Dr. Kurt Bock, Chairman of BASF SE and President of VCI since 2016 (2017)

His topic: The transformation of the chemical industry – consequences for company management and politics: “Chemistry 4.0”, “Circular economy” and innovations for a sustainable future – these are just a few of the solutions to current challenges that the chemical sector can use to safeguard its competitiveness.

Dr. Kurt Bock has spoken about the technological and social trends in the industry, as well as the macroenonomic and strategic industrial challenges that are demanding more of management boards – for example, in terms of strategic direction or portfolio and innovation management. When it comes to digitalization in particular, companies need to distinguish between fact and fiction in opportunities and risks, and implement the right measures. But it’s not just the responsibility of companies – politics also has a role to play, for example with the creation of an innovation-friendly regulatory framework in Europe.

Former professorship holders:

Prof. Hans-Werner Sinn, President of the Munich-based Institute for Economic Research (2011)
René Obermann, Chairman of Deutsche Telekom (2012)
Prof. Claudia Buch, Vice President of Deutsche Bundesbank (2015)