many leading education and research institutions in the U.S., how to capitalize on these relationships, and how to recruit top talent.


Dr.-Ing. Thomas Becks, Head of Technology & Innovation at the VDE (Association of Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies)



  • Prof. Dr. Robert G. Wilhelm, Executive Director of the Charlotte Research Institute (UNC - Charlotte)

  • Charles Vaillant, Vice President Innovation & Corporate Strategy at MANN+HUMMEL

  • Prof. Dr. Michael Heuken, Vice President Corporate Research & Development at Aixtron SE


15.30 - 15.45 Refreshments/Networking
15.45 - 16.45

Parallel sessions

Optimizing TTIP for manufacturing industries
A discussion about the transatlantic relationship and the possible impact of TTIP on the leading manufacturing industries in Germany.


Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner, Head of Department External Economic Policy at the BDI (Federation of German Industries)



  • Elena Bryan, U.S. Senior Trade Representative to the European Union

  • Dr. Martin Koers, Head of Department Economic and Climate Protection Policy at the VDA (German Association of the Automotive Industry)

  • Johannes Kirsch, Senior Director International Affairs in the International Trade & Future Markets Department at the ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association)

  • Prof. Dr. Reinhard Quick, Director of the Liaison Office Brussels at the VCI (German Chemical Industry Association)


Location, location, location
A discussion about current U.S. economic trends, regional industry clusters, investment opportunities, and the benefits of pursuing R&D in the United States within specific regions and industries.


Annegret Reinhardt-Lehmann, Managing Director of Wirtschaftsinitiative FrankfurtRheinMain e.V.



  • Andreas Fobbe, Export Sales Management North & South America at IFM Electronic GmbH


  • Dr. Thomas Becker, VP Governmental Affairs at the BMW Group


  • Ed Fantasia, SelectUSA Representative - Investment Services


16.45 - 17.15

Closing keynote

17.15 - 17.30

Closing remarks

Işınay Kemmler, CEO of the Global Success Club


17.30 - 19.30

Get Together


11.15 - 12.15

Exploring your investment opportunities

Investment matchmaking

The senior executives will have the opportunity to chat one to one with the representatives of city, regional, and state economic development organizations about available investment opportunities.

13.30 - 15.30

Investment matchmaking continued

Economic development organizations:


  • Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City
  • JobsOhio
  • Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
  • Team Northeast Ohio / Cleveland Plus
  • Virginia Beach Economic Development


All sessions will be held in English.

Please note that we reserve the right to make changes to this schedule or to our featured speakers as necessary.




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