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Family Business: Europe’s Quest – new ways to grow responsibly in turbulent times

Berlin will be the setting for the 2022 European Family Businesses Summit.  
As the global economy was slowly starting to recover from the profound effects of the pandemic, we have been hit by another unprecedented event, the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  
In the context of a challenging geopolitical landscape, from the 13th to the 14th of June, these epochal events, together with other salient business and political topics,  like how we will enable the twin environmental and digital transitions in a balanced and workable way, will be discussed by high-level speakers from the world of politics and business, including the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the German Minister of Finance, Christian Lindner.
After two years of digital meetings, we are looking forward to seeing everyone again in Berlin for two days of face to face discussion, debate and networking.

Udo J. Vetter
President of EFB

Jesús Casado
Secretary General of EFB



MONDAY, JUNE 13th Venue: Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4

8:30 h


9:30 h

Official Opening
Udo J. Vetter, President of European Family Businesses
• Video Message from Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

10:10 h

Panel Discussion – International Trade under New Rules – Fine for Everyone?
Mateo Ferrero, World Trade Organisation
Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero, MEP S&D Group
Iana Dreyer, Trade Expert from Borderlex, “The Leading News and Analysis on Trade Policy in Europe”
Alexander Bargum, Group CEO at Algol Oy*

Moderated by Daniel Mitrenga, Member of the Management Board, DIE FAMILIENUNTERNEHMER

11:20 h

Coffee Break


Europe Now!
Louis Klein, Dean of European School of Governance

Interviewed by José Fernández-Álava, Director General of DIRCOM

12:45 h

Lunch Break

14:15 h

Sustainability as an Avenue for Opportunity: How to Make Sustainability Really Work in Your Family Business
Pascal Riederer, Fellow at Economics of Mutuality.

Interviewed by Giovanna Gregori, Executive Director of Aidaf, Italian Association of Family Businesses

14:50 h

Video message from James Zhan, Director of Investments and Enterprise Division at UNCTAD

14:55 h

Panel Discussion: Responsible Ownership in the Age of Transparency.
Alfonso Líbano, Chairman of Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company, S.L. (ECCBC), Vice President and Member of the  Executive Committee of COBEGA,S.A.
Marlies van Wijhe, CEO Koninklijke Van Wijhe Verf B.V. , President of FBNed
Saskia Slomp, CEO of the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group*

Moderated by Andrew Bryson, Head of Business Transformation, Family Business Network

15:55 h

Coffee Break

16:15 h

Panel Discussion: Front Runners of Responsible Growth.

Sjef Boekestijn, COO of Boekestijn Transport Service
Álvaro de la Haza, EVP Corporate Development of Cosentino Group
Moderated by Koldo Echebarria, Director General of ESADE Business & Law School

17:10 h

Closing Remarks for Day One
Udo J. Vetter, President of European Family Businesses

17:15 h

Speech and Q&A
Christian Lindner, Federal Minister of Finance, Member of the German Bundestag.


19:00 h

19:30 h


Festive Dinner Hosted by DIE FAMILIENUNTERNEHMER at Museum für Kommunikation (Leipziger Str. 16).

Welcome Cocktail.


Dress code: dark suit and tie for gentlemen, cocktail dress for ladies.



TUESDAY, JUNE 14th. Venue: Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4

9:30 h

Geopolitical Key Facts in Disruptive Times: The Reshaping of Europe

Carl Bildt, Co-Chair of the European Council of Foreign Relations*

10:10 h

Presentation of the KPMG Global Survey 2022 – The Regenerative Powerhouse of Family Business

Tom McGinness, Global Leader of KPMG Private Enterprise Family Business

10:40 h

Coffee Break

11:00 h

Panel Discussion: The European Agenda: from Scaling Up to Filling the Gap, Challenges And Opportunities

Arnaud Vaissié, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of International SOS
Anca Vlad, Founder and Owner of Fildas-Catena Group

Moderated by Jesús Casado, Secretary General of European Family Businesses

12:00 h

Conversation with Andrea Illy, Chairman of Illycaffè & Co-Chair of The Regenerative Society Foundation
Interviewed by Jesús Casado, Secretary General of European Family Businesses

12:35 h

Closing remarks:
• Udo J. Vetter,  President of European Family Businesses

12:45 h

Networking Lunch

*to be confirmed

COVID-19 Measures
The event will comply with the COVID-19 rules that are in place in Berlin at the time of the event. Further information can be found in conocer gente nueva reinosa


The Summit Prices are:

These prices do not include VAT.

Members of European Family Businesses



Akademie der Künste
Pariser Platz 4, Berlin

Dinner Hosted by Die Familienunternehmer

Museum für Kommunikation
Leipziger Str. 16, Berlin


Upon your pre-registration you will receive a proforma invoice via email with our banking details. Payments will be made by bank transfer exclusively.

In order to finish your registration process, please send the bank transfer proof to the email address within 3 days from the registration date. You will receive the final invoice once the payment has been received.

Cancelation Policy

Cancellations must be received via email by June 1, 2022. Cancellations received before June 1, 2022, will be subject to a 120€ administration fee. No refunds can be made for cancellations received after this date.

To uphold the exclusivity of the European Family Business Summit, the events are only for family business owners and their direct relatives. Registrations from non-family businesses will be declined. The organisation beholds all rights to avert any registration at all time.

Confirmed Speakers

Ursula von der Leyen
President of the European Commission

Christian Lindner
Federal Minister of Finance and Member of the German Bundestag

Alfonso Líbano
Chairman of Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company, S.L. (ECCBC).
Vice-President and Member of the Executive Committee of COBEGA,S.A.

Andrea Illy
Chairman of illycaffè

James X. Zhan
Senior Director of Investment and Enterprise at UNCTAD

Udo J. Vetter
President of EFB

Jesús Casado
Secretary General of EFB

Inmaculada Rodríguez Piñero
Member of the European Parliament  

Alvaro De La Haza
EVP Corporate Development, Cosentino Group

Anca Vlad
Founder and President, Fildas-Catena Group

Tom Mc Ginness
Global Chair of Family Business, KPMG

Marlies van Wijhe
CEO Royal Van Wijhe Verf

Giovanna Gregori
Executive Director of AIDAF

Andrew Bryson
FBN International’s Head of Business Transformation

Iana Dreyer
Founder & editor of

Andrea Illy
Chairman of illycaffè

Louis Klein
Dean of The European School of Governance

Koldo Echebarria
Director General of Esade Business & Law Schools

Sjef Boekestijn
COO at Boekestijn Transport Service

Pascal Riederer
Fellow, Economics of Mutuality


For the nights of June 12 and 13, we have negotiated special rates at the following hotels.
Please read below how to make your reservation:

Regent Hotel*****

Address: Charlottenstraße 49, 10117 Berlin
Price Single Room: 309,00 € including breakfast
Price Double Room: 331,00 € including breakfast
These prices are valid until 22nd April 2022
For reservations:
please send an email to
or call 0049 30 20 33 66 66.
Keyword: EFB Summit

Motel One Spittelmarkt***

Address: Leipziger Straße 50, 10117 Berlin
Price Single Room: 79,00 € additional breakfast 13,50€
Price Double Room: 84,00 € additional breakfast 13,50€
These prices are valid until 15th May 2022
For reservations:
Please forward your booking form to Motel One Berlin-Spittelmarkt
or faxnumber +49 30 2014363-10 
Keyword: EFB Summit

Hotel de Rome*****

Address: Behrenstraße 37, 10117 Berlin
Price Single Room: 380,00 € including breakfast
Price Double Room: 400,00 € including breakfast
These prices are valid until 14th April 2022
For reservations:
please send an email to
or call 0049 30 460 609 1430.
Keyword: EFB Summit

Ritz Carlton*****

Address: Potsdamer Platz 3, 10785 Berlin
Price Single Room: 295,00 € including breakfast
Price Double Room: 325,00 € including breakfast
These prices are valid until 1st May 2022
For reservations:
Click here
Keyword: EFB Summit