Symposium + Summit 2018
In-depth Debate
Transcultural Leadership Summit
Global value creation, cross-border innovation, and global HR are pulsating topics that define the increasingly complex challenges of leading a business nowadays. To meet these, we annually conduct the Transcultural Leadership Summit!

The Transcultural Leadership Summit is designed for both the conceptualization of new challenges of leadership, and the interdisciplinary exchange of leading executives as well as young brilliant minds from diverse backgrounds. The summit is an information platform to deepen the participants’ cultural sensitivity and to foster mutual understanding through transcultural learning.

Keynotes by internationally renowned guest speakers, hands-on workshops, and panels that highlight the summits highest commitment bridging research and practice are at the core of the summit. Each year, there is a different regional or country specific focus.

This year’s summit took place on the 8th and 9th of November 2018 with Brazil as the country of focus. For more information read the Exposé for this year’s summit or visit the EVENT WEBSITE.

Also, for the first time, we organized a research symposium as a pre-event to this year’s Transcultural Leadership Summit. The Transcultural Research Groups who emerged out of the previous Summits presented their interdisciplinary as well as trans- cultural research methods and the findings they acquired from their field trips to Hong Kong and Uganda.

The Symposium took place on the 7th of November 2018 at Zeppelin University.


2017’s Transcultural Leadership Summit was a great success! Experts from business and academia and bright students from all over the world exchanged their experiences and expectations in regard to global transcultural leadership with highly renowned speakers – including desicion-makers, leaders, activits and academics from the region of focus Sub-Saharan Africa.

Check out first Impressions of 2017’s summit and the press release in German from the first annual summit in 2016.

You can also find videos of the summit 2017 and on further leadership issues on our LEIZ youtube channel.

The summits take place in fall at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen, Germany and lasts for two days.
2017's speakers include amongst others: PROF. DR. JOSEF WIELAND (Director, Leadership Excellence Insitute Zeppelin), CHRISTOPH KANNENGIEßER (Chief Executive, German-African Business Association), BUNMI BANJO (Head of Brand & Digital Skills, Google Africa), ANDREA NONO (Managing Director, MTU South Africa Ltd.), MARCUS A. WASSENBERG (CFO, Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG)
Excellent young minds from all over the world that have close academic ties with the Transcultural Caravan constitute the summits' Transcultural Caravan Knowledge Pools.
  • Application Deadline | TSRG Relational Leadership

    You can apply to our TSRG to Brazil until the 14th of April, 11:59 pm.

  • Relational Leadership – Case Studies from Brazil | Kick-Off

    Our caravan moves on! On Wednesday the 27th of March, we invite interested ZU students of all programmes to join our kick-off event for our TSRG Brazil. At this event we will announce detailed information about the fieldtrip to Brazil, the research project and participation possibilities.

  • Fieldtrip Transcultural Research Group HDI Uganda

    In our Uganda fieldtrip we will visit the Hope Development Initiative in Kampala, in their rural communities and various of its stakeholders. We will conduct many interesting interviews to advance the individual research projects of the group members that will together answer our overarching question about transculturality and the Hope Development Initiative.


The Transcultural Caravan is initiated and executed by


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»There can be no culture except where there is some consensus. Consensus is a matter of understanding. It is transmitted through communication, through example and through participation in a common life.«

Robert Ezra Park, est. early 1920s