4th German-American Business Summit

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Partnering Institutions

The Citadel     Trident

The College of Charleston’s German Program, School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs, Career Center, and School of Business, in partnership with The Citadel and Trident Technical College, are proud to present the 4th College of Charleston German-American Business Summit. Held at the Gaillard Conference Center in Charleston, South Carolina, the summit brings together German companies in the Southeastern US that are seeking to establish stronger ties to undergraduate education in the region. The event consists of a job and internship expo, keynote presentations and panel discussions from business leaders on pressing issues in German-American industry, and a networking reception.

The event targets German companies in  South Carolina and the Southeastern US that are seeking to establish stronger ties to undergraduate education in the region, and focuses on workforce needs and innovation in German-American industry in the state and the region.

Check out this short video about the German-American Business Summit

Fox Charleston Interview with School of Business Dean Dr. Alan Shao about the summit

Date & Venue

Date: February 5, 2020 

Location: Charleston Gaillard Center

Address: 95 Calhoun St. 


Ballroom I

11:30am-1:30pm: Job and Internship Expo
(companies committed to attending as of 1/14/2020)
  • Mercedes-Benz Vans
  • IFA
  • MAU
  • KION
  • Hendrick BMW
  • BLG Logistics
  • Hubner
  • BMW
  • ZAPP Precision Wire
  • Isringhausen
  • SEW Eurodrive
  • Siemens USA
  • Ivannovation
  • DB Schenker

Ballroom II

1:30pm: Welcome: Dr. Andrew Hsu, President, The College of Charleston

1:40pm: Introduction,  Dr. Alan Shao, Dean of the School of Business

1:45-2:40pm Keynote Presentation: Ruth Gratzke, Senior Vice President for Smart Infrastructure with Siemens USA

2:40: Welcome: Dr. Sebastian van Delden, Interim Dean, School of Sciences and Math

2:45-3:45pm: Panel Discussion on Cybersecurity in German-American Industry

3:45pm—4:30pm: Networking Break

4:30pm: Introduction: Morgan Koerner, Chair of German and Russian Studies and Founder of the German-American Business Summit

4:35PM-5:35pm: Panel Discussion on Business Analytics in German-American Industry

  • Moderator: Dr. Iris Junglas, Noah T. Leask Distinguished Chair in Information Management and Innovation.
  • Meg Lanza, Technical Functions Director, Bosch LLC.
  • Noah Gresham, CEO, Co-founder at Tatras Data.
  • Ludger Reckmann, President and CEO of IFA North America LLC.

Ballroom III

5:30-7:00pm: Reception hosted by Mercedes-Benz Vans

6:00pm: Welcome and Introduction: Dr. Timothy Johnson, Dean of the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs.
Welcome : Arnhelm MIttelbach, CEO, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Reception Sponsor.

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