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September 2016

The GABA team is already busy preparing for the GABA Gala 2017! The Gala will be held on January 20, 2017 at the St. Francis Yacht Club. Tickets sold out quickly last year, so hurry up and secure your ticket today to the most prestigious GABA event of the year!

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
Main Supporters:
SAP WilmerHale



Main Events

Computers that Learn - What will be the Impact?
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
K&L Gates LLP, 4 Embarcadero Center, Suite 1200, San Francisco

GABA presents an expert panel discussion on the possibilities and implications of Machine Learning.

From Terawatts to Terabytes
Monday, September 19, 2016 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
German Consulate General, 1960 Jackson Street, San Francsico

GABA and the German Consulate would like to invite you to a "Bayside Chat" about the transformation of the energy system.

Captivate - Featuring German Startups
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
HanaHaus, 465 University Ave, Palo Alto
The German American Business Association (GABA) in collaboration with the German Accelerator (GA), the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) and Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) cordially invites to our to our pitching and networking event, Captivate.

How Vulnerable is the Industrial Internet to Cybercrime & Cyber Espionage?
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
SAP Building 1, 3410 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto
GABA would like to invite you to a panel discussion about how Industrial Internet of Things will change how Industrial Automation networks are designed and used.


NoCal Stammtisch Meetings

Come mingle and network in the casual environment of the GABA supported Stammtisch meetings, no registration needed, feel free to attend. 

Alameda Stammtisch 
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda

North Bay Stammtisch
Thursday, September 8, 2016 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato

San Francisco Stammtisch
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Schmidt's, 2400 Folsom Street (at 20th Street), San Francisco

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, September 15, 2016 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz


GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Stammtisch LA at Firefly Studio City
Thursday, September 1, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Firefly Studio City, 11720 Ventura Blvd, LA

"Embodying the sophistication of a fine dining restaurant with the personality of a neighborhood establishment" - Firefly Studio City.  If this location is new to you, you will enjoy discovering it with us when we meet for our monthly Stammtisch! Bis bald - wir freuen uns!

SoCal Stammtisch OC at Aqua Lounge
Thursday, September 8, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach

Join us for a relaxing networking evening at the idyllic Island Hotel's Aqua Lounge.
Savor your favorite appetizer and enjoy a "CEO Martini" or any other signature cocktail at half price during Happy Hour between 5 and 8 pm.

SoCal Industrial Internet of Things
Thursday, September 15, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:30 PM
WE Labs, 205 E Anaheim Street, Long Beach

Often called the 4th Industrial Revolution, the "Industrial Internet of Things" (IIoT) is currently revolutionizing our entire way of life around the globe at a breathtaking speed.  Meet a high level panel of experts painting the picture, discussing current developments and outlining security challenges of a fully connected industrial world.

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at Green Flash Brewing Co.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Green Flash Brewing Co., 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego

Walking into Green Flash feels like walking into a majestic old European cathedral?not from a style standpoint, but from a space standpoint. Inside its more than 45,000 square feet you will find a tasting room with extensive bar space, a friendly team of certified beer servers, and a large selection of great craft beers. The popular brewery also features a cozy beer garden and rotating food trucks.

GABA Munich Events

GABA-Munich: San Francisco Bay Mixer away from the Oktoberfest
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 07:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Hippodrom, Post Palace near Hackerbruecke, Munich

Let's meet, eat, drink and dance with all the other German-Americans at the Hippodrom, away from the Oktoberfest.

Partner Events

European Innovation Day
Monday, September 12, 2016 02:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Computer History Museum, 1401 North Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View

EID is the largest Pan-European conference in Silicon Valley bringing together the best of European technology and innovation. Cyber security, cloud computing services, IoT and digitalization of traditional industries are some of the many topics presented by top leaders in their sector.  September 12 is the opening day. By attending the conference you'll know more about the week-long program that includes events, meetings, dinners and cocktails SEC2SV. To register click here - 50% discount for GABA members!

Ludwig's German Table - Oktoberfest
Ludwig's German Table invites you to our first Oktoberfest at our newly opened restaurant at 216 North 2nd Street. Tickets can be found at here with two dates to choose from. Hurry, sale ends September 12th!

Orange County Business Council's Golf Tournament
Tuesday, September 20
Oak Creek Golf Club, 1 Golf Club Drive, Irvine

Presented by Kaiser Permanente, this premier high-level networking event offers the C-suite of OC a day of fun in the sun at one of the top golf courses in Southern California designed by Tom Fazio - Oak Creek Golf Club.  OCBC is offering golf lessons and a non-competitive team option to those new to golfing.  Just indicate on your registration form if this is something you are interested in.  Don't miss this opportunity to promote your company as one of the leading business organizations in the region by becoming a sponsor and treating your colleagues and business partners to day on the course.  For more information click here or contact Sabra Ritter, Events Director, at or visit

Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance, AFWA-SF 2016 Annual PIcnic
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 11:00AM - 3:00PM
Angel Island, Belvedere Tiburon

Do you want to meet new friends in accounting and finance? AFWA- San Francisco Chapter is excited to welcome GABA's members to join our 2016 annual picnic. Please join us on Angel Island on Saturday September 24th, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The event is open and free for everyone. The more the merrier. Please RSVP via Eventbrite so we know how much to bring.  Register here.


New and Renewing Members

Main Supporter:
SAP America Inc.

Premium Corporate:
VW - Test Center California

Girardi Keese
Hengeler Mueller
Interdisplinary Dental Education Academy-IDEA
Osborne Clark
Speakeasy Inc.
Taylor Wessing (US) Inc.

Esther's Bakery
Ludwig's German Table
Haeckl Treuhand GmbH

Individual Members:
Garrett Atamian
Simone Banghard
Michael Boehm
Franck Brinkhaus
Reinhard Bruch
Jorg Bruncks
Tim Bussiek
Margreth Butterworth
Florian Carl
Holger Claus
Nils Effertz
Jasmine Effner Duarte
Brendan Gilmartin
Baris Guzel
Camille Guzel
Christopher Harper
Volker Hausmann
Henning Heine
Arch Hoffman
Katrin Jakob
Alexander Jorias
Richard Kewata
Thomas Kuehne
Gabriele Lange
Frank Mottek
Christian Pachtner
Andrea Powell
Martin Rauchbauer
Felix Recht
Joan Samuels
Lou Sarto
Kai Simonsen
For more information on how to become a GABA Member, contact, or visit our website to sign up online.

Interest Groups

Welcome to Silicon Valley: How Corporates Are Plugging In
Our Young Professional Summer Mixer at WilmerHale July 21 was well received as young professionals from different businesses and industries mingled in a relaxed atmosphere. This annual event is hosted by the Young Professional Groups of GABA, FACC, BABC and other European organizations, and provides young as well as seasoned professionals a chance to meet and exchange tips and experiences for working in the Bay Area. 
GABA's Interest Groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each interest:

Automotive IG
Clean Technology IG
Cyber Security IG
Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital IG
Human Resources IG
Industry 4.0
Innovation IG
International IG
Life Sciences / Healthcare IG
Media & Entertainment IG
Newcomers IG
Software IG
Wireless / Mobile IG
Women in Business 
Young Professionals IG

Member News

Invest Region Leipzig-International Startups Joining Leipzig's accelerator SpinLab
Now in its fourth round, the SpinLab - The HHL Accelerator ( is welcoming six international startups for six months in Leipzig on Oct 4th. This nationwide renowned accelerator program for seed startups benefits from mentors, investors, as well as successful entrepreneurs including the alumni of one of Germany's top 3 business management schools, HHL, the Leipzig Graduate School of Management. Each startup receives a grant of 6,000 Euro. Close to one third of all applicants come from outside Germany, including startups from California, seeing the program as opportunity to internationalize their business. As a new service, SpinLab closed an exchange agreement with an incubator in Santa Ana, CA, to offer one month free exchange for alumni startups.  

Airberlin - New Daily Nonstop Flights to Germany
Good news for travelers between SFO and Europe; airberlin will increase frequencies between SFO and Germany by offering a daily nonstop flight  to Düsseldorf and 4 weekly flights  to Berlin-Tegel. With 11 weekly flights to Germany starting May 2017, airberlin will also enhance service for the Business Class Traveler on short and medium haul flights with exclusive service and particularly generous legroom. Access to lounges and exclusive waiting areas and double miles for Business Class tickets will make the flight experience a true pleasure.  For more information or to inquire about volume programs for your company, please contact the New York Sales office at (212) 554-1295 or email  For individual reservations or information please visit or your travel agent.

Armanino LLP - Launch of Corporate Finance Practice
Armanino LLP, California's largest independent CPA/Consulting firm with partners in over 100 countries, announced the launch of its Corporate Finance Practice to provide end-to-end M&A and IP sales representation. The practice has a deep bench of industry experts, covering high-tech (software, internet, semiconductor, medical device) as well as more mainstream industries such as food & beverage and industrial manufacturing. For more information, contact

Lufthansa - Expanded Service In Bay Area
Lufthansa has expanded service in the Bay Area in 2016 with a new San Jose - Frankfurt flight.  Enjoy nonstop service five times weekly with Business Class, Premium Economy, and Economy Class and offering excellent connections beyond Frankfurt.  A great addition to the twice-daily service to Germany from SFO.  Bookable now!

Metabolic Balance - Informational Event at Fort Mason
Knowledge and commitment of your employees determine the efficiency of your company. Why not support them in learning how to integrate a healthy lifestyle into their daily routines? Metabolic Balance® is a German science-based, personalized nutrition program. Learn more about it and about options for corporate health solutions on Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 12 to 2 pm at Fort Mason Center (Landmark Building A, San Francisco, CA 94123,

Osborne Clarke
Meet Rouven Siegemund, a senior corporate lawyer at Osborne Clarke from the Cologne office, who will be working at the firm's Silicon Valley office during a secondment for the next six months. Rouven specializes in venture capital financing and M&A and helps US companies to invest in or expand to the European market, with a focus on Germany.

E&M Mayock
Attorney Clark Trevor joins E&M Mayock as Of Counsel!  He has practiced exclusively in the area of Immigration Law for over 30 years. He specializes in Corporate Immigration Law and adds enormous firepower to E&M Mayock.  Mr. Trevor is a State Bar Certified Specialist since 1988, and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Previous firms include Duane Morris and Jackson & Hertogs.

Job Board

IDEA - Interdisciplinary Dental Education Academy - Event Manager

We have an opening for an Event Manager responsible for customer and course related processes and operational tasks.  More information here.

For up-to-date listings, see the GABA website

Inside GABA

Volunteering Opportunities at GABA
Would you like to share your talent and energy with a dedicated team and connect with German community? Do you need to stay in a work environment and have a source of reference for future employers?  GABA is looking for a knowledgeable and reliable volunteer to support us with our social media presence. Come and join the GABA volunteer team. We would love to hear from you, send your resume to

Culture Selection

  Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:00pm
San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco

In the context of this year's Architecture and the City Festival (9/1-30/2016) and its theme "Resilient City: Strength by Design" , the Festival shows films that explore the ways in which design collaboration and community participation contribute to the resiliency of our built environment.  "Concrete Love: The Böhm Family" is about the Pritzer Prize-winning architect Gottfried Böhm who learned his trade from his father. At the age of 94, Gottfried still works every day, with his wife, Elisabeth, who was an architect, and his sons Stephan, Peter and Paul, who are also architects. Intimate yet epic in its illustration of a design-oriented family, Concrete Love is unique in its depiction of the family's commitment to public projects, the resiliency of their designs, and their faith in the lasting power of architecture.
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