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Partners in Transformation – New Networks for Business and Development
September 26th, 2023



10:30 a.m. Registration, welcome breakfast and interactive projects

11:30 a.m. Event opening & Cinematic intro
Moderator: Natasha Walker

11:40 a.m. Welcome and Keynote “Business Networks for socio-ecological Transformation“
Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

11:50 a.m. Transformation Talk – Perspectives on change
Moderator: Natasha Walker

  • Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister, BMZ
  • Sabine Dall’Omo, Chairperson, German-African Business Association
  • Yasmin Fahimi, President, German Trade Union Confederation (DGB)
  • Yadir Salazar Mejia, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Colombia

12:15 p.m. Lunch & networking

1:15 p.m. Kick-off for the afternoon
Moderator: Natasha Walker

1:20 p.m. Realignment of the Business Networks for Development
Dirk Meyer, Director-general in the BMZ for multilateral development policy, transformation, climate

1:30 p.m. Business Networks in action – Examples from practice
Moderator: Natasha Walker

  • Dr. Hamed Beheshti, Co-Founder & CEO, Boreal Light
  • Laila Berchane, Co-Founder & Director, Robots & More
  • Anna-Karin Dahlberg, Director of Sustainability, Lindex
  • Dr. Wolfgang Epp, CEO, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Reutlingen
  • Matti Spiecker, Founder & Director, LIMBUA

2:30 p.m. Acting together: How the transformation can succeed
Moderator: Natasha Walker
Impulse: Luc Bagur, Director for Sustainable Development Policy and Coordination, European Commission (virtually)

  • Michael Kellner, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)
  • Bärbel Kofler, Parliamentary State Secretary, BMZ
  • Wanjira Mathai, Managing Director Africa and Global Partnerships, World Resources Institute (virtually)
  • Jan van Bilsen, Country Manager for Denmark, Germany, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

3:30 p.m. Get-together & networking