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The Hon. Baron Karl Theodor Zu Guttenberg

EU Commission Advisor for Internet Freedom & Former German Minister of Defence

Baron zu Guttenberg is one of the most popular European politicians. In 2009, he was appointed as Minister of Economy and Technology, later assuming the role of Germany's Minister of Defence in the cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel. As a "Distinguished Statesman" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington he leads a new high-level transatlantic dialogue initiative focused on current political, economic, financial, as well as technology issues. Since December 2011, Baron zu Guttenberg serves also as a Senior Advisor to the European Commission's "No Disconnect Strategy", providing strategic counsel on how to give on-going support to internet users, bloggers and cyber-activists living under authoritarian regimes.

Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is the youngest ever German Minister of Economy and Technology

Karl Theodor Zu Guttenberg

In detail

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg served as a member of the Bundestag (German Parliament) from 2002 to 2011 and as a leading member of the Bundestag's Foreign Affairs Committee from 2002 to 2008. As Minister of Defence, he led the most significant structural reform to the German Bundeswehr. Baron zu Guttenberg has published numerous articles in national and international papers and magazines on foreign, economic and security policy.

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
  • Global Transatlanticism: Where the Allies Are
  • Iran and the Middle East
  • Rebuilding Transatlantic Relations
  • Foreign Affairs and Defence Policy
  • Technology and Internet Security


  • 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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