The German-Russian Young Leaders Conference

since 2009

8th Russian-German Young Leaders Conference
Dresden, October 13 to 15, 2016

Guided by the overarching theme #connected, the 8th German-Russian Young Leaders Conference brought together more than 200 selected young professionals and more than 100 experts from very different areas such as business, politics, media, science, and culture, giving new impetus to developing relationships among current and relevant next generation leaders from both countries, thereby being the largest bilateral platform of its kind. The conference, which took place in Dresden from October 13 to 16, 2016, was conducted under the patronage and with substantial support of the Minister-President of the Free State of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich. In plenary debates, 12 workshop sessions, social functions, team building activities, and sight visits, the conference participants spent 4 intense working days in the capital city of Saxony.

7th Russian-German Young Leaders Conference
Kazan, October 29 to 31, 2015

The conference under the theme “Trust in Troubled Times” was held in Kazan upon the invitation of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Mr. Rustam Minnikhanov. Traditionally, it was conducted in collaboration with the Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics. The conference was opened by a Presidential Gala in the Kazan Town Hall. The 200 participants and over 100 experts and guests of honor took part in highly interactive workshop formats, festive evening activities, and city quests at various venues in the capital of Tatarstan. The program also included a wreath-laying ceremony, a plenary session moderated by Hubert Seipel, and inspiring keynotes.

6th Russian-German Young Leaders Conference
Hamburg, July 10 to 13, 2014

The conference under the theme “RE|START – Lessons from Success and Failure” was conducted in collaboration with the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and the Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics. 240 top talents from Germany and Russia convened over the four conference days at such locations as the Hamburg Town Hall, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, the Basthorst Estate, or the museum ship “Cap San Diego,” where Olaf Scholz, First Mayor and President of the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, addressed the young leaders with a passionate speech on the importance of German-Russian exchange.

5th Russian-German Young Leaders Conference
Saint Petersburg, September 12 to 15, 2013

Under the topic “Inspiring beyond borders,” 280 young leaders from Germany and Russia convened in Saint Petersburg, Russia, for the 5th German-Russian Young Leaders Conference. The conference was conducted under the patronage of the city of Saint Petersburg – the former capital of the country established by Peter the Great in his pursuit to “open a window to Europe.”

In the context of this vision, top talents and leaders from business, politics, culture, science, and media met over the course of four days to have a constructive dialog toward establishing a common ground for future cooperation and friendship.

4th Russian-German Young Leaders Conference
Munich, August 30 to September 2, 2012

This conference was held under the patronage of the Bavarian Minister-President Horst Seehofer.

For the fourth time, a new generation of young Russians and Germans, in total 280 participants equally chosen from both nations with diverse backgrounds in business, politics, culture, science, and media, met for three days to engage in the bilateral dialog and to foster the Russian-German partnership. The meeting took place in Munich thanks to the generous support of sponsors and benefactors.

The conference program included formal plenary sessions, working groups, and informal activities. A number of high-level speakers provided valuable impulses to the participants’ interactions.

3rd Russian-German Young Leaders Conference
Moscow, May 20 to 22, 2011

The joint conference with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung was held in Moscow, the topic of the conference was “Perspectives 2020 for Russian-German Relations.” The list of guest speakers comprised:

  • Ambassador Ulrich Brandenburg;
  • Senator Yury Roslyak;
  • Minister Oleg Rozhnov;
  • Philipp Missfelder, MP.

The program included a reception at Petrovsky Putevoy Palace, cultural events, and activities in central Moscow.

2ndRussian-German Young Leaders Conference
Berlin, 2010


The second conference was held in Berlin, just as the first one. The three-day event provided a rich business program consisting of:

  • Reception at the Representation of Lower Saxony in Berlin (Niedersaechsiche Landesvertretung in Berlin);
  • Discussions and team building activities;
  • Reception at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Berlin;
  • Discussion with former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

1st Russian-German Young Leaders Conference
Berlin, 2009


The first conference was conducted in Berlin. It contained:

  • Reception at DIN (Deutsches Institut fuer Normung);
  • Discussions and team building activities;
  • Reception at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Berlin;