About Berlin Global Dialogue

Berlin Global Dialogue unites international leaders from business, politics, and academia to shape the global economy in the twenty-first century.

Established in 2022 at ESMT Berlin, Berlin Global Dialogue emerged from the economic, political, and social realities of the twenty-first century. We are a new platform for a new era, hosted in a city symbolic of bridging divisions and promoting unity.

Founded with the mission to strengthen the dialogue between different stakeholders, our annual summit convenes select high-level participants for candid, eye-level exchanges in interactive formats that highlight diverse perspectives and facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Multiple crises pose a fundamental challenge to the globalized economy as we know it. This is a crucial moment for leaders from business, government, and academia to collaborate. Berlin Global Dialogue provides a new platform to do so.

Lars-Hendrik Röller

Founder and Chair, Berlin Global Dialogue


Meet Lars-Hendrik Röller

Lars-Hendrik Röller is the Founder and Chair of Berlin Global Dialogue and a Professor of Economics at ESMT Berlin.  

He previously served as Chief Economic Advisor to former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as a G7 and G20 Sherpa. Prior to that, Röller was the Chief Competition Economist at the European Commission.  

Throughout his academic career, he taught at INSEAD, New York University, Stanford University, and the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.  


About ESMT Berlin

Berlin Global Dialogue is embedded in ESMT, a leading global business school. The annual summit is hosted at ESMT’s historic campus in the heart of Berlin.

Founded by 25 international companies, ESMT offers Master’s, MBA, and PhD programs, as well as executive education. Degrees are available online, in hybrid formats, and on ESMT’s campuses around the world.

Focusing on leadership, innovation, and analytics, its diverse faculty publishes outstanding research in top academic journals. In addition, ESMT serves as an interdisciplinary hub for fostering dialogue between academia, business, and politics.


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