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Security Policy Panel
Dr. Thomas de Maizière
German Federal Minister of Defense
Former German Federal Minister of the Interior

Born on 21 January 1954, Mr. Thomas de Maizière joined the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) as a conscript in 1972 before studying law at the universities of Muenster and Freiburg. Between obtaining his law degree in 1982 and later in 1986 his Ph.D., Mr. de Maizière worked for the then governing mayors of Berlin Richard von Weizsaecker and Eberhard Diepgen.
After heading the policy staff at the Senate Chancellery of Berlin and serving as press spokesperson for the CDU parliamentary group from 1985 to 1989, he was involved in establishing the office of the GDR's last prime minister in 1990, thus also participating in the negotiations on the German Unification Treaty.
In the 1990s, he first became state secretary in the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs and then headed the State Chancellery from 1994 to 1998, both in the Land of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
From advisor to minister of state to head of the State Chancellery he worked for the Land of Saxony starting in 1999, before continuing his career as minister of state for financial affairs (2001-2002), justice (2002-2004) and home affairs (2004-2005). In those last two years in Saxony he was also a member of the Saxon State Parliament.
His career at federal level started in November 2005 when he was appointed Minister as Chief of Chancellor's Office before joining the German Federal Parliament (Bundestag) and becoming Federal Minister of the Interior and Home Affairs in October 2009.
Since March 2011 Dr. Thomas de Maizière has been the German Federal Minister of Defense. He is married with three children.

Dinner- and Closing Speech
Dr. Peter Frey
Editor in Chief/Director Main Editorial Office
Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)

Peter Frey is Editor in Chief and Director Main Editorial Office of Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), one of Europe's largest television broadcasters. He is in charge of the several editorial divisions, inter alia 'News' and 'Politics and Contemporary Affairs'. He is also in charge of ZDF's domestic and worldwide bureaus as well as the digital subject channel 'ZDF info'.
Before becoming Editor in Chief, Mr. Frey had a long career as reporter and presenter with ZDF, the latest as head of the broadcaster's capital bureau in Berlin. In the 1990s, he headed the editorial division 'Foreign Politics' and ZDF's morning news show after he had been Deputy Head of ZDF's bureau in Washington, DC.
Mr. Frey holds a M.A. in Political Sciences, Educational Science and Spanish Philology from his studies at the Universities of Mainz and Madrid and a PhD in political science. He is member of the central committee of German Catholics, advisor to 'Misereor' and patron of 'Maltese Migrants Medicine'.
Peter Frey is married and has one daughter.

Leadership Panel
Prof. Dr. Karl Kaiser
Adjunct Professor of Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Karl Kaiser is Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School and Director of the Program on Transatlantic Relations of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He was educated at the Universities of Cologne, Grenoble and Oxford and taught at the Universities of Bonn, Johns Hopkins (Bologna), Saarbruecken, Cologne, the Hebrew University, and the Departments of Government and Social Studies of Harvard. He was a Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations, Bonn/Berlin and an advisor to Chancellors Brandt and Schmidt. He was a member of the German Council of Environmental Advisors. He serves on the Board of Foreign Policy, Internationale Politik, the Advisory Board of the American-Jewish Committee, Berlin, and the Board of the Federal Academy of Security Policy, Berlin. He is a recipient of the Atlantic Award of NATO. Professor Kaiser is the author or editor of several hundred articles and about fifty books in the fields of world affairs, German, French, British and US foreign policy, transatlantic and East-West relations, nuclear proliferation, strategic theory, and international environmental policy. He holds a Ph.D. from Cologne University and an Honorary Doctorate of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Opening Keynote
Dr. Klaus Kleinfeld
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Klaus Kleinfeld is chairman and chief executive officer of Alcoa, a world leader in the production and management of aluminum. The company has 59,000 employees in 31 countries and reported revenue of $25 billion in fiscal year 2011.
Before he joined the company in 2007, Mr. Kleinfeld had a 20-year career with Siemens, the global electronics and industrial conglomerate, based in the U.S. and Germany, where he served as chief executive officer of Siemens AG starting in 2005. During his tenure, Mr. Kleinfeld presided over a dramatic transformation of the company, reshaping the company's portfolio around three high-growth areas, resulting in an increase of revenues and a near doubling of market capitalization. Prior to his service on the Managing Board of Siemens AG, Mr. Kleinfeld was president and chief executive officer of the U.S. subsidiary, Siemens Corporation, which represents the company's largest region.
In addition to serving on Alcoa's board, he is a member of the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG. In 2009, Mr. Kleinfeld was appointed Chairman of the U.S.-Russia Business Council (USRBC), which is dedicated to promoting trade and investment between the United States and Russia. He is a member of the Brookings Institution Board of Trustees, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the World Economic Forum USA.
Mr. Kleinfeld was born in Bremen, Germany, and educated at the University of Goettingen and University of Wuerzburg, both in Germany. He holds a PhD in strategic management and a master's degree in business administration. Mr. Kleinfeld resides in New York with his wife and children.

Energy Panel
Jeremy Rifkin
President and Founder
The Foundation on Economic Trends (www.foet.org)

Jeremy Rifkin is a policy advisor, book author, lecturer, and vanguard intellectual in the field of the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. Translated into more than thirty languages, his books are used in hundreds of universities, corporations and government agencies around the world. His most recent books include The Third Industrial Revolution, The Hydrogen Economy, The European Dream, and The End of Work.
Jeremy Rifkin has been an advisor to the EU for the past decade. He served as an adviser to President Nicolas Sarkozy, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prime Minister Jose Socrates, during their respective European Council Presidencies, on issues related to the economy, climate change, and energy security. He currently advises the European Commission, the European Parliament, and several EU heads of state.
Mr. Rifkin's monthly column appears in many of the world's leading newspapers and magazines, including The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Handelsblatt in Germany, and El Mundo and El País in Spain. He has been a guest on numerous television programs, including Face the Nation, 20/20, Larry King Live, and Today. The National Journal named Rifkin as one of 150 people in the U.S. that have the most influence in shaping government policy.
Mr. Rifkin holds a degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Rifkin speaks frequently before government, business, labor and civic forums. He has lectured at hundreds of the world's leading corporations as well as more than 200 universities in 30 countries in the past 30 years.

Euro Crisis Panel
Peer Steinbrück
Former German Federal Minister of Finance
Former Minister-President of North-Rhine-Westphalia

Peer Steinbrück is a Social Democratic member of the German Bundestag. He served as the German Federal Minister of Finance from 2005 to 2009, overseeing and orchestrating the regulatory and fiscal efforts to counter the largest financial and economic crisis in post-War history. From 2002 to 2005, Peer Steinbrück served as Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia where he headed a coalition government between the SPD and the Green Party. Steinbrück was born in Hamburg in 1947 and was trained as an economist at the University of Kiel. Steinbrück is married and has three children.


Security Policy Panel
Dr. Franziska Brantner Photo: Rob Horvat
Member of the European Parliament
Spokeswoman for foreign affairs of the Greens/EFA group

Born in 1979, Franziska Brantner was elected to the European Parliament in 2009. She is spokeswoman for foreign affairs of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament and Parliament's standing rapporteur for the Instrument for Stability.
Franziska Brantner graduated in 2004 with a dual degree (M.A. and diplôme) from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York and Sciences Po in Paris.
Before joining the European Parliament, Franziska Brantner worked for the Bertelsmann Foundation consulting on EU foreign policy issues and as a consultant for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). She holds a teaching position in Political Science at the University of Mannheim.

Euro Crisis Panel
Prof. Dr. Clemens Fuest
Research Director of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation
Oxford University

Clemens Fuest is Professor of Business Taxation at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and Research Director of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation. He is a research fellow of CESifo and IZA, member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, a member of the Editorial Board of Fiscal Studies and Associate Editor of Finanzarchiv/Public Finance Analysis. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the German Federal Ministry of Finance and member of the Academic Advisory Board of Ernst and Young AG, Germany.
Clemens Fuest has a PhD in economics from the University of Cologne. Prior to Oxford, he was a lecturer at the University of Munich and a professor of economics at the University of Cologne. His current research focuses on the implications of globalisation and European integration for tax policy and the impact of taxes on firm behaviour. He has published widely in international academic journals and elsewhere.

Leadership Panel
Ronald Heifetz, Ph.D.
King Hussein Bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Ronald Heifetz is the King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership and founder of the Center for Public Leadership. Recognized for his seminal work on both the practice and teaching of leadership, his research focuses on building the adaptive capacity of societies and organizations. His first book, Leadership without Easy Answers, has been reprinted and translated many times. He cofounded Cambridge Leadership Associates and coauthored the best-selling Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading with Marty Linsky. His new book, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing your Organization and the World, was coauthored with Linsky and Alexander Grashow. Heifetz speaks and consults extensively throughout the world. He is the subject of many articles and the book by Sharon Daloz Parks, Leadership Can Be Taught. A graduate of Columbia University, Harvard Medical School, and the Kennedy School, Heifetz is a physician and cellist. He was privileged to have studied with Russian virtuoso, Gregor Piatigorsky. His children, David and Ariana, attend Carleton College.

Leadership Panel
Annette Heuser
Executive Director
Bertelsmann Foundation Washington D.C.

Annette Heuser is Executive Director of the Washington, DC office of the Bertelsmann Foundation, a private, non-partisan operational foundation that promotes and strengthens trans-Atlantic cooperation.
Before launching the Foundation's first U.S. office, Annette served in the corporate sector as Vice President of International Relations at the Guetersloh, Germany-based Bertelsmann AG, Europe's largest media company. She also established the Foundation's Brussels office and served as its director from 2000 to 2006.
From 1995 to 2000, she was Director Europe/USA at the Bertelsmann Foundation in Guetersloh. In this function, she managed its European and transatlantic projects, and developed its European networking activities.
Before joining the Bertelsmann Foundation, Annette was editor of the "Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration" ("Yearbook of European Integration"), an annual publication that covers the year's institutional and political developments concerning European integration.
Annette studied political science, law and sociology at the University of Mainz in Germany. She has authored articles on transatlantic relations and European affairs that have appeared in major US and European publications. She has appeared on numerous television news programs as an analyst on trans-Atlantic foreign and security policy.
Annette is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Future of the European Union, the Atlantic Council's Strategic Advisors Group and the European Council on Foreign Relations. She also serves as vice chair of the Council on Foundations' Global Philanthropy Committee.

Energy Panel
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kluge
Chairman and CEO of Franz Haniel & Cie.
Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Celesio
Former Head of McKinsey Germany

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kluge studied physics in Cologne and Essen. He holds a PhD in experimental physics (laser) and spent some time during his PhD work developing high-frequency electronics for a US laser company.
Since January 2010 Jürgen Kluge is CEO of Franz Haniel & Cie GmbH in Duisburg, Germany. Haniel is an internationally successful, family-owned group of companies. In 2010, its around 58,000 employees generated sales of 27.4 billion euros in more than 30 countries. Responsibility for the operating business rests with the five divisions, all of which occupy market-leading positions. Haniel distinguishes between wholly-owned investments (CWS-boco and ELG), majority investments (TAKKT and Celesio) and minority investments (METRO GROUP).
From 1984 until 2009 Jürgen Kluge worked for McKinsey&Company in Düsseldorf, Germany. From 1999 until 2006 he led the German Office complex. Kluge was a long standing member of McKinsey's Shareholder Council.
Since 2004 he holds a professorship in mechanical engineering at Technical University, Darmstadt, Germany.

Security Policy Panel
Wolf-Dieter Löser
Lieutenant General (ret.)
Former Commandant NATO Defense College

Lieutenant General (ret.) Wolf-Dieter Löser completed the General Staff Officer Course at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College in 1981. After having served in different functions with the mountain infantry, the NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SHAPE) in Belgium, he was assigned to the Policy Planning Staff of the German Federal Ministry of Defense and then as Chief of Personal Staff with the Chief of Staff, Bundeswehr. He received a Master in National Security Strategy in 1994 from the National Defence University in Washington D.C.
Löser served as Director of Infantry and Commandant of the Infantry School in Hammelburg and as Deputy Corps Commander for the Eurocorps in Strasbourg. In this capacity he was responsible for the conduct of operations of the VI Mission Contingent as Deputy Commander Operations with ISAF in Afghanistan. After working as Commandant of the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College, he was Commandant of the NATO Defense College in Rome from March 2008 until July 2011.

Leadership Panel
Dr. Antonella Mei-Pochtler
Senior Partner and Managing Director
The Boston Consulting Group

Antonella Mei-Pochtler joined the BCG Munich office in 1984 and was promoted to Partner in 1990 and to Senior Partner & Managing Director in 1998. She covered different leadership positions, among others she lead the German Consumer Goods Practice area from 1990-1997, she opened BCG's Office in Vienna in 1997, became the Global Branding Topic Leader in 1999, a member of the European Management Team in 2004 and a member of the global Executive Committee in 2006. Since 2011 she leads the Media Sector of the firm.
Her client work has been focused on the development and implementation of strategic and organizational change, and on branding issues, particularly in the consumer goods, retail and media sectors. In 2008 she was voted one of the ten best consultants in the world by Consulting Magazine.
In addition to her project work, she created and organizes since ten years the "Brand Club", a top marketing and media focused conference for CEOs in Germany. She is also a co-initiator of the school project business@school, for which she received the "Freiheit und Verantwortung" award from the German Government in 2002. She is also engaged in other pro-bono activities, like the German Bone Marrow Donor Association as well as Europe's 500 - Entrepreneurs for Growth and Teach for Austria.
Dr. Mei-Pochtler holds a doctorate degree in Business Administration from the Università degli Studi di Roma and obtained her MBA at INSEAD in 1983 with the Dean's List Award. She is married to Christian Pochtler, an Austrian entrepreneur, and has three daughters.

Security Policy Discussion
Aaron W. Miller
US Army

Captain Aaron W. Miller graduated from The United States Military Academy at West Point in May 2004 and was commissioned as an officer in the Infantry. He has been stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, and at Fort Carson, Colorado. Aaron has served in both Iraq (2007-2008) and Afghanistan (2009-2010); jobs while deployed include Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Brigade Planner and Company Commander. Aaron's military schooling includes the Infantry Officers Basic Course, the Captains Career Course as well as Airborne, Air Assault and Ranger School. Aaron is currently pursuing his Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and will teach International Relations at West Point upon graduation.

Energy Panel
Dr. Hermann Ott
Member of the German Federal Parliament (Bundestag)
Alliance 90 / The Greens

Dr. Ott is the spokesperson on climate policy of the Alliance 90/The Greens Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag. Born in 1961, he studied law and politics at the universities of in Munich, London and Berlin, attaining a doctorate in jurisprudence in 1997. He worked as defense lawyer and attorney from 1992 to 1994, joined the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy and Environment as a Senior Research Fellow in 1994 and later served as Director of its Climate Policy Division. From 2004 to 2009, he was the Head of the institute's Berlin office. From November 2000 to June 2001 he served in Policy Planning on foreign environmental policy at the German Foreign Office.
Author and co-author of numerous books and articles on climate policy, environmental policy and on global governance, Dr. Ott had been the Member of Supervisory Board of Greenpeace Germany from 2001 to 2007. He is married and has two children.

Security Policy Discussion
Markus Posse
German Bundeswehr

Markus Posse was born in 1979 and joined the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) as a conscript in 1999. Afterwards, he received Officer training and was promoted to Second Lieutenant in 2003. He then studied History and Educational Science at the Federal Armed Forces University in Hamburg. Having graduated with a Master's degree in 2007, he served as a platoon commander before taking command of a rifle company (B Coy) in the Parachute Infantry Battalion 263 in 2009. During his two and a half years in command, Captain Posse completed two combat tours of Afghanistan in the northern districts of Kunduz and Baghlan. The mission on these deployments was to provide security for the Afghan people, and to train and cooperate with the Afghan National Security Forces. In January 2012 Captain Posse took up his new post in the J3 Plans branch (planning exercises on the brigade level) of Airborne Brigade 26.

Euro Crisis Panel
Dani Rodrik, Ph.D.
Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Dani Rodrik is Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School. He has published widely in the areas of economic development, international economics, and political economy. His current research focuses on institutional reform in the world economy and in developing countries. He is the recipient of the inaugural Albert O. Hirschman Prize of the Social Sciences Research Council and of the Leontief Award for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. His most recent books are The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy (2011) and One Economics, Many Recipes: Globalization, Institutions, and Economic Growth (2007).

Energy Panel
Benjamin Schlesinger, Ph.D.
President and Founder
Benjamin Schlesinger and Associates

Dr. Schlesinger, founding president of Benjamin Schlesinger and Associates (BSA), is one of North America's leading independent energy consultants, specializing in gas and electricity marketing, pricing, infrastructure, trading practices, strategic planning, and power plant development worldwide. He has nearly four decades of experience in managing and carrying out engineering/economic analyses of complex energy issues, with particular focus on North American energy commodity movements and pricing, policies and programs. Dr. Schlesinger has advised over 500 clients in the U.S., Canada, and 25 other countries throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America, including the top utility, energy trading and producing, manufacturing, regulatory, educational, private power, and financial services companies.
Dr. Schlesinger received undergraduate degrees in arts and engineering science at Dartmouth College, and his M.S. and Ph.D. at Stanford University in Industrial Engineering (now the Department of Management Science and Engineering). He teaches a graduate course in Energy Economics in the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, and was president of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics in 2011.

Security Policy Panel
Jan Techau
Carnegie Europe

Jan Techau is director of Carnegie Europe, the European centre of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Techau is an expert on EU integration and foreign policy, transatlantic affairs, and German foreign and security policy.
Prior to his appointment, Techau served at the NATO Defense College's Research Division. He was director of the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin between 2006 and 2010 and from 2001 to 2006 he served at the German Ministry of Defense's Press and Information Department.
Techau is an associate scholar at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) and an associate fellow at both the German Council on Foreign Relations and at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS).

Energy Panel
Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Professor Eicke Weber is Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and Professor for Physics / Solar Energy at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany. The ISE institute is one of the world-leading research institutes in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The focus of Prof. Weber's research is the analysis of lattice defects in Si and compound semiconductors. Recently he studied specifically how good solar cells can be produced out of upgraded metallurgical ("dirty") silicon with high metal content.
From 1983-2006 Prof. Weber lectured at the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley - since 1991 as Professor of Materials Science. He was president of the Alexander von Humboldt Association of America (AvHAA) from 2001-2003 and in 2003 he was elected founding president of the German Scholars Organization (GSO). In 2006 he received the Award of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande) of the German President.


Leadership Panel
Manuel J. Hartung
Journalist and Author

Manuel J. Hartung, a journalist, graduated as a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School in May 2011 with the support of the McCloy Scholarship. Upon graduation, he joined TEMPUS CORPORATE, a subsidiary firm of the German publisher ZEIT Verlag, as its executive director. Before studying at Harvard (and co-organizing the German Conference 2010), he served as the editor-in-chief of DIE ZEIT's bi-monthly university magazine ZEIT CAMPUS, a magazine he helped to found in 2006. In 2004, he had become the youngest editor and reporter at DIE ZEIT. Furthermore, Manuel studied History, Law, and Psychology at Bonn University and New York University and received a Master's from Bonn University; he graduated from the Henri Nannen School of Journalism and taught journalism at Göttingen University. He published a novel and three non-fiction books.

Euro Crisis Panel
Elisabeth Niejahr
Political Correspondent

Elisabeth Niejahr is political correspondent for DIE ZEIT, Germany's leading weekly newspaper, covering social, political and economical affairs. She had been the paper's deputy Berlin Bureau chief from 2004 to 2007. Before joining DIE ZEIT, she had been political correspondent for DER SPIEGEL from 1992 to 1999.
Elisabeth Niejehr is the author of several books on German politics and policy and had been a Bucerius Fellow at Harvard University in 2011. She is a member of various advisory boards and councils on demographic change, one of them for the former German President Horst Köhler.
Mrs. Niejahr holds a master's degree in economics and also graduated from Cologne School of Journalism.

Energy Panel
Ludwig Siegele
Online Business and Finance Editor
The Economist, London Office

Ludwig Siegele is the online business and finance editor and the deputy international editor of The Economist. He started his journalistic career in 1990 as the Paris Business and Political Correspondent of Die Zeit. In 1995, he moved from France to California to write about the internet revolution, first for Die Zeit and then for The Economist. In 1998 he became the US Technology Correspondent for The Economist, based near Silicon Valley. In 2003 Ludwig moved to Berlin as Germany correspondent, before a stint as technology correspondent until 2011.

Security Policy Panel
Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller
Senior Transatlantic Fellow
German Marshall Fund, Berlin office

Before becoming a Senior Transatlantic Fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States in 2009, Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller served as the director of GMF's Berlin office for five years. She was formerly defense and international security editor at the German weekly DIE ZEIT, where she covered a broad spectrum of issues, including NATO, European defense and security policy, military intervention in Kosovo and Afghanistan, the war on terror, Iraq, international war crimes tribunals, German foreign policy, and U.S.-German relations.
Dr. Stelzenmüller holds a doctorate in law from the University of Bonn, as well as a Master in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government; she was also a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. She has been a Remarque Fellow at New York University, a GMF Campus Fellow at Grinnell College, and a Woodrow Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar in Washington, D.C.