Baden-Baden-The elegant spa and culture town in the Black Forest

Written by Baden-Baden Kur & Tourismus GmbH on . Posted in Global Briefing

Baden-Baden is an oasis for arts and culture and a great destination for wellness, golfing and culinary treat's.Baden-Baden is home to Europe’s second largest opera and concert hall, the Festspielhaus. The 2,500-seat festival hall hosts international opera, ballet and concerts. Known for its great acoustics, the festival hall features performances from world-renowned artists including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Ballet, or the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

GIGABYTE to expand in Hamburg:
breaking the ground for new European head office in the district of Wandsbek

Written by Fergal Hogan on . Posted in Global Briefing

 GIGABYTE, one of the world’s leading manufacturers in the area of IT hardware components, is expanding its business in Hamburg, Germany. Today, the Taiwan-based company will be turning the first sod for its new European head office in the district of Wandsbek. In the commercial area at Tilsiter Strasse in Hamburg’s east, a four-storey property with a total floor area of approx. 5,400 square metres is about to be built. Some 50 professionals from marketing, sales, production and repairs will be working onsite the property in the near future. Dandy Yeh, chairman of GIGABYTE, explains: “GIGABYTE established its German branch in Hamburg more than 24 years ago. As a location, Hamburg has served us very well. We are now aiming to coordinate our operations from our very own real estate in Hamburg for another 30 years at least.”

Snapchat, Takes a Bite of Hamburg

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Snapchat to open Germany headquarters in Hamburg, company confirms

Snapchat to follow in footsteps of Facebook and Google's move to Elbe city - company confirms Horizont's report Snapchat, the image messaging and multimedia mobile application developed by Snap Inc., will officially locate its Germany headquarters in Hamburg, the online edition of Horizont reported Friday. Meanwhile, the company has confirmed the report to Hamburg News. Snapchat’s headquarters are due to open in summer 2017. However, the exact location remains unclear. Snap is well established in Germany with 5 million daily users, the company added. More than 60 per cent of all German users are over 18 years.

Hamburg is traditionally a city of media and creative industries. No other city has such a multitude of national and international companies spanning the entire media branch. Large publishers such as Zeit, Spiegel und Gruner + Jahr are based in the city. Several digital giants such as Google and Facebook operate from Hamburg.

Man versus Machine – The Saga Continues

Written by Luisa Mendoza on . Posted in Global Briefing

Man vs Machine

Since the industrial revolution, technology has been seen as a threat to workers, especially those in manual labour replaceable by machine, robot or computerised device. The process of robots replacing labour is not new, and as robot skills and productivity ratios increase and expand, humans will keep being replaced on labour markets. However, does this mean that automation is reconstructing modern economies into a productive system where human labour is obsolete?


A New Dawn - Greece

Written by Henry Martin on . Posted in Global Briefing

Greece in south-eastern Europe has shown a remarkable resilience since a crippling economic crisis first hit it after the global crash almost a decade ago. CEO Insight looks at how this giant of history is turning it around. As a new dawn begins to take hold in Greece, it is apparent that for the canny investor there is much to get excited about. This is in large part due to the country having been compelled to implement huge reforms in return for bailout money, such that the investment landscape has opened up.

It has brought with it opportunity in sectors which are once again seeing sustained growth like tourism, energy and agriculture. Moreover, Greece’s inherent geostrategic advantages at the crossroads between East and West, its established infrastructure and business-friendly revised investment framework mean that investors the world over cannot help but sit up and take notice. Given the calamitous developments of the last few years, at the heart of the Greek government’s new course is a focus on long term growth and the creation of an outward-facing economy. In short, Greece actively welcomes new business.

Go East

Written by James Brown on . Posted in Global Briefing

Asia, holding over half the world’s population, is back on investors’ radars. After witnessing a lot of tangible, structural change in recent years, an acceptance of capitalism and capitalistic development and a yearning to align itself with the growth and expansion that China has enjoyed, is authorising the continent to take a more central role this year. Still comparatively cheap, investors are buying into markets like Taiwan and South Korea because they consider them global growth trades. Initially Donald Trump’s victory threatened to mar the case for emerging-market stocks, as America’s new president vowed to defend his country from trade-inflicted ‘carnage’.

The primary response of Asian stock investors was obvious - sell, fearing his protectionist trade style would harm the region's export economies, and rising rates and the strengthening dollar that followed Trump’s victory risked pushing capital out of the developing world. Where the US dollar tends to move; historically capital flows to the region are inclined to do the opposite. However, billions of dollars have been pumped into Asia and, in particular, its emerging markets over the last year.

Emerging markets are enticing fresh funds emphasising a tendency among investors to look further afield for returns as weekly inflows into emerging-market stocks came to $2.1 billion, marking a fourth straight week of gains. Economic data in Asia has steadied and waning concerns over potential US trade policy has helped lift equities, while the markets benefited from local currency strength. Foreign money is expected to increase and according to new research released by ANZ, capital inflows to the region rose to $US15.3 billion in March, and the United Overseas Bank foresees FDI inflows into ASEAN to surpass China for the first time this year. The existing absence of infrastructure investment, alongside the opening up of frontier ASEAN economies such as Myanmar offer huge possibilities for investors.

Ireland vs Cyber Crime

Written by James Brown on . Posted in Global Briefing

As hackers continue their virtual assault, robbing data and personal information in sectors extending from health care to retail sales, all industries will soon require specialists in digital security to fight their corner. In terms of which country is doing it best, Ireland is the unforeseen winner and pioneer of cyber-security.

Ireland has already established itself as a revolutionary technology hub, and cyber-security is another field in which it has the potential to lead the way. Today cyber-security is rarely out of the news, and while headlines cover alleged hacking of elections and enormous data breaches, cyber criminals present a real and tangible danger to small businesses and every type of company needs competent staff with the skills and knowledge to help lessen the risk. Ireland is fast becoming a European security hub with a substantial base of global technology and security companies not least because of its developing, skilled and flexible workforce.

Golden Times in Pforzheim

Written by Isabel Schmidt-Mappes on . Posted in Global Briefing

 Kollmar & Jourdan Building — housing the  Technical Museum of Pforzheim’s Jewellery and Watchmaking Industries  © TMP Photo Petra Jaschke

“Must haves” and “Must sees” at the city’s Jewellery Museum during the 250th anniversary of its jewellery and watchmaking industries and the reopening of its Technical Museum

Whether it’s timelessly elegant, lavish, sumptuous or discreet: jewellery is endlessly enthralling. At Pforzheim’s Jewellery Museum, a unique one of a kind location devoted exclusively to this topic; visitors can see precious originals of all genres from five millennia.

In 2017, the focus is all on Pforzheim’s anniversary: 250 years of its jewellery and watchmaking industries. It was 1767 when Margrave Karl Friedrich of Baden licensed entrepreneurs from Switzerland and France to establish a watch and not long afterwards a jewellery manufactory in the city’s orphanage. This was the starting point for a successful development and gave rise to Pforzheim’s reputation as ‘Goldstadt’ (Golden City), exporting jewellery and watches to many cities and countries in the world. From these two branches, modern precision technologies have evolved, such as medical, dental and stamping technologies.

Getting More Women into the Boardroom

Written by Henry Martin on . Posted in Global Briefing

Tech companies seem to have inherited the Earth from more staid and conservative sectors, such as financial services. They have broken the business mould in numerous different ways, but where they let themselves down is in the gender make-up of the boardroom. Given their hot property status and the likelihood many of these companies will have significant cultural reach and influence going forward, it is essential that the issue of gender diversity in the boardroom is placed centre stage from the outset, since once the ratio is set, it tends to become entrenched, and so institutionalised resistance to change develops.

"With only 7 percent of board seats on private tech companies held by women, and start-ups valued at $1 billion or more, known as “unicorns”, faring not much better at 10 percent, there is a clear need to recruit more female directors."

The Boardlist is a VC resolving to do just that, and in the process shatter the myth that recruitment to date has been based on merit. They firmly reject the notion of insufficient numbers of suitably qualified women, rather, believing the odds to be stacked against women because the recruitment culture and agenda is shaped by men.

WIN: Creating a Global, Authentic and Feminine Future

Written by Kristin Engvig, Founder & CEO WIN global leadership conference on . Posted in Global Briefing

Growing up on the turbulent west coast of Norway, surrounded by mountains leading to open seas, WIN founder Kristin Engvig understood at a young age how important it is for everyone to be connected, and to do something in their life that would leave the world a better place. Kristin knew that ‘going global’ was the right thing for her to do, and after receiving her degree in Business & Marketing from Oslo’s BI School of Business, she set out to pursue her MBA at SDA Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. She has also trained as an actress, and through the performing arts was able to research creativity and communication. 

The early stages of her career as an international strategy and global marketing consultant, helped form the foundation of what would later become WIN (Women’s International Networking). Since then, Kristin has travelled extensively and worked with women across all continents and employed her own strategic plan for the continuing evolution of WIN. Having started out with major multinational companies like JPMorgan, Citibank and Innovation Norway, Kristin realised that there was a gap in the workplace and in how we dealt with each other and the world at large. Working as a consultant with global companies, she felt that people should be able to bring their creative sides into the workplace.

This gap was transformed into a vision for WIN: ‘to bring a more feminine, global and sustainable vision to work, communities and life’. And this vision would in turn be transformed into a platform – a global annual conference to empower, develop and connect women leaders. From this initial platform, Kristin’s vision has developed into a mission: to provide a global networking and learning symposium that serves as a reference point for women working internationally, and connects them with organisations active in women’s leadership and diversity & inclusion.

Kristin pursues this mission throughout the year, hosting ‘mobilizing women events’ in various countries, and holding quarterly ‘corporate networking group’ meetings where professionals meet to discuss topical issues in the business world. An expert in networking, community building, and strategic partnering, she has become renowned for inspiring people to make a project or a dream, a reality. She frequently speaks at conferences for companies and organisations around the world and writes regularly about women’s journeys. In Kristin's own research and “journey life” (as she calls it), and essential to her vision and being, is her passion for family, community, creativity, acting, yoga, Zen, and continuous learning.


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