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EIA 058 Market Opportunity for German “Green-Tech” Companies

Prof. Peter Sachsenmeier, Dr. Sandra Bell, Johannes Kreissig, Corinne Abele, Winfried Mayer, Claudia Sanders

Prof. Peter Sachsenmeier is a strategist, expert in complex technology management, industrial innovator and visionary. He is actively involved in knowledge transfer from research to industry, and combined outstanding appointments in academia with important posts in international companies. He combines deep technology knowledge with a keen sense of new business and management modes based on the digital transformation of all industries. With the national engineering academies of China and India, he has been engaged in smart city research and with the associated technologies for the last 15 years. In his International Innovation Center he leads smart city, green technologies, green materials and green finance teams. In 2014, Professor Peter Sachsenmeier 院士 received an award from the Chinese Green Rooftops association for his contribution to green ideas and technologies.

Dr. Sandra Bell is an accomplished business leader, lifelong China expert and visionary strategist. She has 20 years working experience in strategy, go-to-market, and e-commerce. She worked 10 years for The Boston Consulting Group, and had leading positions in Henkel and Hershey, both in Germany and China. Today she leads the China & India region for Viega. Viega is a family-owned company and a hidden champion from Germany. Viega is global market leader in copper press technology and hygienic & potable drinking water solutions for infrastructure buildings.

Johannes Kreissig is a visionary and thought leader in the field of sustainable construction. He has over 25 years of professional experience in the areas of life cycle assessment, sustainability assessment and strategy consulting. He worked for more than 15 years as a acting partner in the software and sustainability consulting specialist thinkstep. Since 2016 he has been CEO of the German Sustainable Building Council – DGNB, which is Europe’s largest network for sustainable construction. The DGNB certification system, a planning and optimisation tool for sustainable buildings and districts, which helps to increase real sustainability in construction projects, is DGNBs key instrument to achieve sustainable buildings for everybody – everywhere.

Corinne Abele is the Head of the Foreign Trade Information Bureau of Germany Trade & Invest in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. Corinne has been living and working in China for nearly 20 years. An experienced journalist and economist, she has documented China’s economic development with analyses, articles and lectures. A big part of her work focuses on the observation and analysis of innovation-driven technology markets and industrial digitalisation in China. Her other main topics are environmental protection, renewable energy, engineering and competition in China. Since 2014, Ms. Abele has been heading the Trade Information Section of Germany Trade and Invest in Shanghai. Prior to this she worked in the same position in Beijing (2004-2012) and in Taipei (1998-2004).

Winfried Mayer, founded MPS in 1984 in Stuttgart MPS designs factories and industrial buildings in accordance with German standards and, depending on the area, according to local regulations. We also supervise local planning, take care of tender procedure as well as monitor and direct building operations on-site all over the world.
Branches: Shanghai, China; Pune, India; Beverungen, Germany
Projects: Over 500 projects in 25 countries

Claudia Sanders is with the Network for Architecture Exchange NAX, the Federal Chamber of German Architects (BAK) supports German architects of all disciplines, engineers and specialist planners on their way to new markets. NAX thus promotes planning quality and the brand “Architecture Made in Germany” abroad with a wide portfolio of formats and activities. NAX brings together export-oriented planners and mediates contacts between domestic and foreign colleagues, decision-makers, developers and investors.

Time Stamp

00:00:00 Introduction

00:00:10 Opening of Webinar by Peter Sachsenmeier

00:02:06 Delivery of Keynote by Dr Sandra Bell

00:17:00 Question to Dr Sandra Bell: What was the most famous building that you equipped with Viega systems?

00:18:20 Introduction of Expert Panel

00:18:47 Question to Dr Sandra Bell: What’s the market segments that you address in China and what kind of ecosystem do you need to be effective?

00:20:54 Question to Johannes Kreissig, Will sustainable buildings become more
important and how is this linked to smart cities?

00:24:03 Question to Winfried Mayer, What are the developments
with regard to industrial buildings in china?

00:29:54 Question to Corinne Abele, Are people becoming more aware of higher energy efficiency in private and industrial buildings and the changes in standards and quality criteria linked to this?

00:36:26 Question to Claudia Sanders, What contribution can German architects, planners and others make?

00:41:06 Question to Johannes Kreissig, What uh can be done about the prolongation of the lifespans and the prolongation of the life of this built-up infrastructure?

00:46:58 Questions to Dr Sandra Bell, What do you do with all those people that deal with waste electricity heating etc what’s the ecosystem that you need?

00:52:08 Corinne Abele adds to the question.

00:53:08 Questions to Winfried Mayer, What are the most required green building technologies now in China?

00:56:13 Question to Johannes Kreissig, Do you have any green building council ideas?

00:58:06 Sandra Bell adds to the question.

01:00:00 Winfried Mayer adds to the question.

01:01:16 Comment and Question from audience Member Mr Wang, What is the policy for carbon neutrality compared to China’s continuation in using coal and the recent worldwide price increase?

01: Peter Sachsenmeier gave an answer related to Germany’s us of coal.

01:02:53 Corinne Abele commented on the question related to the overall energy crises and how it affects the industrial commercial and private household prices in China.

01:06:12 Johannes Kreissig then expanded on the question.

01:07:45 Peter Sachsenmeier commented on the energy costs in Germany.

01 :09:14 Question to Sandra Bell, How to develop and hold on to a skilled workforce that can install Viega products?

01:11:08 Comment from Thomas Fritzsche writing in the chat as a working architect in China: that Chinese clients trust German us and expect from us to bring in new technologies and ideas.

01:12:29 Claudia expanded further on audience member Thomas Fritzsche comment and architects in general.

01:14:39 Peter Sachsenmeier ask Audience member Alex Walschewski question from the chat. How German/ European SMEs will be impacted by the “source locally” approach in China. Most of the time it means that Chinese customers will prefer a local supplier. What is your view on that?

01:14:47 Question answered by Sandra Bell.

01:16:00 Peter Sachsenmeier end the discussion.

01:24:00 Final Closing remarks from experts.

01:33:00 End

This podcast it’s made in partnership between ChinaTeam and AsiaBizStories

EIA 057 How Professor Laurie Underwood is Working in and with China Post Covid?

Laurie Underwood
Laurie Underwood

Laurie Underwood is an American professor, author and consultant specializing in cross-cultural business communications

She has studied worked and lived in Shanghai since 2002

Together with Prof Juan Fernandez at CEIBS, she has co-authored China CEO (2006), China Entrepreneur  (2009) and most recently China CEO II (2020). The audio book was released in June 2021. Book links below.

After around 10 years of work in Corporate Communications (most recently as Communications Director Asia Pacific for Air Liquide) she got her doctorate finished in 2019 and switched to consulting and teaching. She is a senior consultant with Sino Associates, focusing on intercultural business communications and crisis communications, and she teaches at several business schools including NYU Shanghai, University of Aberdeen, SKEMA and EmLyon.

Today, she speaks with us about the realities of working in China post covid, working with China if you cannot travel there because of covid, and more generally sharing advice from China CEOs on the challenges and opportunities of doing business with China today.

As well as

  • The answer to the most Northern City in the USA
  • Laurie’s career journey
  • Moving to China and reasons for staying
  • Career transitions and motivation for the changes
  • The origins of China CEO and China CEO II, 
  • The differences in the people performing the role of CEO in China
  • A hint at how they became CEOs
  • The routes to becoming a CEO
  • The personality traits that a CEO should have to not fail in China
  • How someone can fail at being a CEO in China
  • Laurie’s perspective on Westerners recently trying to move to live and work in China
  • The speed of change and the changes that have taken place
  • The freedom to reinvent yourself
  • What does the word “culture” mean to Laurie?
  • What do the different generations think about Career, Work and Entrepreneurship 
  • How Laurie’s classmates careers have changed
  • The recent need for Laurie’s knowledge and experience
  • Laurie explains why she isn’t a CEO
  • What she has learned from CEOs, and as a professor and consultant

so now without further delay let’s begin


EIA 056 Future Leaders in Sino-European Enterprises

EIA 056 Future Leaders in Sino-European Enterprises
Jochen Schultz, Qiang Rong, Wei Zhang, Stefan Sack, Hsiao J Chiu (Top Left, clockwise)

Jochen Schultz is the Managing Director and Member of the Board at China Netzwerk Baden-Württemberg, He has been supporting institutions and companies with professional training for 16 years (Schultz Professional Trainings). Which specialises in the development and implementation of qualification measures in China as well as for Chinese companies in Germany. In this podcast a recording of the webinar “Future Leaders in Sino-European Enterprises”, his role is moderator.

The keynote:

Qiang Rong who has dedicated himself for the Chinese city Foshan and German cooperation for more than 10 years Qiang represents the sponsor, Foshan Sino German Industry Service Zone. He has helped many companies from Germany to invest in Foshan and promotes the benefits of setting up in Foshan. The industrial service zone is also open to companies to setup from all part of the world.

The expert panelist joining Jochen and Qiang are:

Stefan Sack General Manager Zobele China – Director APAC Zobele Group

Zobele is manufacturing company with 2,000 employees located in Shenzhen. After completing his PhD Stefan has lived and worked in manufacturing in China since 2005, His various roles have been with German and Italian companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen.  He has also served as Vice President and Chairman of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai 2013-15.

Wei Zhang is the founder of Beijing For You International Management Consulting Co., Ltd, China which provides training, coaching and blended learning solutions to local and international clients in China. She has worked with many German companies in China, helping them identify and develop talent. Wei Zhang uses her unique insights and valuable experience to combat the rapid changes still taking place in China.

Hsiao J. Chiu is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of JP contagi Asia, an Executive search firm with offices in Germany, Switzerland and China. As a professional recruitment consultant and cultural hybrid, he has been supporting European and Chinese companies for more than 15 years’. Hsiao J. Chiu’s family are originally from Zhejiang province, with Hsiao being born in Germany and has been based in Asia since 2004.

The combined teams wide and varied experience allows them to tackle the following questions:

  1. What is the status quo of people management in China, what are the current challenges and how does this effect the leadership management?
  2. How to identify future leaders?
  3. How to qualify future leaders?

So now without further delay lets begin

Time Stamp

00:00:31 Introduction

00:03:43 Opening of Webinar by Jochen Schultz Introduction to keynote

00:05:48 Delivery of Keynote by Qiang Rong

00:25:26 Questions to Qiang Rong

00:30:26 Introduction of Experts

00:33:26 Discussion with Experts led by Jochen Schultz

00:35:26 Stefan Sack, Wei Zhang and Hsiao J. Chiu and Qiang Rong

01:22:17 Dr Tumis’s comments on Cultural aspects of trust

01:24:00 Final Closing remarks from experts

01:33:00 End

This podcast it’s made in partnership between ChinaTeam (on LinkedIn) and AsiaBizStories

EIA 055 How to Participate in the Boom of the Food and Beverage Market in China?

Frank Epping in 1995 founded CUP&CINO in Germany. He is still the sole owner and CEO of the company that started with coffee shops.

This podcast is a recording of a moderated webinar titled “How to Participate in the Boom of the Food and Beverage Market in China?” We fast forward to today where this entrepreneur along with his team are about to enter the Chinese market. They bring with them CUP&CINO’s own Coffee machine and business concept.

Kerstin Kaehler, Fabian Berndt, Maik Juengst on the panel and moderated by Adrian de Riz. They are all experts at doing business in China and give guidance to a CUP&CINO as it to steps into the new and unknown.

Frank Epping is in the audience listening. However, the keynote is delivered by Sven Keysers the Chief Business Development Officer of CUP&CINO. From this point on the podcast speaks for itself however. But, Sven does present a series of slides before the moderated discussion takes place.

If you’d like a copy of the slides visit China team on LinkedIn and make a request.

So now without further delay let’s begin.

Time Stamp

00:01:33Introduction of the experts by the moderator
00:03:40Delivery of Keynote by Sven Keysers
00:25:05Panel Discussion
01:22:17Closing Remarks

EIA 054 The Hive Podcast Series Learning to Podcast

Neville J McKenzie

Erin Soutar of the Hive Co-working Space Lavender Podcast studio in Singapore reverses the roles on Neville J McKenzie as he is the one discussing his thoughts on podcasting. The Hive has allowed AsiaBizStories to share the podcast on it’s platform. As Neville talks about the topic of podcasting generally.

From using podcasts in education

Neville: So then you’re not asking students to sit down and read or watch videos in the class. You’re actually sending them to a website or a podcast and saying, read listen to this then when we come into the classroom we’ll discuss what you’ve learned from it.
Erin: It certainly sounds like a better way of learning I suppose we just need to convince the parents now.

Building a community around podcasting

Neville: I find them very interesting. I get to meet a good range of people because podcasting crosses all sorts of boundaries and this is where I hope that we can build a community, because it’s not, it’s not about the competition between podcasters, because there’s and I think there’s a niche for everyone that is interested in podcasting.

In this conversation Neville gives a brief insight into the potential, and changes Erin’s mind on a few beliefs about podcasts and podcasting.

So now without further delay lets begin.

As well as:

  • Entrance to the world of podcasting in China and entrepreneurship.
  • A perspective on how the senses relate to podcasting
  • The challenges faced by podcasters.
  • His role in encouraging potential podcasters to give it a go.
  • What makes a successful podcast
  • What it means to build a community around a podcast.
  • The growth of podcasting in Singapore
  • Advice on the first steps to becoming or improving as a podcaster
  • The mind set of a podcaster
  • What effort and operating costs are involved in podcasting
  • Key points to consider when choosing where to hosting a podcast
  • What to focus on when building your audience
  • What to prioritise in order not to make a bad podcast
  • Engaging the youth with podcasts
  • Using podcasts for education and blended learning and the need to convince parents and students.
  • Convince Erin that she should not feel guilty about listening to free content and why it is good for the content producer
  • What podcasts listened to and used
  • Inform Erin that there is a podcast out there for every listener, you just have to find it.
  • Up and coming projects at the Hive Lavender.
  • How and why subjects are selected for the AsiaBizStories podcast series