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Innovations for a Secure Future: Transforming Military Strategies

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Act Global, Think Local- Tools for Global Brands to Engage with Local Culture at CADU (Cafe an der Universität), November 2019, 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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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GABC Christmas Celebration- Munich, December 2018

On Tuesday, the 11th of December, the Munich Chapter of the German Australian Business Council enjoyed an early Christmas dinner at Zum Straubinger. With cheer abounding, we were joined by 15 members and friends to celebrate 2018. The evening was capped off was some spirited Eisstockschießen competition and Gluhwein with both the red and blue teams performing very well!

We thank all those who have been a part of the German Australian Business Council Events in Munich this year and wish everyone a Guten Rutsch into 2019!

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GABC / IBCM Business Networking Event – Munich Global and Transatlantic Trade Update

The German Australian Business Council together with the International Business Council Munich was delighted to present an update by Professor Dr. Gabriel Felbermayr on the ‘Global and Transatlantic Trade Situation’. The event was held in Munich on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

Prof. Dr. Gabriel Felbermayr is one of Germany’s very top global trade experts. Given the recent heated rounds of political discussions on trade and looming tariffs, this was certainly a highly informative and insightful discussion. Having recently received inside information from the recent G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Prof Felbermayr changed the title of his presentation to ‘The Return of the Trade Warriors’.

More than 50 participants from various international associations attended the presentation and  subsequent discussion moderated by GABC member Larry Schulz. A buffet dinner with the opportunity to make new contacts concluded the enjoyable evening.

The International Business Council Munich (IBCM), a business networking forum that brings together members of 16 international business organizations active in the Munich area, was launched in 2017.  The IBCM’s mission is “to combine the strengths of the participating IBCM groups in joining for business events of mutual interest and in addressing topics of common interest.  An umbrella organization, the IBCM provides an organizational interface, supports the sharing of ideas, facilitates making new business contacts, and stimulates learning.”

 

The slides from Prof Felbermayr’s presentation can be viewed in the file below:

20181205_TransAtlantic_GF_Slides

 

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Business Networking at Oktoberfest 2018- Mittags Wies’n Event

On 05 October 2018, the 4th GABC Oktoberfest Business Networking Lunch Event took place at the Löwenbräu Festzelt.

Everybody enjoyed the unique lunchtime atmosphere with typical Bavarian white blue sky weather outside and nice music, several Mass of beer and the obligatory Oktoberfest Hendl in the tent. A lot of interesting conversations took place with many new contacts made.

 

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GABC-MING Business Networking at Oktoberfest!

On 30 September 2018, the GABC Oktoberfest Business Networking Event took place in the Schottenhamel Festzelt. Together with more than 200 participants of the MING (Munich International Networking Groups), everybody enjoyed the unique, lunchtime Oktoberfest atmosphere.

The typical Bavarian blue sky outside and classic Oktoberfest atmosphere inside the tent made for a great afternoon of excellent music, beer by the Mass and Oktoberfest Hendl (roast chicken).

All guests had the opportunity to participate in interesting networking and conversation with fellow attendees from a wide range of industries.

 

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QUT in Germany Breakfast, Munich, September 2018

On September 21, 2018, the German Australian Business Council enjoyed an informal breakfast roundtable presented by QUT.  GABC Board Members Eberhard Goihl and Elisabeth Opie had the pleasure of welcoming Professor Scott Sheppard, QUT Deputy President – International in Munich. Scott’s portfolio areas are international student recruitment, international research strategy and engagement.

QUT is proud of its tradition in being able to secure internships for its students (domestic and international) and the clear benefits this has for both  the students in preparation for the workforce and for employers who will have had the opportunity to see their abilities. Scott talked about the results of a recent QUT survey on the relevance of the University for its students, alumni,  researchers and staff in connecting and working in the Real World. 

QUT Alumni can be found worldwide and remain an important part of the QUT community, both as ambassadors for the university and in supporting current students and research programs.

Scott was accompanied by Shelagh Whittleston, European Representative, QUT and by Ian McFadden, Director QUT Global.

 

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CADwalk Event, May 2018-Munich

On the evening of 3 May 2018, Members and friends of the German Australian Business Council were immersed into the 3-D, interactive world of CADwalk. With 2 CADwalk’s already in Adelaide and Perth, the company recently grew its footprint to Munich, Germany. It was a very interesting and enjoyable evening. Opening with a presentation on cybersecurity and hackables by Robin Kroha of metafinaz informationssysteme, guests were brought up to date on risks and some ways of managing risks for our digital world. CADwalk CEO Gerhard ‘Kim’ Kimenkowski and colleague Tom Shopland then provided an overview of CADwalk’s international growth, and a hands-on (feet-in) demonstration of various industrial planning scenarios for its interactive command and control room design.