India Week Hamburg 2023

Again time for celebrating India in Hamburg! From 20th to 26th November Hamburg will celebrate yet again an „India Week“ that started in 2007 and is now in its 10th edition.

Between 20th and 26th Nov. 2023 Hamburg will witness around 70 events, hosted by a wide variety of organizations, providing exciting insights into the contemporary culture and society of the Indian subcontinent.

During the India Week, current trends will become just as visible as the diverse economic, political and cultural connections between the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the world’s most populous country. Embark on a journey of discovery into the long-standing friendship between Hamburg and India, enjoy extraordinary art and cultural projects and help shape the future of our partnership in fields as promising as cutting-edge innovation, science & technology, healthcare.

The German-Indian Round Table co-organizes the India Week and has been one of the initiators and constant constituents since its inception. Also this time, in addition to our role as a co-organizer, we are co-hosting two events in collaboration with our valued partners:

(1) Hamburg-India Business Day (21 Nov. 2023)

(2) Frugal Innovations for a Healthy Society – Learnings for India and Germany (in German, on 22 Nov. 2023)

For both of these events we have been able to put together a very attractive program with distinguished speakers, and look forward to your participation.

India Week Hamburg is organized by a core team of institutions in Hamburg that includes the Senate Chancellery, Ministry of Culture, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, OAV Asia-Pacific Business Association, Hamburg Invest, the Hamburg Representation Mumbai, and the German-Indian Round Table, in partnership with the Consulate General of India as well as other institutions/organizations and individuals.

Download India Week 2023 program as PDF, approx. 14 MB

„Partnering India“: GIRT Hamburg invites to its next meeting

India has advanced to the position of the fifth largest global economy. As per IMF’s World Economic Outlook from April 2023, the size of India’s economy has nearly doubled from $1.7 trillion in 2010, to $3.4 trillion in 2022. It is estimated that within the next four years India will emerge as the third largest economy with a forecasted size of $5.2 trillion in 2027, overtaking Japan and Germany. Cumulative stock of inwards foreign direct investments (FDI) in India has doubled even faster: from $253 billion in 2014 to $514 billion in 2021, as per UNCTAD figures. The country has also emerged as a key source of outward FDI as well – with a cumulative stock of over $206 billion in 2021. With a young population and unsaturated markets, it offers tremendous opportunities for collaboration on multiple fronts, such as market growth, innovation activities and skilled migration.

While India’s increasingly important role in the global economy has been evident for some time, the significant changes in the geopolitical and geoeconomic spheres have made a collaboration between India and Germany, and indeed between India and the European Union, even more promising, especially in this year when India is holding the presidency of the G-20 nations. German-Indian Round Table (GIRT) Hamburg is pleased to hold an event on the theme of „Partnering India: A quest for growth & development“ in cooperation with the Consulate General of India to discuss the potentials, challenges and requisite measures in an interactive setting with representatives of firms, organizations, policy making institutions, media and other interested individuals.

We look forward to an introductory address from Ms. Soumya Gupta, Consul General of India in Hamburg, followed by a welcome address and introduction of GIRT by Prof. Dr. Rajnish Tiwari, Head of GIRT Hamburg and Professor of Global Innovation at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences (“Hochschule Fresenius”).

His Excellency, Mr. Parvathaneni Harish, India’s Ambassador to Germany, will grace the occasion as chief guest and deliver a keynote.

Dr. Stephan Buse, Deputy Head of the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management, and co-leader of GIRT Hamburg, will moderate the event and together with Prof. Tiwari discuss some key aspects of India’s national innovation system and its potential for global innovation value chains of firms, including those of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The talks will be followed by an interactive session and networking opportunity over a dinner. 

The event details are as below (download as PDF):

  • Date: June 1, 2023 (18:00 – 21:00 hours)
  • Place: Auditorium, Consulate General of India
    Kohlhöfen 21, D-20355 Hamburg

Our events are generally bi-lingual to allow interaction with all interested persons without language barriers. The meeting will provide ample opportunity for networking over dinner.

The participation is free of charge but requires prior and binding registration by e-mail to Dr. Stephan Buse:


Registration date: latest by Friday, May 26, 2023.

The right to admission is reserved and all accepted registrations will be individually confirmed.

Looking forward to an interesting and informative get together!

(Photo: TUHH/Jupitz)

India Week Hamburg 2021: Indo-German cooperation in Research, Education and Innovation

Together with Fraunhofer IAPT and DESY we would like to cordially invite you to our joint event ’Indo-German cooperation in Research, Education and Innovation’ as a part of India Week, which will take place on

Wednesday, 10 November 2021 | 14:30 – 16:30 (CET)
at Consulate General of India | Kohlhöfen 21 | Hamburg

In context of Indo-German collaboration in research, DESY and Fraunhofer IAPT from Hamburg present science projects followed by a discussion with the audience.

Join us in the comprehensible lectures on nano-material research with X-rays and new manufacturing possibilities through industrial 3D Printing.

We welcome you for an one-on-one discussion on science, innovation as well as opportunities for students at both research institutions afterwards with:

  • Dr. Wolfgang Drube, DESY
  • Dr. Shrikant Bhat, DESY
  • M.Sc. Vishnuu Jothi Prakash, Fraunhofer IAPT

Please note that the event will be subject to the applicable corona and hygiene rules, as described in the following:

The participants will be allowed to the events only with a negative antigen test which should have been done not prior to 24 hours or with a proof of double vaccination.

It will be mandatory for all the participants to wear the medical masks during the event. The places will be limited to 50 participants. Registration to the event is not required.

More Information on the event, visit

India Week Hamburg 2021 and GIRT’s engagement

It is with great pleasure that I write to you today with information about the “India Week Hamburg” that is set to take off tomorrow, Monday, 8 Nov. 2021. Even though the Corona pandemic has taken its toll on our regular meetings, it has not stopped us from working in the background on topics close to our heart.

Together with our valuable partners in Hamburg, especially the Senate Chancellery, the Ministry of Culture, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, the OAV Asia-Pacific Business Association, Hamburg Invest, the Hamburg Representation Mumbai, and of course, the Consulate General of India, we have been able to put up an impressive program of over 70 highly attractive events for the India Week Hamburg 2021. There is a good mix of online, offline and hybrid events.

In the following, I pick up some events that are co-organized by GIRT Hamburg.

  • Monday, 8 Nov. 2021: Hamburg-India Business Days

As many of you already know, tomorrow is the Hamburg-India Business Day with an impressive line-up of speakers. The keynote on the topic of economic recovery after Covid is being delivered by Mr. Sanjeev Sanyal, who is the Principal Economic Advisor to the Government of India and an internationally acclaimed economist and best-selling author. This is followed by a panel discussion on the theme of “Self-reliant India Policy: What does it mean for German business?”. This session will be moderated by Stefan Halusa, Director General of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce and the panelists include Prof. Rishikesha Krishnan, Director of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Eeva Karsta (Drägerwork) and Indrajeet Sen (L&T). In addition, there are four online breakout sessions on highly relevant topics, such as green hydrogen projects in India, supply chains, taxation, and cooperation in R&D and innovation.

The session on R&D and innovation is an event of GIRT/TUHH. Further details about this session, including log-in details, can be found here.

  • Wednesday, 10 Nov. 2021: Potentials of Indo-German Collaboration for High-Tech Innovation

This very special GIRT/ TUHH/ FICCI event is concerned with the innovation potential in our turbulent world. Why does it make sense for India and Germany to cooperate in the field of hightech innovation? What are the experiences & challenges from firms‘ perspective? Join our online India Week Hamburg event on Nov. 10, between 10-12 CET to get some answers and a lot of inspiration from those who ought to know, namely experts and practitioners.

We look forward to an insightful event with high-caliber experts and practitioners that include Prof. Beate Bergé, Gopakumar Gopalakrishnan, Jagyan Mishra, John Ruolngul, Clemens von Reyher, Denise Ring, Dr. Stephan Buse, Pallavi Mishra, and Rajnish Tiwari.

Participating organizations (affiliations of the invited speakers) include companies such as Infosys Innovation Lab, L&T Technology Services Limited, and EDAG Group; universities such as the Fachhochschule Konstanz – Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Gestaltung, Hamburg University of Technology, Hochschule Fresenius, and associations, e.g. FICCI, IHK Nord e.V. and the German-Indian Round Table (GIRT)..

Please register for the event using this link:

  • Tuesday, 10 Nov. 2021: Indo-German Cooperation in Research, Education and Innovation (in presence)

In the context of Indo-German collaboration in research, DESY and Fraunhofer IAPT from Hamburg present science projects followed by a discussion with the audience. Comprehensible lectures will be given on nano-material research with X-rays and new manufacturing possibilities through industrial 3D Printing. Afterwards, scientists from Fraunhofer IAPT and DESY will be available for discussion on science, innovation as well as opportunities for students at both research institutions.

Info & registration:

  • Tuesday, 16 Nov. 2021: Indo-German Start-up Stories

Innovation & entrepreneurship form the basis for the prosperity of societies. India and Germany have been experiencing a start-up boom in promising industries for years. Start-ups are often founded by students and young scientists. How cooperation can contribute to the success of start-ups will be discussed at this event with German and Indian founders & promoters. The event is aimed at students, funding organizations & stakeholders with an interest in the Indo-German start-up ecosystem.

For further details, please see:

  • The overall India Week Hamburg

The entire program of the India Week across cultural, economic, political and social events, as well as some very well-prepared and useful articles, podcasts etc. can be found under:

Concluding thoughts

We are very grateful to all those project partners and speakers who have contributed to enable the India Week in this pandemic time. Special thanks are due to the Senate Chancellery of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and Ms. Julie-Ann Shiraishi for great engagement and fruitful coordination.


On behalf of GIRT Hamburg – together with my colleagues Dr. Stephan Buse and Vishnuu Jothi Prakash – I wish you a week full of many informative, engaging and joyful events, whether online, offline or hybrid. Despite the short notice, which was unfortunately unavoidable due to various constraints, we do hope to see you in some of the events.

With very best regards

Rajnish Tiwari

Hamburg-India Business Day 2021: R&D cooperation for innovation

German-Indian Round Table (GIRT) Hamburg is pleased to announce that it will hold a breakout session on the theme of R&D cooperation for innovation on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021.

The online session will take place via Zoom between 14:15 and 15:15 CET (18:45 – 19:45 IST). Zoom details see below.

India has emerged as a lead market for innovations, especially for frugal innovations that target affordable excellence. Use of digital technologies in a voluminous and unsaturated market offers tremendous opportunities to achieve scale in production and cater to demand in other markets with similar socio-economic needs. With examples from various sectors, such as telemedicine, fintech and industrial goods, this session showcases the opportunities of Indo-German collaboration as well as the implementation strategies to best realize the full potential of this cooperation.

This session is conceived as a precursor to another event on “Potentials of Indo-German Collaboration for High-Tech Innovation” on Nov. 10, 2021.

Time Topic
14:15 – 14:25 Welcome & introduction by Dr. Stephan Buse (Center for Frugal Innovation, TU Hamburg) and Prof. Dr. Rajnish Tiwari (
Hochschule Fresenius | Center for Frugal Innovation, TU Hamburg )
14:25 – 14:45 Keynote: R&D potential in the field of telemedicine by Mr. Peter Laser (Regional Sales Head, SternMed GmbH)  
14:45 – 15:10 Round of discussion with session participants
15:10 – 15:15 Wrap-up and end of the session  

Zoom link:

Meeting-ID: 874 8990 0128
Kenncode: 143677

This session is a part of the Hamburg-India Business Day 2021.