Expo Real 2018

Klaus Schweinsberg moderated a panel titled “Europe – whither will you? How sustainable is the EU? at the international trade fair for property and investment expo real on October 10 in Munich.  Together with Prof. Marcel Fratzscher, German Institut for Economic Research, Dr. Thomas Beyerle, Catella Property Valuation GmbH, Prof. Tobias Just, IREBS Immobilienakademie GmbH, University of Regensburg, Dr. Christoph Schumacher, Credit Suisse Asset Management and Dr. Hans Volkert Volckens, CA Immo AG he discussed the sustainability of the European Union caught up in the tension between global challenges and rising nationalism and protectionisms. (picture: ©Messe München)

Expo REAL copyright Messe München




Innovation Day 2018

At the annual Innovation Day on September 26 in Munich, Klaus Schweinsberg discussed with Julia Jäkel, Chief Executive Officer Gruner + Jahr, about how she manages the balancing act between disruption and tradition – and what leadership in times of digitalisation really comes down to. The event hosted by the Serviceplan Group gathered 400 executive board members, managing directors and brand managers and international top speakers from the worlds of business, media and politics.
Innovationstag KSG JJ web



Dinner Event with Sir Richard Shirreff

“The world is more unstable than it has been for a long time and strategic orientation has become more important than ever”. This was the opening statement by Klaus Schweinsberg during a high class dinner held at the Jockey-Club in Vienna on March 14th. Together with General Sir Richard Shirreff he discussed the “Current geopolitical shifts and the (future) role of Europe“ offering some guidance and unique insights from the military. General Sir Richard Shirreff KCB CBE, was Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe from 2011 to 2014 and is respected across NATO countries and beyond as one of the leading strategists of his generation. Sir Richard’s fictional novel War with Russia, based on his military experience, was published in 2016. (picture ©glh)

Jockey Club Vienna Sir Richard Shirrefff Klaus Schweinsberg Webseite



Munich Security Conference 2018 (MSC)

At this year’s Munich Security Conference (MSC) Klaus Schweinsberg moderated side events with high ranking representatives from economy and politics, including Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)  and Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanjahu, (photo), also with former President of Germany and Head of IMF Horst Köhler and others. (picture: glh)


MSC CEO Lunch 2018 webseite




Munich Cyber Security Conference 2018 (MCSC)

Klaus Schweinsberg moderated the fourth Munich Cyber Security Conference (MCSC) titled “WannaCry again? Making our businesses digitally great and cyberproof”. Addressing top level managers and executives from the private and public sectors, the MCSC focused on the role and responsibility of decision-makers and provided insight into the future evolution of cyber security policies. Among the speakers and panelists were Sir Julian King, EU Commissioner for Security Union, Robert Joyce, Special Assistant to the President and Cyber Security Coordinator, the White House, Marina Kaljurand, Chairwoman, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, Mark A. Gould, Federal Reserve Bank and Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO, Kaspersky Lab. The MCSC organised by Security Network Munich under the auspices of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) and the Bavarian State Government, took take place at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich on February 15. (picture: Sicherheitsnetzwerk München)


Munich Cyber Security Conference 2018




Martin Herrenknecht Forum 2017

A successful kick-off event took place on July 20th at the Herrenknecht Academy in Schwanau. Many prominent speakers focused on the topic of Leadership and honoured the entrepreneur Martin Herrenknecht. Among the speakers were former German Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger and Dr. Rüdiger Grube, former CEO of Deutsche Bahn. Klaus Schweinsberg moderated a panel with Dr. Jeannette zu Fürstenberg, Managing Partner La Famiglia and Jan Rinnert, Chairman of the Board of Heraeus Holding discussing „How much past does the future need?“ (picture: Herrenknecht)


Herrenknecht Forum ksg web




European Excellence Summit

At the invitation of the European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance (ECCIA), 80 presidents and CEOs from the companies members of the ECCIA  gathered in Berlin on 29 and 30 June 2017 for the European Excellence Summit. Together with EU officials the ECCIA discussed the specificities of the European High-end sector and important challenges. Among the speakers were Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Vice-president of the European Parliament, Elzbieta Bienkowska, EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs as well as MEP Christian Ehler. Klaus Schweinsberg moderated the Summit. (picture: Meisterkreis)


European Excelence Summit




Munich Security Conference 2017

At this year’s Munich Security Conference (MSC) Klaus Schweinsberg moderated again the discussion of a side event with high ranking representatives from economy and politics, including Bill Gates (photo), Co-Chair Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Peter Thiel, Founder Thiel Capital and paypal, and Peter Maurer, president of the international committee of the red cross. Together with Professor Marco Gercke, Director of the Cybercrime Research Institute, he also presented a cybercrime simulation exclusively designed for decision makers from governments. The simulation included some of the most recent cyber attacks on states aimed at its elections and offered a view of the current risks and opportunities for action in the field of cybercrime. (Photo by MSC/Michael Kuhlmann)


MSC Klaus Schweinsberg and Bill Gates web




Hamburg Conference on Foundation Law and the Law of Non-Profit-Organiziations 2016

The Institute for Foundation Law at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg held its annual conference from 11th November to 12th November 2016, attracting  more than 250 lawyers, tax specialists and non-profit-practitioners. Experts from various disciplines discussed under this year’s general heading “Applying and Designing (tax) law for non-profit foundations and associations”. Klaus Schweinsberg took part in a panel discussion with Prof. Dr. Günter Franke, University of Constance; Rudolf Herfurth, Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung, Prof. Dr. Birgit Weitemeyer, Bucerius Law School and Dr. Rupert Graf Strachwitz, Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society, on “The efficiency of foundation companies and multi-company foundations”.



Lake Constance

Exclusive Tutorial Update 2016

This year’s event for (young) members of Boards of Directors and Boards of Advisers attracted again high-ranking guests and speakers to the conference venue of the Centre for Strategy and Higher Leadership at Lake Constance. Speakers such as Eun-Kyung Park, Managing Director, TV Relations & Business Development, ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland GmbH, Hartmut Ostrowski, former Chairman of the board Bertelsmann AG and Dr. Hubert Lienhard, CEO and President Voith GmbH provided valuable insights into their respective fields.






24 Hours 2016 – Today. Tonight. Tomorrow.

Timotheus Höttges invited top-managers from all over the world to attend the “24 Hours” conference for the seventh time in succession. Klaus Schweinsberg served as moderator of the event. Among the speakers were Jaron Lanier, pioneer in virtual reality, computer scientist, artist and author, Kenneth Y. Goldberg, professor of industrial engineering and operations research in robotics, automation, and new media at UC Berkeley, ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Vittorio Colao, CEO of Vodafone, Lord Richard Allan, director public policy Facebook Europe, the co-founder and partner of Mosaic Ventures, Simon Levene, Dr. Notker Wolf, author and abbot primate of the Benedictine Order as well as Prof. Dr. Christiane Woopen, chairwoman of the German National Ethics Council.





Exclusive Tutorial 2016

As in previous years, castle Ehreshoven served as the venue of the exclusive tutorial for (young) members of Boards of Directors and Boards of Advisers. The sixth edition of the format featured speakers like Professor Dr. Werner J. Bauer, chairman of the supervisory board of Nestlé Germany AG, Michael Werhahn, former member of the board and today member of the administrative board of Wilh. Werhahn KG and Dr. Reinhard C. Zinkann, managing partner of Miele & Cie. KG.





German Foundation Congress 2016

Klaus Schweinsberg was guest speaker at the German Foundation Congress which took place from 11th – 13th May in Leipzig. He presented a speech titled: “Europe 3.0 –  New Rules of the Game for Politics and Economy.” This years congress focused on demographic change. The annual congress is hosted by the Asscociation of German Foundations. With more than 100 events and about 1.800 participants the German Foundation Congress is the largest congress for foundations in Europe.




Continental Quality and Leadership Summit 2016

At the invitation of Continental, Klaus Schweinsberg gave a keynote speech at the Infotainment and Connectivity Summit in front of 100 international top managers. In order to reflect the topic of the conference in Prague, Klaus Schweinsberg delivered his speech on “Quality and Leadership – in Times of Uncertainty”.




Exclusive International Tutorial 2016

“The effects of the digital revolution on family businesses and family assets” was the central topcic of the exclusive tutorial for (young) members of Boards of Directors and Boards of Advisers. Klaus Schweinsberg led the tutorial together with Liechtenstein Academy under the guidance of H.S.H. Prince Heinrich von und zu Liechtenstein. By invitation of Markus Langes-Swarovski, the event took place at the Swarovski headquarter in Wattens, Tyrol. The event was attended by young members of supervisory boards of renowned family businesses from Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In addition to an intensive exchange of experiences among the attendees, high-ranking experts provided food for thought like Dr. Joachim Faber, supervisory board chairman of Benckiser, Coty and Deutsche Börse, the managing director of the leading European internet-investor Lakestar as well as the former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Sir Richard Shirreff.


Haus Marie Swarovski webseite




Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2016

The MSC has become the major global forum for the discussion of security policy, gathering more than 450 heads-of-state, ministers, leading personalities of international and non-governmental organisations, as well as high ranking representatives of industry, media, academia and civil society. Klaus Schweinsberg moderated the discussion of a side event with high ranking representatives from economy and politics, including Nelson W. Cunningham, former Special Advisor to the White House and Richard Burt, Ambassador A.D. to the USA in Germany and chairman of Global Zero (photo: MSC/Mueller). Together with Professor Marco Gercke, Director of the Cybercrime Research Institute, he also presented a cybercrime simulation exclusively designed for decision makers from governments. The simulation included some of the most recent cyber attacks on states and offered a view of the current risks and opportunities for action in the field of cybercrime.






Event of the Deutsche Nationalstiftung

“The Mittelstand as a part of German Identity” – was the focus of the event held by the Deutsche Nationalstiftung on January 26th 2016. About 160 business representatives accepted the invitation and attended the event in Cologne. Prof. Dr. Klaus Schweinsberg moderated the panel with Dr. Patrick Adenauer, Prof. Dr. Richard Schröder, Prof. Dr. Hermann Simon and Dr. Dirk Janßen. The panel centred on the challenges and opportunities facing the German Mittelstand today and its unique position in the world. Against the background of the German Reunification, the Deutsche Nationalstiftung was founded among others by former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. The non-partisan and non-profit organisation aims to promote the political culture of Germany within the European Union and to provide a forum for discussion and comment on the pressing questions facing Germany today and in the future.


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Entrepreneur-Success-Forum 2015

Many representatives of the leading german family businesses gathered at the annual Entrepreneur-Success-Forum in November at Castle Bensberg. Prof. Peter May and Prof. Klaus Schweinsberg hosted the event on the subject of Neues Denken Köpfe und Konzepte für eine neue Zeit (new ways of thinking –  minds and concepts for a new time). Among the speakers and panellists were Dr. Simone Bagel-Trah, Dr. Kjell Nordström, Lutz Goebel, Dr. Jürgen Heraeus, Roland Koch, Jan Rinnert,  Armin Laschet, Christian Lindner, Kasper Rorsted, Stefan Smalla and Dr. Heinrich Weiss.




Lake Constance

Exclusive Tutorial Update 2015

In October the Exclusive Tutorial (Privatissimum) Update for (young) Boards of Directors and Boards of Advisers took place at the conference venue of the Centre for Strategy and Higher Leadership at Lake Constance. Speakers included Dr. Rüdiger Grube, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Bahn AG, René Obermann, Managing Director Warburg Pincus, Johannes Freiherr v. Salmuth, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Röchling Group and managing partner of the Friedrich Graf von Westphalen law firm, Carsten Laschet.





Annual Meeting of Confesercenti 2015

On September 18th Klaus Schweinsberg delivered a keynote speech at the annual meeting of the italian association of traders (Confesercenti) in Perugia. In front of 200 italian entrepreneurs, representatives from institutions and the media, Klaus Schweinsberg spoke about “SME and Social Media – Threat or Opportunity?”.





24 Hours 2015 – Today. Tonight. Tomorrow.

For the sixth time Deutsche Telekom’s CEO Timotheus Höttges gathered international top-leaders at the 24 Hours conference. Among the speakers were Sebastian Thrun, CEO and Cofounder of Udacity and Stanford-Professor, Andrew McAfee, Author of “The Second Machine Age“ and Co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Nick Bostrom, Philosoph, Director of the Institute for the Future of Humanity at Oxford University and author of “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies” as well as Jay Rogers, Co-Founder of Local Motors and the former swedish Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Carl Bildt. Klaus Schweinsberg acted again as moderator of the event.





Exclusive Tutorial 2015

The 5th Exclusive Tutorial (Privatissimum) for (young) Boards of Directors and Boards of Advisers took place in June at Castle Ehreshoven close to Cologne. Speaker of the two-day intensive seminar included among others Michael Behrendt, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Hapag-Lloyd AG, Stephan Gemkow, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH as well as Professor Klaus-Peter Müller, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Commerzbank AG.


Schloss Ehreshoven




Reception at the Albertina Palace

The question from Klaus Schweinsberg in his keynote at the reception of the Hypo Landesbank Vorarlberg was “”Europe – Quo Vadis?””. On the 12th May 2015 he presented his provocative analysis of the top current economic issues to an audience of approximately 200 Austrian entrepreneurs in the prestigious hall of the Muses at the Albertina Palace in Vienna.





Munich Security Conference 2015

Klaus Schweinsberg and Marco Gercke, Director Cybercrime Research Institute (picture), presented two Real Time Cyber Incident Simulations at the Munich Security Conference, taking place from February 6th to 8th 2015. The simulations were exclusively designed for high level government and private sector decision makers participating at Munich Security Conference. They included some of the most recent attacks and were followed by a de-briefing.





Leonteq R(E)volution Day

In a provocative analysis titled “Where is Europe heading? And what will become of Switzerland?” Klaus Schweinsberg addressed an audience of approx. 300 institutional Investors, taking a deeper look at the relationship between Europe and Switzerland. The R(E)volution Day was held at the Hotel Dolder Grand in Zurich on January 15th 2015. Further experts at the event were Guy Kawasaki, former Chief Evangelist Apple, Nick Sohnemann from Futurecandy and Urs Birchler, Professor of Banking, Department of Banking and Finance, University of Zurich, and President of The European Money and Finance Forum SUERF.




Entrepreneur-Success-Forum 2014

The 11th annual Entrepreneur-Success-Forum took place on November 5th 2014 at Castle Bensberg. Prof. Peter May and Prof. Klaus Schweinsberg hosted the event on the subject of “AUFBRÜCHE. AUSBRÜCHE. UMBRÜCHE.” (Start. Outbreak. Transformation.). Speakers included Dr. Paolo Barilla, Dr. Klaus Hommels, Prof. Hans Georg Näder, Martin Noé, Prof. Eddie Obeng, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Reitzle and Norbert Scheuch as well as president of the German BDI industry association, Ulrich Grillo and the Chairman of the UBS Board of Directors and former President of the Deutsche Bundesbank, Prof. Dr. Axel Weber (picture).





Cyber Security Summit 2014

The third Cyber Security Conference took place on November 3rd 2014 in Bonn. The hosts Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and Timotheus Höttges, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Telekom AG welcomed high-ranking national and international political and economic leaders to develop security strategies against threats from cyberspace and provide impetus for networked digital defense measures. Among the speakers and panellists were Andy Müller-Maguhn, Managing Director of Datenreisebüro, Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Federal Republic of Germany and Ashar Aziz, Founder and Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Strategy Officer of FireEye. The closing panel discussion was led by Prof. Dr. Klaus Schweinsberg.




Exclusive Tutorial Update 2014

The Exclusive Tutorial (Privatissimum) Update for (young) Boards of Directors and Boards of Advisers took place in October at the conference venue of the Centre for Strategy and Higher Leadership at Lake Constance. Among the speakers were lawyer Carsten Laschet, the chairman of the supervisory board of Kontron AG, Rainer Erlat, the chairman of the supervisory board of Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH, Franz M. Haniel (picture) as well as the chairman of the supervisory board of Blohm+Voss and former president of Vatican Bank Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR) Ernst Freiherr v. Freyberg-Eisenberg.


Unternehmergespräch mit Franz M. Haniel




FEICA European Adhesive & Sealant Conference

Klaus Schweinsberg was keynote speaker at the FEICA conference taking place in September in Berlin. In his speech entitled: “Value Creation – in Times of Uncertainty” he addressed more than 550 delegates from 31 countries representing the European adhesive and sealant industry. Further speakers and panellists included Jan-Dirk Auris, Executive Vice President Adhesive Technologies Henkel, James J. Owens, President and CEO H.B. FULLER, Bernard Pinatel, Chairman and CEO BOSTIK as well as Jan Jenisch, CEO SIKA.


FEICA-European Adhesive & Sealant EXPO 2014




Symposium: “A Foundation as a Corporate Model for the Future: Opportunities and Risks”

In June Klaus Schweinsberg was invited to the Symposium on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Carl-Zeiss Foundation. Together with Prof. Dr. h. c. Ludwig Georg Braun, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of B. Braun Melsungen AG, Prof. Dr. jur. Stefan J. Geibel, Institute for German and European Corporate and Commercial Law, University of Heidelberg, Dr. Frank Heinricht, president and CEO, SCHOTT AG and Prof. Dr. Klaus Schweinsberg engaged in a discussion entitled „Corporate-Governance-Structures in interaction between companies and foundations“ . The event was hosted by the Carl-Zeiss Foundation in cooperation with Carl Zeiss AG, Schott AG and the F.A.Z. Institute.

Interview zur Veranstaltung auf Youtube




24 Hours 2014 – Today. Tonight. Tomorrow.

For the fifth time international Top-Managers gathered at the “24 Hours”-Event at the invitation of Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges. The guests and participants included General Keith B. Alexander (picture), the former Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) , Joi Ito, Director MIT Media Lab and Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify. Klaus Schweinsberg facilitated the event.


Keith Alexander und Klaus Schweinsberg




Exclusive Tutorial 2014

The fourth Exclusive Tutorial (Privatissimum) for (young) Boards of Directors and Boards of Advisers took place in June at Castle Ehreshoven close to Cologne. Speaker of the two-day intensive seminar included Dr. Hans Michael Gaul, member of the Siemens AG advisory board, the former  Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BP Europa SE, Wilhelm Bonse-Geuking, as well as Professor Dr. Peter May, Chair of the German Commission Governance Code for family owned businesses.




“Leading in Science”

Working closely with the Heinz Nixdorf Foundation, the Helmholtz Association and the University of Heidelberg the Hanns Martin Schleyer Foundation hosted the 10th Symposium for Higher Education Reform. Prof. Klaus Schweinsberg moderated the kick-off event at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of the Sciences. On the topic of ‘Leading in Science – Is success in science also a question of Leadership? Klaus Schweinsberg discussed with Hildegard Müller, Director General of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel, Rector of the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, Dr. Horst Nasko, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management of Heinz Nixdorf Foundation and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Mlynek (picture on the right), President Helmholtz Association. (Picture copyright:






International Utility and Energy Conference (IUEC)

Klaus Schweinsberg was keynote speaker at Accenture’s International Utilities and Energy Conference (IUEC) taking place in April 2014 in Berlin. The annual, two-day event is dedicated to examining topics of global interest to international senior leadership executives in the electricity, natural gas, and water industries. In his speech titled ‘Current Trends: A View on the World’s Economic Environment’ Klaus Schweinsberg shared his ideas on how to spur economic growth and establish more international cooperation in challenging times.


Klaus Schweinsberg UIEConference




Cyber Security Summit 2013

The second Cyber Security Summit on 11 November 2013 where 130 top managers from mayor German corporations and leading politicians from Germany, Austria and Switzerland gathered was partnered by the Centre of Strategy and High Leadership. Among the speakers and panellists were EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes, the former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak (picture), Germany’s Federal Minister of Justice, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, Howard A. Schmidt, the former cyber security adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama, Johanna Mikl-Leitner, the Austrian Federal Minister for the Interior, the Deputy General Secretary of the OECD, Yves Leterme and Telekom-CEO René Obermann. Professor Schweinsberg chaired the conference.






24 Hours –  Today. Tonight. Tomorrow.

René Obermann, Klaus Schweinsberg and Anshu Jain

René Obermann, Klaus Schweinsberg and Anshu Jain

At the annual “24 Hours” conference top managers from all over the world met by invitation of René Obermann, CEO Deutsche Telekom. Among the guests was Anshu Jain, CO-CEO of Deutschen Bank. As in previous years Klaus Schweinsberg moderated the event.




Leadership in Times of Uncertainty

Klaus Schweinsberg shared the stage with Rüdiger Grube, CEO of Deutsche Bahn, at the DEUTSCHE BAHN AG Leadership Forum and spoke about „Leadership in Times of Uncertainty“. Strategy and leadership in an internationally oriented state-owned company was discussed in intense dialogue with the top management.


Professor Dr. Klaus Schweinsberg




Leadership in Times of Uncertainty

At the global management meeting of ALTANA AG, Professor Schweinsberg held a keynote speech and discussed with the top-mangers about virtues of Leadership, which work today and management-systems, which are of no use any more.