• Thursday 29 June

    • 19:30 to 22:00

      Welcome cocktail reception at Panama Restaurant
      Address: Potsdamer Strasse 91

  • Friday 30 June

    The Monocle Quality of Life Conference

    Address: Römischer Hof Berlin, Unter den Linden 10
    • 06:30 to 07:45

      City run & morning dip
      We’re organising a revitalising run or swim to get you set for the day.

    • 08:00 to 09:00

      Join us for coffee and the global newspapers.

    • 09:00

      Take your seats

    • 09:15 to 09:30

      Welcome to Berlin

    • 09:30 to 09:45

      High-speed nation

      A quick-fire chronicle of Germany's past

      James Hawes is the author of ‘The Shortest History of Germany’ and we’ve set him an even more challenging task – explaining the nation in 15 minutes. It’s a fast-paced primer on our host nation.


      James Hawes

    • 09:45 to 10:15

      Brand Berlin

      Is this Europe’s most important city?

      The German capital has become home to numerous start-ups and people from around the globe. And despite its complex past, it is an outpost of liberalism, possibility and ambition. How can other cities learn from its successes – and the challenges it’s faced? Panellists will include celebrated architect Daniel Libeskind, who created the Jewish Museum Berlin, outspoken typographer Erik Spiekermann and forthright mayor Franziska Giffey.

    • 10:15 to 10:50

      Stay with me, eat with me

      What hospitality should do next

      The world of hospitality has been shaken up by our changing lives, tastes and expectations like never before – and then there's Airbnb snapping at the heels of hotels around the globe. But hoteliers and restaurateurs are fighting back and doing rather well, thank you. We meet three star players who know about making communities, delivering experiences and taking care of a new generation of diners and travellers.

    • 10:50 to 11:00

      This is my Berlin: building society

      Framework of a city

      Explore the city's structures with our perfect guide: the Berlin architect and professor of design theory at Hamburg University of Fine Art.

    • 11:00 to 11:30

      Coffee break

    • 11:30 to 12:00

      Speed dating for entrepreneurs

      How it's done

      Entrepreneurs take us on a journey through their business experiences: from elevator pitches to running a successful company.

    • 12:00 to 12:25

      Seamless moves

      Future of transport

      The biggest mobility-thinkers on the future of transport – and the cities getting it right. And how do we make cities where mobility works for young and old? Speakers: Magnus Schmidt, the scooter maverick, Deutsche Bahn’s big thinker Meike Niedbal, and Dan Stubbergaard of Danish architecture firm Cobe.

    • 12:25 to 12:50

      Media makers

      Print bites back

      How Germany is creating a media model that mixes print and digital in better ways – and what leading editors think it says about the future of news, leisure and advertising. We will be joined by Christoph Amend, editor in chief of Zeitmagazin, and Penny Martin, editor in chief of The Gentlewoman.

    • 12:50 to 13:00

      This is my Berlin: artistic licence

      Creative city

      What is it like to live in the German capital as an artist? We paint a picture of the inspiration and intrigue it provides for its creative residents.

    • 13:00 to 14:00

      Lunch, drinks and a chance to meet the panellists.

    • 14:00

      Welcome back

    • 14:10 to 14:30

      Things we like

      Intelligence shared

      Tyler Brûlé, our editor in chief, primes you on the things you need to see from around the globe that will inspire your life and travels in the months ahead.

    • 14:30 to 14:50

      Land of ice and fire

      The small city with big ambitions

      He runs a city that has been shaken by everything from a collapsing economy to volcano ash clouds but which today is having to plan for almost too much success as tourist numbers boom in Reykjavík. What does the city’s mayor see happening in the future, what can everyone learn from the plucky player who’s come out on top and what are the secrets of good leadership?

    • 14:50 to 15:20

      Property’s next move

      What developers should do

      The firms with winning formulas, new ideas and the ambition to change how you live convene to reveal how the sector is growing and why it’s no longer business as usual. Speakers will include Ryan Prince, co-founder of the Realstar Group, on how Uncle will reinvent rentals; Stefan Höglmaier, founder of Euroboden, on upping the quality of housing; and Monica von Schmalensee, CEO of White Arkitekter.

    • 15:20 to 15:50

      Coffee break

    • 15:50 to 16:15

      Healthy income

      Making money while keeping cities fit

      The fitness business is pulling in new and inventive players. Who are the workout and healthy-eating fixers of the future? Hear from fitness leaders such as Paco Savio, co-founder of gym brand Balboa Move; Erez Galonska, the CEO of Infarm who knows how to turn our cities into farms; and Özden Akyildiz, founder of the world’s first virtual farming platform, Komşuköy.

    • 16:15 to 16:40

      The future of retail

      From clicks to department stores, how to thrive

      Be it online or on the high street, retail is changing fast. We convene the players, including mall developers and pop-up suppliers, who know what happens next – and how to keep your business vital. Speakers: Mohamed Haouache, CEO of Paris-based Storefront; Lyn Harris, founder of Perfumer H; and Sarah McNally, founder of McNally Jackson.

    • 16:40 to 16:55

      This is my Berlin: after dark

      When the lights go out

      Berlin is a city that thrives after sunset. We give you a high-speed tour to a side of the city you need to know.


      Markus Kühn

    • 16:55 to 17:20

      The secret city

      Spies, art and strange stories

      The mysteries and intrigues of Berlin revealed by leading film players, writers and art dealers. Head into the city’s shadows to understand the lure of Berlin with Anna Winger, creator of hit TV drama Deutschland 83, and Carl Woebcken, CEO of the city’s Babelsberg film studios.

    • 17:20

      Time to say goodbye – well, until dinner.

    • 20:30 to 01:30

      Dinner & dancing party at Clärchens Ballhaus
      Address: Auguststraße 24

  • Saturday 1 July

    • 09:30 to 11:30

      Farewell breakfast at Hallesches Haus
      Address: Tempelhofer Ufer 1

    • 12:00 to 15:00

      Berlin open day and tours
      Explore the city through special Monocle tours of some of our favourite Berlin ateliers, studios and museums.

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