28 and 29,

Frankfurt, Germany

Conference Agenda

(regularly updated)

28th June 2023 (First conference day)

08.30 - 09.00


Masters of Ceremony
Dr. Jürgen Ratzinger
Managing Director International Business, Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Seung-Hun Choi
Manager KOTRA Frankfurt

09.00 - 09.30

Welcoming Remarks

Ulrich Caspar
President of the Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Jeoung-Yeol Yu
President & CEO, Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA)
Holger Gerrmann
Chairperson, Korean-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KGCCI)
Dr. Volker Treier
Chief Executive of Foreign Trade, Member of the Executive Board, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK)

09.30 - 10.30

Panel 1: Securing Global Supply Chains


Companies around the world have had to factor increasing geopolitical risks and medium- to long-term challenges into their global trade and investment strategies in recent years. While there is a lot of talk about decoupling on the political level, there is often no mention of it on the corporate side. Building on existing cooperation between German and Korean industrial companies, both sides should increasingly work together to reduce risks in the supply chains.
This panel will discuss diversification strategies and the importance of investment in the semi-conductor industry for Germany and Korea. Panelists will also exchange views and experiences on how both countries can cooperate in the field of NEV battery production.

Dr. Thomas Altenmüller
Vice President Manufacturing Analytics, Infineon Technologies
Martin Kueppers
CEO, Continental Automotive Korea Ltd.
Dr. Johann Schwenk
Senior Expert Governmental Affairs & Funding, Webasto Group

Dr. Michael Winkler
Director Powertrain Development, Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center GmbH

Dr. Volker Treier
Chief Executive of Foreign Trade, Member of the Executive Board, DIHK

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee Break

11.00 - 11.30

Opening & Congratulatory Speeches

Secretary of State Udo Philipp
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)
Hong Kyun Kim
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Federal Republic of Germany

11.30 - 12.30

Panel 2: Promoting Strategies for a Digital Future


Digitalization brings people and the world closer together. Cooperation among countries, governments, societies and industries is necessary – best-practice sharing useful. Coordination of digital policies with its rules on data privacy, data sharing and cybersecurity is a must. Germany and Korea work closely together. The newly created German-Korean Digital Dialogue – hosted in Germany by the BMDV and the MIC on the Korean side – focuses on joint digital strategies, Artificial Intelligence, 6G, Quantum technologies, Smart Factory, Smart Cities, Cloud industry, FinTech and start-up development. As Korea is a key partner for the EU in the Indo-Pacific region, the European Commission engages in close exchanges with Korea too. In November 2022, an agreement on Digital Trade Principles was signed. The panellists will provide examples and best practice and discuss what Germany, the EU and Korea can jointly do to improve our cooperation and advance the global digital transformation.

Thorsten Boeker
Director Business Development, Samsung Electronics GmbH
Dr. Julia Jonas
Ecosystem Management Siemens Industrial Edge, Siemens
Dong-hwan Lee
Mayor of Goyang City
Dr. Dirk Pieler
Executive Vice President Business Unit Industry Solutions, Rittal GmbH & Co. KG
Anja Simon
CEO, LNI4.0 (Labs Network Industries 4.0)
Oliver Wittmaier
CIO, DB Systel GmbH

Dr. Oliver Blank
Head of ZVEI Global Affairs + Economics, ZVEI

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch break

13.00 - 17.00

B2B Matchmaking

13.30 - 14.30

Panel 3: Advocating for Renewable Energy Solutions


Within the framework of the German-Korean Energy Partnership, which was concluded at governmental level at the end of 2019, both countries aim to strengthen their energy policy cooperation in order to jointly meet future opportunities and challenges of the national energy transition. The development of renewable energy solutions like hydrogen technologies, wind power and solar energy is therefore a common goal for Korean and German businesses.
In this session, company representatives from Korea and Germany will give testimonials of successfully implemented projects and exchange experiences about problems and challenges they are facing.

David Jones
Head of Offshore Development & Country Manager, RWE Renewables Korea
Dr. Lars Kissau
President Net Zero Accelerator, BASF SE
Dr. Patric Kleineidam
Head of Product Onshore Renewables, Tractebel Engineering GmbH
Dr. Joseph Seung-min La
Head of Strategic Business Office, POSCO Europe
Jinho Park
Representative Director, Doosan Enerbility Frankfurt Office

Dr. Martin Henkelmann
President & CEO, KGCCI

14.30 - 15.00

Coffee break

15.00 - 16.00

Special Lectures / Workshops

Topic 1: Special Lecture on EU regulatory framework (CBAM, Supply Chain Law)

Klemens Kober
Director Trade Policy, EU Customs, Transatlantic Relations, DIHK Brussels

Topic 2: ESG – Challenges for the organisation of a company and their governance-systems

Anne-Kathrin Gillig
Lawyer, Partner, KPMG Law Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH Frankfurt
Stephan Freismuth
Director, Indirect Tax Services / Trade & Customs, KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft München

18.30 - 22.00

Floating Networking Dinner (first come, first served)

FrankfurtRheinMain International Marketing of the Region, Hessen Trade and Invest (HTAI), and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Frankfurt host an exclusive networking dinner on a floating cruise ship of the Primus Line.

A great opportunity to enjoy the view of the Frankfurt skyline from a unique perspective, get to know other participants and reflect on the first impressions of the conference.

The Floating Networking Dinner is covered by the conference ticket. The cruise ship will take off from the Mainkai and will return to the Mainkai around 22:00.

More information under registration.

29th June 2023 (Second conference day)

08.30 - 09.00


Masters of Ceremony
Dr. Jürgen Ratzinger
Managing Director International Business, Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Seung-Hun Choi
Manager KOTRA Frankfurt

09.00 - 09.05

Opening & Congratulatory Speeches

Bernd Stenger
Honorary Ambassador of Investment Promotion for Korea

09.05 - 09.25

Keynote: Invest in Korea - Benefit from Korea's Innovative Technology

Dong Hyun Seo
Project Manager Invest Korea Market Place (IKMP), KOTRA

09.25 - 09.40

Keynote: Discovering Germany’s Innovation Clusters

Dr. Detlef Terzenbach
Head of Innovation Support / StartHub Hessen, Hessen Trade and Invest (HTAI)

09.40 - 10.40

Panel 4: Championing Business and Investment


Korea is one of the most dynamic countries in East Asia, adapting quickly to new technologies and successfully making them applicable and useful for everyone's daily life. Germany, on the other hand, is the economic heart of the European Union and offers access to a market of 450 million people. Korea and Germany each offer unique challenges, but also unique opportunities.
In this panel discussion, we will talk about strategies to enter the respective market: ways to do business, ways to get along with cultural differences, and – at the end of the day – ways to be successful. Korea and Germany can complement each other, for large and small companies.

Dr. Thorsten Clajus
Head of Integrated Supply Chain Specialty Gases, Merck Group
Minchul Lee
Founder and CEO, EasyCookAsia
Eric Menges
President and CEO, FrankfurtRheinMain International Marketing of the Region
Bong-kee Park
Head of the Investment Promotion Team, KOTRA Frankfur
Sung Hyun Yoon
Representative Director, Head of Mando Europe, HL Mando Corp. Europe GmbH

Dajin Lie

10.40 - 11.00

Coffee Break

11.00 - 12.00

Start-up Pitching Session: Investing in Tech & Innovation


Bloomberg has rated Korea several times in a row as most innovative country in the world – only to be interrupted by Germany in 2020 with again Korea taking the top spot in 2021. In recent years, Korea succeeded in building an excellent ecosystem for startups. In a country still dominated by very large corporations, a vibrant and dynamic scene has come to existence benefitting from not only entrepreneurial spirit nurtured by universities and research institutes such as KAIST, but also from tailor-made venture capital and government support. For this pitching session, we invited seven Korean startups, each with their own technological edge, presenting before a European public.

Sung-Kuk Kim
Head of Venture Capital, Hanwha Investment & Securities
Representatives of Korean Start-ups
AinB (Biotech)
10WONDERS (SaaS Marketing Solution)
REPLA (Biochemical)
MOVEMENTS (Construct Tech)
MarkHerz (Biotech)

12.00 - 13.00

Networking and Korean Lunch

10.00 - 14.00

B2B Matchmaking

Illustration der Skylines von Frankfurt am Main und Seoul