1. Needs to Rebuild a Sound Eurozone

From the significant changes in the bond market to the contagion of the primary market: Combining retrospection on the course of the financial crisis with some remarks on what has to be done to recover stability, Dr. Joachim Nagel, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, places an emphasis on the confidence of domestic and foreign investors that has to be regained.

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2. World Central Banks Still Easing Diverging economies, diverse reactions

In a panoramic view over the world’s monetary policy makers, Gabriel Stein, Managing Director of Stein Brothers Ltd., examines the outlook of central bank policies for the rest of 2013 and for 2014. He refers to the close connection between the uneven pace of monetary policies and divergences in the world economy. Cuts or hikes – which measures will be taken next, by the Federal Reserve, by the ECB, and by the Asian central banks and when?

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3. Planning Tomorrow’s Mobility – Toda

What will tomorrow’s mobility look like and what can we do to push it in the right direction? Dr. Stefan Wolf, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board at ElringKlinger AG, explains the technical progress that has been made in the field of e-mobility, hybrid motors and fuel cells, concluding that the innovativeness of the automotive sector leaves no room for doubt: our mobility is assured, in the future as it is today.

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4. We Keep Vehicles Moving – Know-how, Parts, Service, and Technology for the International Repair Shop Market Prepared to meet the challenges of the automotive aftermarket

Robert Hanser, President of the Automotive Aftermarket Division, Member of Executive Management at Robert Bosch GmbH, puts the spotlight on an often underestimated segment of the automotive industry, the automotive aftermarket. The transition of repair shops from mere car mechanics to service experts is highlighted as well as the topics of networking and real-time monitoring – no longer intellectual games but reality in the foreseeable future.

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5. “It’s Not Just About the Size of the Market, It’s a Question of What You Are Bringing to the Market”

John Defterios, CNN’s Emerging Markets Editor and anchor of Global Exchange speaks with Mohamed ElBaradei, Diplomat, Nobel Laureate and Influential Figure in Egyptian Politics.
ElBaradei speaks about the situation in Egypt, almost two years after the Arab Spring, what has to be done in Egypt to regain international trust and money from the IMF. Although the  interview was conducted before the ousting of President Morsi at the beginning of July, it offers very interesting insights into the inner workings of Egyptian politics, as well as their relations to other Arab countries and to the West.

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6. Overcoming Fragmented Markets – Asia Accelerates Efforts for More Integration

Asia’s financial markets are still very fragmented. More integration and collaboration is urgently needed, says Hon Cheung, Regional Director at Official Institutions Group SSgA-Singapore, and identifies the obstacles that still lie ahead on the way to an integrated financial market, among them the multitude of different fora and initiatives across the region, as well as the sheer diversity of Asian economies. And yet, without greater integration, argues the author, Asia’s future infrastructure cannot be financed.

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7. The German Energy Transition – Partnership Models and a Reliable Framework as a Basis for a Successful Joint Effort

The German Energiewende – or Energy Transition – is a project without model and example. The ambitious goals (specific targets for the expansion of renewable energies; increase of energy efficiency; reduction of greenhouse gas emissions) as well as the need for external capital are among the biggest challenges. But on top of it, says Thomas Kusterer, CFO of EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG, reliable framework conditions, key requirement for investments, are not yet fully met.

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8. Renewable Energies – Doom Doom or Boom?

While pessimists often talk down the potentials of renewable energies, Dr. Thomas Riegler, Former CFO at centrotherm photovoltaics AG, contradicts and identifies the conditions to be met in order to take full advantage of the energy turnaround. Focusing on photovoltaics, he sketches the painful consolidation of the market – a transition process to a mature industry, as he calls it. That is why there is still a massive potential for growth in the market, as long as companies realistically assess where they can contribute a value that is appreciated by the costumer.

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9. Securing the Unsecured – Guidelines for Future Financing

The global financial crisis has intensified the worries about the future of financing. But what exactly are the conclusions that are to be drawn from the still gloomy macroeconomic situation? Frank B. Jehle, CFO and Deputy Chief Executive Officer at MANN + HUMMEL, gives advice and lists three essential pillars on which a secure and sustainable financing strategy has to be based: solid financing, cash, and flexible cost structures.

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10. Regulation and Derivatives: Prospering in a Volatile World

Many Companies have to tackle a growing impact of volatility. Three years after the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, derivatives, commonly used instrument to limit the impact of high volatility, are subject to stronger regulations. Dr. Michael Noth, CFO of Nordzucker AG, explains how companies are able to cope with the situation, differentiating between three paths to be taken, depending on the size and type of the business.

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11. Turning Costs into Value

Stefan Schreiter, CEO of Duales System Deutschland GmbH – Der Grüne Punkt, explains the German system of recycling in general as well as of glass recycling in particular, revealing how even in the strictly regulated German recycling industry seemingly small innovations can make a big difference. Such is the case with a remodelling of contractual steps, resulting in a much better participation in the profit along the value chain.

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12. Operational Excellence and the Global Medium-Sized Company – A Contradiction?

Globally operating medium-sized companies are more flexible and make faster decisions than their bigger counterparts. That at least is what they think of themselves. Caspar Baumhauer, CEO W.E.T. Automotive Systems AG, puts this assessment in perspective when he points to the downside of this flexibility – all too often lacking management professionalism and control standards. However, Baumhauer shows how these weaknesses can be overcome.

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13. The Challenge of Building Future Urban Cities

While by now half of the world’s population lives in cities, we must note that this is nothing to do with the state of urbanity, says Viveca Ax:son Johnson, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Nordstjernan AB and warns at the same time against using the term “density” as single criterion for definition of the city. For her, “closeness” would be a more appropriate term, but also other factors like “variety” contribute to the concept of a real human urban city, the challenge for generations to come.

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14. What’s on your mind? Key Executives’ Views on Leadership Topics

In March 2013 we’ve asked key executives in our Institute network about their view on different topics, ranging over subjects like their leadership attitude, obstacles preventing them to promote their strategies, as well as global risks, or the financial and strategic outlook of their businesses. Quite an interesting picture we gain out of these mosaic pieces of an opinion.

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