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1st CASPIAN EUROPE FORUM – Hybrid Conference

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1st CASPIAN EUROPE FORUMHybrid Conference
1 October 2020, Hotel Titanic Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin

1st CASPIAN EUROPE FORUM – Hybrid Conference

1 October 2020, Hotel Titanic Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Caspian Sea, as the world’s largest inland sea and the interface between Europe and Asia, with the region’s economic, cultural and ethnic ties, makes the Caspian region the heart of Eurasia.

The Caspian region with its vast oil and gas reserves is an increasingly important source of energy. The region is also an important transit hub for various goods and plays an important role in the Belt and Road Initiative and the North-South corridor, among others. The sea’s ports in Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Iran and Turkmenistan are strategic intersections of several international transport corridors, which also include Uzbekistan, Georgia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey.

With the Caspian Europe Forum, we are creating a platform to discuss with experts the importance of this agreement and the cooperation between the countries in the region for Europe and the opportunities for European companies in the fields of energy, sustainibilty, logistics and infrastructure.

There are many questions that has to be discussed:

  • How have the states in the region reacted to the Covid-19 pandemic?
  • Will the agreement between the five littoral states in August 2018 on the convention on the legal status of the sea pave the way for foreign trade and investment?
  • What are the opportunities for European SMEs?
  • What is the role of the Caspian region in the European energy security?
  • What is the impact of climate change on the Caspian Region?
  • How is the cooperation between the EU and Central Asia in sustainable development?

We will find answers to these and many other questions at the Caspian Europe Forum, and I will be delighted if you would join us!

With kind regards

Dr. Nader Maleki

Among the speakers are
Status: 17th July 2020

Amir Alizadeh
Managing Director, Caspian Europe Forum, BVL Representative, Frankfurt am Main

Tobias Baumann
Managing Director, The German-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce (AHK Azerbaijan), Baku

Miguel Berger
State Secretary, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

Catarina Bjorlin-Hansen
Regional Director, Causasus, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, Tbilisi

Cassandra Colbert
Regional Manager Central Asia, IFC, Almaty

Dr. Jens Gräfer
Head of International Affairs, Deutsche Bahn AG, Berlin

Michael Harms
Chairman of the Board, German Eastern Business Association, Berlin

Klaus-Jürgen Hedrich
Chairman Deutsch-Turkmenisches Forum e.V., former Secretary of State, Cologne

Kairat Kelimbetov
Governor, Astana International Financial Centre, Nur-Sultan

Dr. rer. pol. Elguja Khokrishvili
Deputy Chairman, Caucasian Institute for Economic and Social Research, Tbilisi

Eduard Kinsbruner
Regional Director, German Eastern Business Association, Berlin

Daniel Kroos
Senior Programme Officer, Energy Security, OSCE, Vienna

Aigul Kussaliyeva
Director Green Finance Intelligence Department, AIFC Green Finance Centre, Nur-Sultan

Prof. Dr. Rainer Lindner
President, Caspian Europe Forum, Frankfurt

Dr. Kaveh Madani
Henry Hart Rice Senior Fellow at Yale, Iran’s Former Deputy Vice President for Environment, Ex-VP of UN Environmental Assembly Bureau, New Haven

Dr. Abbas Maleki
Chairman, International Institute for Caspian Studies, Tehran
Associate Professor on Energy Security, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran

Dr. Nader Maleki
CEO & Chairman, MALEKI CORPORATE GROUP, Frankfurt am Main

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Lutz Mez
Board Member, Berlin Center for Caspian Region and Eurasian Studies e.V., Berlin

Elshad Nassirov
Vice President for Investments and Marketing, SOCAR, Baku

Dr. Jacopo Maria Pepe
Research Associate Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin

Johann Saathoff
Coordinator for inter-societal cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and the Eastern Partnership Countries, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

Dr. Sebastian Schiek
Visiting Researcher, Institute for East European Studies at Freie Universität Berlin

Wiebke Schloemer
Director Europe and Central Asia, IFC, Vienna

Ulf Schneider
Publisher, OWC Foreign Trade Publishing House, Berlin

Dirk Stratmann
Director CIS, John Deere; Spokesman Central Asia for German Agribusiness Alliance, German Eastern Business Association, Berlin

Bill Tompson
Head of the Eurasia Division of the Global Relations Secretariat, OECD, Paris

Dr. Volker Treier
Chief Executive of Foreign Trade and Member of the Executive Board, Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), Berlin

Jeroen Willems
Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission, Brussels


Maleki Corporate Group


1 October 2020
9.00 am – 5.30 pm (CET)
Hybrid Conference

Conference language

Limited tickets for physical participation (for max. 50 Guests)
€ 300,00 plus 16 % VAT.
€ 150,00 plus 16 % VAT. (for members of the event partners)
Please send us an email for registeration at the event in Berlin:

Streaming: free of charge

Conference venue
Hotel Titanic Gendarmenmarkt
Französische Straße 30
10117 Berlin