SZ Wirtschaftsgipfel 2023

Here you can find impressions of the summit and the complete coverage of the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The 17th SZ Wirtschaftsgipfel took place from November 13 to 15, 2023 at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin and digitally. Under the guiding theme “Divided world, united Europe? – Time for a new beginning”, we discussed this year with key decision-makers in German politics, DAX entrepreneurs and representatives from the business and start-up scene. In addition to three exciting days of congress, our evening events, the exclusive Night of European Business and the traditional Adlon Talk Evening were also once again among the highlights of this year’s SZ Wirtschaftsgipfel.

Find out more about the reports, features and interviews surrounding the conference on sz.de and take a look at the highlights of the congress in our picture gallery. Have fun with the review!

Program 2023

Program 2023

Varied discussions, cross-examinations and debates, moderated by leading editors of the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Speakers


More than 60 high-profile speakers from politics, business, science and culture

Our guests

Marco Buschmann
Marco Buschmann

Federal Minister of Justice

Marco Buschmann


Federal Minister of Justice
Robert Habeck
Robert Habeck

German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection

Robert Habeck


German Vice Chancellor and German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection
Steffi Lemke
Steffi Lemke

Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation, ...

Steffi Lemke


Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection
Christian Lindner
Christian Lindner

German Federal Minister of Finance

Christian Lindner


German Federal Minister of Finance
Friedrich Merz
Friedrich Merz

Federal Chairman of CDU/CSU

Friedrich Merz


Federal Chairman of CDU/CSU
Walter Thurnherr
Walter Thurnherr

Federal Chancellor of Switzerland

Walter Thurnherr


Federal Chancellor of Switzerland
Daron Acemoğlu
Daron Acemoğlu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Daron Acemoğlu


Economist and writer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kenza Ait Si Abbou
Kenza Ait Si Abbou

FIEGE

Kenza Ait Si Abbou


Executive Board Member, FIEGE
Josef Aschbacher
Josef Aschbacher

European Space Agency

Josef Aschbacher


European Space Agency
Katrin Bacic
Katrin Bacic

UNIO Enterprise

Katrin Bacic


UNIO Enterprise
Oliver Blume
Oliver Blume

Porsche and Volkswagen

Oliver Blume


CEO, Porsche and Volkswagen
Klaus Bürg
Klaus Bürg

Palo Alto Networks

Klaus Bürg


Managing Director & VP EMEA (DACH + CEE), Palo Alto Networks
Evelyne de Leersnyder
Evelyne de Leersnyder

Coca-Cola

Evelyne de Leersnyder


VP Operations Germany, Denmark and Finland, Coca-Cola
Sergej Epp
Sergej Epp

Palo Alto Networks

Sergej Epp


Chief Security Officer, Palo Alto Networks
Annahita Esmailzadeh
Annahita Esmailzadeh

Microsoft Business

Annahita Esmailzadeh


Head of Costumer Succes, Author, Businessinfluencer, Microsoft Business
Uwe Fröhlich
Uwe Fröhlich

DZ BANK

Uwe Fröhlich


Co-CEO, DZ BANK
Markus Gabriel
Markus Gabriel

Bonn University; THE NEW INSTITUTE

Markus Gabriel


Direktor des IZPH & Leiter des Center for Science and Thought, Universität Bonn; Academic Director von THE NEW INSTITUTE
Alexander Gerst
Alexander Gerst

The European Space Agency

Alexander Gerst


Astronaut and geophysicist, The European Space Agency
Veronika Grimm
Veronika Grimm

Friedrich Alexander University

Veronika Grimm


Friedrich Alexander University
Gunnar Groebler
Gunnar Groebler

Salzgitter AG

Gunnar Groebler


CEO, Salzgitter AG
Hans-Georg Hagleitner
Hans-Georg Hagleitner

Hagleitner

Hans-Georg Hagleitner


Business owner and managing director, Hagleitner
Stefanie Hagleitner
Stefanie Hagleitner

Hagleitner

Stefanie Hagleitner


Head of Product Management, Hagleitner
Stefan Hartung
Stefan Hartung

Bosch

Stefan Hartung


Bosch
Marianne Janik
Marianne Janik

Microsoft Germany

Marianne Janik


Microsoft Germany
Philipp Justus
Philipp Justus

Google Germany

Philipp Justus


VP CE & Country Manager Germany, Google
Steffen Kampeter
Steffen Kampeter

Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände

Steffen Kampeter


President, Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände
Daniel Kehlmann
Daniel Kehlmann

Bestselling author

Daniel Kehlmann


Bestselling author
Robert Kilian
Robert Kilian

CertifAI

Robert Kilian


CEO, DEKRA/CertifAI
Susanne Klatten
Susanne Klatten

SKion

Susanne Klatten


Managing Director, SKion
Tina Klüwer
Tina Klüwer

Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneurship Center

Tina Klüwer


Director AI, Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneurship Center
Marc Lakner
Marc Lakner

Kearney

Marc Lakner


Partner and Managing Director, Kearney
Andreas Liebl
Andreas Liebl

appliedAI Initiative & appliedAI Institute for Europe

Andreas Liebl


CEO and Founder, appliedAI Initiative & appliedAI Institute for Europe
Manon Sarah Littek
Manon Sarah Littek

Green Generation Fund

Manon Sarah Littek


Co-founder, Green Generation Fund
Jaroslaw Kutylowski
Jaroslaw Kutylowski

DeepL

Jaroslaw Kutylowski


CEO and Founder, DeepL
Ulrike Malmendier
Ulrike Malmendier

Departement of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

Ulrike Malmendier


Departement of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
Robert Mayr
Robert Mayr

DATEV

Robert Mayr


CEO, DATEV
Daniel Metzler
Daniel Metzler

Isar Aerospace Technologies

Daniel Metzler


Co-Founder und CEO, Isar Aerospace Technologies
Charles Michel
Charles Michel

President of the European Council

Charles Michel


President of the European Council
Bernd Montag
Bernd Montag

Siemens Healthineers

Bernd Montag


CEO, Siemens Healthineers
Klaus Müller
Klaus Müller

Bundesnetzagentur

Klaus Müller


Bundesnetzagentur
Ralph Müller
Ralph Müller

ING Germany

Ralph Müller


COO, ING Germany
Claudia Nemat
Claudia Nemat

Deutsche Telekom

Claudia Nemat


Board Member, Deutsche Telekom
Verena Pausder
Verena Pausder

Pausder Ventures

Verena Pausder


Entrepreneur, designated Chairwoman of the Board of the Bundesverband Dt. Startups, Pausder Ventures
Vinzenz Pflanz
Vinzenz Pflanz

SIXT

Vinzenz Pflanz


Chief Business Officer & Member of the Management Board, SIXT
Markus Pflitsch
Markus Pflitsch

Terra Quantum

Markus Pflitsch


CEO, Chairman & Founder, Terra Quantum
Lara Obst
Lara Obst

THE CLIMATE CHOICE

Lara Obst


Co-Founder & Chief Climate Officer, THE CLIMATE CHOICE
Janka Oertel
Janka Oertel

European Council on Foreign Relations

Janka Oertel


Director Asia Programme, European Council on Foreign Relations
Karin Rådström
Karin Rådström

Daimler Truck

Karin Rådström


Member of the Board of Daimler Truck and CEO Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Daimler Truck
Sybille Reiß
Sybille Reiß

TUI Group

Sybille Reiß


Member of the Executive Board, CPO, TUI Group
Sarna Röser
Sarna Röser

Die jungen Unternehmer

Sarna Röser


Federal Chairwoman, Die jungen Unternehmer
Dirk Roßmann
Dirk Roßmann

Rossmann

Dirk Roßmann


Founder, entrepreneur and author, Rossmann
Gerhard Schick
Gerhard Schick

Bürgerbewegung Finanzwende

Gerhard Schick


Bürgerbewegung Finanzwende
Dirk Schmitz
Dirk Schmitz

BlackRock

Dirk Schmitz


CEO, BlackRock
Jochen Schweizer
Jochen Schweizer

Jochen Schweizer Gruppe

Jochen Schweizer


Active Chairman, Jochen Schweizer Gruppe
Sabrina Soussan
Sabrina Soussan

SUEZ

Sabrina Soussan


SUEZ
Matthias Spott
Matthias Spott

eightyLEO

Matthias Spott


Founder, eightyLEO
Alfred Stern
Alfred Stern

OMV

Alfred Stern


CEO, OMV
Christoph Straub
Christoph Straub

BARMER

Christoph Straub


CEO, BARMER
Anna Lena Strigel
Anna Lena Strigel

Ford-Werke

Anna Lena Strigel


Sales & Brand Management Director, Model e Europe, Ford-Werke
Katherina Reiche
Katherina Reiche

Westenergie

Katherina Reiche


CEO, Westenergie
Volker Wieland
Volker Wieland

IMFS

Volker Wieland


Geschäftsführender Direktor, IMFS
Anne Will
Anne Will

Journalist and TV presenter

Anne Will


Journalist and TV presenter
Jörg Wuttke
Jörg Wuttke

Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)

Jörg Wuttke


Member of the Advisory Board, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)
Feiyu Xu
Feiyu Xu

nyonic

Feiyu Xu


Co-Founder & Chief Innovation officer, nyonic

moderation

Marc Beise
Marc Beise

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Marc Beise


Foreign Correspondent Rome, Founder SZ Wirtschaftsgipfel; Süddeutsche Zeitung

Dr. Marc Beise is an experienced journalist and business editor at Süddeutsche Zeitung. For more than two decades, he has been shaping economic reporting with well-founded analyses and astute commentary. He founded the Economic Summit and is currently responsible for the Süddeutsche Zeitung's Italy correspondence.

Bastian Brinkmann
Bastian Brinkmann

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Bastian Brinkmann


Süddeutsche Zeitung

Bastian Brinkmann is deputy head of the business section of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Born in 1988 in North Rhine-Westphalia, grew up near Berlin, with stations in Dublin and Brussels. Cologne School of Journalism. Studied economics and political science in Cologne and South Korea.

Alexandra Föderl-Schmid
Alexandra Föderl-Schmid

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Alexandra Föderl-Schmid


Süddeutsche Zeitung
Wolfgang Krach
Wolfgang Krach

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Wolfgang Krach


Süddeutsche Zeitung

Wolfgang Krach, born in 1963, joined the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" from the news magazine "Der Spiegel" in 2003, as managing editor and head of the newsdesk. In 2007, Krach was appointed to the editorial board, initially as deputy editor-in-chief. He has been editor-in-chief of "Süddeutsche Zeitung" since April 1, 2015, together with Judith Wittwer since July 2020.

Lisa Nienhaus
Lisa Nienhaus

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Lisa Nienhaus


Süddeutsche Zeitung

Born in Oberhausen in 1979, studied economics and politics in Cologne and Stockholm, at the same time attending the Cologne School of Journalism. 10 years as economics editor at the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung", then moved to the current position as deputy head of the economics department and head of the Frankfurt bureau. Since autumn 2022 she has been head of the SZ economics department.

Ulrich Schäfer
Ulrich Schäfer

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Ulrich Schäfer


Süddeutsche Zeitung

Ulrich Schäfer is deputy editor-in-chief of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. After seven years at Der Spiegel, he began reporting from Berlin in 2003, initially as deputy head of the SZ parliamentary bureau. From 2007, he headed the business editorial department for nine years, the Munich, Region and Bavaria department for three years and built up the SZ's new newsdesk as head of news.

Judith Wittwer
Judith Wittwer

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Judith Wittwer


Süddeutsche Zeitung

born in 1977, has been leading the editorial team of the Süddeutsche Zeitung together with Wolfgang Krach since summer 2020. Previously, she was business editor for Axel Springer's Handelszeitung in Zurich before returning to Tages-Anzeiger as head of news and CvD and joining the editorial team in 2016, then as editor-in-chief from 2018.

Sponsors & Partners


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More information about our partners


ABB
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BARMER
Effective, committed, compassionate - that is BARMER, one of the largest statutory health insurance providers in Germany. Its policyholders benefit from high-quality and innovative medical care that goes far beyond the standard required by law. Numerous digital offerings, from the electronic patient file eCare to the BARMER app, make everyday life easier and promote the health of the approximately 8.7 million policyholders. 24-hour-a-day service over the internet, by phone or in person at Show More
BlackRock
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Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola is one of the best-known and most valuable brands in the world. In more than 200 countries on five continents, people enjoy beverages from Coca-Cola every day. The company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of non-alcoholic soft drinks. As a wholly owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) in Atlanta, USA, Coca-Cola GmbH in Germany is responsible for growth planning and brand management. Together with Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Deutschland GmbH (CCEP DE), whi Show More
DATEV
DATEV eG is the third largest provider of business software in Germany (IDC Ranking 2023) and one of the largest European IT service providers. Founded in 1966, the cooperative of tax consulting professionals achieved a turnover of 1.3 billion euros in fiscal year 2022. With its software, cloud solutions and expertise, the Nuremberg-based company provides the basis for digital collaboration between SMEs and tax advisors who take care of the business management needs of these companies. Th Show More
DEKRA
DEKRA has been active in the field of safety for almost 100 years. Founded in 1925 in Berlin as Deutscher Kraftfahrzeug-Überwachungs-Verein e.V., it is today one of the world’s leading expert organizations. The company currently employs almost 49,000 people in approximately 60 countries on five continents. With qualified and independent expert ser-vices, they work for safety on the road, at work and at home. These services range from vehicle inspection and expert appraisals to claims s Show More
DZ Bank
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Ford
Ford, a global American brand woven into the fabric of Europe for more than 100 years, is committed to freedom of movement that goes hand-in-hand with looking after the planet and each other. The company’s Ford+ plan, with Model e, Ford Pro and the Ford Blue business units is accelerating its European transformation to an all-electric and carbon neutral future by 2035. The company is driving forward with bold, new EVs, each one designed with European drivers in mind and innovating with Show More
Google
Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. With products like Search, Maps, Gmail, Chrome, the Pixel smartphones and watches or platforms such as YouTube, Google plays a meaningful role in the daily lives of billions of people. Google has been operating in Germany since 2001 and now employs more than 2,500 people at its four locations in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt. Together with local partners, Google Germany is workin Show More
Hagleitner
Hagleitner designs hygiene: detergents, disinfectants, and cosmetics – as well as dispensers, dosing devices, and apps. The goods are created in Zell am See in Austria. That is where Hagleitner has its corporate headquarters: that is where research, development, and production take place. The German headquarters are situated in Frankfurt am Main, from here Hagleitner runs its business in Germany. The Hagleitner-Academy transmits knowledge – trainings are also held in Frankfurt. The hy Show More
ING
With more than 9 million customers, ING is the third-largest bank in Germany. Its core products include savings accounts, mortgages, investment products, consumer loans and current accounts for private customers. In the Business Banking segment, ING offers loans to small and medium-sized enterprises. In Wholesale Banking, ING offers banking solutions and services for large, multinational companies.
KEARNEY
As one of the original firms, we’ve never lost sight of the fact that consulting is a people business. A global partnership in more than 40 countries, our people make us who we are. We’re individuals with different passions and strengths who take as much joy in the work we do as from those we work with. Palo Alto Networks Palo Alto Networks is the world’s cybersecurity leader. We innovate to outpace cyberthreats, so organizations can embrace technology with confidence. We provide n Show More
Palo Alto Networks
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Philip Morris
Philip Morris GmbH, founded in Germany in 1970, is a company of Philip Morris International Inc (PMI). The leading international tobacco company is working to deliver a smoke-free future and evolving its portfolio for the long term to include products outside of the tobacco and nicotine sector. For years, PMI has been pursuing the vision of a smoke-free world in which the classic cigarette no longer plays a role for today's smokers and is replaced by by better alternatives. Since 2008, Ph Show More
Salzgitter AG
Salzgitter AG ranks as one of Germany’s leading steel and technology groups. As a pioneer in the circular economy, we focus on sustainable innovation and on transforming products and processes in the business units of Steel Production, Steel Processing, Trading and Technology. With our “Salzgitter AG 2030” strategy and anchored in the principle of “Pioneering for Circular Solutions”, we are setting new benchmarks in the industry. Our aspirations are realized through strong initi Show More
Siemens Healthineers
Siemens Healthineers AG (listed in Frankfurt, Germany: SHL) pioneers breakthroughs in healthcare. For everyone. Everywhere. As a leading medical technology company headquartered in Erlangen, Germany, Siemens Healthineers and its regional companies are continuously developing their product and service portfolio, with AI-supported applications and digital offerings that play an increasingly important role in the next generation of medical technology. These new applications will enhance the Show More
SIXT
Headquartered in Pullach, near Munich, Germany, SIXT SE is a leading international provider of high-quality mobility services. With its products SIXT rent, SIXT share, SIXT ride and SIXT+ the company offers a uniquely integrated premium mobility service across the fields of vehicle and commercial vehicle rental, car sharing, ride hailing and car subscriptions that can all be booked via the SIXT app. SIXT is present in around 100 countries worldwide. The listed family-owned company’s str Show More
Westenergie
Westenergie AG, with its headquarters in Essen, is the biggest energy and infrastructure provider in Germany and the largest subsidiary company of E.ON SE. The Westenergie Group’s distribution system operators cover a 37,000 km long gas network. The electricity grid managed by the group covers a network around 196,000 km long — enough to lap the world five times over. With the provided infrastructure, the Westenergie Group ensures an energy supply to millions of households in North Rh Show More