OCTOBER 14 - 15, 2016

Transcultural Leadership Summit

Transcultural Leadership Summit 2016

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Transcultural Leadership Summit

New challenges of leadership

Transcultural Leadership Summit channels synergies between different types of leadership based on a better understanding of transculturality and the definition of globally shared values.

High ranking speakers and participants

With its unique approach of bringing together personalities of diverse backgrounds and its commitment to interdisciplinarity the summit contributes to the formulation of global and industry-wide solutions.

Annually changing country focus

The summit represents an information exchange platform, providing participants with in-depth insights into matters relevant to the country in focus.

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About the summit

Global value creation, cross-border innovation and global HR are some topics that define the increasingly complex challenges of leading a business in today's world. To meet these, corporations and their leaders need to develop the willingness to cooperate, the capacity to define globally shared values and the ability to formulate cultural commonalities.

Herein the concept of transculturality which, at its most basic, emphasizes the recognition and relation of cultural differences and similarities, will contribute to the development of industry-wide solutions, daily practice of organizations and the development of globally leading executives. TLS is a summit designed for both the conceptualization of new challenges of leadership, and the interdisciplinary exchange of leading executives from diverse backgrounds.

The Transcultural Leadership Summit represents an information platform to deepen participants’ cultural knowledge and foster mutual understanding with its unique feature of an annually changing country focus. - In 2016, the country focus was China.

Our Speakers


Prof. Dr. Josef Wieland


Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin, Chair of Institutional Economics


Marcus A.


Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG


Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. Franz Josef Radermacher


Global Economic Network,
Member Club of Rome


Dr. Stefan Sommer


ZF Friedrichshafen AG


Prof. Dr. Rong Pei


School of Management and Economics at Beijing Institute of Technology


Dr. Dahai Yu

Operating Partner

Advent International,
Managing Director Dr. Yu Consulting and Investment GmbH


Dr. Thomas Karst


Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG


Miriam Fritz

Senior Consultant

Berners Consulting


Dr. Bernd-Uwe Stucken


Pinsent Masons


Adolf Kloke-Lesch

Executive Director

Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany


Jun. Prof. Dr. Matthias Niedenführ

Vice Director

China Centrum Tübingen


Dr. Birgit Suberg

Business Coach and Professor of Practice

Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University


Matthias Zeuch

General Manager Human Resources Europe

Johnson Electric


Georg Stieler

Managing Director

Stieler Enterprise Management Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.


Tobias Ostermaier

Director Corporate Strategy

Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG


Dr. Renate Neumann-Schäfer

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Putzmeister Holding GmbH


Dr. Bruno Niemeyer

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

J. Wagner GmbH

Moderated by


Astrid Oldekop


Medienbüro Düsseldorf | Beijing

The first TLS conference was moderated by Astrid Oldekop, from Mediapoint Düsseldorf Beijing. Working as a business journalist for Handelsblatt, Wirtschaftswoche, ARD-Radio and China Daily, Oldekop has always kept a focus on China and has grown to be one of Germanys leading China experts.

Why China?

Within the past months the major decrease in Chinese GDP has been marking a watershed in the seemingly unlimited ascent of Chinese economy. In the course of the 21st century, previous guarantors of Chinese high speed development like large-scale investments seem no longer sufficient to guarantee constant and sustainable growth.
For China the present change comes with the opportunity to reshape their position in the world and an increasing need for alternative solutions, making it a fit and highly relevant topic for the first TLS.


The two-day conference included inspiring keynotes by internationally renowned guest speakers, hands-on workshops and panels that highlighted the summit's highest commitment to interdisciplinarity exchange. Not only with its interdisciplinary focus did TLS differ from other conferences. Throughout the two conference days art installations, unique workshops and panels added different layers of reflection to broaden participants' view on the topics discussed.


Held at Zeppelin University which has been ranked among the best and most innovative university's in Germany for its approach of “bridging business culture politics”, the summit's unique advantages become obvious. We are convinced that the universities highest commitment to interdisciplinarity and thinking-out-of-the-box-attitude of the student body can be directly applied to a conference format and consequently benefit and enrich professional dialogue.


Put together by a highly motivated interdisciplinary team we employed the highest level of academic professionalism and quality to establish a top-level conference that has attracted globally renowned experts and developed long-term implications on both practice and academia.

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