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GERMAN AMERICAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

Share Knowledge.
Gain Insight.
Expand Connections.

GERMAN AMERICAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

Meet Your Business Partners

GABA accelerates your business connections and helps you build lasting professional relationships. Benefit from 20+ years of experience in strengthening transatlantic business, making deep local connections, organizing impactful events and providing access to thought leaders.

Leverage Our Expertise

Powerful Networking
Powerful Networking

Targeted opportunities to develop and deepen a relevant and effective professional network

Impactful Events
Impactful Events

Access to a wide range of relevant events on current topics supported by experts and thought leaders

Vibrant Community
Vibrant Community

Engaged business leaders collaborate and share expertise with German-American community

Be Part of a Large Professional Network

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You Are

a member of a corporation, small business, service organization, start-up, VC, or a non-profit organization with a business interest or roots in Germany or California,

convinced that a strong network, collaboration and the opportunity to connect with thought leaders will benefit your career and your business.

Our Mission

GABA is an alliance of corporations, organizations and professionals with the purpose of strengthening transatlantic business.

We have built on German-Californian networking and knowledge sharing since 2001, and we operate at the forefront of international business, trends and technology.

Focus Areas of GABA Programs

New Technologies and Innovations

New Technologies and Innovation

Data and Security
Quantum Computing
Cloud/Saas
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Machine Learning (ML)

New Technologies and Innovations
Media & Entertainment
Media & Entertainment

Media and Entertainment

Film Industry
Digital/Social Media
Gaming and Music
Virtual Reality (VR)
Augmented Reality (AR)

Leadership, Human Capital, Future of Work

Top Talent Attraction
Workplace California
Leadership and Career Development
Living a Double-Life

Life Science and Digital Health
Life Science and Digital Health

Life Sciences and Digital Health

Telemedicine
Biotech
Lab Food
Pandemic Research

Infrastructure and Mobility

Infrastructure and Mobility

Transportation and Logistics
Autonomous Driving
Smart Cities
Renewable Energy and Storage

Infrastructure and Mobility

“As the Bay Area based Innovation Hub for Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, we are always excited to connect with teams and companies that share our drive for innovation in the fields like Cultured Meat, Bioelectronics, and Neuromorphic systems. GABA allows us to discuss with like-minded companies in an organic way.”

Arie van Gent, Merck KGaA

“GABA has helped me in my personal life and in my role at SAP to develop meaningful connections in the ecosystem. The diversity of their network spans from early talents to thought leaders in the Silicon Valley who represent corporates, academia and the venture community. On many occasions the team was able to relate our business goals with those of other members and identify collaboration opportunities.”

Daniel Zimmer, Sr. Director, SAP Bay Area Labs Management

Join Our Networks and Events

Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

Annual Financial Outlook
Industry-driven Events
Transatlantic Sync Conference
Preparing for the ‘New Normal’

Interest Groups

Interest Groups

  Executive Circle
Innovation Breakfast
GABA Film Initiative
Women in Business

Community Focus

Community Focus

Annual GABA Gala
Business Mixers
European Networking
Young Professional Mixer

Join Our Networks and Events

Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

Annual Financial Outlook
Industry-driven Events
Transatlantic Sync Conference
Preparing for the ‘New Normal’

Interest Groups

Interest Groups

  Executive Circle
Innovation Breakfast
GABA Film Initiative
Women in Business

Community Focus

Community Focus

Annual GABA Gala
Business Mixers
European Networking
Young Professional Mixer

We Thank Our Main Supporters

SAP
WilmerHale
Kilpatrick Townsend
Osborne Clarke
PreZero
Sustany Capital
Taxstudio
Volkswagen
Zeiss Innovation Center California
BMW Group
Seven Seals Innovation AG
Bank of the West
Continental
BROSE
Cerity Partners
GASA

Meet Our GABA Board of Directors

Kai Westerwelle

Kai Westerwelle

Chairman
Partner at Bird & Bird
Tracey Grose

Tracey Grose

Vice-Chair
Senior Executive Advisor at Global PMI Partners
Founding Principal at Next Curve Strategy
Cornelia Bohle-Neubrand

Cornelia Bohle-Neubrand

Executive Director
Tim Martensen

Tim Martensen

Chief Financial Officer
Siegmar Pohl

Siegmar Pohl

Secretary
Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend
Wolfram Doelker

Wolfram Doelker

SoCal Chapter Chair
CEO, WDE International Inc
Co-founder of GABA’s SoCal Chapter
Michael Metzger

Michael Metzger

SoCal Chapter Vice-Chair
Partner at Drake Star Partners
Uschi Joshua

Uschi Joshua

Munich Chapter Chair
Juliane Nandra

Juliane Nandra

Berlin Chapter Chair
Global Strategy & Ops Leader, Chair of Diversity & Inclusion at Siemens Healthineers (Ultrasound)
Daniela Busse

Daniela Busse

Director
Head of Incubator Research at Facebook CPG, Meta
Gunther Hofmann

Gunther Hofmann

Director
Managing Director at Corporate Finance Associates
Yaad Oren

Yaad Oren

Director
Head of SAP Innovation Center Network
Caroline Raynaud

Caroline Raynaud

Director
Jeannette Schwarz

Jeannette Schwarz

Director
Senior Project Manager, Global Creative at Align Technology
Uwe Wagner

Uwe Wagner

Director
Principal & Founder Tiburon Consulting LLC
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