East Coast German American Industry Forum – Half-Day Conference

Thursday, Oct 27, 2016

The East Coast German American Industry Forum  on October 27 was a half-day conference featuring keynote speeches, panel discussions and presentations by 17 leaders in policy, academia and business addressing the issues of German-American or international business.  Three separate sessions with multiple viewpoints included: “The Transatlantic Market Place”, “Life Sciences & Digital Health” and “Manufacturing Innovation“.

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Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade for MA. Although Massachusetts is #1 in the US for innovation, state leaders still look to Germany to learn how to grow their manufacturing base. Germany is Massachusetts’s #4 trading partner. Massachusetts receives 120,000 German visitors a year and is a valued economic force in the state.


The Transatlantic Marketplace panelists: Trade negotiations like the TTIP Agreement need to be clearer. Manufacturers, exporters, and importers want to know specifically What does it do? What is the value? How do I benefit? GABC Vice President Bodo Liesenfeld, second from right.


Marion Meyer, Leitung BayWa AG (left). GABC Member Prof. Alexandra Roth of Northeastern University (middle). BASF Corporation Chairman & CEO Wayne Smith (right). The business environment has become truly global. What is BASF’s marketplace? With more than 100 manufacturing sites worldwide and industries across the spectrum, BASF’s marketplace IS THE whole marketplace.


GABC Member Katharina Krause, CEO and President of F.O.S. Industrial Filter Technology Inc.


Dr. Angelo Moesslang, CFO of Fresenius Medical Care North America and Babak Movassaghi, VP of Innovation and New Ventures at Flex. Healthcare is becoming more patient-centric through digital health innovation and telemedicine.


Dietmar Rieg, President and CEO, German American Chamber of Commerce New York. The collaboration between GACCNY and GABC is great. We need to build on it.


German Consul General Dr. Ralf Horlemann. The German Consulate General is a Partner of this event, along with GABC and the German Conference at Harvard.


The Raytheon Auditorium at Northeastern University where the event took place.


Will Industry 4.0 and its automation take away jobs in the future? Six out of six panelists agreed that it would in fact ADD jobs. But the jobs would be different–there might be less workers in the facility making the product, but more on the cloud or designing the software. With the rapid advance of technology, in the near future, the majority of young people will work in jobs that don’t yet even have a name.

Agenda and Speakers

08:30am – 09:00am Registration & Breakfast

09:00am – 09:05am Welcome Remarks

  • Dietmar Rieg, President & CEO, German American Chamber of Commerce
  • Ralf Horlemann, Consul General, German Consulate General Boston
  • James C. Bean, Provost and Sr. VP for Academic Affairs, Northeastern University

09:05am – 09:15am Keynote Address: Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade, MA Office of Business Development

09:15am – 10:30am “The Transatlantic Market Place:”

  • Marion Meyer, BayWa AG
  • Wayne T. Smith, CEO, BASF Corporation
  • Prof. Alexandra V. Roth, International Business And Strategy Group, Northeastern University  (moderator)

10:30am – 11:00am Coffee Break & Refreshments

11:00am – 12:15pm “Life Sciences/MedTech and Start up”

  • Dr. Angelo Moesslang, CFO, Fresenius Medical Care North America / Member, GABC Board of Directors
  • Caroll Neubauer, CEO, B. Braun Medical
  • Nick Dougherty, Program Director, PULSE@MassChallenge  (moderator)

12:15pm – 01:30pm “Manufacturing Innovation/Robotics/Artificial Intelligence”

  • Sven Dörge, Global CFO, Goss International
  • Katharina Krause, CEO, F.O.S. Industrial Filter Technology, Inc.
  • Bodo Liesenfeld, CEO, Liesenfeld International GmbH / Chairman of the Board, Menck Windows/ VP GABC Board of Directors
  • Stephan Schmitt, Member of the Executive Board, TÜV Rheinland AG
  • Dr. Andre Sharon, Executive Director, Fraunhofer CMI (moderator)
  • James Heppelmann, President & CEO, PTC

01:30pm Closing Remarks by Marian M. LeMay, Executive Director, German-American Business Council of Boston, Inc.

01:40 – 3:00PM Light Lunch & Networking


Event Location

Egan Research Center
Raytheon Amphitheater, Northeastern University,
120 Forsyth Street
Boston, MA 02115

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