Like the three previous summits on China, Sub-Sahara Africa, and Brazil, this year’s summit, too, took place on the ZF campus of Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen. It attracted 200 visitors from all over the world. The organisation and realisation was in the hands of 20 ZU students under the project lead of Kirsti Grund and Laura Trattner. The TLS is not only a platform for different stakeholders from business, academia, politics, and civil society but also a great opportunity for students to learn how to organise such an event; it is part of an educational concept at ZU called the Global Studies Project. From the very beginning, the Transcultural Leadership Summit series has been chaired by Professor Dr Josef Wieland and supervised by Dr Julika Montecinos from the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ. The Summit is part of the“Transcultural Caravan”, a hub for global thinking, research, teaching and networking, initiated and run by the LEIZ.
Just as in previous years, this year’s summit, too, was generously supported by Rolls-Royce Power Systems as main sponsor. As a speaker and panelist, Rolls-Royce Power Systems CEO, Andreas Schell took an active part in the debate, as did Carlo Bevoli, Managing Director of the SAP Sustainability Labs in Markdorf, another generous sponsor of the Summit. Without its sponsors, among whom were also Zeppelin GmbH and Zeppelin Universtitätsgesellschaft, the Summit could not have taken place.
The talks, panels and workshops addressed Europe from various perspectives, encompassing politics in- and outside the EU as well as business and economic issues, civil society, culture, education, and ethics. The consideration of Europe as a cooperation network plays a special role here: "Transculturality is not a vision in Europe, it is the reality when we look at the practice of economic and social cooperation and value creation”, explained Professor Josef Wieland in his opening speech.
In addition to the keynote speeches on topics ranging from “Transcultural Leadership in practice - Insights from a European company” (Dr Sabine Klauke, Head of Engineering Airbus Defense and Space) to “What is Europe? (Prof Dr David Engels, Senior Analyst at Instytut Zachodni, Poznan), attendees of the TLS were given the opportunity to join five different workshops of their choice:
The exhibition of the Italian photographer and artist Valerio Vincenzo has the appropriate title "Frontiers of peace" and was last shown at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. He has photographed landscapes throughout Europe that were the scene of bloody border conflicts in the past. Another guest was the British blogger and photographer Dr. Hannah White, who has been travelling by bicycle across European borders since the Brexit decision and who reports on her experiences in her blog.
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What is the Transcultural Leadership Summit?
The Transcultural Leadership Summit provides a platform for current issues of transcultural leadership and aims to open up new perspectives on globalisation. We are convinced that in times of increasing worldwide connectedness, global value creation and urbanisation, sustainable success is highly dependent on whether an organisation with a global reach is able to master cultural diversity and to build on transcultural commonalities in order to cooperate efficiently. In this context, the Transcultural Leadership Summit addresses questions and confronts challenges, not only in business but also in politics, civil society, culture, and education.