The largest student-led conference of its kind in the united states
April 7-9, 2017
with quality of knowledge
discussing today’s most pressing challenges


Let us inspire you to take initiative in solving today’s most pressing challenges. We want to energize you by bringing together extraordinary personalities to share their principles for success with you. Confronted with an ever increasing dynamic and complex environment, German American leadership seeks new avenues of cooperation.


The German American Conference is highly focused on an exchange between two of the world’s arguably most influential nations in order to foster cooperation and leadership. Join our dialogue on the most pressing issues!


Business and Innovation has been at the heart of the German American Conference since its very inception. We explore the latest emerging trends that drive growth and prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic. This year we will take you to the next level! Meet the hottest Startups from Silicon Valley to Berlin in our Innovation Lounge and feel the vibe in our engaging workshop sessions.

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International Attendees


Renowned Speakers


Interesting Panels


Legendary Dinner

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“The German American Conference at Harvard is an outstanding platform to get especially young Germans and US-Americans‎ enthusiastic about the transatlantic friendship between the United States of America and Germany”

Dr. Thomas de Maizière , Federal Minister of the Interior

“The contribution and the impulses achieved by the German American Conference for our bilateral relations, cannot be overestimated”

Dr. Ursula von der Leyen, Federal Minister of Defense

“I really enjoyed the panel discussions with top-level politicians and executives – it is hard to find another conference that is offering so many insiders’ views and open exchanges on topics that define our transatlantic relationship.”

Peter Kloeppel, Chief Anchorman RTL Aktuell


Many more speakers to be announced soon!

Joe Kaeser

President & CEO of Siemens AG

Gina McCarthy

13th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Edelgard Bulmahn

Vice President of the German Bundestag

Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann

CEO Opel / President Europe General Motors

Dr. Miriam Meckel

Chief Editor WirtschaftsWoche

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff

Vice President of the European Parliament

Philipp Rösler

Chairman, World Economic Forum

René Obermann

Managing Director, Warburg Pincus

Jürgen Klinsmann

Football Trainer (Video Keynote)

Dr. Jennifer Dungs

Manager, Porsche Digital

Andrew McAfee

Co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Associate Director of the Center for Digital Business at MIT Sloan School of Management

Stefan Winners

Member of the Board, Hubert Burda Media

Dr. Hubertus Meinecke

Senior Partner and Global Leader Industrial Goods, The Boston Consulting Group

Peter Gassmann

Managing Director Strategy& Germany, Switzerland & Austria

Dr. Peter Wittig

German Ambassador to the US

Martin Weiss

Managing Director, Burda Principal Investments

Jürgen Hardt

Transatlantic Coordinator at the Federal Foreign Office

Ludger Schuknecht

Chief Economist, German Ministry of Finance

Caio Koch-Weser

Chairman of Board, European Climate Foundation

Constanze Stelzenmüller

Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institute

Sascha Spoun

President, Leuphana University of Lueneburg

Margret Wintermantel

President DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

Allan E. Goodman

President, Institute of International Education

Johannes Heinlein

Vice President Strategic Partnerships,

Fernando Reimers

Faculty Director of the International Education Policy Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Marina Weisband

Civic Educator, Former Political Director of Germany's Pirate Party

Uwe Jean Heuser

Head of the Economics Department, Die Zeit

Sheila Jasanoff

Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School

Wendell Wallach

Consultant, Ethicist, and scholar at Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

Dr. Dr. Alexander Görlach

Publisher & Chief Editor The European

Reinhard Bütikofer

Co-Chair of the European Green Party (EGP)

Erik Kirschbaum

Author & Germany Correspondent at Reuters

Moritz Baier

Senior Investment Banking Associate, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Christina Becker-Birck

Vice President, Meister Consultants Group

Peter Woodward


Sibylle Kalmbach

Deputry Secretary General of Studienstiftung


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The conference takes place on and around Harvard University’s campus – feel the vibrant energy and be stunned by the ivy-beauty of one of the most prestigious educational institutions the world has to offer.



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