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August 19, 2011 Press Invitation - New Forces of Global Governance - Fourth Global Economic Symposium in Kiel

The Global Economic Symposium (GES) will be held this year for the first time in Kiel, the capital of Schleswig-Holstein, on 4–6 October, where more than 400 experts from all over the world will meet for the fourth time to discuss and find possible solutions to global problems.

In our interdependent world, national governments can no longer solve their economic and political problems on their own. The debt and financial crises, climate change, problems financing retirement and educational systems, insecure energy sources, and water and food shortages are global problems that effect growth, employment, and security everywhere, and thus require that governments, companies, organizations, economists, and civil societies cooperate internationally.

The Global Economic Symposium 2011 will examine new ways of thinking about these global problems and propose possible ways of achieving better global governance with regard to economic policies, business models, cross-border cooperation, and civic initiatives.

The GES is organized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung, in cooperation with the German National Library of Economics (ZBW) - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.

Renowned international experts will develop solutions to global problems in more than 20 panel sessions. Among these experts are (per area):

Economics and Business:

  • Hans-Paul Bürkner, President and CEO, Boston Consulting Group
  • Joachim Faber, CEO, Allianz Global Investors AG
  • René Obermann, CEO, Deutsche Telekom
  • Jane Shaw, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Intel Corporation


  • Joaquín Almunia, Vice-President, European Commissioner for Competition, European Commission
  • Anders Borg, Finance Minister, Sweden
  • Yves Leterme, Prime Minister, Belgium
  • Mehmet Şimşek, Finance Minister, Turkey


  • John Deutch, Professor of Chemistry, MIT; Former Director of the CIA
  • Edward Lazear, Professor of Human Resources, Management, and Economics, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University and Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
  • Erik Stark Maskin, Nobel Laureate in Economics,
  • Oliver E. Williamson, Nobel Laureate in Economics.

We would like to invite you to attend the Global Economic Symposium in Kiel.
The conference venue will be the Atlantic Hotel in Kiel.

Peter-Harry Carstensen, Ministerpräsident of Schleswig-Holstein, Gunter Thielen, Chaiman of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Dennis J. Snower, Initiator and Director of the GES, and Alessio J.G. Brown, Managing Director of the GES, will open the 2011 Global Economic Symposium on the evening of October 4. This event will surely be of particular interest to photojournalists.

The preliminary program and more information about the panelists and the sessions can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you at the symposium.

To register to attend, please submit the accreditation application form by September 19. It may not be possible to accept late registrations for security reasons. Applications made on the days of the event will not be accepted. Our media agency will gladly help you arrange interviews. Please mention on your accreditation application form whom you would like to interview. Please note that the conference will be held in English.

In case of questions regarding the accreditation, please contact the Kiel Institute’s media agency:

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