Act Global, Think Local- Tools for Global Brands to Engage with Local Culture at CADU (Cafe an der Universität), Munich

On the evening of November 5th 2019, members and friends of the German Australian Business Council were introduced by Martin Karaffa, Associate Partner at Hofstede Insights, to the world of branding and advertising, observed from the cultural point of view. Martin successfully engaged the audience by comparing the “me-culture” vs. “us-culture” and explained the effects of individualism vs. collectivism in the formation of repurchase intent. Using the cultural dimension of high  “power distance” in some countries, Martin explained why luxury cars serve as power indicators. He also explained further cultural factors such as uncertainty avoidance, masculinity etc. and their effect on branding using very sophisticated techniques. The result was a thoroughly thought-provoking presentation. In addition, the cosy atmosphere at CADU and the delicious tapas style food made for a very enjoyable evening.

We would like to thank Martin Karaffa for his presentation.

 

 

German Australian Business Council represented at the AHK Ambassador’s Gala Dinner in Sydney, October 2019

German Australian Business Council Chair, Sabine Pittrof, attended the Ambassador’s Gala Dinner of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Sydney on the 18th of October, 2019. The event marked the introduction of the new German Ambassador to Australia, Dr Thomas Fitschen. In his address, the Ambassador gave an overview of the status of German-Australian relations, highlighting their breadth and emphasising their amicable character. Dr Fitschen also reminded the audience of the imminent thirtieth anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Well over 150 attendees shared a lively exchange and enjoyed great music from band Superstitious. The music certainly kept Sabine awake despite having gone straight into the function after a 25 hour trip!

Many thanks and congratulations are due to the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce for putting on an excellent function!

Dr Michael Zettinig (German- Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce), Dr Sabine Pittrof and German Ambassador to Australia Dr Thomas Fitschen. (Photo courtesy of the German-Australian Chamber of Commerce)

AHK Webinar on GST and registration requirements in Australia, November 2019

The German- Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK), one of our partner organisations, is holding a German language webinar on GST and registration requirements in Australia on the 18th of November, 2019. Please find more information attached.

Ankuendigungsflyer_Grundlagen des Umsatzsteuersystems (GST), Registrierungs- und Meldepflichten in Australien_18.11.2019

If you are interested in participating, please follow the link to register. All queries should be directed to the organisers via Enrica Mertens at enrica.mertens@germany.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

ABIE representatives meet in Australia, October, Sydney

In an ABIE first, representatives from four ABIE organisations: the European Australian Business Council, the Australia Spain Business Association, the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce and the German Australian Business Council were able to gather for a working lunch in Sydney. Delegates discussed ways to advance the network and better integrate the Australian organisations. Thank you to the European Australian Business Council and the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce for hosting this special meeting.

Berliner Wirtschaftsverbände Sommerfest 2019, August, Berlin

As in the previous years, the Sommerfest der Berliner Wirtschaftsverbände was again a great success! With perfect weather and a very strong turnout, more than 15 GABC members had ample opportunity to mingle in a relaxed atmosphere and network with their peers, including those from the local Berlin region, Germany and also with members from other international associations (including organisation representing the UK, China, Thailand, Netherlands etc.). In addition to a delicious BBQ style buffet, there were activities for children and families and the largest tombola ever (supporting an education focused charity) with the opportunity to win over 100 prizes including several offerings of South Australian wine.

 

GABC- MING Business Networking at Oktoberfest 2019, September, Munich

On the 29th of September 2019, the GABC Oktoberfest Business Networking Event took place. GABC members and guests met at the Schottenhamel Festzelt. Together with more than 230 participants from the MING (Munich International Networking Groups), everybody enjoyed the unique atmosphere over lunch. The typical Bavarian white blue sky weather and the lively music, beer and obligatory Hendl (chicken) inside the tent created a wonderful backdrop for interesting networking and discussion.

 

Siemens Factory Tour, September 2019, Frankfurt

On the 26th of September 2019, the German Australian Business Council invited members and friends to a tour through the Siemens Medium Voltage Switchgear factory in Frankfurt. Since 1984, Siemens has built gas-insulated switchgears, which can be used in transformer and distribution systems of power supply companies, as well as in medium-voltage systems which can be found, for example, in the mining industry, wind parks and on offshore platforms and ships. Siemens gas-insulated switchgear technology provides various advantages in respect of climatic independence, personal safety and maintenance-free design.

The tour provided a great insight in a fascinating field of technology which is otherwise usually not accessible to the public. Thanks to the very professional Siemens staff, who managed to explain the highly technological production processes to a largely lay audience, the tour was a fascinating and very informative event for all participants.

We would like to thank all at Siemens who made this event possible and we look forward to the next tour.

Job vacancy: GABC Events Management

The German Australian Business Council is looking for a new event management employee to support our mission to be a catalyst for the generation of business opportunities and relationships between our two nations. The position is available immediately.

The primary duties (undertaken independently and/or together with the responsible Board member) will be to ensure the smooth preparation, running and follow-up of events. Details on the individual tasks can be found in the attached job description.

You will bring the following SKILLS/EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience in organising events.
  • Know-how in negotiating with event locations (hotels, restaurants, catering)
  • Know-how in modern communication tools / MS Office
  • Excellent communication skills in both English and German

The employee should be located in Frankfurt or surrounds but will also supply remote support to our Munich and Berlin groups.

Working hours are flexible. The contract/salary is based on a ‘450 € -Mini Job’.

A strong interest in German-Australian relations is an advantage.

If you are interested or know somebody who may be interested in supporting the work of the German Australian Business Council, please contact our Board members Malte Schudlich (malte.schudlich@gabc.eu) (Frankfurt), Peirui Tan (peirui.tan@gabc.eu) (Frankfurt) or Eberhard Goihl eberhard.goihl@gabc.eu (Munich).

More information can be found in the document below:

GABC Event Management Job Description

 

Summer Networking featuring Barramundi on the Barbie- Frankfurt, August 2019

On 1 August 2019, the German Australian Business Council hosted a summer networking event at the Adina Neue Oper Frankfurt showcasing our Mittelstand member, Barramundi Aquakultur. Operations Manager, Fritz Beindorff shared his thoughts about the sustainable Barramundi farming business in Hainburg (20 minutes outside of Frankfurt) and emphasized the benefits of Barramundi grown without antibiotics or hormones. Following a lively Q&A, guests were treated to an expansive buffet spread showcasing “Barramundi on the Barbie” specially prepared by the Adina Frankfurt Neue Oper catering and culinary team. We were delighted to connect with many new members and friends over a spectacular sunset view of the Frankfurt skyline.

Photos by Cherokee Bech

Ambassador’s Dinner- Frankfurt, June 2019

The German Australian Business Council’s Annual Ambassador’s Dinner 2019 was an exclusive and highly successful event as we welcomed over 100 international guests, including representatives joining us from the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK) Australia Delegation, at the Sofitel Frankfurt on 25 June 2019.

The pre-dinner networking reception set the stage for the evening with new and renewed connections and lively conversations over drinks and canapes. Dinner started officially with a welcome by Chair, Dr Sabine Pittrof and Co-Patron Australian Ambassador to Germany, H.E. Lynette Wood introducing our special speaker: Senator The Hon. Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance, Special Minister of State, Leader of the Government in the Senate. Singing a line from Belgium’s wining Eurovision song “J’aime la Vie”, Belgium-born Senator Cormann showed his gracious humour as he responded to a quip by Dr Pittrof about Australia’s successful participation in the Eurovision as testament to the strong Australia-EU ties. This set the tone for his keynote as he outlined the Australian’s government economic priorities and the tremendous opportunities for strengthening bilateral relations.

The evening concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr Jeff Connolly, Executive Chairman and CEO of Siemens Australia and Pacific and Head of the AHK Australia Delegation.

The German Australian Business Council would like to warmly thank our sponsors FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH and ANZ; and partners, AHK Australia and the Australian Trade and Investment Commission for their kind support.

 

Photos courtesy of Todd Gardner, Frankfurt.