5th German American Business Summit

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 5th German-American Business Summit.

microsoft-team-2019.pngConference Portion:

To attend the conference portion of The German-American Business Summit please use this attendee link. The virtual conference will be held on Microsoft Teams beginning at 2 pm and ending at 5 pm. 

Conference Agenda: (2 pm - 5 pm)

Link to the Conference Portion of the 5th German-American Business Summit

2:00 pm: Introductions

2:15 pm-3:15 pm: Systems Engineering in German-American Industry: Opportunities and Challenges

Moderator: Dr. Olufunke "Funke" Oladimeji, Instructor of Systems Engineering, The College of Charleston


Dr. Katharina Renken, Project Manager at Hapag-Lloyd AG, Hamburg

Hyun Su Nam, Systems Engineer at Mercedes-Benz Vans LLC, Charleston

Austin Cheek, Business Development Manager, Siemens USA, Atlanta

3:30 pm-4:45 pm: Lessons Learned from COVID-19: Recalibrating German-American Industry in the Pandemic

A conversation between Kevin Bangston, General Manager of Distribution Network Development at Daimler Trucks North America, and Dr. Iris Junglas, Professor and Noah T. Leask Distinguished Chair in Information Management and Innovation, with additional commentary from industry leaders in the Charleston area.

The Career & Company Info Sessions: (10 am - 4 pm)

Companies may register here. This portion of the summit targets German companies in the Southeastern states and beyond that are interested in recruiting talent to meet workforce needs and drive innovation in German-American industry within the region. This year, companies will have the opportunity to host a scheduled info session for interested students as well as individual one-on-one meetings with students. Whether or not your company is actively hiring, the virtual Career & Company Info Sessions are a great way to establish contact with future interns and employees.

Held in a completely virtual environment due to the ongoing pandemic, the summit brings together German companies in the Southeastern US and beyond that are seeking to establish stronger ties to undergraduate education in the region. This year’s event will consist of a virtual Career & Company Info Sessions recruiting portion; keynote presentations and panel discussions from business leaders on pressing issues in German-American industry; and a virtual networking reception. 

The College of Charleston
Furman University
The Citadel
Trident Technical College
Coastal Carolina University
Charleston Southern University

Students may find registration information for the Conference as well as the Career & Company Info Sessions by clicking "Registration" above. 



Video on the 4th Annual German-American Business Summit

The TV interview with SSM Dean Sebastian van Delden and Dept. Chair Morgan Koerner about the GABS4 summit.

German Embassy's video on the 3rd Annual German-American Business Summit

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

South Carolina Public Radio interview with Dr. Morgan Marcell Koerner on the 2nd Annual German-American Business Summit in 2018.


Countdown to 2021 German American Business Summit

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