In the latest episode of our “Meet the Board” series, we spoke with a long-standing member of the German-Australian Chamber’s board, Dr Wolfgang Babeck. Wolfgang is a partner at our Executive Partner Buse as well as European Counsel for our Premium Partner Hall & Wilcox.
The hospitality and tourism sector have undoubtedly been among the hardest hit during the pandemic. In September, during the second lockdown and Stage 4 restrictions that we are still experiencing in Melbourne, we spoke with one of the German-Australian Chamber’s new members, The Hof Group. Philipp Hockenberger is the brand manager at the Hof Group, which includes Hofbrauhaus in Melbourne’s CBD.
This week, we spoke with Simone Whetton from Colin Biggers & Paisley. Simone has been a member of the board since 2015, and chairs our Policy Advisory Committee.
Join us as we talk about the value of the office, mental health, civic duty, and German dialects!
In the latest episode of our ‘Meet the Board’ series, we spoke with Rebecca Lee, Managing Director at Merck Life Science. Rebecca has worked for German companies and subsidiaries for many years and knows a thing or two about differences in work culture. If you want to know more about Rebecca’s leadership philosophy, the triple bottom line, networking with peers and Rebecca’s taste for an infamous tropical fruit, have a listen!
Last week, we spoke with our vice-chairman of the board, Rolf Drohn. Rolf has been part of the German business community for over two decades and is a long-time supporter of the German-Australian Chamber. In this podcast episode, we covered quite a bit, from the value of collaboration and contribution to gender equality, ghost choirs and more.
In our latest episode of Sound Bites, our Project Consultant Max Schnarr talks about his current and upcoming projects and delegations. He also explains what the hydrogen buzz is all about. Both Australia and Germany have ambitious hydrogen goals. In a recent article, Max has outlined Germany’s National Hydrogen Strategy, and it will be interesting to see how this technology will impact the economic recovery for both countries.
In our latest episode of Sound Bites, we spoke with Byron Kennedy, co-founder of SPEE3D, and Stefan Ritt, their MD in Germany. In a massive and successful pivoting effort, the company has recently explored how antimicrobial copper can help stop the spread of COVID-19, and how those coatings can be installed quickly using 3D printing. While pretty busy on the home front, SPEE3D also went ahead with a planned expansion into the German market, aided by GTAI and Austrade.
COVID-19 has impacted just about every industry in sometimes very different ways. But some industries were already in trouble before the virus broke out, such as the Australian retail sector – and those problems have compounded further. We spoke to Brad Welsman, Managing Director of our Executive Member SSI SCHAEFER, about some of those impacts felt in the logistics industry and for some of SSI SCHAEFER’s retail customers.
Manufacturing, and advanced manufacturing in particular, has been the topic of many discussions recently both on an industry and political level. COVID-19 has highlighted not only certain vulnerabilities in this area, but has shown great desire by many Australian companies to increase local production, while maintaining healthy trade relationships with overseas partners.
Our new podcast series, Sound Bites, delivers insights from the German-Australian business community. And what better way to start this series than to introduce our new Executive Director, Christoph von Spesshardt. Christoph joined us on the 1st of May, and while he can’t meet our members (and staff) in person just yet, he took the time to share a bit about himself with us.