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The Hon. Baron Karl-Theodor Zu Guttenberg

Former German Minister of Economics & Technology and Minister of Defence

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is the Chairman and a Founder of Spitzberg Partners LLC, an advisory and investment firm based in New York. Mr. zu Guttenberg served as Minister of Economics and Technology and then as Minister of Defence in the cabinet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. As the youngest Defence Minister in German history, he led the most significant structural reform of the German armed forces since the Bundeswehr's founding. During his time in office he was Germany's most popular politician.

"Mr. zu Guttenberg is a distinguished expert on political, economic and financial issues"

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In detail

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg was a Member of the German Parliament (Bundestag) during 2002-2011 and served as spokesman on the Foreign Affairs Committee. Mr. zu Guttenberg was also a Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Secretary General of Germany's co-governing CSU party. He is a Distinguished Statesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC and served as Senior Advisor to the European Commission leadership on global Internet freedom. He sits on a variety of international corporate and not-for-profit boards. Mr. zu Guttenberg has published numerous articles and is regularly interviewed across World Media.

What he offers you

One of Angela Merkel's government's star performers, he is no stranger to controversy. He offers an un-paralleled insight into world politics, foreign affairs, the economy and defence policy. With a strong background in technology and hands on experience defining the EU's "Internet Policy", Baron zu Guttenberg is also a highly sought-after commentator on technology development and effective use of the internet.

How he presents

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is a dynamic speaker whose messages are powerful and revealing, presented in the highest of professional styles.


He presents in German & English.

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  • Current Political, Economic and Financial Issues
  • Transatlantic and Emerging Markets
  • Iran, Russia and the Middle East
  • Rebuilding Transatlantic Relations
  • Foreign Affairs and Defence Policy
  • Technology and Internet Security
  • Emerging Technological Trends


  • German Parliament 2002-2011
  • General Secretary of the CSU 2008-2009
  • Minister of the Economy and Technology 2009
  • Minister of Defence 2009-2011
  • EU Commission Advisor 2011-
  • Distinguished Statesman, CSIS 2011-

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