The Atlantic Council GeoEconomics Center presents the inaugural Frankfurt Forum on US-European GeoEconomics on September 28 in-person in Frankfurt, Germany and online around the world.

The War in Ukraine, and the G7 response, has reminded us of the impact of transatlantic coordination. The Frankfurt Forum will be an opportunity to advance the transatlantic dialogue from crisis response to addressing the economic issues that will underpin the US-EU partnership over the next decade.

This special event, in cooperation with Atlantik-Brücke and with the participation of Bruegel, will bring together senior policymakers, private sector leaders, and academics from both sides of the Atlantic. Speakers in four high-level sessions will discuss transatlantic cooperation in these key areas: digital currencies, monetary policy, international trade, and economic statecraft.

President of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde will open the forum with a keynote fireside chat.


8:55 – 9:20 am CET

Welcoming remarks

Ulrich Caspar, President, IHK Frankfurt am Main
Sigmar Gabriel, Chairman, Atlantik-Bruecke
Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council

Keynote fireside chat

Christine Lagarde, President, European Central Bank

Maria Demertzis, Deputy Director, Bruegel

9:20 – 9:50 am CET
10:25 – 11:30 am CET

Session 1: International trade

Rethinking transatlantic trade in a changing global economy

Elizabeth Baltzan, Senior Advisor, United States Trade Representative 
Kenneth Kang, Deputy Director, Strategy, Policy, and Review, International Monetary Fund 
Rupert Schlegelmilch, Acting Deputy Director-General, DG Trade, European Commission
Anahita Thoms, Board Member, Atlantik-Bruecke and Partner, Baker & Mckenzie International 

Clete Willems, Senior Fellow, GeoEconomics Center, Atlantic Council; Former Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economics and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, The White House 

PAPER LAUNCH: TTC, IPEF, and the Road to an Indo-Pacific Trade Deal
A New Model

by Clete Willems and Niels Graham

Session 2: Monetary policy

The international role of the euro and the dollar – Forever in the lead?

Maria Demertzis, Deputy Director, Bruegel
Andreas Dombret, Board Member, Atlantik-Bruecke; Former Member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Bundesbank
Geoffrey Okamoto, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs; Former First Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Philippa Sigl-Glöckner, Founder, Dezernat Zukunft 

Martin Mühleisen, Senior Fellow, GeoEconomics Center, Atlantic Council; Former Chief of Staff, International Monetary Fund 

PAPER LAUNCH: The International Role of the Euro and the Dollar
Forever in the lead?

by Martin Mühleisen

11:45 am – 12:45 pm CET
1:55 – 2:00pm CET

Panel opening remarks

Josh Lipsky, Senior Director, GeoEconomics Center, Atlantic Council

Session 3: Digital currencies

Coordination and compromise: How the US and EU can set international standards on digital assets

Candace Kelly, Chief Legal Officer, Stellar Development Foundation
Brent Neiman, Counselor to the Secretary, US Treasury
Hyun Song Shin, Economic Adviser and Head of Research, Bank for International Settlements
Evelien Witlox, Program Director, Digital Euro Project, European Central Bank

Annette Weisbach, Reporter, CNBC in Germany 

PAPER LAUNCH: Privacy in Cross-Border Digital Currency
A Transatlantic Approach

by Giulia Fanti and Nadia Pocher

2:00 – 3:00pm CET
3:10 – 3:25pm CET

Data deep dive

Trade, Sanctions, and Energy
New Public Opinion Research from Morning Consult

Sonnet Frisbie, Managing Director, Geopolitical Risk Analyst, EMEA
Morning Consult

Session 4: Economic statecraft

A new era in the use of sanctions and tools of statecraft

Julia Friedlander, CEO, Atlantik-Bruecke
Carla Norrlöf, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto
Daleep Singh, Former Deputy National Security Advisor, National Security Council

Frank Wiebe, Correspondent, Handelsblatt

PAPER LAUNCH: Will Economic Statecraft Threaten Western Currency Dominance?
Sanctions, Geopolitics, and the Global Monetary Order

by Carla Norrlöf

3:30 – 4:30pm CET
4:45 – 5:15pm CET

Keynote remarks

Paolo Gentiloni, Commissioner for Economy, EU Commission

Annette Weisbach, Reporter, CNBC in Germany

Opening keynote remarks




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