On May 25, GMF Berlin hosted an event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, the 35th anniversary of the founding of the German Marshall Fund, and the 25th birthday of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) Program, as well as the Manfred Wörner Seminar (WFS). Over a hundred alumni of the programs attended the event, which was co-hosted by the State Representation of Northrhine-Westfalia in Berlin. Dr. Rita Süssmuth, former President of the German Parliament; Dieter Berg, Chairman of the Board of the Robert Bosch Foundation; and several Central and Eastern European Ambassadors helped celebrate the evening.
Dirk Schattschneider, Deputy Director of the State Representation of Northrhine-Westfalia and GMF alumna (MMF and MWS), kicked off the evening and was followed by Karsten Voigt, the German government's Transatlantic Coordinator who spoke about the past, present and future of transatlantic relations, including a moving account of his own youthful encounters with the U.S. Then Guido Goldman, GMF Board Co-Chairman, told attendees about his role in the 1972 negotiations with the Willy Brandt government that culminated in the formation of GMF. Craig Kennedy, GMF President, gave on overview of present and future activities and finally, Heike MacKerron, GMF Senior Director for Europe, interviewed Nike Irvin, GMF Board Member MMF alumna, on her fellowship experience. Nike Irvin stressed that the fellowship had really changed her understanding of the world around her.