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GABA Newsletter April 2008
In This Issue
GABA Events
Co sponsored Events
New and Renewing Members
Member News
Job Board
GABA Affiliates
GABA Industry Groups
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GABA Events

GABA NoCal: "Succeeding in the Valley"
Wednesday, April 9th 2008, 6-9pm
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, 2475 Hanover St, Palo Alto
GABA, SiliconFrench, CSPA, Hispanic Net, NET-IP, SIPA, and SDForum invite you to come hear Silicon Valley's leading entrepreneurs from around the world speak about the keys to success and fulfillment. For more information and registration please visit GABA's website.
GABA Munich Stammtisch
Thursday, April 14th, 2008, 7:00-10:00pm
"Altes Hackerhaus", Sendlinger Strasse 14, München
Topic: What's new for German tax payers in 2008. For more information and registration please visit GABA's website
GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
Wednesday, April 16th, 2008, 7:00-10:00pm
Teskes-Germania Restaurant, 255 N. First Street at Devin, San Jose
Social gathering of the GABA community in the Bay Area. No RSVP needed; free to attend.

GABA-Berlin:"The Solar Industry Goes Global"
Thursday, April 17th, 2008, 7:00 - 9:30pm
Investitionsbank Berlin, Bundesallee 171, 2nd Fl, Rm 2.65 10719 Berlin
We invite you to join us for this engaging discussion and networking event. Please join our panelists from industry, finance, and market development as they discuss how German and American solar companies master globalization. For more information and registration please visit GABA's website.

GABA NoCal: "Application of Stem Cell Research in Medicine"
Wednesday, April 30th 2008, 6-9pm
San Francisco, CA
For more information and registration please visit GABA's website.

Visit GABA's website for more information about our events!

Co-Sponsored Events 

Summit in Israel 
June 29th, 2008
A delegation of US investors meets with disruptive Israeli technology companies. 
For more information please visit the summit's website. GABA members will receive a 10% discount if they register by April 10th. In the registration form under the comment field please include "GABA Network 10%". 
Israel and Germany: Six Decades of Unique Partnership
Monday, April 7th, 2008, 12 pm
Insitute of European Studies, 223 Moses Hall,(International Studies Seminar Room) Berkeley, CA 94720-2316

Explore six decades of Israeli-German political, cultural and economic relations, which have evolved from under the shadow of the Holocaust. The Institute of European Studies invites you to a panel attended by David Akov (Israeli Consul General) and Rolf Schuette (German Consul General) discussing current issues, such as Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program and the Institute of European Studies.

GABA members and Chairs EJ Dieterle, Achim Hoelzle and Wolfram Doelker are organizing the annual "USA Market-Entry Seminars" 2008 in various locations in Germany (Muenchen Apr-15, Pforzheim Apr-16, Freiburg Apr-17, Duesseldorf Apr-22 and Berlin Apr-23) Events as such have been held successfully over the past years also in Switzerland, France and the UK. For further details please contact:

Memorial Concert
Friday, May 2, 2008, 8 pm
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell St., San Francisco
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, the German Consulate General is proud to partner with Berkeley Symphony in presenting Berkeley Akademie in San Francisco for a memorial concert. Conductor Kent Nagano and concertmaster Stuart Canin lead the final program of Berkeley Akademie Ensemble's debut season, featuring Berkeley Symphony musicians alongside guest artists from Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. For further information please click here.
New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate

Basic Corporate

Individual Members

  • Richard S. Blake
  • Franz Feuerherdt
  • Torsten George
  • Nicole Gruen
  • Dr Martin Hebeling
  • Jan Horbach
  • Frank Menkel
  • Simone Mueller
  • Katja Reck
  • Michael D. Silberman
  • Juan N Walterspiel MD
  • Hans Wolters
Student Members
  • Jose Beltran
  • Simon Decker
For more information on how to become a GABA Member, contact, or to sign up online, please visit our website.

We are pleased to announce that Juliane Erck has joined GABA as a project and database manager. She moved to California after finishing her triple Masters degree in International Finance and Management from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Germany), Université de Metz (France) and the Université de Luxembourg in October 2007. Juliane is now working at the corporate finance department of Siemens Medical - Oncology. She gained her professional experience as a sales analyst for structured products at the Société Générale in Paris, as a consultant at an Austrian management consulting firm and at the outsourcing department of Ernst & Young in Mexico City. Due to extended work and study periods in Costa Rica, Mexico, France and the United States, in addition to her mother tongue German, Juliane is fluent in Spanish, French and English.
Member News
Premium Corporate Member HEDA - Heidelberg Economic Development Agency invites you to become a member of Heidelberg Alumni International. Reconnect with the Ruperto Carola, its institutions and people. Continue or re-establish contacts between Alumni, maintain professional, academic, and personal ties, network, and get involved. Become a member and sign-up today!

Basic Corporate member
WORDSHOP Translations is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. Through its full-service offices in the U.S. and Germany, WORDSHOP has been serving satisfied customers throughout Europe and North America for two decades. For GABA companies, WORDSHOP offers access to top in-depth German and English translation resources for virtually every kind of corporate document - combined with personalized service, almost round-the-clock availability and professional job handling. 1-800-431-3121 / 

Peritus Precision Translations, Inc. introduces new staff member Monika Aeschbacher, a native of multi-lingual Switzerland. Monika joined Peritus in March as a Project Manager and holds a Bachelor's degree in Translation. Monika is fluent in German, English, French, and Spanish. Please contact Peritus at for your  translation needs. Remember to mention your GABA membership to receive a GABA-discount on your translation work.

Worried about your US postal mail while you will be in Europe for a while?

Look at how to get a fast ONLINE access to your POSTAL MAIL. Basic Corporate Member a.g.Cube offers a free credit of $20 to GABA members. Go to and register with the promotion code GABA0308. a.g.Cube  - your mailbox around the world.

The web 2.0 community platform miaplaza introduces a fresh new design and many new features. Among others there is a new blog functionality. A new weekly digest makes it easy for members to keep up with their respective communities. Try the new miaplaza and join the GABA community there:

Youth for Understanding (YFU)is looking for host families for their students in California. YFU USA is a non-profit organization that partners with over 50 countries around the world. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, contact Emilie Linick, Northern California Field Director, at or toll-free at 800-872-0200 x 285. Feel free to visit for more information!

Job Board
The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) is a private school with a bilingual German-English educational program serving children of all nationalities from age 2 through the 12th grade in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are looking for a part-time teacher for the Afternoon Program at our East Bay Campus. For more information please go to or contact us at or call 650.254.0748.
GABA Affiliates
 GABA Industry Groups

GABA's Industry Groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each industry:

Clean Tech IG
California and Germany stand out as well established clean tech leaders and attractive target markets. The Industry Group's aim is to enable the exchange of ideas & contacts, provide a platform for the discussion of relevant industry trends and foster transatlantic business and relationships between German and US corporations in order to add value to all participating partners. Visit
our webpage for more information.

Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital IG
This group is dedicated to the facilitation of technology, business and social innovation via entrepreneurial ventures and the appropriate incubation and capital funding catalysts. We aim to educate and bring together members of the business, finance, legal, academia, technology lab, not-for-profit and government realms on both sides of the Atlantic as regards new venturing opportunities, issues, trends and developments. Visit
our webpage for more information.

Human Resources IG
The group's objective is to enable companies and individuals alike to stay abreast of current employment trends, compensation issues, corporate governance, legal developments, immigration/visa trends and "best practices". For more detailed information, please go to
our webpage.

Life Sciences IG
Dedicated to enabling and fostering alliance networks between German and US life science companies. IG Life Sciences features an event series "Learn and Delight" in California Bay Area to facilitate the networking in the life science community. A panel discussion with industry experts highlights significant life sciences topics and is accompanied by a Gourmet tasting. Visit
our webpage for more information.

Media & Entertainment IG
Activities and events supporting the Californian and German media and entertainment industries.To find our more, please visit
our webpage.

Semiconductor - IT IG
Germany and the US are two of the leading manufacturers and consumers of semiconductors, with exciting opportunities for business development and exchange of knowledge, to build on existing relationships and shape new ones. Visit
our webpage for more information.

Telecommunications IG
Dedicated to facilitating business, trade, and exchange between Californian and German companies in the areas of fixed and mobile communication and digital media, educating members of the business community on both sides of the Atlantic in telecom and communication-related topics, and deepening the understanding among them about the state and development of the markets in Europe and the U.S. More information coming soon to
our webpage.

Women in Business IG
Join fellow GABA women and their friends for this series of events to discuss specific issues that we face as international working women in the Bay Area (in business or any industry), and for a venue to network and support each other in our respective business situations. For more information and to join the GABA_WIB listserv, please visit
our webpage.

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