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Dec 06, 2018 @ 02:12 by Alexander Voss

China meets Europe: dgroup/Accenture at Hamburg Summit 2018

As platinum sponsor and premium partner of the Hamburg Summit, dgroup hosted the official evening event  and organised the two main technology panels . What can Europe and China learn from each other from a technological perspective? How can business relations be improved to create an open dialogue? These and further questions were discussed at the Hamburg Summit last week. 

The Hamburg Summit, founded in 2004, was initiated and organised by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce together with former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. It is internationally recognised as the leading platform for an open dialogue between Europe and China with the goal to improve economic relations and the understanding of each other. The high-level, biennial business conference took place for the fourth time from November 26th to 28th 2018.

As platinum sponsor and premium partner of the event, dgroup hosted the official evening event on Monday and organized the two main technology panels on Tuesday. What can Europe and China learn from each other from a technological perspective? How can business relations be improved to create an open dialogue? These and further questions were discussed at the Hamburg Summit last week. 

Some of the political and economic leaders who participated included:

  • Guest of Honor: Liu He, Vice-Premier, People's Republic of China
  • Gerhard Schröder, former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany and Honorary Chairman of the Hamburg Summit
  • Liao Min, Vice Minister, People's Republic of China
  • Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer, Germany
  • Dr. Peter Tschentscher, First Mayor and President of the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany
  • Victor L.L. Chu, Chairman, and CEO of First Eastern Investment Group, Hong Kong
  • Li Yizhong, Chairman of China Federation of Industrial Economics (CFIE)
  • Angela Titzrath, CEO of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA)
  • Leng Yan, Executive Vice President, Daimler Greater China Ltd.


As China and Europe are at the forefront of leading global technology developments, we opened the doors of our Hamburg office for the official Hamburg Summit evening event. The evening served as a platform for discussion, interaction and exchange between global leaders and decision makers about latest technological trends and collaboration opportunities of the future. 

On two networking floors, one VIP area and one interactive demo station floor, 230 external and internal decision makers came together at our office location in Hamburg to let the evening fade away. 

From left to right: Olaf Rotax (dgroup) Dr. Moritz Hagenmüller (Accenture Hamburg Hub Lead) and Robert Lorenz-Meyer (Hamburg Chamber of Commerce) officially welcomed our guests during the evening.

Besides networking opportunities in a friendly atmosphere, we invited our guests to a digital innovation tour. Selected concepts and successful collaborations between Accenture’s global network and partners were presented: AliCloudHuaweiMackevision and Accenture’s ASGR China unit Chin:fected gave insights into the latest innovations and upcoming technological trends. Further highlights were live calligraphy, a photobooth and the Mood bar from Accenture Liquid Studios, which suggest drinks based on facial recognition. 

Johanna Schmitt (Product Owner at Mackevision) presented their latest interactive car configurator
Dr. Mei Wang (Senior Manager at dgroup and China Innovation Lead at Chin:fected) in discussion with participants about latest digital innovation trends originating in China.
André Motz (Application Development Manager at Accenture Liquid Studios) and his Mood Bar in action, suggesting the right cocktail for the guest’s mood based on facial recognition.
Tobias Schmidt (Accenture ASGR Technology Consulting) and Honggang Zhu (Alibaba Cloud) presented Accenture’s latest ecosystem solutions for new rules on localization and cross-border transfer of data.


On the second day of the conference, dgroup and Accenture were hosting the two main panel discussions with the general topic "Challenges of digitalisation and artificial intelligence”. The first panel discussion was focusing on Chinese digital consumer trends and implications for European businesses whereas the second panel discussion was focusing on the digital future of the industrial sector:

Panel discussion 1: China´s digital consumers – understanding the preferences of Chinese online shoppers

The panel was moderated by Olaf Rotax and looked at how Chinese shoppers differ from their European counterparts. The panelists were focused on answering two main questions:

  • How can European companies best serve the largest E-Commerce market worldwide? 
  • What can Europe learn from China’s digital innovations?
Olaf Rotax on stage together with high-level panelists from Smaato, Malong, Souche and Alibaba Group.

The following experts from China and Europe discussed how market innovations shape the consumption patterns of Chinese online shoppers and how companies from Europe can adapt to the Chinese digital market and benefit from China´s online consumers: 

  • Ragnar Kruse, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Smaato, Germany
  • Dr. Huang Dinglong, Co-founder and CEO, Malong Technologies, Co. Ltd., P.R. China
  • Alan Yuan, CFO, Souche, R. China
  • Karl Wehner, Managing Director (Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Eastern Europe, Turkey), Alibaba Group, Germany

Panel discussion 2: Digital upgrade in manufacturing – on the track to “Made in China 2025” and “Industrie 4.0” 

The last panel of the Hamburg Summit 2018 was moderated by Accenture’s Chairman Germany Frank Riemensperger and focused on “Made in China 2025” and “Industrie 4.0” and their implications on European and Chinese businesses. The panelists answered the following questions:

  • How can China and Europe tap potentials of cooperation towards the next level of industrial manufacturing? 
  • Can and should Germany’s ‘Industry 4.0’ play a leading role in China’s digital transformation? 
  • How can European companies benefit from “Made in China 2025”?
Frank Riemensperger moderated the panel discussion with high-level participants China and Europe.

For this panel, we invited a broad range of IoT experts from well-known companies in Europe and China:

  • Wang Yongzhi, CIO, CRRC Corporation Limited (CRRC), P.R. China
  • Hala Zeine, President Digital Supply Chain, SAP SE, Germany
  • Li Zheng, President, Greater China, NXP Semiconductors, P.R. China
  • Cui Haifeng, Managing Director, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei, Germany
  • Toni Cheng, General Manager of DACH & CEE Region, Alibaba Cloud, Germany
  • Zhao Mengda, Chief Strategy Investment Officer (CSIO), Tuya Smart, P.R. China


After two successful Young Leaders Forum in 2014 and 2016, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and OAV German Asia-Pacific Business Association invited again young leaders from Europe and China to participate in the third Young Leaders Forum during the Hamburg Summit. It brings together exceptional personalities from business, politics, academics and societal organisations not older than 35 years to discuss current topics of Sino-European relations. 

Participants aim to have the opportunity to establish a network with distinguished individuals and to enhance their understanding of Sino-European relations coming from a new generation of leaders. We are happy to announce that Carolin Knothe, Management Consultant at dgroup, was one of the selected participant of the Forum. Due to her digital transformation and China expertise, she was able to contribute, discuss and share her experiences and learn from other participants. 

During the Young Leadership Forum, Dr. Mei Wang (Senior Manager at dgroup and Digital Innovation Lead of Accenture’s ASGR China Unit Chin:fected) presented latest digital innovation trends originating in China and successful collaboration opportunities for businesses between China and the Western world. 

Dr. Mei Wang provided latest insights into Chinese digital transformation trends and their implications for Europe.
dgroup Consultant and China expert Carolin Knothe in a discussion with other selected participants of the Leadership Forum.

In summary, the Hamburg Summit 2018 continued to strengthen its position as the major conference for Sino-European business relations and we were proud to be part of this platform. High-ranking speakers and participants discussed the future of the Chinese economic system, Chinese investments in Europe and latest digital innovations originating in China and Europe as well as futural collaboration opportunities.

If you want to continue the dialogue about what Western companies can learn from China's digital innovation ecosystem, please do get in touch

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