Innovating Cooperation: Covid, Germany, and the U.S.
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Innovating Cooperation: Covid, Germany, and the U.S.

Join us for Innovating Cooperation: Covid, Germany, and the U.S. with Karl Matthias Klause, Head of the Economic Section, German Embassy. The program will take place on Thursday, June 25 from 12-1 p.m. CT.

When: Thursday, June 25, 2020
12-1 p.m. CT
Where: Zoom
United States
Contact: Evan Verploegh

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While devastating in many respects, the Covid pandemic has encouraged innovative local solutions and opportunities for international cooperation in numerous sectors. Karl Matthias Klause, Head of the Economic Section (Minister) of the German Embassy in Washington, will offer insight into the German response to Covid and the outlook for transatlantic relations and trade during these uncertain times. Presented by the International Relations Council and the World Trade Center–Kansas City in partnership with the Bertelsmann Foundation

About the Speaker
Before coming to Washington, Karl Matthias Klause was Head of Office of Minister of State (deputy foreign minister) Prof. Dr. Maria Böhmer in the Foreign ministry. The remit covered external economic policy and sustainable development issues, cultural relations and education policy, Germany’s United Nations and global policies. In terms of world regions, the work focused on the countries of sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel, Latin America and the Caribbean as well as South and South-East Asia. Prior to that he was Director for Central Europa in the Foreign ministry.

In his time in the Federal Chancellery he was Deputy Director with responsibilities for Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. He also worked in the Division for Cabinet and Parliamentary Affairs as a liaison diplomat with the German Bundestag. He has served at German Missions in Washington (Spokesperson), London (Cultural Attaché) and Warsaw (Press Attaché).

He is a certified Peace Negotiator with Swiss, Norwegian and German training. He studied Medieval and Modern history, German and English Literature and Philosophy in Münster and at the Free University in Berlin. He is an elected member of the Board of the German Shakespeare Society of 1864. He is married to Sylvie Teisseire-Klause, they have three children


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