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Who’s who at the German Symposium 2011

Below you find a quick introduction of all speakers, disputants and moderators of the German Symposium 2011:

The participants are listed in chronological order of the events. Click here to find see complete programme of the German Symposium 2011! The German Symposium is taking place from Feb 14 to Feb 18, 2011 on campus of the London School of Economics and Political Science. All events are public. The LSEsu German Society courteously invites LSE staff, students and the general public to attend any event. Please refer to our programme to see which events require tickets. Tickets can be requested via email:

Mon, 14.2.
6 pm Henryk M. Broder (disputant)
Henryk Broder is one of Germany’s foremost experts on anti-semitism. Most recently he headed what the Berliner Zeitung called „the most influential German author blog“ and produced a 5-episode-integration-satire for national television which was met with large media resonance because of its critical views on Islam. Broder is author of many books and has been awarded several journalistic prizes in honour of his achievements.
6 pm Prof. Dr. Hellmuth Karasek (disputant)
Professor Karasek is renowned in Germany as a journalist, literary critic, novelist and the author of many books on literature and film. He has published several influential novels and worked as a journalist for major German news publications. He is one of Germany’s most well-known literary critics and part of a German TV show about literature called “Das Literarische Quartett”.
6 pm Ali Kizilkaya (disputant)
Ali Kizilkaya is the chairman of the German Islamic Council, one of the most important Muslim organisations in Germany, and former spokesperson of the “Council for the Coordination of Muslims in Germany” (Koordinierungsrat der Muslime in Deutschland).
6 pm Dr. Thilo Sarrazin (disputant)
Dr. Sarrazin is a German economist and author. He was Senator of Finance in Berlin and board member of the German Central Bank. He is best known for his provocative arguments about integration and social policy, which have raised a lot of criticism and high media attention all over Germany. His book “Deutschland schafft sich ab” (Germany abolishes itself) was one of the best-selling German non-fiction book in the past ten years (Gruner & Jahr). In his book Sarrazin discusses the consequences of an increasing level of immigration from Muslim countries into Germany. Leading politicians and the media accused him of pseudo-science, racism and social Darwinism.
6 pm Jan Fleischhauer (moderator)
Mr Fleischhauer is journalist and author. Since 1989 he has been working for the „Spiegel“ magazine. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, he worked in the company’s Leipzig bureau. From 2001 to 2005, he served as SPIEGEL’s correspondent in New York, where he reported on the fall of the New Economy. Most recently he became deputy chief of the capital bureau. In 2009 Mr Fleischhauer also published his bestselling book „Unter Linken“ (Amongst leftists) which was turned into a critically acclaimed movie with the same title.
8 pm Dr. h.c. Heinz Otto Dürr (disputant)
Dr. Dürr was the Chief Executive Officer of AEG which is one of the world’s market leaders in the field of electrical engineered products for 10 years. From 1991 onwards, he was the president of the Deutsche Bahn AG with which he was involved in the privatisation of the German railway system. After leading the Deutsche Bahn he then became part of the controlling board and principal stakeholder of the Dürr AG. In his positions Dr. Dürr significantly shaped the German and European business landscape.
8 pm Dr. Dirk Notheis (disputant)
Dr. Notheis is the Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Stanley Bank AG and serves as Morgan Stanleys country head for Germany and Austria. He has advised on large German IPOs like the Frankfurt airport operator “Fraport”, the German airline “Air Berlin” or the “Postbank”. He has also been actively involved in German politics and has been an elected member of the board of CDU Baden-Württemberg since 1995. Dr. Notheis is also a board member of several charitable organisations in Germany.
Tue, 15.2.
12 pm Axel Strotbek (lecturer)
Mr Strotbek has been Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Audi since 2007. Previously he worked as Executive Vice President Finance at Volkswagen Group China where he helped prepare what is now one of the big automotive success stories in Asia and worldwide.
1.30 pm Prof. Dr. Dr. mult. h.c. Wolfgang Franz (lecturer)
Professor Franz is the leading economic advisor to the German government, chairman of the German Council of Economic Experts and one of the most distinguished labour market researchers in Germany. During his academic career he has spent time at the University of Mannheim, Harvard University, the US National Bureau of Economic Research and the Universities of Stuttgart
3 pm Dr. Bernhard Bueb (lecturer)
Dr. Bueb is one of Germany’s most cited pedagogues, author of two bestselling books on education and former director of Germany’s foremost boarding school “Schule Schloss Salem” that he headed for more than 30 years. Recently he triggered a nationwide debate about (elite) education with the publishing of his books and articles in the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” and the “Spiegel” magazine.
5.30 pm Dr. Christian Veith (lecturer)
Dr. Veith is head of BCG’s local management team in Germany. Prior to his election into the management team he was global People Team Chair and member of the world-wide Executive Committee for all matters related to Human Resources. He primarily works with banks, but also with industrial companies. His areas of expertise are the development of corporate strategies and the support of large merger- and restructuring processes. Dr. Veith studied Law and Economics in Munich and Bonn, and also holds a Finance MBA from the University of Chicago.
Wed, 16.2.
2 pm Jim Garman (disputant)
Mr Garman is Managing Director and Head of European Real Estate in the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. He joined the firm in 1992 and became a Partner in 2006. He is a member of the firm’s Global Real Estate Investment Committee. Through its Merchant Banking Division, Goldman Sachs is a leading global investor and manager in private equity, real estate and infrastructure.
2 pm Dr. Christian Schlüter (disputant)
Dr. Schlüter is a Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking Division, based in Frankfurt. He heads the bank’s Real Estate Investment Banking franchise for Germany, Austria and
Switzerland. Christian is in charge of originating and executing real estate M&As and capital market transactions. Recent assignments include: public takeovers, corporate real estate sale-and-leasebacks, portfolio transactions, equity and equity linked issuances, as well as advisory assignments on restructuring and re-capitalizing listed property companies. Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 2004, Christian worked for the Real Estate Investment Banking departments at Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan.
2 pm Christian Ulbrich (disputant)
Through his career within the field of finance and real estate, Mr Ulbrich joined Jones Lang Lasalle in 2005 to become the chief executive for Germany. After tripling Lasalle’s revenues in Germany within 4 years Mr Ulbrich was then appointed CEO of Jones Lang Lasalle Europe, Asia and the Middle East in 2009. Moreover he is part of the Global Executive Board of J.L. Lasalle which is one the world’s largest financial service provider on the real estate market with more than 30,000 people in 60 countries.
Thu, 17.2.
3 pm Christoph Keese (disputant)
Mr Keese is the president of public affairs at Axel Springer AG and therefore chief lobbyist of one of the largest European multimedia companies. Christoph was editor-in-chief of The FT Germany and “Welt am Sonntag”.
3 pm Harald Ehren (disputant)
Mr Ehren is the editor-in-chief of fischerAppelt AG which is one of the largest German PR agencies. He was one of the founder journalists for FT Germany and has worked as a business journalist for “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” and “Manager Magazin”. In addition, Harald is an LSE-Alumnus.
3 pm Dr. Mercedes Bunz (disputant)
Dr. Bunz is a digital thinker, journalist and author. She worked as technology reporter for The Guardian and was former online editor-in-chief of the Berlin based newspaper “Tagesspiegel”, as well as “zitty” magazine. Mercedes was also one of the founders of de:bug, a magazine about electronic life aspects.
3 pm Charlie Beckett (moderator)
Mr Beckett is the director of POLIS in the Department of Media and Communications of the LSE. In his Director’s Blog, he comments on international journalism, media and society. With 20 years of experience as a senior journalist at the BBC, LWT and ITN, he has written and taught on media issues such as the role of journalism in creating civic society, ethical journalistic issues, international journalism, reporting war and terror, reporting politics and news values.
7 pm Dr. Alexander Dibelius (lecturer)
Dr. Dibelius is Managing Director of Goldman Sachs & Co. oHG with overall responsibility for Goldman Sachs’ business in Germany, Austria, Russia and Central & Eastern Europe. Before assuming this position he was Co-Head of M&As for Germany, Austria and Switzerland and also worked in M&A in London and New York. Dr. Dibelius has been with Goldman Sachs since 1993 and previously held positions as a partner at McKinsey & Company and as a medical surgeon.
Fri, 18.2.
1 pm Dr. Eckhard Cordes (lecturer)
Dr. Cordes is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Metro Group, the world’s largest wholesale business and 3rd-largest retailer after Tesco and Carrefour. Previously he was Director at Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH (2005-2008) and Executive Director at Daimler-Benz (until 2005), heading Mercedes, Maybach, smart, AMG and McLaren. According to the Financial Times Germany he is one of the most renowned German managers.
3 pm Hans Eichel (disputant)
Mr Eichel was Germany’s Minister of Finance 1999-2005. He is a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and earned himself the nickname “Iron Minister“, due to his ability to exercise strict budget discipline during his first legislative period. He worked closely together with Gordon Brown (former British Chancellor of the Exchequer, later British Prime Minister) and M. Francis Mer, (former French Minister for the Economy, Finance and Industry).
3 pm Federal Minister Dr. Peter Ramsauer (lecturer & disputant)
Dr. Ramsauer is the German Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development. Since graduating with a PhD in governance and public policy from the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Dr. Ramsauer’s successful political career has taken him from his role as co-founder of his party’s student organisation to his current position as Deputy Party Leader of the Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU). Before being named Federal Minister in 2009, Dr. Ramsauer served as Deputy Leader of the largest parliamentary party in Germany, the Conservative Union of CSU and CDU.
3 pm Baron Ole von Beust (disputant)
Baron von Beust (CDU) – one of Germany’s leading political figures – was First Mayor of Hamburg from 2001-2010. In 2004, for the first time in Hamburg’s political history, he won the elections with an absolute majority for the Christian Democratic Union. As head of government of the German state of Hamburg he also was president of the Federal Council of Germany (Bundesrat) (2007-2008) and has shaped Germany’s and Hamburg’s political landscape.
3 pm Sahra Wagenknecht, MdB (disputant)
Sarah Wagenknecht is the deputy chairman of the Left Party (Die Linke) and a member of the German Parliament. Between 2004 and 2009 she was also a member of the European Parliament. Her Marxist views make her one of the most controversial politicians of the left in Germany.
3 pm Frank Jahn (moderator)
Frank Jahn is London correspondent of the ARD, Germany’s regional public-service broadcasters and the world’s largest non-commercial broadcaster. Frank Jahn has been moderating the ARD “Mittagsmagazin” among others.

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