Here you will find reports on recent events and other happenings.

International mobility of Women in leadership

Virtual, 12.05.2022

"Inner mobility is the way to external success" - that was the conclusion of the event of the international commission of the Association of German Women Entrepreneurs (VdU) together with the German Chamber of Commerce Abroad (AHK) on the subject of "International Mobility of Women in Leadership", which I moderate as a board member of the VdU and the AHK Hungary - DUIHK - Német-Magyar Ipari és Kereskedelmi Kamara.


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Kick-Off „Women@DUIHK“

Budapest, 09.05.2022

Under the slogan "Women@DUIHK", a new initiative of the AHK Hungary - DUIHK - Német-Magyar Ipari és Kereskedelmi Kamara started with a very well-attended kick-off event on May 9th. The more than 80 participants showed great interest and at the same time the great need for an exchange around "women.leadership.economy”.

At Women@DUIHK, entrepreneurs and female managers can regularly meet and exchange views on various topics across industries and hierarchies. The goal is to share knowledge and mutually promote and network women in business.

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OPTIMUM GreenCircle is growing

Hagen, 28.03.2022

I am pleased that my voluntary work in favor of sustainable management in Westphalia and equestrian sports at the Balve Wocklum facility, where I spent my youth, is bearing fruit. At the network meeting of the members and supporters of the OPTIMUM GreenCircle in the Porsche Center Lennetal, I discussed the plans for the LONGINES BALVE OPTIMUM on 9-12. June 2022 together with Stefanie Kissmer (we are both project managers for the OGC) and Ann-Christin Spiller (LBO). All participating companies and institutions have committed themselves to sustainability with their products, goals and values and are implementing concrete measures. For this year's OPTIMUM, an exhibition in the OPTIMUM GREEN CUBE and many exciting impulses including panel discussions are planned as in the OPTIMUM GREEN DIALOGUES.

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International Women's Day in Budapest

Budapest, 08.03.2022

On March 8, 2022, the VdU Landesverband Westfalen, of which I am a board member, visited the German-Hungarian business network DialogUngarn Nonprofit Kft, the Hungarian capital Budapest and Hungary on the occasion of International Women's Day. The participants of the trip came not only from Westphalia, but from the various state associations of the Association of German Entrepreneurs e.V. (VdU).

Part of the program was a reception at the German Ambassador Johanes Heindl in his residence in Budapest, where there were lively discussions, as well as an exchange with Hungarian women entrepreneurs in the German-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce at the invitation of the Managing Director, Barbara Zollmann. The focus was on German- Hungarian economic relations, but also on topics such as the position of women in business worldwide and female entrepreneurship.

I was particularly pleased that so many female colleagues were interested in my professional homeland, Hungary. 

You can find out more about our visit to Hungary here. 

Female business succession

Westphalia, 22.02.2022

In the panel, moderated by board member Dr. Marie-Theres Thiell, the regional association chairwoman Angelika Thaler-Jung, Simone and Frederike Strate and Bertholt Schröder, President of the West German Chamber of Crafts and the Dortmund Chamber of Crafts discussed female corporate succession

You can find the article on this here.

German-Hungarian Business Dialogue Hydrogen

Essen, February 15, 2022

Atilla Steiner, Staatssekretär für Kreislaufwirtschaft, Energie- und Klimapolitik im Ministerium für Innovation und Technologie, und Katherina Reiche, Vorsitzende Nationaler Wasserstoffrat der Bundesregierung, trafen sich im Rahmen einer Veranstaltung von DialogUngarn in Essen und tauschten Möglichkeiten der Kooperationen im Bereich der Umstellung der Wirtschaft auf die Wasserstofftechnologie zwischen Deutschland und Ungarn aus. Wie wichtig der Austausch im Unternehmensbereich und insbesondere auch bei jungen Unternehmen ist, erläuterte Uwe Kerkmann, Geschäftsführer der H2UB GmbH, einer europaweiten Plattform für Wasserstoff Start-ups, die vom Land NRW gefördert wird. Kerkmann betonte die Wichtigkeit der europäischen Vernetzung lud ungarische Unternehmen zur Mitwirkung in dem HUB ein. Mit Barbara Zollmann, geschäftsführender Vorstand der Deutsch-Ungarischen Handelskammer in Budapest, wurde die Diskussionsrunde abgerundet.

DialogUngarn - Relevant topics and top-class speakers

Budapest, 04.06.2021

The business platform DialogUngarn was launched last autumn under the motto “From business for business”. The aim of the nonprofit organization is to set up an independent dialogue platform to maintain economic relations between Germany and Hungary.

You can read the whole article here. (Download PDF)

DialogUngarn – Business women in dialogue

Budapest, 22.03.2021

DialogUngarn invited to the opening event of the event series “Wirtschaftsfrauen im Dialog” - a cross-border and cross-hierarchy network format by business women for business women on topics of macroeconomic relevance. The online event was opened with a warm greeting from Hungarian Family Minister Katalin Novák. The managing director of Penny Hungaria, Silke Janz, impressively described the challenges of Corona from the point of view of a company boss in the retail sector.

The recording of our event can be found here below.

Zwei Jahre Netzwerk Digital

Budapest, 26. Februar 2021

Exactly two years ago to the day, the “Netzwerk Digital” started with its first event at Hotel Corinthia. On the second birthday, partners and supporters met virtually on February 19 to review past activities and to exchange ideas about future projects and topics.

You can read the whole interview here. (Download PDF)

DialogUngarn - "From business for business"

Budapest, 11. Dezember 2020

In the run-up to the digital kick-off event for DialogUngarn, my co-partners Maren Schoening, Dr. Arne Gobert and I talked with the Budapest newspaper about background and goals of DialogUngarn.

You can read the whole interview here. (Download PDF)

Digitisation - "Never as relevant as it is today"

Budapest, 25. September 2020

After the Network Digital was founded in spring 2019, I spoke to the Budapest newspaper about the current status and further plans. We all agree: this initiative has never been as relevant as it is today. Read why here.

You can read the whole interview here. (Download PDF)

I said "Thank you" on the Danube

Budapest, 29. August 2020









































































































































































On Friday 28.08.2020 I welcomed numerous guests from business and society to a lunch reception on the event platform of the Hungarian Canoeing Association.

My special thanks go to Dr. Laszlo György, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy, as well as Dr. Leo Birnbaum, Member of the Board of EON SE, for their greetings.

As special guests I welcomed Uwe Tigges as representative of my bosses at RWE/innogy and his wife Dagmar Gossen as well as Martin Herrmann, Filip Thon and Karl Kraus as representatives of all colleagues of the group.

The German-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce in Budapest was represented by our President András Sávos, the Managing Director Gabriel Brennauer and numerous members of the Executive Board, Advisory Board and Supervisory Board.

Dr. Arne Gobert, President of the German Business Club in Hungary and Maren Schoeningh, Chairwoman of the German-Hungarian Youth Office, were also able to participate.

I am very grateful that the event could take place in the times of Corona. 

You can read the report of the newspaper ‘Budapester Zeitung’ here. (Download PDF)

Continuing to be connected to Hungary

Budapest, 28. August 2020

On the occasion of my retirement from operative professional life, Jani Mainka, publisher of the newspaper ‘Budapester Zeitung’, invited me for an interview. We talked about my experiences as the CEO of ELMŰ-ÉMÁSZ Group Budapest and my future plans as a member of the supervisory board and networker under the label MTTconnect. Pictures were made in the heart of Budapest.

You can read the whole interview here. (Download PDF)

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