Global Knowledge Infrastructure - Growth Through Sharing? Approaching an Intercultural, Digital Knowledge Network


DJW meets JDZB


2022-09-13, 12:45 - 15:30 (MESZ)

Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin (JDZB)
Saargemünder Straße 2
14195 Berlin

It is our honor and pleasure to announce this "Hiru no Kai" to be a special edition and joint cooperation between DJW and Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin (JDZB)! As both of our organizations strive to further deepen our German-Japanese relations, combining our strengths and reach was an obvious choice. The "Hiru no Kai" will be held in the framework of JDZB focus week on the topic “knowledge culture and we excitedly look forward to welcoming you in Berlin! 


The sheer volume of numbers, data, facts is growing and the speed of generating scientific knowledge is ever accelerating. Simultaneously, access to knowledge is becoming more global and digital through open-source projects. At the same time, knowledge must be reliable, verified, and easily accessible. The most recent example during the pandemic with hospitals as well as various research institutions sharing data proved, that an elaborate infrastructure of knowledge benefits us all in tackling joint challenges, in answering globally affecting questions. Establishing a sustainable and reliable knowledge infrastructure can be key of economic growth, welfare, and quite individual well-being.

How can a stable knowledge infrastructure be created and – perhaps more importantly – sufficiently maintained? What are the challenges of providing this infrastructure for and with an intercultural Japanese-German background? Which potential of growth and verification of knowledge lies within the digital transformation?

We look forward to our DJW “Hiru no Kai” discussing the above and further questions with thought-provoking impulses by our two dialog partners Prof. Dr. Franz Waldenberger and Thomas Elm.

Dialog Partners

Prof. Dr. Franz Waldenberger, Director, German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)

Dr. Franz Waldenberger has been Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) in Tokyo since October 2014. He is on leave from Munich University where he holds a professorship for Japanese Economy. His research focuses on the Japanese Economy, Corporate Governance and International Management. He is editor in chief of the international peer reviewed journal Contemporary Japan. His recent publications include the forthcoming book The Future of Financial Systems in the Digital Age (co-edited with M. Heckel). As member of the Japanese German Forum and the board of the Japanese-German Business Association, he has for many years been working for the betterment of German Japanese relations.

Thomas Elm, Managing Director Europe, Goodpatch GmbH

Originally trained as a mathematician, Thomas found his passion for innovation and venture building during his Master at LSE and St. Gallen. He led strategic innovation initiatives at Deutsche Börse and ran corporate venture at BGC as Chief Operating Officer. In October 2021, Thomas joined the Japanese-German Design Company Goodpatch as Managing Director.


  • 12.45 Registration, Networking
  • 13.30 Opening and Welcome by Anne Pomsel, Managing Director, DJW [remote from Tokyo]
  • 13.35 Impulses by Dialog Partners
  • 13.45 Discussion moderated by Dr. Julia Münch, Secretary General, JDZB
  • 14.15 Exchange with Audience
  • 14.30 Networking, Light Lunch
  • 15.30 Close of Event

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Participation Fee

DJW Members: EUR 0 / JPY 0
Non-Members: EUR 35 / JPY 5.000 


According to our conditions of participation, the participation fee is due for no-shows as well. Registered participants who need to cancel their attendance may do so by email up to 3 days prior to the event. Thank you for your cooperation.

Regulations at JDZB

As of June 13, 2022, JDZB strongly recommends to continue wearing an FFP2 or medical mask at the JDZB premises. The distance rules and general hygiene instructions will also continue to apply.


Deutsch-Japanischer Wirtschaftskreis e. V. (DJW)
Anne Pomsel

Event Partner Event Partner
Panelist Prof. Dr. Franz Waldenberger Panelist Prof. Dr. Franz Waldenberger
Panelist Thomas Elm Panelist Thomas Elm