About Berlin Global Dialogue

We are witnessing unprecedented disruptions as a global community: the climate crisis is accelerating, geopolitical alliances are shifting, technological progress is advancing, and inequalities between and within countries are widening.

Finding solutions to these challenges requires strengthening the dialogue between different stakeholders and finding ways to foster cooperation.

Berlin Global Dialogue unites leaders from business, government, and academia to shape the challenges of the 21st century by providing international perspectives, facilitating collaborative conversations, and driving tangible progress.

Global Perspectives

Berlin Global Dialogue enables the exchange between North and South, and East and West –both open and confidential, and always at eye level.

Collaborative Conversations

Berlin Global Dialogue facilitates collaborative conversations between leaders from business and government.

Tangible Progress

Complementary to existing formats, Berlin Global Dialogue promotes new partnerships that drive tangible progress.

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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