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Access to Silicon Valley Leaders

Silicon Valley, San Francisco Bay Area and beyond – GABA’s active community includes leaders and professionals from the most prestigious organizations as well as agile start-ups, small businesses and service organizations. Technology, entrepreneurship, new customers and partners – whatever your current business interest, chances are you will find that one of our members can help. Through our programs and events, GABA provides ample opportunity for you to meet and engage with the right people. Share your knowledge, gain new insights and expand your connections in both Northern California and in Germany.

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GABA Gala 2024

Secure your tickets now for the GABA Gala 2024!

We are looking forward to welcoming you for a fun filled evening at the beautiful outdoor settings of Dominic’s at Oyster Point in South San Francisco on May 31st, 2024.

Excellent sponsorships are available – more information on our Gala Website.

Do not miss out! Register today!

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Inside GABA and Member News

Leaving the U.S. – Financial Planning Tips & Traps

Leaving the U.S. – Financial Planning Tips & Traps

Andrew Fisher and Libby Dawson from Cerity Partners, a long time GABA corporate member, held a webinar on “Leaving the U.S. – Financial Planning Tips and Traps” on March 20, 2024, with a focus on the financial consequences of emigrating…


GABA Award Winners 2024: Petra Vorsteher and Ragnar Kruse

In a world where predicting the future seems daunting, there are those who focus on actively shaping it instead. GABA News talked with Petra Vorsteher and Ragnar Kruse, recipients of this year's GABA Award of Excellence, whose journey epitomizes this…

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

As AI becomes increasingly integrated into our daily lives, regulatory agencies are working to keep pace with evolving issues. Learn about the latest decision from the US Patent and Trademark Office on the inventorship of AI- assisted inventions in this…

The Future of Mobility

The Future of Mobility – More than Meets the AI

More Than Meets the AI - GABA’s latest event on the future of mobility, in collaboration with the US Japan Business Forum Keizai, drew a large crowd on March 12 at the offices of Procopio in Palo Alto. Participants were…

Jeannet Kiessling new GABA ED

Welcome Dr. Jeannet Kiessling as GABA’s New Executive Director

We're thrilled to introduce Dr. Jeannet Kiessling as the new Executive Director of GABA, as of March 1, 2024. With a rich background in strategic planning and marketing, and a proven track record in fostering transatlantic relations, Jeannet is poised…


GABA NorCal Programs

New Technologies and Innovation
Life Sciences and Digital Health

GABA Norcal Programs

New Technologies and Innovation
Life Sciences and Digital Health

“In 2020, GABA organized a nationwide hydrogen technology and business presentation, the first webinar of its kind. Engineers from Berlin, Germany, and managers from the East and West coasts gave us a glimpse into the future of energy. Now in 2023, it’s becoming a reality in California with leaders from Germany and the US. As a consequence of this well-attended hydrogen event, we now have two hydrogen energy storage projects in operation in California.”

Clark Crawford, GKN Hydrogen

“GABA had a big influence on how my life developed in Silicon Valley. The day I arrived at SFO I went to the GABA Young Professionals meeting. I connected with many people but one connection was special… my wife found her job with eBay through this connection. – Since then, I have attended many more GABA events, and all of them were interesting and useful for my business and me personally.”

Florian Schöbinger, Kärcher New Ventures

“Thanks to GABA I found employment at a global corporation. I attended the annual GABA economic and financial outlook event and met a senior executive, who shortly after hired me as the West Coast Regional Manager. I have since attended many GABA events and am always impressed by the quality of the events and seniority of the attendees.”

Alexander Schulz, Advisory Board Member at UC Irvine

“As the Bay Area based Innovation Hub for Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, we are always excited to connect with teams and companies that share our drive for innovation in the fields like Cultured Meat, Bioelectronics, and Neuromorphic systems. GABA allows us to discuss with like-minded companies in an organic way.”

Arie van Gent, Merck KGaA

“GABA succeeds very well in strengthening the German-American community and friendship. Through their hosting of excellent events, members can share top-notch industry specific knowledge and experience across the Atlantic and connect as professionals and personally. I am thankful to GABA for wonderful memories of events, business opportunities, and even friendships that I could experience and access through the incredible network which they cultivate.”

Alexander Roth, Partner at Taylor Wessing US

“GABA has been instrumental in supporting NRW.Invest mission to market Germany’s No. 1 investment location, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). We are thrilled to work with them on upcoming projects”

Kai Buehler, NRW.Invest

“GABA has helped me in my personal life and in my role at SAP to develop meaningful connections in the ecosystem. The diversity of their network spans from early talents to thought leaders in the Silicon Valley who represent corporates, academia and the venture community. On many occasions the team was able to relate our business goals with those of other members and identify collaboration opportunities.”

Daniel Zimmer, Sr. Director, SAP Bay Area Labs Management

“Ich möchte GABA herzlich danken für die bereichernden Gespräche, die einzigartigen Veranstaltungen und die interessanten Menschen, die ich durch die GABA kennenlernen durfte.”

Heiko Erhard, VP, Neato Robotics

“Newly arrived in Silicon Valley, we participated at a GABA-Newcomers event. Driven by the enthusiasm of the GABA team, we participated in many other events from GABA and its partners, which are offered in every industrial sector. These great networking opportunities largely contributed to our exponential growth in the number of contacts in the USA and in Europe. GABA has been great for developing both friendships and our business.”

Michael Schmid, Partner, ProiPatent
Promote Your Brand
Promote Your Brand

Promote Your Brand

Interested in promoting your business, products, or services in Northern California or Germany? GABA’s programs, events, website and regular communications give you ample opportunity to show your thought leadership and capabilities and enhance your reputation to a professional audience.

Become a Volunteer

Become a Volunteer

Want to support the professional German-American community directly with your talents and skills? As a volunteer, you can hone your skills and expand your network by supporting GABA with event logistics, content ideas or operations behind the scenes.

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