We are happy to present you the five workshops of this year’s Trancultural Leadership Summit. Check out the workshop descriptions to find the most interesting for you:

Workshop I
“Successful mobility strategies and transcultural leadership in the European automotive industry”

Current developments in mobility raise many questions: What are the challenges and opportunities for the European automotive industry? How should the necessary changes be managed with integrity? What will be the impact on the workforce? To what extent are transcultural leadership skills and behaviour crucial for successfully implementing the corresponding strategies? Against this backdrop, the workshop leaders will open the session and give some input based on their extensive executive experience in the global automotive industry. The workshop participants will then be invited to present short starter statements referring to one of the above-mentioned questions and to engage in an interactive and lively debate with the experts and the other attendees. In this manner, the workshop aims to provide an arena for thorough discussion and passionate exchange.

Workshop leads:
Claudia Schickel,
Head of Project Management at MAN Truck and Bus
Dr Albert X. Kirchmann,
former CEO and Chairman Daimler Trucks Asia, Chief Executive Advisor

Workshop II
“Europe in the world – A geopolitical approach”

Will the 21st century belong to China? Are the world’s superpowers destined for war? And what role can Europe to play? The workshop “Europe in the world – a geopolitical approach” aims at answering these questions by discussing the broad undercurrents of international affairs and offering a strategic outlook on the decades to come. It will do so by means of a one-hour simulation exercise, allowing participants to gain first-hand experience of the common geopolitical dynamics our world is currently witnessing. The workshop further contains a series of stories and metaphors, providing the audience with food for thought and a new perspective on how to make sense of Europe, its relation to China and how all of this affects us in our daily lives.

Workshop lead:
Julian Caletti,
Division for Multilateral Diplomacy United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Workshop III
“The changing space for civil society in Europe”

Over the past generation, civil society has become a decisive factor in the public sphere. The transformation in Central and Eastern Europe including the fall of the Berlin Wall would not have happened without it; more recently, Fridays for Future is showing us what civil society can do to move an issue. Also, civil society organisations are active in providing services, building communities, and enabling citizens to lead fulfilled lives, with unsurpassed sustainability. Yet, in recent years, we have been able to observe fundamental changes in the way civil society and the other big societal arenas are interacting. While in many places civil society players are harassed and obstructed, they have acquired a new dynamic in others. The workshop, led by international experts, will discuss these changes and what they mean for the future of civil society as such and for democracy in Europe.

Workshop leads:
Dr Rupert Graf Strachwitz,
Director, Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society
Dr Asif Afridi,
Human Rights Practitioner and Researcher, brap, UK

Workshop IV
“Europe – A hub for sustainability?”

During the workshop we will jointly develop a SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity Threats) analysis about Europe as being a hub for sustainability.
Europe as a region is one of the most stable and wealthy regions in the world. Who in the world can have more responsibility for being a front runner and role model for sustainability than us? It is our duty to develop the models for a sustainable world and to keep this world healthy for future generations. During the workshop we will create a mind map for generating a joined-up SWOT analysis for Europe. What are the strengths we already have developed? What opportunities can we identify? What are the biggest threats to be overcome and what weaknesses do we see to be mitigated? All participants can mention their most important topics concerning sustainability in Europe. As the facilitator Carlo Bevoli will cluster the topics into a traditional SWOT analysis chart.

Workshop lead:
Carlo Bevoli,
Managing Director of SAP Labs Germany, Markdorf (SAP Sustainability Labs)

Workshop V
“Salut Kultur ! – Transcultural cooperation in Germany and France in the cultural sector”

In terms of success stories of transcultural cooperation, the work of cultural institutes offers promising insights. Apart from the institutes’ role in romoting national culture and language, it is particularly the collaboration between the institutes of different countries in a local setting that allows transculturality to be observed in practice. Using the example of cultural cooperation projects between the Germany and France, this workshop will provide a platform for learning and exchange. Under the direction of Dr jur Dirk R. Lupberger, who was among others CEO and President of Siemens Venture Capital and was engaged as Vice President of the German-French Society, participants are invited to engage in debate about the potentials and challenges of transcultural cooperation in the cultural sector.

Workshop lead:
Dr jur. Dirk R. Lupberger,
Business Consultant (Finance, Law)

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