2016 Annual Global Leadership Award Dinner

November 17, 2016

On behalf of The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies,
Jacques Brand, Senior Partner, PJT Partners, Chairman, AGI, and Jackson Janes, President, AGI, cordially invite you to attend and support the 22nd annual Global Leadership Award Dinner

2016 Global Leadership Award Dinner

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Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler-Thumann
Date: Location: Attire:
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Reception 6PM
Dinner 7PM
Cipriani 25 Broadway
New York, NY 10004
Black tie optional


Event at Cipriani

AGI inaugurated the Global Leadership Award in 1994 to support the Institute’s mission of fostering understanding and closer ties between the United States and Germany. The Award recognizes the achievements of business pioneers and government leaders who have profoundly shaped the partnership between Germany and the United States.

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Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler-Thumann
Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler-Thumann
INA-Holding Schaeffler GmbH & Co. KG

Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler-Thumann is Deputy Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Schaeffler AG. As shareholder of the Schaeffler Group, she is continuing the lifelong work of her first husband, Dr. Ing. E. h. Georg Schaeffler, who died in 1996. She was born in Prague and grew up in Vienna, where she attended medical school at Vienna University. In 2014, Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler-Thumann married Jürgen Thumann, the former President of the Federation of German Industries.

Schaeffler Group is a leading family-owned global high-tech company based in Herzogenaurach, Germany. With the INA and FAG product brands, Schaeffler is the world’s second-largest manufacturer of ball bearings and machine components, and has the widest range of products among all suppliers. Ms. Schaeffler-Thumann and the dedicated management team have successfully continued to develop the group of companies, with the acquisition of clutch manufacturer LuK in 1999, the acquisition of FAG Kugelfischer Georg Schäfer AG Schweinfurt in 2001, and the acquisition of a significant proportion of the shares of Continental AG in 2008.

Today, Schaeffler Group, which had revenues of $13.2 billion in 2015, is active in the automotive, industrial, and aerospace sectors, and employs 84,000 in about 170 locations in 50 countries.

Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler-Thumann takes a particular personal interest in employee development, and strives to provide her employees with a quality workplace environment. The close connections between the shareholders, management, and employees have proven highly effective for many years.

Along with her dedication to representing the company on supervisory boards, with organizations, and on committees, Ms. Schaeffler-Thumann places a high value on social responsibility, which she exemplifies in many different ways. She has received many honors and awards for her exceptional entrepreneurial success and outstanding achievements.


Dinner sponsorship is not only a sign of regard for Ms. Schaeffler-Thumann and Schaeffler, but also an effective way for companies to publicize support for a stronger German-American partnership before an important audience of corporate and government leaders who care deeply about this relationship. We would be delighted by your support of this partnership, and it is our pleasure to request you to join us in celebrating Ms. Schaeffler-Thumann’s achievements. Please submit your RSVP form by September 30, 2016 to Lynn Van Norstrand at lvn@aicgs.org.

As part of your sponsorship, you are also invited to register for the AGI Annual Symposium, which will be held earlier in the day at 60 Wall Street.

Global Leaders Sponsor
$50,000+ : Register
  • Prominent table for ten, premier seating area
  • A full-page, color advertisement in the gala program booklet (prime placement)
  • Logo listed prominently in the gala program booklet and special logo display at Cipriani
  • Executive Leaders Sponsor
    $35,000+ : Register

    • Prominent table for ten, preferred seating area
    • A half-page, color advertisement in the gala program booklet
    • Logo listed in the gala program booklet
    Corporate Leaders Sponsor
    $25,000+ : Register

    • •Table for ten, main seating area
    • Logo listed in gala program booklet
    Business Sponsor
    $15,000+ : Register

    • Seating for up to five guests
    • Name listed in the gala program booklet
    Associates Sponsor
    $10,000+ : Register

    • Seating for up to two guests
    • Name listed in the gala program booklet
    Global Individual Sponsor
    $5,000+ : Register

    • Seating for up to two guests
    • Name listed in the gala program booklet
    Individual Sponsor
    $1,500+ : Register

    • Single seat
    • Name listed in the gala program booklet
    Honorary Co-Chairs & Presenter
    Honorary Co-Chairs
    Harald Braun
    Harald Braun
    Honorary Co-Chair

    Ambassador Harald Braun, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations, has served as State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office and Director-General for Management in Berlin and since 1981 at posts in London, Paris, Washington, Burundi and Beirut.

    In the private sector, from 2005 to 2008, he held the position of Corporate Senior Vice President of Siemens AG. In 2008 he was named Research Professor for Global Studies and Diplomacy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook after having studied economics and history in Tübingen and New York prior to joining the Foreign Service. Ambassador Braun is an Honorary Citizen of Washington D.C., he is also Grand Officier of the National Order of the French Legion D’Honneur, bearer of the Grand Cross of the Italian Order of Merit and further distinctions, as well as a member of the Knights of the Order of St. John, a founding member of the Association of Friends of the Berlin Cathedral Church (Berliner Dom) and Trustee of the Roland Berger Foundation. He has been married to Dr. Ute Braun since 1980; they have three adult children and a grandchild. His interests include classical music, modern literature, arts and sports.

    John Emerson
    John Emerson
    Honorary Co-Chair

    John B. Emerson is the current U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 1, 2013 and presented his credentials to German President Joachim Gauck on August 26, 2013.

    From 1997 to July 2013, Mr. Emerson was the President of Capital Group Private Client Services. During the Clinton administration, he served in a number of different capacities as a White House senior staffer. From 1987 to 1993, he served as the Los Angeles Chief Deputy City Attorney. Before that, he was a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, specializing in business and entertainment litigation and administrative law. Originally from the New York area, Mr. Emerson earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government and Philosophy from Hamilton College and his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago. More recently a resident of Los Angeles, he is married to Kimberly Marteau Emerson. Both Emersons were very active in civic affairs in California and a number of foreign affairs organizations. They have three teenage daughters.

    Rob Daniels
    Ron Daniels
    Honorary Co-Chair

    Ronald J. Daniels became the 14th president of The Johns Hopkins University in March 2009. Previously, he was provost and professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania (2005-2009) and dean and James M. Tory Professor of Law at the University of Toronto (1995-2005).

    Since arriving at Johns Hopkins, President Daniels has focused his leadership on three overarching themes: enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration, increased student accessibility, and community engagement. As Chair of the Executive Committee for Johns Hopkins Medicine, he works closely with the trustees of Johns Hopkins Medicine, serving as a bridge between the university and health system.

    Peter Wittig
    Peter Wittig
    Honorary Co-Chair

    Peter Wittig has served as German Ambassador to the United States since April 2014. Prior to this, he was German Ambassador to the United Nations in New York and represented Germany during its tenure as a member of the UN Security Council in 2011 and 2012. There, he drew on his wide expertise in United Nations matters, having previously served as Director-General for United Nations and Global Issues at the German Foreign Office in Berlin.

    Wittig joined the German Foreign Service in 1982. He has served at the Embassy in Madrid; as private secretary to the Foreign Minister at the headquarters, then located in Bonn; and as Ambassador in Lebanon and in Cyprus. He was the German Government Special Envoy on the “Cyprus question” (the division of Cyprus). He has acquired extensive knowledge of the Middle East. Before starting his career in the German Foreign Service, Wittig studied history, political science, and law at Bonn, Freiburg, Canterbury, and Oxford universities and taught as an assistant professor at the University of Freiburg. His wife, Huberta von Voss-Wittig, has worked as both a journalist and a writer. The couple has four children: Valeska, Maximilian, Augustin, and Felice.

    Award Presenter

    Wolfgang Reitzle
    Wolfgang Reitzle

    Wolfgang Reitzle studied engineering and economics at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.

    From 1976 to 1999, he worked for the car manufacturer BMW, where in 1987 he was appointed a regular Member of the Executive Board, responsible for research and development. In 1999, Wolfgang Reitzle took over as CEO of the Premier Automotive Group and Vice President of the US car manufacturer Ford. In 2002, he joined the Executive Committee of Linde, a world-leading gasses and engineering company, and was CEO from 2003 to May 2014.

    Wolfgang Reitzle is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Continental AG, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Linde AG, and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Medical Park AG, as well as Member of the Supervisory Board of Axel Springer SE, Member of the Supervisory Board of Hawesko Holding AG, and Member of the Administrative Board of Ivoclar Vivadent AG.

    In May 2014, he founded his own advisory and private equity company, Visioning.

    The Schaeffler Bigband
    The Schaeffler Bigband is comprised of 26 musically talented Schaeffler employees. Originally, the band was formed to celebrate the farewell of a co-worker. After that performance, their reputation and success spread, and in 2005, led to the formation of the Schaeffler Bigband.

    This group of musicians, led by the musical director Peter Wirkner, has established a broad and sophisticated repertoire. With musical talent, discipline, and joy, the Schaeffler Bigband developed its own special style and tone. Today, the group has achieved recognition and fans, even beyond the borders of Germany.

    Their repertoire includes titles from the swing-era, classical music, as well as songs from musicals, rock, and pop. The ensemble captivates the audience with its varied program.

    We hope you will enjoy an evening of music performed in honor of Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler-Thumann.

    This year’s Global Leaders Sponsors

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    This year’s Corporate Leaders Sponsors


    Cipriani 25 Broadway, New York, NY 10004

    • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York City – Financial District: 0.2 miles (4 minutes)
    • The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park: 0.3 miles (6 minutes)
    • W New York Downtown Hotel: 0.2 miles (3 minutes)
    • John F. Kennedy International Airport
    • Newark Liberty International Airport

    Bowling Green

    Black tie optional means that male guests are invited to wear tuxes and women may wear evening gowns or cocktail dresses — what you would wear at a black-tie affair — but you don’t have to. It’s fine for men to wear nice dark suits and for women to wear dresses that aren’t necessarily Oscar-night material.

    The Dinner runs until about 10pm.

    Please also consider contacting your hotel for recommendations on driving services.

    Thursday, November 7, 2016

    About GLAD

    AGI inaugurated the Global Leadership Award (GLAD) in 1994 as part of the Institute’s mission to foster stronger ties between the United States and Germany. The Award recognizes the achievements of business leaders who, through their personal and professional accomplishments, have helped strengthen the close partnership between Germany and the United States.The Award is presented in the fall at a gala dinner in New York which is also the Institute’s principal annual fundraising event. Guests at the gala include hundreds of top-level corporate executives, political figures, diplomats, NGO leaders, and members of the academic community, making this event a “celebration” of German-American partnership in the truest sense.

    The gala dinner is underwritten principally by individual and corporate sponsors. Net proceeds from the event provide a substantial portion of the funding for the Institute’s scholarly programs. Sponsors receive invitations to the Dinner, on-site acknowledgements, complimentary advertising opportunities, and other benefits. Sponsorship fees are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law in both Germany and the United States. Sponsorship is also an effective way for a company to publicize its support for a stronger German-American partnership before an important audience of corporate and government leaders who care deeply about this relationship.


    Cipriani 25 Broadway

    25 Broadway New York, NY 10004 United States

    Cipriani 25 Broadway
    25 Broadway
    New York, NY 10004
    United States