This keynote speech went straight to the roots of the American-German Business Club Bonn, which has been founded by U.S. commercial officers and American businessmen at the U.S. embassy club in Bonn in 1964. We are excited to hear, where we are standing today with the U.S.-German business relations, and even more, what all of us can contribute to strengthen and further develop this special relationship.
AGBC Bonn is proud to have Ken Walsh, Commercial Consul and Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S. General Consulate Düsseldorf as a keynote speaker. We also want to thank International Department of the IHK Bonn/Rhein-Sieg for their support at organizing this event.
Ken Walsh is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Diplomatic Corps and received his confirmation by the U.S. Senate and attestation by the President in April 2014. He assumed his current duties as Commercial Consul and Principal Commercial Officer in Dusseldorf, Germany on July 17, 2015. In this role he is responsible for promoting U.S commercial interests in Western Germany and encouraging investment by German firms in the U.S. market.
Prior to his current role, Ken served as Commercial Attaché in Moscow from 2011 to 2014. His portfolio of responsibilities included the vital Russian oil and gas and agricultural machinery sectors. While in Russia, Ken coordinated trade missions, executive visits, as well an industrial standards event in cooperation with the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade. He was awarded the U.S. Department of State’s Franklin and Meritorious Honor Awards for his work to promote trade.
Ken began his career with the U.S. Commercial Service in 2006 serving in the St. Louis Export Assistance Center. In addition to assisting Missouri companies with their export plans, he authored “Preparing Your Business for Global E-Commerce” export Guide published by the International Trade Administration.
Prior to the Department of Commerce, Ken spent 13 years as a trade association executive with several major national and international trade associations. He was responsible for developing strategic partnerships with major international travel a tourism concerns such as American Express, Expedia, Hilton, Hyatt Hotels, Marriott International, Sabre, and Travelocity. Just prior to joining The Department of Commerce, Mr. Walsh was Vice President of Partner Concepts, a travel and tourism public relations and marketing firm.
Ken is active in the community and was the President of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill and a member of the Parish Council of St. Matthews Cathedral in Washington, DC. He currently lives in Düsseldorf with his wife and three children. (source: https://de.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/ken-walsh/ )