Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Eric Schmidt, long-serving CEO of Google, will be featured in the „TUM Speakers Series“. Annan will discuss the challenges for democracies on February 15, Schmidt will talk about technology and innovation on February 16. Both guests will answer questions of TUM students.
The „TUM Speakers Series“ is organized by students for students. Both talks are side-events of the Munich Security Conference.
TUM Speakers Series with Kofi Annan
“Visions for Challenged Democracies – Towards a Fairer, more Peaceful World”
Moderation: Julius Bock and Nicki Weber
Thursday, February 15, 7 – 8 pm
TUM Speakers Series with Eric Schmidt, Alphabet Inc.
„OK, Google – What’s the future? Upcoming technologies and innovation“
Moderation: Paul Sponsel
Friday, February 16, 8 – 9 pm
Tickets for both events will be raffled. Registration is open until February 13.
About the speakers:
Kofi Annan served as the Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006. Together with the UN he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. As founding chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, he continues his work by mobilizing political will to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights. In 2008, the Ghanaian led the African Union’s Panel of Eminent African Personalities, which mediated a peaceful resolution to post-election violence in Kenya. In 2012, he was the UN – Arab League Joint Special Envoy for Syria, mandated to seek a resolution to the conflict there. Alongside Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, and other eminent statesmen, he was a founding member of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights. In 2013, he was appointed its Chair.
Eric Schmidt is Technical Advisor to Alphabet Inc., where he advises its leaders on technology, business and policy issues. Schmidt joined Google in 2001 and helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley start-up to a global leader in technology. He served as Google’s Chief Executive Officer from 2001 to 2011, and as Executive Chairman of Google resp. Google’s holding Alphabet from 2011 to 2018. Prior to Google, Schmidt held leadership roles at Novell and Sun Microsystems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a member of the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. His philanthropic efforts through The Schmidt Family Foundation focus on climate change as well as education, specifically cutting-edge research and technology in the natural sciences and engineering.