Prestige Thailand Celebrates 13th Anniversary with Tastemakers Ball 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Bangkok, Thailand) – The Thailand edition of luxury lifestyle magazine Prestige celebrated its 13th anniversary in the kingdom with a glamorous event on September 22 that acknowledged eight tastemakers for their special contributions in different spheres of society.

Held in the Magnolia Ballroom of the recently opened Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, the 2018 Prestige Tastemakers Ball saw the cream of Bangkok society dressed to the nines, inspired by a Studio 54 dress code – an ode to an era of style, glamour and unadulterated indulgence. In the late 1970s, the famous New York nightclub was the epicenter of style and decadence, replicated four decades later with all the glitter and glam that made this celebrity hangout so legendary at the time.

Apart from the Magnolia Ballroom that was transformed into a glamorous, black-and-gold party venue that does justice to the theme, the 240 handpicked guests were treated to performances by disco dancers, as well as authentic New York delicacies, specially created cocktails by Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, wines from event partner Italthai, and Piper-Heidsieck Champagne that flowed freely all night long. A gleaming Bentley Continental GT and timepieces from Hublot provided more than enough to fill anyone’s wish-list.

Awarded for their inspiring and meaningful contributions in different fields, eight luminaries received acknowledgement in the form of a Prestige Tastemaker Award; including Charn Srivikorn, chairman of Gaysorn Property (‘Visionary’); Tos Chirathivat, CEO of Central Group (‘Leadership’); and Vichada Sitakalin, founder of Quattro Home and design director of Premier Group (‘Design & Innovation’).

The Tastemaker Award for the category ‘Digital and Technology’ was awarded to Pumin Yuvacharuskul, CEO and co-founder of Thailand Eatigo International; the category of ‘Philanthropy’ went to Vorachand Thiengtham, founder of the Happy Heart Foundation; and Paul Sirisant, managing director of Universal Music (Thailand) received the award in the ‘Art & Music’ category. The final two awards went to Sittharmanin Susamawathanakun, managing director of business development at Superrich Thailand (‘Style’); and Thitid Tassanakajohn of Le Du restaurant (‘Gastronomy’).

“Each of our Tastemaker Award winners has done something quite exceptional; something that has made others stop to take notice,” said Waraporn Siriboonma, managing director of Burda (Thailand) and publisher of Prestige. “They have all earned the respect of their peers with revolutionary ideas that have transformed – or is transforming – the world around us for the better.

According to her, the tributes to these individuals also echo Prestige’s philosophy towards publishing. “As an arbiter of style and substance, Prestige has earned a reputation for meaningful, curated content that engages and inspires. We are at the forefront of new developments in various luxury lifestyle sectors. As a publication, we connect the dots between luxury brands and discerning, affluent consumers. This is all in line with our quest to be not only Thailand’s but – as part of Burda Asia – the region’s leading luxury content creators,” she said.

Waraporn concluded by saying that signature events like the Tastemaker Ball, which is held every two years and alternates with the Prestige 300 High Flyers event, provide important touch-points with luxury consumers. “We are creating very special memories for our guests, and it’s also an opportunity to forge new relationships while strengthening old ones.”

The evening was rounded off with a special DJ set by Tastemaker Award winner Paul Sirisant, who was followed by DJ Knatz at the spinning deck. Over 500,000 baht of prizes were given away in an Instagram competition, including two crocodile leather handbags from Thai brand Tichaxury worth 145,000 baht each. Sanpellegrino, the Italian natural mineral water brand, also used the event as the official Thailand launch of new, limited edition packaging.

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For more information, please contact:

Vinee Rayananonda (Orm)

Marketing Manager, Prestige (Thailand)

Email: vinee.r@burda.co.th

Mobile: +66 (0)81 827 9879

Celebrating the MEA’s 60th anniversary, with a charity run by AUGMENT.

Article by: Dominique Brouwer

AUGUST 1, 2018 (Bangkok) MEA 60th Anniversary, 2018
The AUGMENT Thailand team is organizing a charity run for one of the biggest players in the electric power industry In Bangkok, The Metropolitan Electricity Authority.  Nontalikarn Suriyawat (Meow) and Naddhanin Charoenphol (Koong) from the Thailand Augment team, pitched their creative vision for the custom event format to the MEA and were awarded the project. The custom event will adopt the name: ‘60th Anniversary MEA Smart Run Smart Metro 2018’ and will be the very first large-scale sport event that AUGMENT Thailand organizes. The anniversary event is tailored to the unique demands and needs of the client. It supports this year’s MEA activities for their Smart Metro project. The project ambitiously aims to remove 214.6km of overhead electricity wires and create an underground powerline system. The event leverages the progress from the Smart Metro project by strategically employing the format of a run to show off the MEA’s first results in removing overhead powerlines. The running course will take participants along a dynamic route that is entirely ‘wireless’ allowing for stunning views of the Bangkok skyline. The run is effectively designed to promote the MEA’s vision of a ‘wireless metropolis’ to a wide audience by actively engaging them in a participatory event. The run will further reflect the MEA’s key objective of prioritizing innovative, sustainable and eco-friendly values by being a pollution free event.

The project will allow the AUGMENT Thailand team to breach out into untrodden territory and invite bigger opportunities for long-term growth within the event organizing space in the future. This year, Burda renamed it’s services department to AUGMENT, as part of its organizational restructuring of the business into three separate units: print, digital and services.  By taking on this project, the AUGMENT team shows that it Is diversifying its portfolio and launching into new, exciting categories.

“This project has allowed us to branch out, and develop new products that meet the increasing demands from our clients. Our team is excited to take on more projects like this in the future,” said Nontalikarn Suriyawat (Meow), who runs the project together with Naddhanin Charoenphol (Koong).

The run will take place on September 16 from 4am to 8am. The AUGMENT team has drawn up two scenic running routes to display the wireless area to its best advantage. The two routes are the Mini Marathon which will cover 10.5km, and the Fun run which spans 6 km. Both courses start at the MEA office in Klongtoey. The event will support 2000 participants, who receive an event t-shirt, a race number, and a medal after registration. All proceeds from the event will go to the Sai Jai Thai Foundation Under the Royal Patronage.

The MEA is a state enterprise founded in 1958 with an innovative and competitive approach to electricity services, keeping up with the demands of rapidly developing modern Technologies. The MEA has developed the Smart Metro project, which aims to build a sustainable and reliable electricity network that can support new and upcoming technologies such as electric vehicles. This year, the project will also focus on removing 214.6 km of overhead power lines and building an underground cable system to create a “wireless metropolis”.

For media enquiries,
contact Sarah Huang,
Head of Corporate Development,

Burda Asia
info@burda.asia

Petula Kincaid

Telum Talks To… Petula Kincaid, Publisher and Managing Director: Print Business, Hubert Burda Media Hong Kong

10 AUGUST, 2018 This interview originally appeared on Telum Media 

Many congratulations to you Petula on your first-year anniversary with Hubert Burda Media this month – any exciting changes to expect? 
Burda International is making a significant investment to expand its business across the region, bolstering its workforce to offer innovative luxury content solutions across digital, print and creative services. Our mission is to be the first in luxury, connecting affluent consumers with luxury brands and services through targeted content solutions. To assist with this we have restructured the team in Hong Kong: Talia Jackson will spearhead Burda luxury creative services here and across the region; for Burda print business, a newly appointed Managing Editor Tama Miyake Lung is joining next Monday to lead the Prestige editorial team; and Burda digital content platforms is led by Michael Connelly as Head of Burda Digital Content.

It’s been a very exciting year so far and I’m very grateful to be working with such supportive and hardworking teams during these past 12 months.

Based on your experience how has luxury publishing changed? 
Ongoing technological innovation continues to change customer behaviour but great story telling is still essential, no matter what the platform. On the commercial side, in the old days brands were very focused on premium positioning for their advertisements, and while this is still important today, brands expect more holistic solutions and Burda continues to adapt its business to meet these needs by offering bespoke integrated solutions.

Through our people’s passion and hard work, our digital business continues to grow. We have also significantly grown our print portfolio with new clients, such as ifc mall, International Culinary Institute, Swire Properties and Centre Stage for the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. We also provide content solutions for clients such as Sands China Ltd, Landmark, Ferrari and Galaxy Entertainment Group. Watch this space – there’s more to come.

How do you work with your teammates across Asia?
Our regional teams are experts in luxury and lifestyle and understand very well the significant differences and similarities between the local markets. Under the regional leadership of Burda International Asia CEO Sven Friedrichs, we share the same vision and mission, which is to be the first in luxury, and see opportunity for growth from luxury vertical markets such as travel, property and retail.

We regularly exchange knowledge and experiences as we learn a lot from each other’s markets and experiences to create more solutions for our clients.

I really appreciate how our teams work together closely in a unified way: when everyone works as one team the magic happens. You get so many new ideas and you feel the passion and energy, which is then shared with our clients and, most importantly, we have a lot of fun along the way.

What’s your take on how to rise above the competition in this attention-deficit era? 
We are indeed living in a world of information overload where audiences are distracted. The challenge is how to cut through the clutter.

As the Publisher we hope our readers enjoy our print edition of Prestige as time away from technology. So we plan to continue with running the most interesting interviews: the best cover stars, exclusive interviews with celebrities and fashionistas, in-depth features on arts and culture, and our society section with its visual feast of people and events each month. In fact our July issue with Siwon Choi on the cover was one of our most popular this year, being much favoured by all – and in particular our millennial audience. ForPrestige it’s all about living the good life in the best most luxurious way possible.

Digitally and in print, we maintain deep relationships with KOLs specialising in different luxury markets and we work very collaboratively with KOLs to engage existing readers and reach new ones. The future is all about being open to new ways of working as well as working in a much more collaborative and bespoke way with KOLs, social media businesses, PRs and agencies.

To ensure a cutting-edge digital portfolio, Burda recently appointed American agency Wondersauce to create best-in-class content experiences for modern consumers.

What are your tips on work-life balance in this time-stressed industry in this hectic city?
I was born in Ireland and have lived and worked in London and New York. I’ve managed to clock up eight and a half years in Hong Kong, which means Hong Kong is now home for me and my husband. During weekends I love a good hike across the hills (although not in August!). I find being in nature is so helpful. Taking regular long weekend breaks and hanging out with friends definitely helps towards a happier life.

Hong Kong is on a fitness craze and I definitely recommend doing more exercise – though need to practice what I preach. I also love to meditate, even if it’s just for five minutes – it’s important to have the time and space for yourself.

Burda International Asia, announces new Managing Director of Print Publishing for Burda Singapore

 

Singapore, (August 7, 2018) Burda International Asia, a subsidiary of Hubert Burda Media, has announced the appointment of Lena Kwek as Managing Director of the Print Publishing unit of Burda Singapore Pte Ltd. This follows a reorganisation of the publisher’s leadership team, which was announced on April 12, 2018.

Lena has more than 20 years of experience in the Singapore publishing industry; she was formerly General Manager of Sales at Edipresse Media and Atlas Press (T: The New York Times Magazine). She assumed her responsibilities on August 1, following the departure of Melvin Ang, Group Publisher & Managing Director of Burda International Asia.

In an address to the regional team, Burda International Asia CEO Sven Friedrichs paid tribute to the departing Group Publisher & Managing Director. “Melvin has been an integral part of Burda and a key member of the founding team in Singapore,” he said. “For the last 18 years his dedication and commitment has been astounding, and for this we thank him. In addition, we are excited that Lena has chosen the next phase of her career with us to foster our mission to be the first in luxury.”

Melvin Ang said, “As one of the founding members, anchoring for 18 years the success of our three titles, Prestige, Augustman and PIN Prestige, as well as several of spin-off titles and projects, I’ve enjoyed this journey immensely. However, every enjoyable journey will come to an end – and for me it’s time to move on. I am thankful and humbled by the support of advertisers and readers over these many years, which made all of these successes possible.”

Headed by Sven Friedrichs, the Group Publishing unit comprises print editions of Prestige magazine in Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan and Indonesia, Augustman in both Singapore and Malaysia, and PIN Prestige in Singapore. “Our mission,” says Friedrichs, “continues to be the first in luxury throughout this dynamic region, by connecting affluent consumers with luxury brands and services through our targeted content solutions. We have thus redefined ourselves from a traditional publisher to a content company.”

 


 

For questions and related enquiries

Contact: Sarah Huang
Head of Corporate Development

info@burda.asia

Burda International Asia creates luxury content for millions of readers in Asia and Europe. A member of the Hubert Burda Media family, we operate in 18 markets and publish more than 300 brands globally and employs more than 10,000 talented, creative and passionate men and women worldwide. One of the largest media companies in Germany, it generated annual revenues of €2.256 billion in 2016.

 

Alibaba

Burda Digital – Journey to the Middle Kingdom

Burda Digital’s CIO/CTOs have traveled to innovation hub China to discuss current trends and developments with local tech companies. Earlier destinations had been the USA, Stockholm and Tel Aviv.

Tech country China is gaining ground

It became clear very quickly that companies develop in different circumstances in China. The companies dominating the digital ecosystem in the USA and Europe are, for the most part, blocked by the Chinese firewall there. Therefore the main focus during the company’s visit were not the dominant US giants FAGA (Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple), but BAT (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent), who divide up a large part of the market between them. Participants kept being reminded of the different scale in China: a market of just under 1.4 billion people, hundreds of millions of dollars invested into companies that have only just started, ten thousand companies founded every day, with most of them neither known nor operating in Europe. In return, the visitors did not refrain from testing the functionality and usability of products typical for the Chinese market such as WeChat, Alipay and Didi to their heart’s content.

From copycats to leaders

Besides a visit to the headquarter of Alibaba in Hangzhou, the program included discussions with other companies such as News Aggregator Toutiao, the doctors’ platform Chunyu Yisheng, the job platform Kanzhun, as well as start-ups using Blockchain and AI in Beijing and Shanghai.


“The speed with which tech companies in China implement projects is impressive. In addition, the market has a lot of capital. It was very exciting to be there and learn how China, and the tech scene in particular, has come a very long way in a few years, from copycats to leaders.”

Gerhard Thomas, initiator of  the trip


A new generation’s self-image

Despite the big differences between the markets, the participants were able to identify several approaches to cooperating with the partner companies. The exciting part of analyzing the journey will begin now. Besides options for collaboration, the CIO/CTOs were able to gain inspiration with regard to working culture and learned more about the self-image of the new generation of Chinese tech founders and the use of new technologies such as Blockchain, online2offline connections and AI.

Participants included Gerhard Thomas (BurdaSolutions, Group CIO), Jens Pape (Xing), Thomas Koelzer (BurdaForward), Matthias Roth-Hof (BurdaDirect), Maik Friedrich (Computeruniverse), László Kovács (Cyberport), Michael Nowak (Jameda), and Jana Scheidmantel and Thomas Stauber (both Management Graduate Programme), who organized the trip.

DLD Campus

Digital masterminds in the “fan-shaped” city

The countdown is on: On July 3 the premiere of DLD Campus, the regional branch of Europe’s leading innovation conference DLD (Digital, Life, Design), will take place in Karlsruhe. Following the successful launch of the new format last year in Bayreuth, DLD founder Steffi Czerny is now bringing her renowned conference to the innovation location Karlsruhe in Baden-Württemberg.

DLD Campus: Smart minds in Karlsruhe

The one-day conference format will be hosted at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (ZKM) in Karlsruhe for the first time. Following DLD’s motto “connect the unexpected”, DLD Campus connects the regional drivers and innovators of digitisation and focuses on the exchange between entrepreneurs, scientists, politicians and students from the region. As innovation and progress do not only take place in the metropolises, it’s even more important to offer business and politics a platform in a regional context, to bring SMEs together with the international DLD network and to strengthen local entrepreneurial spirit.


“I am particularly looking forward to the debut of DLD Campus in Karlsruhe, as the city ranks among Europe’s most innovative regions. In addition to the strong triad of research, teaching and business, art and media also play an important role in Karlsruhe – an ideal starting point for interdisciplinary DLD discussions about the future of our world.”

Steffi CzernyDLD Founder and Managing Director


Exciting speakers

The conference programme includes regional and international drivers of the future, such as EU Budget Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger and speakers from the air taxi company Volocopter and the big data company BlueYonder. Overseas speakers include Kathryn Myronuk (founding member of Singularity University at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley) and Internet critic Andrew Keen (“How to Fix the Future”). Gerhard Kreß (Director Mobility Data Services, Siemens), Jivka Ovtcharova (Head of the Institute for Information Management in Engineering, KIT) and Olaf Zeitnitz (Co-Founder and CEO, VisualVest) are also among the stage guests.

Hand in hand with established players in Karlsruhe

With the internationally renowned ZKM as event partner of DLD Campus in Karlsruhe, DLD underlines its interdisciplinary character and the importance of art and culture for digital change. “DLD is the hub of the digital scene in Germany, the ZKM is a hotspot of digital culture. The international art database artfacts.net currently lists the ZKM as the fourth most important museum in the world – thus DLD and ZKM form a perfect combination and an extra-class horizon of expectation. Our current exhibition ‘Open Codes. Living in digital worlds’ is an excellent addition to DLD Campus: The exhibition shows highlights of digital cultural technologies,” says Prof. Peter Weibel, Artistic Director of the ZKM in Karlsruhe. Weibel will also be speaking on the DLD stage on 3rd of July, highlight tours of the current exhibition will be offered as part of the conference.

In addition to the ZKM, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) stands alongside DLD as another well-known name in the city. “The transfer of knowledge in both directions – from research to industry and vice versa – is essential for solving pressing future issues. Social challenges such as the energy transition or safe and environmentally friendly mobility can only be created hand in hand with the economy. Therefore, at KIT we have firmly established innovation as the third pillar alongside research and teaching,” said Prof. Holger Hanselka, President of KIT. “DLD Campus strengthens this networking like no other conference. Therefore, we are pleased to be partners this year.”

Partner of DLD Campus

For the premiere of DLD Campus in Karlsruhe, DLD cooperates with a strong line-up of partners. In addition to ZKM and KIT, “Deutschland – Land der Ideen”, the joint location initiative of the German government and German industry, WirecardVisualVestDeloitteSiemensHubert Burda Media with Burda Direct Servicesand BurdaSolutions as well as CyberForum support the conference in Karlsruhe.

 

The event data at a glance:

When:  Tuesday, July 3, 9.00 am – 6.30 pm

Where:  ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Lorenzstraße 19, 76135 Karlsruhe, Germany

Tickets: Tickets available at: http://www.dld-conference.com/DLDCampusKarlsruhe18

 

For press accreditation, please contact dldpress@burda.com

Stefanie Däubler

FitTech Summit 2018

FitTech Summit 2018 – This is the digital future of fitness and sport

  • Europe’s first digital conference on digital personal fitness, health and lifestyle
  • Keynotes and talks with founders, investors and experts
  • Test the latest fitness trends and gadgets
  • Startup pitch competition with 1 million Euro media deal
  • Workouts with celebrities like Eva Padberg, Monica Ivancan or Charlotte Kuhrt

At FitTech Summit, Europe’s first conference on Digital Personal Fitness, Health and Lifestyle, on 10 July at Beach 38 in Munich, the fitness industry demonstrates where the future is heading. Successful founders, investors and experts from all over the world talk about trends, newcomers and investment opportunities in the trend topic FitTech. The event is organized by Burda Bootcamp, the startup lab of Hubert Burda Media, which has made a name for itself in the startup scene with events such as the Burda Hackday or the startup conference Startup Day’n’Nite and has successfully organized FitTech meetings throughout Germany for some time.

‘Health is the new wealth’

Fitness and health are considered an absolute trend topic – the industries have been recording high growth for years. Digital innovations are becoming more and more important. Since 2013, more than $2.6 billion (source: CB Insights) has been invested in FitTech products worldwide and the sales figures of wearables have increased rapidly. According to the motto ‘Health is the new wealth’, fitness and physical and mental health are an increasingly important part of lifestyle. Not only large sports and food companies but more and more young startups are introducing the latest technologies in the form of wearables, tracking apps and the like in order to effectively and specifically promote personal fitness in everyday life.

Talks, workouts and a beach party

The FitTech Summit takes up current developments in the areas of fitness & sports, health & well-being and mental fitness & mindfulness in talks and interesting keynotes. Renowned sports professionals and entrepreneurs will be introducing innovations from all areas of body & soul and discussing the future with scientists and influencers. Topics such as business formation and branding are also part of the program. Manuel Ronnefeldt, founder of the successful meditation app ‘7Mind’, will talk about how he has convinced half a million users of his product and how to build up a business around the topic of mindfulness. Ben McAllister, Director, Product (Connected Fitness) of sportswear brand ‘Under Armour’, discusses ‘Connected Technology’ and explains how smart running shoes can generate new insights into running behavior. In addition, the FitTech Summit offers a lot of innovations: Products from over 30 startups will be available for you to test. Model and yoga instructor Eva Padberg, ‘Headis’ founder René Wegner or influencer Charlotte Kuhrt await active guests with workouts and sportive entertainment. Show acts ensure a great atmosphere, while a beach party rounds off the day and offers the opportunity for networking.

Pitch for 1 million euros

The program highlight of the conference will be a big pitch competition in the evening. Ten selected young startups have the opportunity to present their innovations and skills to a high-profile jury. The jury, consisting of Camilla Dolan (Principal, Burda Principal Investments), Philipp Walter (Head of Marketing, DACH, Under Armour), Jens Pippig (Managing Director, ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator) and Michael Diederich (CEO, HypoVereinsbank), will decide which founder was most convincing and will receive an exclusive deal with the ProSiebenSat1 Accelerator, worth 1 million euros in media performance. In addition, the winner can look forward to a place in the co-working space of the Burda Bootcamp and use the extensive network of Hubert Burda Media.

Presse accreditation and Press kit: http://fittechsummit.com/media

More information about the FitTech Summit can be found on the website and on social media (FacebookInstagramLinkedin).

Lucia Walter

Burda Events DLD conference

DLD Campus – Regional power

After a successful start last year, Europe’s leading innovation conference DLD (Digital, Life, Design) returns to German universities for its regional conference format DLD Campus. Last year, DLD Campus started at the University of Bayreuth, which will once again where the event venue will take place on July 12. DLD Campus will also celebrate its premiere in Karlsruhe on July 3. For the second year in a row, DLD founder Steffi Czerny brings her successful conference format to regions outside the major cities.

The format DLD Campus

DLD Campus focuses on regions beyond the big cities and aims to connect the international DLD community with regional entrepreneurs, scientists, politicians and students. The one-day conference promotes the exchange of content on digitisation at a regional level with panel discussions and lectures at German universities. In addition to the conference programme on the DLD stage, numerous companies will invite the participants to an in-depth discussion in the exhibition area.

Innovation region Karlsruhe

On July 3, 2018, DLD Campus will be a guest at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (ZKM) in Karlsruhe for the first time. The high density of innovative companies and a cluster of excellent universities make Karlsruhe the idealDLD Campus destination. In the renowned ZKM, headed by Peter Weibel, a wide variety of representatives from the fields of science and business are expected. Speakers at DLD Campus Karlsruhe include EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger, author Andrew Keen and university professor Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl, who heads the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research.

Back in Bayreuth

Steffi Czerny and University President of Bayreuth Stefan Leible will host the second DLD Campus Conference on July 12, including the Minister of State for Digital Affairs at the Federal Chancellery, Dorothee Bär. She will talk about how “Digitalization beats urbanization” and digital education in Germany, especially Bavaria. Other prominent guests of DLD Campus Bayreuth are the Swiss-German poet Nora Gomringer, who heads the International Artists’ House Villa Concordia in Bamberg since 2010, the renowned journalist and book author (“What would Google do?”) Jeff Jarvis and Stefan Mennerich, Media Director at FC Bayern.

Impressions of DLD Campus Bayreuth from last year can be found here.

Event dates:

DLD Campus Karlsruhe: Tuesday, July 3, approx. 9.00 – 18.00 h @ ZKM Karlsruhe; Tickets
DLD Campus Bayreuth: Thursday, July 12, approx. 9.00 – 18.00 @ University of Bayreuth; Tickets

For a press accreditation please contact dldpress@burda.com.

 

Daniela Lechner

Closing the Female Leadership Gap

Despite multiple and long-term efforts by business, legislation and politics to balance out the gender gap in corporate leadership, the figures of women in C-suite positions in corporate as well as political Europe and America are disheartening. Neither diversity initiatives nor affirmative action have driven numbers of female executives upwards significantly while causing an array of controversial debates. When it comes to women entrepreneurs, figures of women starting their own business are going up year by year, there still is a measurable imbalance for women-led business, particularly when it comes to accessing funding. What are the actual barriers that prevent women from breaking the glass ceiling in the corporate world? Which kind of initiatives are proving to be effective and why? Why aren’t there more of them?
What can the corporate world learn from entrepreneurs and vice versa?
Do we need a more binding political framework to close the female leadership gap?

June Cohen (WaitWhat), Daniela Perdomo (goTenna), Gisbert Ruehl (Klöckner), Albert Wenger (USV) joined on stage of DLD New York to discuss „Closing the Female Leadership“, moderated by Nikki Waller (The Wall Street Journal).

 

To read the full article  of ‘Closing the Female Leadership Gap’ click here to visit DLD Magazine

Get-together in a shoe paradise

BurdaPrincipal Investments took the DLD conference in New York as an opportunity to invite all Burda investments from the US East Coast to a get-together. On the eve of the conference, around 30 guests gathered in the showroom of the Italian luxury accessory label and Burda investment M.Gemi in the middle of Soho for an “Aperitivo & Dinner”. Networking in the midst of shoes –  some guests could not resist the offer of handmade leather goods from Italy.

“The US East Coast is an important part of BurdaPrincipal Investments investment strategy,” says Christian Teichmann, Managing Director BurdaPrincipal Investments. “With four investments here and a growing network of close partners, we have built a platform that also offers interesting exchange opportunities and points of contact. DLD New York was the perfect occasion to bring our investments together with speakers at the conference and to host our first BPI event in New York in M.Gemi’s showroom”.

Guests included Anneke Jong (COO) and founder Rachel Blumenthal of Rockets of AwesomeBaublebarfounder Daniella Yacobovsky and DLD speakers, business partners and colleagues from BPI’s London office. Burda CEO Paul-Bernhard Kallen and Board Member Martin Weiss were also among the guests. The hosts Christian Teichmann, Managing Director BurdaPrincipal Investments, and M.Gemi founder Ben Fishman greeted the guests and opened the buffet afterwards – in true Italian fashion, Mediterranean specialties from Dean & Deluca were served.

 

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