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Cultivating students' passion for the German languageDas Exam and their teachersDr Gabriele Maluga, Sabine Winton MLA, and WAGBA President Stephan Kirsch with successful students of the "DAS Exam" and their teachers.

The “DAS Exam” (Deutsch Australisches Sprach Examen) has been offered to students for around 60 years. The initiative was initially created for high school students, but these days it is also offered to Years Five and Six. The award ceremony of “DAS Exam” is typically held annually to celebrate the most successful students.

Leading the way since 1872

Gottfried SchenkerWAGBA is thrilled to share the joy with one of our oldest members, the German-headquartered company DB Schenker, as it marks its 150th corporate anniversary globally and 60 years in Australia in 2022. To celebrate DB Schenker as one of the world's leading logistics service providers and supply chain management, this anniversary year will include a multitude of internal and external festivities to underline DB Schenker's vision of advancing businesses and lives by shaping the way the world connects.

Forging strong relations between Western Australia and Germany for years to come

ScreenshotSpecial guest Mr Volkmar Klein MdB; parliamentarians Sabine Winton MLA, Jessica Shaw MLA, Simon Milman MLA; various Business Leaders; WAGBA Member and the Patron of WAGBA and Honorary Consul of Germany to Western Australia, Dr Gabriele Maluga with WAGBA President Stephan Kirsch and Committee Member Torsten Ketelsen OAM, at the WA-German Parliamentarian Friendship Gathering at Parliament House.

On 12 and 13 August 2022 Mr Volkmar Klein MdB, a member of the German Parliament and the Co-Chair of the German-Australian Friendship Group visited Perth. The visit to Perth was jointly organized by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and WAGBA Committee Member Torsten Ketelsen OAM. On this occasion Sabine Winton MLA, Chair of the West- Australian-German parliamentary friendship group, invited representatives of the West Australian-German Business Association (WAGBA) along with the two parliamentarians Ms Jessica Shaw MLA and Mr Simon Milman MLA to Parliament House.

Calling for recent graduates!

The West Australian-German Business Association (WAGBA) is proud to announce our partnership with the University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Scholarships for Australian- German Student Exchange (SAGSE) on the launching of a new Graduate Exchange Program in March 2022. The program aims to offer a pathway for university students in Western Australia and Germany looking to gain industry experience within the international business scene as they complete, or are nearing the end of their studies. Through this program candidates will be able to create meaningful ties with businesses and mentors within the industry whilst developing their careers.

An Interview with Steven Riley, Regional Manager of WAGBA's Platinum Member

Steven Riley, Regional Manager of Schaeffler and Committee Member of the WAGBASteven Riley, Regional Manager of Schaeffler and Committee Member of the WAGBA

Steven's profile:

2012– joined Schaeffler as a Sales and Service Engineer, whose role was to support OEM and distribution for customers in both commercial and technical requirements for Western Australia

2017– appointed State Manager for Western Australia

2018– appointed Regional Manager West in 2018 with a change of senior management and a shift in customer focus, which has given him the responsibility for the sales regions of Western Australia, South Australia and the Northen Territory

For October’s edition of InTouch, Schaeffler Regional Manager and WAGBA committee member Steven Riley has graciously set aside some time for a short interview for this member profile for InTouch.



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