Sustainability “made in Germany” becomes alive in hall 5.1 of the Frankfurt Messe.

A daily program on the marketplace stage of the “City of Sustainability” will show-case technical expertise, innovation and examples of cooperation to solve problems. Representatives of business, politics, non-government organizations, science and research will present practical solutions.

In the “City of Sustainability” participants take part in interactive exhibits and join a daily networking lunch to establish international contacts. They will also interact with top German experts on important issues around sustainable development like energy efficiency, vocational training, sustainable supply chains and how to make cities more livable.

Master of Ceremony: Katie Gallus, Independent Moderator

Monday, 02 May 2016

  •   Organized by: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Opening of the City of Sustainability — Continuation of the Host Country Event 12:00 to 12:30 pm Moderated talk on the role of cities for global sustainable development.
    • Governor Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
    • Mr. Peter Feldmann, Lord Mayor of Frankfurt
    • Mr. Mochamad Ridwan Kamil, Mayor of Bandung, Indonesia
  •   Organized by: Engagement Global Improving Municipal Services through Peer-to-Peer Learning and Municipal Partnerships 1:00 to 2:30 pm Municipal partnerships and city-to-city-cooperation offer a big potential of improvement of essential municipal services by peer-to-peer-learning and the implementation of common projects. This potential will be showcased by the example of the partnership Dresden (Germany) – Qian´an (People's Republic of China), which has a special focus on integrated mobility planning. To get an idea of the general framework, the state of existing partnerships between German and Asian cities will be presented. In addition, the audience will get an overview of the diverse possibilities and offers of the Service Agency Communities in One World of Engagement Global to support municipal partnerships.
    • Jin-Sheng Lue, Deutscher Städtetag
    • Axel Wittstock, City of Dresden
    • Lu Lu, Technical Universtiy Berlin
    • Alexander Wagner, Connective Cities

  •   Organized by: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) The Implementation of the 2030 Agenda The interplay of national, subnational and local levels—experiences from Germany 2:30 to 3:15 pm The implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Germany is framed by the national strategy for sustainable development. Its success depends on the interplay between several actors, international, national and subnational levels. Germany has committed itself to present its implementation efforts at this year's HLPF session as 20 other states did. For that reason, Germany is among the forerunners in terms of implementing the Agenda.
    In a panel discussion, participants will discuss the role of the local level and communities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, challenges and expectations of federal ministries, cities and communities towards each other.
    • Losana Talei Rokotuibau, Director of Town and Country Planning, Ministry of Local Government, Housing and Environment, Fiji
    • Monika Zimmermann, Deputy Secretary General ICLEI
    • Ulrich Hörning, Deputy Mayor for Public Administration, Leipzig)
    • Dr. Heike Kuhn, BMZ

    Moderator: Monika Högen

  •   Organized by: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Presentation of Technological Development Projects in Asia 3:30 to 4:15 pm The Fraunhofer Institutes will shine a bright spotlight on their pioneering technologies aimed at tackling global challenges in the fields of smart cities and energy access in urban and rural areas—today and in the future. .
    • Damian Wagner, Fraunhofer IAO
    • Dr. Glenn Aliu, Fraunhofer FIT
    • Dr.-Ing. Clemens Pollerberg, Fraunhofer UMSICHT
    • Dr. Joachim Koschikowski, Fraunhofer ISE

    Moderator: Dr. Eckart Bierdümpel, International Business Development

  •   Organized by: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) Access to Finance and Investments Bridging the urban infrastructure investment gap in Asia 4:30 to 5:15 pm Asia is among the continents with the steepest urbanization rates and the biggest infrastructure investment gap. National and subnational governments across the region are in need of financial and capacity development support to link to finance and prepare bankable, inclusive and sustainable infrastructure projects. BMZ, ADB, SECO, amongst others, have been funding the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) since 2007, a facility created to bridge the infrastructure financing and capacity gap for medium-sized cities. Until date, CDIA has linked 51 urban infrastructure projects to finance with a total volume of 5.8 billion US-Dollars in investment. BMZ and SECO embrace the occasion to reflect upon the nuts and bolts of linking cities to finance with representatives of local government, financing institutions, private sector and energy sector finance.
    • Mr. AJM Muzammil, Mayor of Colombo, Sri Lanka, (tbc)
    • Patrick Walsh, Director Africa, Carribean, Pacific, Lending Department, European Investment Bank, (tbc)
    • Ms. Xu Jingjin, International Advisory Group on Green & Smart Urbanization, China Development Bank Capital Corp (tbc)
    • Ms. Dagmar Vogel, Head Infrastructure Financing Division, SECO (tbc)
    • Dr. Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk, Deputy Director, Sustainable Development, Natural Resources, Business and Infrastructure, BMZ

Tuesday, 03 May 2016

  •   Organized by: Frankfurt Main Finance e.V. Breakfast Meeting: How to foster Financial Inclusion 8:00 to 8:45 am While Germany and other EU countries are well supplied, large parts of the world's population lack access to basic financial services such as banking and saving accounts or regulated credit processes*. Companies that use technology to make financial services more efficient, known as FinTechs, can often help to make these services more accessible for various groups. For example, in emerging markets new services have been developed based on the internet and widespread telecommunications devices instead of brick and mortar institutions. Even in developed countries, Fintech products make banking more efficient and encourage participation from new segments in financing, retirement planning or investment.
    • Marilyn Heib, Managing Director bettervest
    • Radoslav Albrecht, Managing Director Bitbond
    • Dr. Marco Adelt, Managing Director Clark
    • Franz Thomas Fürst, Managing Director WebID Solutions
    • Dr. Jochen Biedermann, Frankfurt Main Finance

  •   Organized by: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) Disrupting the Financial Architecture Potentials and pitfalls of blockchain technology 9:00 to 9:45 am Digital currencies like bitcoin and the underlying blockchain technology could fundamentally alter financial transactions and international development. Open, decentralized and secure ledgers would render payments networks more transparent and reliable. This, experts say, could help close the funding gap left by rapid urbanization, offer banking to the unbanked and improve or replace governance processes. But how, exactly, is the technology already being used? What will it take for banks and development actors to reap the benefits it can offer? Technical and development experts will introduce and discuss the emerging field, inviting participants to imagine international finance futures.
    • Dr. Jörg Sandrock, PwC Strategy
    • Vitus Ammann, CMO Monetas

    Moderator: Dr. Katrin Bornemann, Senior Officer "Digital World", BMZ

  •   Organized by: Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investments 10:00 to 10:45 am How did investment in renewable energy perform in 2015? This session present the 10th Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment Report, which provides a comprehensive overview of international investments in renewable energy broken down by type of economy, technology, level of investment and the story of the latest developments, signs and signals in the financing of renewable power and fuels.
    • Ms. Silvia Kreibiehl, Director, UNEP Centre, Frankfurt School of Finance
    • Prof. Dr. Ulf Moslener, Professor for Sustainable Energy Finance, Frankfurt School of Finance

  •   Organized by: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung The Chinese One Belt One Road Initiative: Asian Perceptions 11:00 to 11:45 am In this panel the initiative is discussed through the eyes of economic experts and decision makers from Asian countries such as India, Kazakhstan, Australia, and the People's Republic of China.
    • Nalin S. Kohli, National Spokesperson of the BJP, India
    • Olzhas Khudaibergenov, Director, Center for Macroeconomic Research, Kazakhstan
    • David Arase, Resident Professor of International Politics, Johns Hopkins University, Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Nanjing University, People's Republic of China
    • Dr. Ligang Song, Associate Professor (Reader), Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Canberra
    • Koji Sakuma, General Manager and Chief Economist
    • Institute for International Monetary Affairs (IIMA), Japan

  •   Organized by: Indo-German Alliance for Water Efficiency (IGAWE) and German Water Partnership (GWP) Solutions for Urban Water Efficiency Lean technologies and business models with sustainable finance 12:00 to 12:45 pm Podium and plenary discussion on innovative approaches for better water efficiency in emerging countries with examples focusing on water loss reduction, energy efficiency, modular disinfection, optimized operations and business models under sustainable financing schemes. Questions and answers with experienced engineering and financing experts from developed as well as emerging countries. Lessons learnt from the "corridor of cooperation" between water research and international development as supported through the project WaLUE - water losses reduction in urban environment in the City of Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India.
    • Prof. Dr. Karl-Ulrich Rudolph, CEO, Institute of Environmental Engineering & Management, University Witten/Herdecke
    • Mareen Schneider, CEO, Grasshopper Investments GmbH and INWASOL GmbH
    • Attila Galambodi, CEO, REDO Water Systems GmbH
    • Tushar Sheel, Water Supply/Business Development, WILO SE
    • Daniel Podgorny, Managing Director, WILO Financial Services GmbH
    • Dr. Michael Kuhn, Head of Regional Section India, GWP and MD Kuhn GmbH
    • Annabelle Kalinowski-Gausepohl, Business Development, Global Water Franchise Agency GmbH

  •   Organized by: Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Emerging Markets Dialogue on Finance, and Centre for European Policy Studies Enhancing Sustainable Investments in Asia's G20 Bond Markets 1:00 to 1:45 pm In light of fast industrial growth, Asia requires substantial investment to upgrade its infrastructure. According to the ADB, only ASEAN markets will need an addition of USD 550bn to sustain and enhance their infrastructure until 2020.
    Even though, Asian governments have undertaken substantial efforts to address this issue, such as the launch of the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), public resources alone will not be sufficient to match this need. It is estimated that up to 80 percent of funding will need to come from private sources in order to fill the infrastructure investment gap.
    A key question is therefore: How to leverage the funds of the private sector to fill the infrastructure gap? Especially the large funds of institutional investors will play a crucial role to mobilize additional resources for infrastructure, growth and development. Institutional investors play a key role to efficiently mobilizing local savings and to recycling them into long term investments, especially through local currency bond markets.
    While there is not a lack of investors and liquidity, wariness of market frictions limit investor participation in local (bond) markets. The challenge is therefore to reduce market frictions, to enhance incentives, to reduce regulatory burdens and to identify investable projects to foster infrastructure investments.
    • Ms. Anja Wagner, Head of Division, Cooperation with the private sector; sustainable economic policy, BMZ
    • Mr. Diego Valiante, Head of Financial Markets and Institutions, CEPS
    • Ms. XIE Huaizhu, Division Director, Division of International Finance, Research Bureau, People's Bank of China (PBOC)
    • Mr. Richa G. Agarwal, Deputy General Manager, Investment Management Department, Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI)
    • N.N. Asia Securities and Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA)
    • Ms. Fauziah Zen, Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
    • Achim Deuchert, Co-Director, Emerging Markets Dialogue on Finance, GIZ
    • Astrid Skala-Kuhmann, Head of Emerging Markets, GIZ (tbc)
  •   Organized by: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology, and Vietnamese-German University Expert Talk: Practice-Oriented Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific Region 2:00 to 2:45 pm Germany has a rich tradition in practice-oriented education. Practice-orientation is becoming increasingly relevant in higher education as well. Better practical skills may support university graduates in making a successful transition into the labour market. This in turn contributes to economic development. New approaches were developed integrating academic studies with workplace training, thereby better preparing youth for the world of work. Germany has piloted practice-oriented higher education cooperation in Mongolia and Vietnam. How can such approaches to higher education improve the economic empowerment of graduates? With experts from these projects, this expert talk will elaborate opportunities, challenges and transfer possibilities of practice-oriented higher education.
    • Dr. Michael Braun, Head of Department Industrial Relations and Technology Transfer, Vietnamese-German University (VGU) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    • Dr. Rolf Peter, Programme Director, German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology (GMIT)
    • Peter Kompalla, Executive Director of the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (GPCCI / AHK Philippinen)

    Moderator: Natasha Walker

  •   Organized by: Porsche AG und Don Bosco Mondo e.V. Porsche Training and Recruitment Center Asia 3:00 to 3:45 pm TVET speeding up!
    How the company Porsche AG and the NGO Don Bosco Mondo joined forces for PTRCA ("Porsche Training and Recruitment Center Asia") in Manila. Result: Skilled workers satisfying market needs in service mechatronics - and young underprivileged Filipinos never out of work again.
    • Mr. Torsten Klavs, Porsche AG
    • Dr. Susanne Franke, Don Bosco Mondo e.V.

Wednesday, 04 May 2016

  •   Organized by: Veridos, a company of Bundesdruckerei and Giesecke & Devrient Breakfast Meeting: State-Building through Secure Identities How to make sure that every citizen has one unique identity? 8:00 to 8:45 am Throughout the world, nations face similiar challenges: How to make sure that every citizen has one unique identity? This may sound trivial but has far-reaching implications: Controlling migration flows while observing international regulations, granting access to social services, improving government interaction with the population, building up efficient tax systems are just a few services that depend on secure identities.
    Veridos, a company of Bundesdruckerei and Giesecke & Devrient and the host of the breakfast meeting, helps governments worldwide to tackle these challenges through its identity solutions. At this pre-agenda, you can learn about your peers' approach to secure identities in public services.
    The breakfast meeting is limited to 30 people. Please confirm your attendance by mail to [email protected].
  •   Organized by: Deutsche Bank AG Green Buildings, Finance and Social Impact 9:00 to 9:45 pm This event will feature two experts from Deutsche Bank's Asset Management division, discussing the investor perspective on green buildings, ESG and the financing of small scale energy solutions for "Bottom of the Pyramid" communities. A recent Deutsche Asset Management survey of academic research found the strongest alignment between sustainability and financial performance in the real estate sector. Over a 20+ year record, the Bank's Global Social Finance team has invested $2.5+ billion in deals creating significant benefits for disadvantaged communities.
    • Georg Allendorf, Managing Director and Co-Head of Real Estate in Europe
    • Gary Hattem, Managing Director and Head of the Center for Sustainable Finance

  •   Organized by: Bremen Overseas Research & Development Association, BORDA e. V. Key Elements for Formulating a New Urban Agenda Experiences made in Asia for a comprehensive management of urban waters and sanitation 10:00 to 10:45 am Given the rapid urban growth seen in many Asian cities today new models for the management of water resources need to be established to achieve the SDGs.
    • Dr. Bernd Gutterer, Senior Advisor
    • Stefan Reuter, Director BORDA e.V.
    • Stanzin Tsephel, BORDA Coordinator South-East Asia
    • Manas Rath, Senior Strategic and Financial Advisor, BORDA Ltd.
  •   Organized by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Vision 2040: Energizing Sustainable Development Key findings of the Delphi Study on the future of energy systems 11:00 to 11:45 am What challenges are energy systems likely to face in the future? How can we design strategic solutions for problems that will only emerge as we progress through the next three decades? Where will the new centres of economic growth be, and how do today's stakeholders and decision-makers see energy systems developing?
    The study "Delphi Energy Future 2040" takes a comprehensive view, identifies common ground and examines interdependencies. At the same time, it is an invitation to formulate visionary approaches and bold ideas about how energy systems might take shape tomorrow.
    • Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India
    • Lorenz Petersen, Director of Division, Water, Energy and Transport, GIZ

  •   Organized by: Veridos, a company of Bundesdruckerei and Giesecke & Devrient Investing in Emerging Markets How to make your project a success 12:00 to 12:45 pm Attracting foreign direct investment has become a top issue in many countries. How to create a regulatory environment that appeals to foreign companies? Which forms of co-operation are likely to succeed?
    The participants of the panel discussion will outline conditions for success of various public private partnerships, discuss the legal framework for investments and show how emerging markets and industry can start joint success stories. The panel is hosted by Veridos (a joint venture of Bundesdruckerei and Giesecke & Devrient) that delivers identity solutions to governments worldwide and that has gained valuable expereince in various global projects.
    For more information, please contact Mareike Ahrens: [email protected].
  •   Organized by: Puma SE Working on Sustainable Supply Chain Management in the Textile Industry The Puma SAVE Initiative 1:00 to 1:45 pm Experiences and outcomes of SAVE—a joint advisory and training program by Puma and BMZ. The initiative pursues the identification of resource saving potentials of Asian core suppliers and supports their respective resource efficiency actions.
    • Stefan D. Seidel, Head of Corporate Sustainability, PUMA SE
    • Joana de Brito, Corporate Sustainability Manager, PUMA SE

  •   Organized by: TransFair e.V./Fairtrade International Fairtrade and Climate Change Working in partnerships to tackle climate change challenges 2:00 to 2:45 pm Through its work on climate change, Fairtrade aims to secure the sustainable livelihoods of small-scale producers by developing projects that enhance their resilience to climate change (adaptation) and reduce their contribution to climate change (mitigation).
    In 2015 the Fairtrade Climate Standard was launched to enable producers to access the voluntary carbon market under fairer conditions. Carbon projects under the Fairtrade Climate Standard are conducted in collaboration with The Gold Standard, an internationally recognized carbon scheme. Inter alia, these projects around renewable energy, energy efficiency or through afforestation / reforestation activities generate Fairtrade Carbon Credits, which are sold in the voluntary carbon market. In addition, the standard includes requirements for end buyers of the Fairtrade Carbon Credits as well as a premium payment to be invested in adaptation measures. Furthermore, Fairtrade supports producer organizations through pure adaptation projects.
    This session aims to offer an insight into ongoing climate change projects in Asia, the Fairtrade Climate Standard, and how Asian producers can benefit from it.
    • Andreas Kratz, Fairtrade International (tbc)
    • Rakesh Supkar, Fairtrade Network of Asian and Pacific Producers (NAPP)

  •   Organized by: WWF Germany Taking Deforestation out of Bank and Investor Portfolios 3:00 to 3:45 pm Southeast Asia experiences extreme rates of deforestation for commodity production (palm oil, rubber, pulp, timber). With the New York Declaration on Forests banks and finance institutions have committed to stop deforestation by 2030.
    Panelists will discuss ways for implementation:
    • What are the challenges to implement deforestation free supply chains and production?
    • How could banks and finance sector contribute to the implementation of Deforestation Free Supply Chains?
    • What could be the role of investors and finance sector at national and local level?
    • Which tools and instruments are necessary to support the implementations and to minimize the risk?


    • Martina Fleckenstein, WWF GER
    • Paul Chatterton, WWF International (tbc)
    • Stephan Möller, Deutsche Bank
    • Jens Hönerhoff, DEG
  •   Organized by: City of Frankfurt Cooperation of financial centers and the integration of capital markets in Europe 4:00 to 4:45 pm Frankfurt/Main is the leading financial centre in the Euro zone – host of major regulation authorities such as ECB, EIOPA, SRB, the first Renminbi hub in Europe and home of renown fintechs and established financial institutions. Experts from the Frankfurt government, financial institutions and trade bodies discuss the chances and challenges of an industry in transition.
    • Uwe Becker, City Treasurer, Deputy Mayor Frankfurt am Main
    • Frank Scheidig, Managing Director, Global Head Senior Executive Banking, DZ Bank
    • Dr. Stephan Bredt, Director General Economic Sector, Financial Services, Exchanges, Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development of the State of Hesse
    • Dr. Chen Han, Co-Chief Executive Officer, China Europe International Exchange AG(CEINEX)
    • Hubertus Väth, Managing Director, Frankfurt Main Finance e.V.