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August 18, 2022

IFA+ Summit 2022: Sloterdijk and Varoufakis on the future of globalisation

What kind of global trade is good for our economies and democracy? At the IFA+ Summit on 5 September numerous leading speakers will give answers.

The coronavirus pandemic demonstrated how quickly supply chains can disintegrate, causing disruption to industry and endangering people’s health. Against the backdrop of the climate crisis and social issues, criticism of globalisation had already existed beforehand. However, following the attack on Ukraine and resultant economic and geopolitical upheavals it is now finally being called into question.

But what are the consequences? Total deglobalisation? Globalisation 4.0? What would that look like, and what can businesses and consumers do? What challenges will the consumer electronics industry face?

The IFA+ Summit on 5 September will confront these issues – and in doing so gather numerous outstanding guest speakers and panel discussion members from politics, industry and science. Among the most prominent figures will be Prof. Dr. Yanis Varoufakis (economist and former Greek finance minister), the German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, Jürgen Trittin, member of the German Bundestag and former minister of the environment, and Prof. Marcel Fratzscher, Ph.D., president of DIW Berlin.

From 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. trade visitors, media representatives and all exhibitors are invited to dwell on the future of globalisation at lectures, a panel discussion and a workshop.

After the first lectures Dr. Sara Warneke, managing director of gfu Consumer & Home Electronics GmbH, and Dr. Martin Schulte, Global Sector leader at the consultancy Oliver Wyman, will present a joint international study that examines the outlook for consumers under the impact of globalisation.

Afterwards, a panel discussion will debate the ’pros and cons of globalisation’. Taking part will be Prof. Marcel Fratzscher Ph.D., Melanie Vogelbach (International Economic Policy and Foreign Trade Law at DIHK), Kristina Bonitz (CEO, diffferent), and Dr. Mauricio Vargas (economist and financial expert, Greenpeace).

The other speakers will be Prof. Dr. Lisandra Flach, director of the ifo Center for International Economics, Dr. Reinhard Zinkann, managing partner of Miele, Prof. Dr. Ronny Alexander Fürst, chancellor of the private AKAD University in Stuttgart, and Jule Bosch, Innovation Expert and Founder.

In the afternoon, visitors to the IFA+ Summit will be able to attend a brief workshop by the strategy agency diffferent, where they can talk over scenarios and possible action and solution strategies.

Geraldine de Bastion and Daniel Anibal Bröckerhoff will moderate the IFA+ Summit 2022. During the last 18 years De Bastion’s work has focused on the digital transformation, international cooperation, innovation and human rights. Bröckerhoff lives and works in Hamburg and Hannover as a journalist and moderator for analogue television, digital video content and innovative events.

More details can be found in the IFA+ Summit programme.

In order to take part in the IFA+ Summit visitors must purchase a trade visitor ticket from the ticket shop.

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About IFA Berlin

IFA, the world's most significant trade show for consumer and home electronics with a record number of new products being unveiled is the main market place for key retailers, buyers, and experts from the industry and the media. IFA 2022 takes place in Berlin from 2-6 September.

About Messe Berlin

Berlin has been a trade fair location for 200 years, and one of the most important in the world for many decades. As the state-owned trade fair company, Messe Berlin makes a major contribution to the city’s position. It designs, markets and organizes hundreds of live events every year. Its broad portfolio includes the global brands and leading trade fairs IFA, InnoTrans, ITB, FRUIT LOGISTICA and the International Green Week, as well as major conferences and outstanding events, such as the Fan Mile at the Brandenburg Gate. With around 90 offices abroad, Messe Berlin markets its events in over 170 countries. Every year around 25,000 media representatives from all over the world are accredited to the events at the company's headquarters under the Radio Tower in Berlin alone. Messe Berlin strives to be an outstanding host to visitors at all of its events, to provide the best possible business impetus and to ensure fair conditions for everyone. This self-image is reflected in the company motto: Messe Berlin - Hosting the World.