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A Conversation between Berlin and Los Angeles

December 7, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

Berlin and Los Angeles have been sister cities since 1967. Originally launched by former Berliners who had emigrated to the U.S. to work in the film industry, culture and the arts have always been a cornerstone for the relationship. Both the Villa Aurora and the Thomas Mann House have served as institutional ties connecting the two cities. More recently, economic bonds between the two cities have been increasing including exchange in the areas of environmental and climate protection and renewable energy, as well as cooperation in the startup sector. What are the factors that have made these two cities centers for artists and people in the creative arts? How have the two cities strengthened their partnership over the last 50 years?

Join us for a conversation with State Secretary Christian Gaebler, Head of the Berlin Senate Chancellery, andAmbassador Nina Hachigian, Deputy Mayor of International Affairs, Los Angeles.

This virtual event is part of the American Council on Germany’s series titled [virtual] Transatlantic Town Halls: German-American Mayors Forum, held under the auspices of WunderbarTogether USA 2020, a comprehensive and collaborative initiative funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by the Goethe-Institut.

State Secretary Christian Gaebler has been the head of the Berlin Senate Chancellery since 2018. From 2016 to 2018 he served as State Secretary in the Berlin Senate Department for the Interior and Sport, and from 2011 to 2016, Mr. Gaebler served as the State Secretary in the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment. Prior to that, he was a member of the Berlin House of Representatives from 1995 to 2011, where he also was chairman of the SPD parliamentary group for nine years. Mr. Gaebler studied transportation (planning and operation) at the Technical University of Berlin and holds a degree in engineering.

Ambassador Nina Hachigian was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to be the first Deputy Mayor of International Affairs in 2017. Her office seeks to expand Los Angeles’ global ties to help bring jobs, culture, visitors to the city and to share L.A.’s values and experience. Prior to this, Ambassador Hachigian served as the United States Representative to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (“ASEAN”). She was a Senior Fellow and a Senior Vice President at the Center for American Progress focused on Asia policy and U.S.-China relations and the director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy for four years. Ambassador Hachigian served on the staff of the National Security Council in the Clinton White House from 1998-1999. She received her B.S. from Yale University and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.

With support from Villa Aurora and the Thomas Mann House


December 7, 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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