MFJMCE Conversations on Europe: Business after the Fall: Challenges of East German Companies

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For this second Conversations on Europe, join our experts for an interactive virtual roundtable discussion on “Business after the Fall: Challenges of East German Companies”

When thinking of German businesses, we usually mean West German ones. To add nuance to this perspective, this event will focus on two successful East German companies that had to restart after 1989 when Communism fell and the German government privatized thousands of companies. While some did not succeed, the numerous stories of those that thrived are often overlooked.


ImageWendy Carlin
Professor of Economics
University College of London

ImageFlorian Mezger
Head of Shared Services North America
Head of HR North America
President & Treasurer, Carl Zeiss AFG

ImageGunter Steinmetz
Head of Human Resources
Bauerfeind AG


ImageJan Musekamp
DAAD Associate Professor
Department of History
University of Pittsburgh


► This event is free but you need to RSVP at and register here


  • If you are an FIU student, you must check that you are a Non-Pitt Undergraduate or a Non-Pitt Graduate Students (as relevant) under the affiliation.
  • If you are an FIU faculty member, please check Non-Pitt Faculty under the affiliation.

► For any further information, please contact Christine I. Caly-Sanchez

Hosted by European Studies Center, a Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh

Co-sponsors and participating centers: The Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Florida International University, the Center for European Studies at the University of Florida, the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies at Georgia Tech, and the European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union