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GABA Newsletter November 2008
In This Issue
GABA Events
Co-Sponsored Events
New and Renewing Members
Member News
Industry Groups
Job Board
Culture Selection

Our recent affiliation agreement with the German American Chamber of Commerce Inc., California Branch (GACC) increases the visibility of German-American ventures and offers you expanded network opportunities. See the picture gallery for some impressions of the combined Oktoberfest Reception in San Francisco.


Caroline Raynaud,
Executive Director

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GABA Events

The ATC@EMBL: The new meeting place for the Life Sciences World
Thursday, November 6 2008, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Townsend LLP, Two Embarcadero Center, 8th Floor, San Francisco
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) with its headquarters in Heidelberg (Germany) is the flagship laboratory for Europe in the molecular life sciences. The US$ 50 million EMBL Advanced Training Centre is shaped like a DNA double helixis and scheduled to open in fall 2009. See during its presentation in San Francisco how it will become THE European meeting place for scientists from all over the world.

GABA Women in Business: American Forms of Communication  
Monday, November 10 2008, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
In this session, we will review how to recognize some of the nuances to watch out for in US business communication, and whether what you hear is really what you get. In addition, we will address how international businesswomen can identify what tone to use in work-related discussions and team briefings. Discussion and group exercises will make this an interactive and lively event.

GABA Bay Area Stammtisch

Wednesday, November 19 2008, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Gordon Biersch, 640 Emerson St, Palo Alto
No RSVP needed; free to attend. We meet in the back in the Bar Area and I will bring our small German flag.

GABA Munich: Investmentforum der Frauenhofer Gesellschaft
Thursday, November 27 2008, 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Fraunhofer-Haus, Hansastr. 27c, 80686 München
Investment conference with the automotive spin-offs of the Frauenhofer institut.

Visit GABA's online event calendar for more information and to register!

Co-Sponsored Events 

SDForum: Clean Tech: The Impact of Technology on Emerging Economies
Monday, November 3 2008, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Orrick, 1100 Marsh Rd., Menlo Park
Join the SDForum International SIG as we examine the issues surrounding energy and water in the developing world, the technological challenges, real business opportunities and the increasing role for Silicon Valley innovation. As a GABA member, use Promotion code int5, and get $5 off.

SIPACON 2008: Social Media & The Enterprise
Saturday, Nov 08 2008. 8:30am - 4:00pm
HP Auditorium, 3000 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
Enterprises are looking to benefit from web 2.0 collaboration models to increase productivity and add to the bottomline. Will this change the rules of corporate management? Panelists include investors in Facebook, CEOs from Mobile enterprises, Communication industry and Market research organizations. Special Price for GABA members: $29. Visit for registration and use SIPALIANZ promo code.

South Bay Business Forum
Wednesday, November 12 2008, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Silicon Valley Bank, Kellogg Auditorium, 3005 Tasman Drive, Santa Clara
Join the Swiss-American Business Forum in the South Bay and learn from Markus Mettler, founder and CEO of BrainStore how you can systematically influence your innovation pipeline.

FountainBlue: When She Speaks: Overcoming Adversity
Friday, November 12 2008, 11:30am - 1:30pm
EMC offices, 2831 Mission College Boulevard, Building 1, 3rd Floor, Santa Clara
This FountainBlue event invites successful women to share their tales of adversity and offer advice and inspiration.

How To Sell Successfully In Europe

Tuesday, November 18 2008, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Il Fornaio, 520 Cowper Street (at the Garden Court Hotel), Palo Alto
An Evening With The Altos Advisors Team.

La Soiree Beaujolais
Saturday, November 22 2008, 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco
A French food and wine extravaganza in The City.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate
 Basic Corporate

Individual Members

  • Stefan Ahrensdorf 
  • Peter Bostelmann
  • Andrea Breidenbach (new)
  • Patrick Bridges (new) 
  • Peter Cordes
  • David Hirson
  • Mark B. Johnson (new)
  • Kate Kelly
  • Arno Lampmann (new)
  • Michael Leonard
  • Keith Rayner (new)
  • Rochelle Ross (new)
  • Boris Schubert (new)
  • Ulrich Schulz (new)
  • Thomas Spiegelhalter
  • Peter Walther (new)
  • Wolfgang Weiss (new)

Student Members

  • Ofer Baharav
For more information on how to become a GABA Member, contact, or visit our website to sign up online.
 GABA News
We are pleased to announce that Matthias Wolniak has joined GABA as a volunteer for project and database management. He moved to California after finishing his masters degree in Business Administration with majors in Finance and Controlling in Jena (Germany). Matthias is now working at the Corporate Finance Department of Siemens Healthcare in Mountain View. He has work experience in the areas of Finance and Sales. 
Member News

Pet Express Helps to Safely Relocate Pets - Discount for GABA members
When relocating overseas, transporting the pets is complicated. Incorrect
documents often result in problems for your pet. Expert advice and
preparations can reduce or eliminate quarantine, while making the process
safer for your pet and easier for you. With 30 years experience, Pet Express
can help. Contact 866-738-6683 or For more information
see Pet Express will offer a GABA member discount of $100 for international pet transport services.

Smaato Mobile Advertising Award takes winner to Barcelona
Smaato Inc. announced the Smaato Mobile Advertising Award 2008, to find the coolest ad-enabled mobile application. The winner will be invited to present his application at the Mobile World Congress, taking place in Barcelona, Spain, in February 2009. For more information see

Dagmar Vogt is Berlin's Business Woman  and Entrepreneur of the Year
The founder and managing director of
ib vogt GmbH was awarded the businesswoman prize during the 4th "Berliner Unternehmerinnentag" for her exceptional performance in creating qualified jobs.

German-American International School  (GAIS) Open House
Saturday, November 15 2008 at 1:00pm-4:00pm
275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park
Visit the German American International School and find out about the educational experience it offers from Kindergarten through Middle School. In addition to campus tours and meeting with the teaching staff, there will be presentations and musical performances. More about GAIS at

Open Houses @ German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV)
November 1, 2008, 10am-12pm - GISSV Berkeley Campus in Kensington
November 8, 2008, 10am-1pm - GISSV Campus in Mountain View

The German International School of Silicon Valle cordially invites you to visit our two campus sites during our Open Houses and to learn about the dual immersion program (German and English). For more information please visit or call our office at 650 254 0748 .

Volatility and long-term investment
Smith Barney's Consulting Group, a division of Citigroup Global Markets Inc., has prepared a report entitled Volatility and the Long-Term Investor. Visit the  website of Financial Advisor Robert Revet to read the report, to be found under the Special Reports section. You can also call GABA member Robert Revet at 949 717  5420.

JV-Global has arrived in sunny Spain
Spain is at the forefront of retrofitting business facilities and private residences to running on Solar energy, resulting in several early adopters now operating completely off the national power grid. Contact
JV-Global at for more information on how you can benefit from solar energy.

Alumni of the University of Karlsruhe and Research Center Karlsruhe
We are aiming to become an accredited Regional Club
in the San Francisco Bay Area in January 2009. Become a charter member and join our Google Group now:

News from the Industry Groups

New Co-Chair for Life Sciences Industry Group
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Edda Mihaescu Ph.D., P.E., Principal Engineer at Bayer Healthcare LLC, Berkeley, CA to the GABA Life Science Industry Group.Dr. Mihaescu is Principal Engineer at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals LLC, where she has been employed since 1994. She also serves as Project Manager for multiple projects on the Bayer Berkeley site. Her projects include R&D and Process Sciences Labs, QC Lab Buildings, Manufacturing, Sterile Filling and Freeze Drying Areas, a Vivarium, as well as Qualifications of Facilities and Equipment. Dr. Mihaescu received her doctorate in Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Bucharest and is certified as a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California and she also obtained an Engineering Management Certificate from California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.

Business Women communicate beyond events
GABA's Women in Business IG also hosts a YahooGroup for members to communicate beyond quarterl events. There are currently over 60 members on the list, everyone is welcome. To subscribe contact

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

Job Board

Controller and Embedded Systems Design Engineer for Start-up
Yespartners announces two openings in a San Francisco based fuel cell and battery start-up. The Electrical or Computer Engineer should have experience with embedded systems and control software. The Controller is responsible for cost accounting, financial reporting and maintaining effective internal policies.
For job details visit the GABA Website or contact

Hall Sensor Marketing Manager Europe based in Munich
The company a leading global manufacturer and supplier of application specific standards products focusing on the discrete and analog semiconductor market. The organization serves the consumer electronics, computing, communications, industrial, and automotive industry.
For job details visit the GABA Website or contact

Culture Selection

The State Museums of Berlin and the Legacy of James Simon
October 18, 2008 - January 18, 2009
Legion of Honor,
Lincoln Park near 34th Avenue and Clement Street
This exhibition honors the cultural legacy of James Simon, perhaps the most important patron Berlin has ever known. Over 100 works, borrowed from nine separate museums, spanning from the 3rd millennium BC to the 18th century AD are presented in San Francisco.

St. Martin's Parade for Families
Friday, November 14 2008, 6pm
German International School of Silicon Valley, 310 Easy Street, Mountain View
Bring your lantern for an evening walk around the neighborhood. Then enjoy traditional German Weckmann-bread and sausages with friends and families.