December 2019

With the holidays around the corner, we would like to invite you to our traditional end-of-the-year Global Business Outlook 2020 event. Join us at the German Consulate in San Francisco for our annual event, where a panel of hand-selected experts will share their views of next year's overall global business climate and outlook for international technology companies. GABA Southern California invites to their Year End & Holiday Event on December 17th. Happy Holidays from all of us at GABA to you!

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
We thank our main supporters:

GABA NorCal 

Main Events

Global Business Outlook 2020
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
German Consulate General, 1960 Jackson Street, San Francisco
GABA and the German Consulate present this opportunity to meet leading professionals from Europe and the U.S. who will share their views of next year's overall global business climate and outlook for international technology companies. It has become a tradition that this event concludes GABA's event season and is hosted in the festive atmosphere of the German Consulate General in San Francisco.
What's Next

Gaba GALA 2020
Friday, January 31, 2020 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
St. Francis Yacht Club, 99 Yacht Road, San Francisco
As a deeply-rooted community of German-American business professionals, we hope you will join us in celebrating our collective success in building a dynamic organization that unites the California Bay Area and German businesses. This gala celebration will acknowledge our achievements and pay tribute to our proud members. There is limited seating, please purchase your tickets soon.

GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Year End & Holiday Event
Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
BHS Experience Design Center, 17911 Von Karman Ave, Irvine

You are cordially invited to join our Holiday Party, a very special culinary event that brings together our community from LA to San Diego in lieu of our Stammtisch Business Mixers December! We begin the evening with a champagne reception, after which you will visit culinary stations to sample exquisite creations prepared by private chefs. As impressive as the food are the exceptional wines chosen to complement the array of flavors. Join us and enter to WIN A ROUNDTRIP TICKET TO EUROPE WITH FINNAIR!

What's Next

SoCal 2020 Economic and Market Outlook Luncheon with Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian
Tuesday, January 14, 2019, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
University Club, 801 E Peltason Drive, Irvine

Luncheon with Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian, one of the world's most influential economic thinkers, Chief Economic Advisor to Allianz, former CEO of PIMCO and award winning author. Gain unique insights of the current state and an invaluable outlook of the global economy and financial markets.

Partner Events

Ludwig's Christmas Jingle Ball
For the first time ever, Ludwig's we'll be putting on a Christmas concert night with live performances from Feelosophy and DJ Jay Reese. So join us for an evening of celebrating the holiday season with your Ludwig's family on Friday December 13th. Doors will open at 6pm and music will run from 7pm - 12am. The event hall will be turned into a concert hall and the biergarten will be open for self serve food and drinks.. More info and tickets here.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
BMW US Holding

Open Domain, Inc.

Individual Members:
Doug Andrey
Axel Fuchs
Richard Gruner
Jens Horstmann
Lars Jebe
Christoph Leuze
Rolf Milesi
Christian Pachtner
Ron Paradies
Withbert Payne
Philipp Reineke
Lou Sarto
Anne Schukat
Elizabeth Thomas
Jana van den Berg
Kristian Welle
Andreas Zoellner

Interest Groups

Our semi-annual Innovation Breakfast was hosted at innogy and brought together innovators from leading technology companies (including automotive, semiconductors, software, renewable energy), as well as financial, pharmaceuticals, and other organizations from the innovation eco-system. Participants enjoyed engaging conversations,  made many new connections and deepened existing ones.
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

GISSV - 7th Annual German Holiday Market
Please join us for a traditional "Weihnachtsmarkt" 12/14 from 11am to 9pm as we recreate the festive and inviting atmosphere of the open-air winter markets in downtown Mountain View. Enjoy the warm hospitality of live entertainment, artisans, and of course the gastronomical delights of: Gluehwein, Wuerste, Bier, Bretzln and Stollen.  More information here or  FB Event Page. Interested in volunteering or being a sponsor? Contact the elves at

Weihnachtsmarkt at Schug Winery in Sonoma
Join us at our Estate on Saturday, December 14th from 12 to 3pm to experience a deeply rooted German holiday tradition. Our winery and caves will be open to recreate the warmly lit, festive atmosphere of winter village markets, complete with a special assortment of Schug wine gifts, some only available once a year!  Sample delicious traditional German holiday foods, sip Gluehwein while listening to carolers. Kids can enjoy cookie decorating. Attendance is limited, so kindly RSVP here by Thursday, December 5th. We hope you can join us!

Alcorn Immigration Law Webinar: What You Need to Know about H-1B FY2021 Lottery
Sophie Alcorn, Founding Partner of Alcorn Immigration Law will be discussing the upcoming changes to the H-1B Lottery. The free webinar is on Friday, December 6th at 12 pm PT. Register here!

Alcorn Immigration Law - TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin
Catch Alcorn Immigration Law Founding Partner Sophie Alcorn talking #scaling strategies with Karoli Hindriks, Founder & CEO of Jobbatical and Holger Seim, founder & CEO of Blinkist on stage at #TCDisrupt December 11 at 2:25 pm. Get 20% off your ticket with code ALCORN. Info here.

Job Listings

YES Partners
SVP Sales Worldwide (Network/Cyber Security). The company delivers innovative cybersecurity solutions for industrial control systems (ICS)/Network Security. The postition is part of the Executive team reporting directly to the CEO. HQ located in the SF Bay Area (preferred). See more info here.

Culture Selection

Special Event as Part of the exhibition - Berlin Wonderland
Friday, December 6, at 6pm at Pro Arts Gallery, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. As part of the exhibition "Berlin Wonderland" we are having a special event: There will be a talk with the author Andreas Vogel presenting his book "Mit Philatelistischen Gruessen" and writer Karen Breslau, moderated by Gabriele Lange-Edwards (German Consulate General San Francisco) who was a student and journalist in West Berlin during the time the wall came down. Afterwards, we are screening the film Balloon that shows the spectacular attempt to escape from the German Democratic Republic. More info here.
NorCal Stammtisch Meetings
Come mingle and network in the casual environment of the GABA supported Stammtisch meetings, no registration needed, feel free to attend. 

San Francisco: The Liberties, 998 Guerrero Street, San Francisco
Monday, December 2, 2019 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

North Bay: Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato
Thursday, December 12, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

South Bay: Esther's German Bakery, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Santa Cruz: The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Please register here

Sacramento: Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento
Thursday, December 19, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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