24th World Business Dialogue

Resilience and Leadership in times where purpose is needed

June 6th 2024   |   University of Cologne   |   Cologne, Germany 


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The Event

After a five-year hiatus, the World Business Dialogue finally returns! Celebrating 40 years since our inaugural congress in 1984, the 24th edition takes place at the University of Cologne with the theme ‘Resilience and Leadership in times where purpose is needed’. Get ready for an action-packed day filled with inspiring speeches, engaging discussions, interactive workshops, and much more!


A selection of speakers at this year's event

Christian Lindner

German Federal Minister of Finance and Leader of the FDP Party

Daniel Jung

German educational content creator and successful business owner

Caroline Nest

Influencer and Entrepreneur

Nikolaus Valerius

Chief Executive Officer of the RWE Generation SE

Mira Schwartz

Managing Director at Accenture

Tim Keller

Managing Director at BCG BrightHouse

Dr. Juliane Kronen

Co Founder & CEO at innatura

Dirk Olufs

Chief Information Officer at DHL Express

Fabian Kienbaum

Co-CEO of 
Kienbaum Consultants International

Dr. Nicole Grünewald

of IHK

Julian Joswig

Policy & Climate Alliance Manager at Tech for Net Zero


About us

We are the OfW, a student-run non-profit company based in Cologne. But most people know us as the organisers of the World Business Dialogue. Here, students become entrepreneurial at an early stage and work on projects and events. With our connections to the business and start-up scene, but also to students worldwide, we create a platform for exchange. An exchange between entrepreneurs and students, between generations and between countries.