Dr. Koch discussed current developments in the Gulf states during a visit to the Middle East Policy Council in Washington DC including a meeting with their newly appointed president Frank Anderson
The Chairman of the GRC, Abdulaziz Sager, met with Vasu Gounden, Founder and Executive Director of the African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), Board Member Aziz Pahad, the former Deputy Foreign Minister of South Africa, and Hayden Allen, General Manager at ACCORD for Corporate Affairs. They were joined in the meeting by Dr. Christian Koch, Director of International Studies and Dr. Oskar Ziemelis, Director of Cooperation at the Gulf Research Center. The discussion focused on closer relations between the two institutions, ACCORD’s plan for the building of a Green Peace Center in Durban, South Africa, the role of conflict resolution in international affairs as well as regional trends and developments.
A delegation from the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) visited the Gulf Research Center. The delegation consisted of Dr. Tom Pearsall, EPIC Secretary General and Dr. Richard Kirk, CEO, Polyphotonix Company who were accompanied by Dr. Dieter Fuchs, General Manager of the Fraunhofer Middle East Office. EPIC is a not-for-profit consortium that brings together 80 European photonics businesses and institutions in support of sustainable development. The delegation discussed potential cooperation with the GRC Chairman and the managers of the GRC Science & Technology and Environment Research Programs.
Dr. Koch received at the GRC Mr. Joerg Herrera, the newly appointed Deputy Consul-General of Germany in Dubai to discuss current development and the status of German-UAE Relations
Dr. Christian Koch met with Dr. Johannes Berthold of the St. Gallen Foundation to discuss cooperation between the two institution as well as hosting interns from the foundation at the GRC.
A delegation of 20 post-graduate students from Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Switzerland visited GRC. The students were all Master of Finance degree candidates interested in Gulf economic issues. The group, which was led by Prof. Maurice Pedergnana, was briefed by GRC research department heads on issues relating to the economic situation in the Gulf with a view to existing challenges and future trends.