The Hon. Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Former German Defense Minister (GNLA)

January 23, 2013, 6:30pm


With the Euro in flux and Iran at the forefront of Europe’s defense strategy there is much to be anticipated how Q1 of 2013 will set the tone for the new year. Join Los Angeles members of Gen Next for dialogue with Distinguished Statesman and former German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg focusing on global trends and current political, economic, financial, as well as technology issues.


Open to Members and Guests only. Invites are not transferable. Must RSVP directly to attend.

When: January 23, 2013, 6:30pm
Where: Location provided upon RSVP
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Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg served as German Federal Minister of Defense from 2009 to 2011 and as Federal Minister of Economics and Technology from February 2009 to October 2009. As Minister of Defense, zu Guttenberg led the most significant structural reform of the German armed forces since the Bundeswehr's founding in 1955. In particular, he spearheaded the effort of transforming the Bundeswehr from a conscription-based army to an all-professional military.

Baron zu Guttenberg served as a CSU Member of the German Parliament or Bundestag from 2002 to 2011 and as Spokesman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group on the Bundestag's Foreign Affairs Committee during 2002 to 2008. He was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Western European Union (2002-2005). He also briefly served as Secretary-General of Germany's co-governing CSU party (2008/2009) before being appointed to Chancellor Merkel's cabinet in early 2009.

As a "Distinguished Statesman" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, Mr. zu Guttenberg leads a new high-level transatlantic dialogue initiative focused on global trends and current political, economic, financial, as well as technology issues.

Since December 2011, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg serves as Senior Advisor to the European Commission's "No Disconnect Strategy", providing strategic counsel on how to give ongoing support to internet users, bloggers and cyber-activists living under authoritarian regimes. Mr. zu Guttenberg liaises with EU Member States, third countries, NGOs, as well as relevant ICT companies to advance the "No Disconnect Strategy" in a coordinated and effective manner.

He also advises governments and companies around the globe on economic, European, and international security issues.

Mr. zu Guttenberg, who holds a law degree from the University of Bayreuth, was in the private sector (as managing director and member of different advisory boards) prior to entering German politics in 2002.

He has published numerous articles and op-eds on foreign, economic, and security policy in both German and international media. Mr. zu Guttenberg currently lives with his wife and two daughters in Greenwich, CT.

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