MES 2016: 30 June - 1 July 2016


Migration: Challenge or Opportunity?

30 June – 1 July 2016

Europe’s immigration conundrum has two distinct strands: the refugees it is obliged to help and those migrants it wants to attract. While it is its legal duty to welcome the first group, by accepting the latter group it helps itself: they are economic migrants keen to work, and Europe needs them. A great many of them. When it comes to economic migrants Europe would rather choose the newcomers,

and not the other way around: the ageing continent needs skilled, well-educated immigrants, benefiting both the European economies and the migrants themselves. But do these skilled migrants really prefer Europe to, say, the US or Australia? Are the source countries being deprived of their best brains? How can Europe balance all these competing interests? How can it turn the challenge into an opportunity?


Thursday, 30 June 2016

by Invitation of the City of Munich, Atrium

Welcome Address

Christian Vorländer

Councillor, City of Munich; Deputy chair, SPD party group, Munich City Council

Michael Schaefer

Ambassador (ret.); Chairman of the Board of Directors, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Berlin and Munich

Clemens Fuest

Professor of Economics and Public Finance, University of Munich; President, Ifo Institute, Munich

Introductory Dialogue – The New Migration Wave

The European Union is creaking under a seemingly unprecedented migration wave. But how unprecedented is it really? What can we learn from past migration flows? Clearly, while there are UN conventions on the matter, the myriad national attitudes regarding the acceptance of claimants and the total lack in the EU of a coherent policy not only contribute to the current disarray, but point to the absence of a clear legal framework that differentiates between asylum-seekers and economic migrants. The result is an amorphous wave of asylum-seekers arriving at the EU shores that has met highly incoherent responses. What economic and labour market consequences can Europe expect from the current exodus? How can we regulate economic migration? How can Europe contribute to improving the situation in the source and transit countries?


John Peet

Political Editor, The Economist, London


Demetrios G. Papademetriou

President, Migration Policy Institute (MPI) Europe, Brussels; Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Migration Policy Institute, Washington, DC

Jörg Decressin

Deputy Director of European Department, International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC

Christiane Kuptsch

Senior Specialist in Migration Policies, Labour Migration Brach, ILO, Geneva

Need for Strategic Dialogue

The current influx of migrants and refugees is a stark reminder that conflict and poverty do not end at national borders. The crucial question, therefore, is how to fight the root causes behind these crises that force millions to seek shelter outside their countries. In this session we outline the causes, identifiy the relevant actors and examine common strategies to tackle the crisis.

Facilitator: Oliver Wieck, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Germany, Berlin

Let's Talk Business

European companies not only need migration to meet their skilled-personnel requirements: they are also crucial in helping to integrate refugees and migrants. They can also play a significant role in stabilising the source countries economically by improving local work opportunities through investment and joint-ventures. How best to involve companies in the current migration debate?

Facilitator: Heribert Dieter, Senior Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin

Immigrating into the Workforce

They need each other – migrants need jobs and the recipient economy needs workers. Migrants can help preserve the viability of the welfare system if they are integrated into the labour market; if not, the welfare system will eventually crack under the burden. How can we best ease the path for migrants to become net contributors?

Facilitator: Katinka Barysch, Director of Political Relations, Allianz SE, Munich

Integration not Alienation

How can economic, social and cultural integration succeed? There are numerous social innovations that enable migrants to unleash their potential while helping nationals to overcome their apprehension and seize the opportunities presented by living together. In this session we explore those innovations and discuss the role of state, nonprofit and corporate actors.

Facilitator: Oda Heister, CEO, Ashoka Germany, Munich

Coffee Break

at Schleißheim New Palace
by Invitation of the Bavarian Minister-President

Kiron Open Higher Education
Vincent Zimmer, Founder

Joblinge Kompass
Ulrike Garanin, CEO and Co-Founder


Carl-August Graf von Kospoth
Director, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt

at Schleißheim New Palace


Joachim Herrmann
Bavarian State Minister of the Interior



Friday, 1 July 2016

Seizing the Opportunity

Europe’s demographic outlook calls for more immigration. It also has a moral duty to offer shelter to those being persecuted. Does the new wave of migrants and refugees represent a realistic opportunity to solve both concerns simultaneoulsy? How can it turn the challenge into a win-win situation? Given that the compatibility of the current inclusion commitment and the EU’s open internal borders is being called into question, should Europe become more selective with regard to the immigrants it accepts? What can it learn from the experience of such countries as Australia, Canada, Austria, the USA? On the business side, the new migration wave will affect the regional, national and global value chains, highlighting the role of companies as effectors of change in the source countries.


Edward Lucas

Senior Editor, The Economist, London


Gabriel Felbermayr

Director, Ifo Center for International Economics, Munich


Kemal Şahin

Founder and Entrepreneur, Şahinler Group, Istanbul

Reinhard Ploss

Chief Executive Officer, Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg

Elmar Brok

Chair, Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament, Brussels


Coffee break

Melting the Pot?

Successful integration of Migrants calls for both a capacity to integrate on the part of the host, and a willingness to do so on the part of the immigrant. Neither Germany’s Gastarbeiter experience, nor France’s banlieue realities nor Hungary’s hard-line policies bode well in this regard. Germany’s and Sweden’s welcoming attitudes towards refugees, furthermore, are fraying in the face of the logistical and social difficulties of coping with the influx. How can the available integration instruments be improved? What can we learn from successful international experiences, such as the USA’s or Singapore’s? What institutional measures are called for?


Quentin Peel

Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, London


Armin Nassehi

Professor of Sociology, University of Munich


Cardinal Reinhard Marx

Archbishop of Munich and Freising; President, German Bishops’ Conference

Aida Hadzialic

Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training, Ministry of Education and Research, Sweden

Ulrich Hörning

Deputy Mayor of General Services, City of Leipzig


The available speeches of the Munich Economic Summit 2016 can be downloaded here. However, please keep in mind that the valid word is the spoken word.


Christian Vorländer (pdf)

Michael Schaefer (pdf)

Clemens Fuest (pdf)

Jörg Decressin (pdf)

Gabriel Felbermayr (pdf)


Breakout Sessions:

Kai L. Chan (pdf)

Panu Poutvaara (pdf)

Anka Wittenberg (pdf)

Results from the Breakout Sessions (pdf)

MES 2016 Video

Abdelmoghni, Osama

Innovation & Product Manager, Les Comptoirs, Paris

Anton-Grönemeyer, Beatrix

Managing Director, Allianz Global Investors, Frankfurt/Main

Augustin, Stephan

Project Manager, BMW AG, Munich

Barysch, Katinka

Director of Political Relations, Allianz SE, Munich

Bastiani, Adriano

Head of Casualty Facultative, Munich RE, Munich

Bauernschuster, Stefan

Professor of Public Economics, University of Passau

Bielawski, Martina

Senior Consultant, Siemens Management Consulting, Munich

Bischofberger, Petra

PhD Candidate and Research Assistant, Institute for Organization and HRM, Department for Organization, University of Bern

Blumkin, Tomer

Professor of Economics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva

Boellhoff, Uta

Director, External Relations and Communications Department, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), East Jerusalem

Borggreve, Hendrik

Member of the Supervisory Board, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Frankfurt/Main

Braun, Daniel

Executive Assistant, Roland Berger Group, Munich

Brok, Elmar

Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament, Brussels

Brosius, Barbara

Vice Chairman, UBS Deutschland AG, Frankfurt/Main

Buchholz, Wolfgang

Professor of Economics, University of Regensburg

von Büdingen, Georg

Director, European Patent Office, Munich

Chan, Kai L.

Distinguished Fellow, Emirates Competitiveness Council, Dubai

Chapalapalli, Sapthagiri

Vice President & Director Central Europe, Tata Consultancy Services Deutschland GmbH, Frankfurt/Main

Chrobog, Jürgen

State Secretary (ret.); Chairman, Foxhall Group, Berlin

Cianfarani, Renato

Consul General, Consulate General of Italy, Munich

Decressin, Jörg

Deputy Director, European Department, International Monetary Fund, Washington DC

Dieter, Heribert

Senior Fellow, Research Unit Global Issues, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin

Fabricius, Michael

Founder and Managing Director, Fabricius Vermögensverwaltung GmbH, Frankfurt/Main

Fabricius, Veronica

Office Manager, Fabricius Vermögensverwaltung GmbH, Frankfurt/Main

Fargel, Yasmin

Professor of Human Ressource Management and Organization, Technical University of Nuremberg; Member of the Advisory Board, Semikron International GmbH, Nuremberg

Felbermayr, Gabriel

Professor of Economics, University of Munich; Director, Ifo Center for International Economics, Ifo Institute, Munich

Friedrich, Ingo

President, European Economic Senate, Munich; Former Vice President, European Parliament, Brussels

Fuest, Clemens

Professor of Economics and Public Finance, University of Munich; President, Ifo Institute, Munich

Garanin, Ulrike

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Joblinge Dachorganisation, Munich

Garon, Jean-Denis

Associate Professor, Université du Québec

Gavito, Jennifer D.

Consul General, US Consulate General, Munich

George, Alexander

Director, Hauck & Aufhäuser Privatbankiers KGaA, Munich

Goerke, Laszlo

Professor of Personnel Economics, University of Trier

Goldstein, Andy

Executive Director, LMU Entrepreneurship Center; Board Member, Social Entrepreneurship Akademie, Munich

Grossmann, Volker

Professor of Economics, University of Fribourg

Gros, Daniel

Director, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels

Corinna-Rosa Hacker

Corporate Development, Siemens AG, Munich

Hadzialic, Aida

Minister for Upper Secondary Schools and Adult Education and Training, Sweden

Handschuch, Konrad

Head of Politics Section, Wirtschaftswoche, Dusseldorf

Hashimoto, Takuma

Senior Economist, Mitsui and Co. Benelux, Brussels

Heckmann, Friedrich

Director, European Forum for Migration Studies, University of Bamberg

Heinze, Christine

Vice President and Senior Regional Manager Asia, BayernLB, Munich

Heister, Oda

Chief Executive Officer of Germany and Head of the Ashoka Support Network, Ashoka Deutschland gGmbH, Munich

Hellström, Mats

Former Ambassador of Sweden; Former Governor; Senior Advisor, GAIA Leadership, Stockholm

Henkel, Frank

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Munich

Herrmann, Joachim

State Minister, Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior, Munich

Hesse, Dominik

Managing Partner, Cannonball Capital GmbH, Munich

Hofmann, Jürgen

Secretary General, Wirtschaftsbeirat der Union e.V., Munich

Hollenberg, Christian


Hops, Bernd

Senior Director, Head of External Communications, Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg

Hörning, Ulrich

Deputy Mayor of General Services, City of Leipzig

Hüfner, Martin W.

Chief Economist, Assenagon GmbH, Munich

Jacobi, Eike

Senior Account Manager, Bankhaus Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. KGaA, Munich

Janas, Christian

Head of Region South Domestic, UBS Deutschland AG, Munich

Lady Judge, Barbara

Chairman, UK Pension Protection Fund, London

Kannengießer, Christoph

Chief Executive Officer, German-African Business Association, Hamburg

Kaps, Carola

Head of Press and Public Relations, Aktivsenioren Bayern e.V., Munich

Kaps, Franz

Chairman, Partnership for Transparency Fund e.V., Munich

Kapusta, Alexandra

Director Munich Branch, FERI Trust GmbH, Munich

Kaspar, Martin G.

PhD Candidate, Durham University; Head of Business Development, Fränkische Industrial Pipes, Kirchdorf/Inn

Kawakibi, Salam

Deputy Director and Director of Research, Arab Reform Initiative, Paris

Kistenfeger, Hartmut

Head, Public Relations, The Family Business Foundation, Munich

Koller, Helmut

Consul General, Republic of Austria, Munich

Kornblum, John C.

Senior Counsellor, Noerr LLP, Berlin

Graf von Kospoth, Carl-August

Director, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Munich and Berlin

Kostantinidis, Stavros

Lawyer, Gollob Rechtsanwälte & Steuerberater, Munich

Krämer-Erkrath, Klaus

Retired Partner, Ernst & Young (EY); Investor, Mühlheim am Main

Krass, Volker

Founder and Chairman of the Board, Krass Capital Group AG, Planegg

Kremer, Gerd

Managing Director, GLL Real Estate Partners GmbH, Munich

Krieger, Tim

Professor of Economics, University of Freiburg

Krüger, Stephan

Owner, Krüger & Team, Mölln

Krumbach, Horst

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Generationsbrücke Deutschland, Aachen

Kuptsch, Christiane

Senior Specialist in Migration Policy, International Labour Organisation Geneva

Kuzma, Elita

Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia, Berlin

Leeb, Thomas

Head of Munich Office and Senior Manager, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Munich

Leßmann, Christian

Professor of Economics, Technische Universität Braunschweig

Leuchtenberger, Rolf

President, European Economic Forum (EWiF), Hamburg

Lubell, David

Founder and Executive Director, Welcoming America, Decatur

Lucas, Edward

Senior Editor, The Economist, London

Maihöfer, Rolf D.

Owner, MaihoeferConsulting, Frankfurt/Main

Martinsohn, Udo

Former Member of the Board, Swiss Re Europe Holdings SA, Unterföhring

Marx, Reinhard

Cardinal, Archdiocese of Munich and Freising

Mehr, Julia

Human Resource Manager, Kiron Open Higher Education gGmbH, Munich

Mellinghoff, Michael C.

Managing Director, Techfluence, London

Milberg, Joachim

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Munich

Milbradt, Georg

Former Minister-President, Free State of Saxony; Professor of Economics, University of Dresden

Mosdorf, Siegmar

Parliamentary State Secretary (ret.); Partner, CNC - Communication & Network Consulting AG, Berlin

Müller, Kay

Regional Chief Business Officer, Allianz Group - Central Eastern Europe, Munich

Naef, André


Nassehi, Armin

Professor of Sociology, Ludwigs-Maximilians University, Munich

Papademetriou, Demetrios G.

President, Migration Policy Institute (MPI) Europe, Brussels

Peel, Quentin

Associate Fellow, Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, London

Peet, John

Political Editor, The Economist, London

Peichl, Andreas

Professor of Economics, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim

Ploss, Reinhard

Chief Executive Officer, Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg

Poutvaara, Panu

Director, Ifo Center for International Institutional Comparisons and Migration Research, Ifo Institute; Professor of Economics, Ludwigs-Maximilians University Munich

Quandt, Stefan

Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board, BMW AG, Munich; Member of the Board of Trustees, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Berlin and Munich

Radeke-Pietsch, Ursula

Head of Global Capital Markets, Siemens AG, Munich

Rahlf, Nils

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Frankfurt am Main

Reich, Hans Werner

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Citigroup Global Markets Deutschland AG & Co. KGaA, Frankfurt/Main

Reisach, Ulrike

Professor; Head of the Centre for Corporate Communications; Alumni Representative for the Department of Information Management; China Advisor, Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences

Renner, Klaus Peter

Vorstand, Stiftung Menschen für Menschen, Munich

Reuss, Sabine

Vice President Marketing and Communications, Capgemini Germany, Berlin

Ringbeck, Jürgen

Chief Executive Officer, ricon GmbH, Dusseldorf

Rodenstock, Beatrice

Managing Principal, Rodenstock-Gesellschaft für Familienunternehmen mbH, Munich

Roeder, Kerstin

Professor for Applied Microeconomics, University of Augsburg

Rottmann, Horst

Professor of Economics, University of Applied Sciences Amberg-Weiden

Şahin, Kemal

Founder, Şahinler Group, Instanbul

Schaefer, Michael

Ambassador (ret.); Chairman of the Board, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Berlin and Munich

Schatz, Roland

Founder & CEO, Media Tenor International AG, Zurich and Vienna

Schleicher, Hans

Head of Government Department, Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, Free State of Bavaria, Munich

Schrank, Thomas

Chief Executive Officer, LKC Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Munich

Schreckenberg, Stephan

Director, Swiss Re Management Ltd., Zurich

Schumacher, Christoph

Senior Manager CEO Communications, Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg

Schü, Joachim

Managing Partner, Consileon Business Consultancy GmbH, Karlsruhe

Seeger-Regling, Sabine

EU Correspondent, VDI Verlag GmbH, Brussels

Seidl, Mihaela

Chief Financial Officer, CEE - GE Global Organization Deutschland, Munich

Stercken, Christina

Partner, EAC- Euro Asia Consulting, Munich

Sturm, Hermann

President, Union of Medium-Sized Companies, Munich

Übelmesser, Silke

Professor of Economics, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Ursprung, Heinrich W.

Professor and Chair of Political Economy, University of Constance

Weidenfeld, Werner

Director, Center for Applied Policy Research (C·A·P); Professor Emeritus for Political Sciences, University of Munich

Werding, Martin

Professor, Social Policy and Social Economics, University of Bochum

Wieck, Oliver

Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Berlin

Wittenberg, Anka

Senior Vice President, SAP, Berlin

Wittmann, Andreas

Senior Project Manager Hydrogen, Linde AG, Munich

Wölfle, Stefan

Chief of Staff to the CEO, Airbus Helicopters, Marignane

Woodard, Scott E.

Political and Economic Officer, Consulate General of the United States of America, Munich

Wörner, Herbert

Head of Supervisory Board, Euro Asia Consulting PartG (EAC), Munich; Senior Advisor, Monitor Group, Munich

Vorländer, Christian

Councillor, City of Munich; Deputy chair, SPD party group, Munich City Council

Zeil, Martin

Former Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology, Munich

Zimmer, Vincent

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Kiron Open Higher Education, Berlin


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