On the 9th of November 2015, the session will officially be opened with a ceremony in the historical ambience of the St. Nicholas Church in Leipzig. We expect along to local and national press important personalities from politics, economy and society. In previous International Sessions we could gain the participation of Connie Hedegaard, at that time EU-Commissioner for Climate Action, Thomas Hendrik Ilves, the president-in-office of the Republic of Estonia and Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden.
The highlight of the ten-day session will be the General Assembly, which will take place on the 13th and 14th of November. It enjoys high public interest by prominent speakers and other guests. For the previous International Sessions in Germany we could win Jean-Claude Trichet, at that time President of the European Central Bank, in Frankfurt 2010 as well as László Andor, at that time EU-Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, in Munich 2013 to address the auditorium of the respective General Assemblies.
As we are highly interested in giving the 330 participants and their work a public spot, we are expecting a valuable interest of local citizens of the city of Leipzig which will be invited to join the session’s programme as well as local, regional and national press will be welcomed to report about the event and its outcome.
Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade
Cecilia Malmström has served as European Commissioner for Trade since 2014 after the last elections to the European Parliament. She was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Growing up in Gothenburg and France, she studied literature at the University of Paris in 1987. Then, she went back to Sweden, where the Swedish politician studied political science at the University of Gothenburg from 1992 to 1996. Having completed a PhD in political science in 1998, Cecilia Malmström was appointed as senior lecturer to teach European politics and Regionalism at the University of Gothenburg.
Cecilia Malmström was elected as Member of the European Parliament twice, in 1999 and again in 2004. She served on different committees of the European Parliament, including the Committee on Human Rights and the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. In 2006, Malmström returned to Sweden to take up the job of the Minister for European Affairs. In February 2010 she was approved by the European Parliament and joined the European Commission responsible for Home Affairs.
Andreas Voßkuhle, President of the Constitutional Court of Germany
Andreas Voßkuhle was elected as President of the German Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe in March 2010. Voßkuhle was born in the small western German city of Detmold. He studied law at the University of Bayreuth and at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich between 1983 and 1989.
Between 1992 – 1994, he served as senior research assistant at the Chair of Public Law in Augsburg, a city in South-West Bavaria. Afterwards, in 1995, he worked as a speaker at the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior. Following his habilitation at the University of Augsburg in 1998, he was appointed as full professor at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. In addition, he became the director of the Institute for Political Science and Philosophy of Law. Since 2007, he is a full member of the Social Sciences Class of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science. In the same year, he became the head of the University of Freiburg as well and took office in April 2008.
In May 2008, he was appointed as the Vice-President of the Federal Constitutional Court and Chairperson of the Second Senate. When the mandate of the former President of the Court, Hans-Jürgen Papier ended in 2010, Voßkuhle became the youngest President in the history of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany.
Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany
Michael Roth has been Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office since December 2013. Roth was born in the small German town of Heringen which is located in eastern Hesse. From 1991 to 1997, he studied political science, public law, sociology and German studies at the Goethe University of Frankfurt. After graduating with a degree in political science, he worked as a tutor and research assistant at the Center for North American Studies at the University of Frankfurt am Main until 1998 and as a lecturer at the Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science at the Free University of Berlin from 2000 to 2002.
Since 1987, Roth is a member of the Socialdemocratic Party of Germany (SPD). In 1998, he became Member of the German Bundestag, directly elected in his electoral district of Werra-Meissner – Hersfeld-Rotenburg. He worked in different functions: from 2009 to February 2014 he served as Secretary-General of the SPD in Land Hesse and, likewise from 2009 to 2014, as spokesperson of the SPD members of the Bundestag from Land Hesse; until 2013 he served as spokesperson on Europe of the SPD parliamentary group.
After the German federal election in 2013, he became Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. Furthermore, he has also been Federal Government Commissioner for Franco-German Cooperation since 2014.
André Schmitz-Schwarzkopf, Chairman of the Board, Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe
André Schmitz-Schwarzkopf is a German politician and former secretary of state for Cultural Affairs of the city state of Berlin.
Schmitz was born in 1957 in Oberhausen, a city at the river Emscher in the Ruhr area, West Germany. He completed his first state examination in 1984 in Cologne and finished his time in articles with a second state examination in Hamburg 1988. His vocational career began as personal advisor of the second mayor and Secretary of State for Cultural Affairs of the city state of Hamburg, Prof. Dr. Ingo von Münch.
In 1992, he became the administrative director of the Volksbühne Berlin (“People’s Theatre”), in 1997 the executive director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and starting in December 2000 likewise the temporary intendant. His career continued in Berlin, with being appointed as the chief of the senate chancellery in 2001. Furthermore, André Schmitz-Schwarzkopf served as the Secretary of State for Cultural Affairs from 2006 to 2014.
Schmitz is voluntary active as the chairman of the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe and he puts efforts for commemorative culture and the European unification at the center of his professional and personal life. In 2014, he was honoured as the European cultural manager of the year.
Bill McAndrews, Vice President of the BMW Group for Communications Strategy
Bill McAndrews, a native of the United States, joined the BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs Division in September of 2006 and is currently Vice President of BMW Group Communications Strategy, Corporate and Market Communications.
He received his B.A. from Boston University and his M.A. from Middlebury College in Vermont. He moved to Germany in 1998, after living and working in the Middle East for 5 years and prior to this, McAndrews lived and worked in Madrid, Spain.
Before joining BMW AG, McAndrews was head of Group Press Relations and Deputy Head of Group Corporate Communications at Essen-based RWE AG since 2001 and led International Corporate Communications at Deutsche Telekom AG before this. Prior to these assignments, Bill McAndrews worked in the field of corporate communications for various other leading DAX-listed international corporations.
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