Registration is mandatory and the right of admission is reserved.


12:30 pm - 01:30 pm

Governance of Infrastructure: International Best Practices and Innovations

Public Event

Study Presentation and Discussion with Christian Pegel (Minister for Energy, Infrastructure and State Development Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), Matthias Machnig (State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy), Marcel Fratzscher (President, DIW Berlin), Helmut K. Anheier (President, Hertie School), and Bernhard Lorentz (Partner, Leader Government & Public Sector Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Ernst & Young). Moderation: Ursula Weidenfeld (Journalist).

Please note that this event will be held in German.

By invitation only.


04:30 pm - 05:30 pm

EMPA Master's Thesis Poster Exhibition and Award Ceremony

Public Event

We invite you to join the Master's thesis poster exhibition of this year's graduating class of the Executive Master of Public Administration. A poster award committee consisting of Lars Wilke (EMPA Alumnus/Federal Ministry for Exonomic Cooperation and Development), Susanna Krüger (Save the Children, tbc.) and Henrik Enderlein (Hertie School) will award the best poster.

Venue: Cafeteria, 1st Floor | Hertie School of Governance, Friedrichstraße 180, 10117 Berlin

Prior registration is not required.


05:30 pm - 07:00 pm

The Rise of Experimental Government and Behavioural Science in Policy

Opening Lecture of the Academic Year 2016/17

The Opening Lecture of the Academic Year 2016/17 will be held by David Halpern, Chief Executive and Board Director of the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT).


02:30 pm - 04:00 pm

Opening of the Academic Year 2016/17 and EMPA Graduation

With a keynote by Janina Kugel, Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG: 'Working in the Digital Age: Shape, Lead and Win!'

Further remarks by Hertie School President Helmut K. Anheier and Hertie School Professor Mark Dawson as well as live music by Die Kleine Kapelle.


06:00 pm - 07:30 pm

Brexit, Regional (Dis-)Integration and the Future of Global Governance

A conversation with Paul Martin, former Canadian Prime Minister

Discussant: Mark Hallerberg, Professor of Public Management & Political Economy, Hertie School

Moderation: Kate Connolly, The Guardian and Observer's Berlin correspondent


06:30 pm - 09:00 pm

Germany Needs International Talent!

Public Event

Impulse Speeches and Dialogue with Kea Decker (Federal Employment Agency, BA), Barbara Dorn (Confederation of German Employers’ Associations, BDA), Marion Festing (ESCP Europe), Norbert Sack (Egon Zehnder International), and Gaelle Waltinger (Bausch+Lomb). Moderation: Andrea Thilo (Journalist & facilitator.

A joint initiative of ESMT Berlin, ESCP Europe, and the Hertie School. With the kind support of Egon Zehnder, IHK Berlin and Berlin Partner.


06:00 pm - 07:30 pm

Can the German Economic Powerhouse Keep Pace with the Age of Digitalisation?

Public Event

Book Presentation by David Audretsch (Distinguished Professor, Ameritech Chair of Economic Development, and Director of the Institute for Development Strategies, Indiana University). Discussant: Sandro Gaycken (Senior Researcher and Director of the Digital Society Institute, ESMT). Welcome & Moderation: Johanna Mair (Professor for Organization, Strategy and Leadership, Hertie School).

A joint event of the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) and the Hertie School of Governance.


06:00 pm - 07:30 pm

Can Italy Reform – and Help Ease the Uphill Battle for Other Struggling European Economies?

Public Event

Lecture & Discussion with Yoram Gutgeld, Chief Economic Adviser of Matteo Renzi, Government Spending Review Commissioner, and Parliament Member for Italy's Democratic Party. Introduction: Frank Mattern, Director, McKinsey & Company Inc. / Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Hertie School. Welcome & Moderation: Helmut K. Anheier, President, Hertie School.

A joint event of the Hertie School and the Italian Embassy in Berlin.

06.10.2016 - 07.10.2016

The Energy Policy Exchange Forum

Energy & Climate Policy in Germany, China & California: Diverse Approaches, Joint Strengths

Public Event

The "Energy Policy Exchange Forum" was jointly founded by the Hertie School of Governance, the Tsinghua University and the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California in 2015. The conference will convene speakers from the three partner institutions, as well as other scholars and stakeholders from Germany, Europe and overseas.

To register, please send an e-mail to events(at)

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