GABA Gala 2024

May 31st, 2024

GABA Gala 2024

May 31st, 2024

GABA Gala 2024 – what a resounding success! It was a great display of community and achievement at Dominic’s Oyster Point in South San Francisco as we celebrated this year’s award winners of the GABA Achievement AwardPetra Vorsteher and Ragnar Kruse.

The Gala was filled with joy, starting from the Champagne reception and wine tasting graciously sponsored by Schug Winery. Guests gathered on the sun-filled deck and enjoyed each other’s company. Highlights of the evening included a marvelous performance by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, an after-dinner whiskey tasting sponsored by Seven Seals Innovation Whiskeys, a delicious display of desserts sponsored by SageMedic, and a raffle with prizes from Schug WinerySeven Seals Innovation, and Monica May Photography.

We sincerely thank our corporate sponsors, whose generous support made this event possible: SAPAI.GROUPMultiOn, CMS, Rueter and Partner, and smart-reg International – your partnership is invaluable to us.

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Interview of the GABA Award of Excellence Winners Petra Vorsteher & Ragnar Kruse, Interviewer Olaf Groth

GABA Award of Excellence

GABA is pleased to announce that Petra Vorsteher and Ragnar Kruse, Founding Partners of AI.GROUP and Co-Founders of Smaato, received the GABA Award of Excellence 2024 for their outstanding contributions to transatlantic business relations and their inspirational success stories on both sides of the Atlantic.

The amazing power couple was at the center of our celebration, honoring their achievements and vision in the transatlantic business sphere. As became clear in the Fireside Chat with Olaf Groth, Petra and Ragnar have always had a keen sense for new developments and future trends. They not only helped found Intershop, a multi-billion dollar e-commerce platform, but also co-founded Smaato, an innovative mobile advertising company. Their latest endeavors are focused on AI and revolve not only around their company AI.GROUP but also extend to supporting other AI companies in their success. In late May, they brought 10 AI startups from Germany to pitch in front of investors in New York and Palo Alto.

GABA Award of Excellence Petra Vorsteher and Ragnar Kruse


Members: $225.00
Non-Members: $265.00

1 Year Membership + Registration for Gala: $345
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6:00 - 7:00 PMChampagne Reception
7:00 - 7:15 PMWelcome by GABA ED Jeannet Kiessling; Welcome address, Consul General of Germany, Oliver Schramm
7:15 - 7:45 PM First course
7:45 - 8:15 PMMain course
8:15 - 8:50 PMAward ceremony recognizing Petra Vorsteher and Ragnar Kruse; Remarks: Chairman Kai Westerwelle; Fireside Chat: Olaf Groth
8:50 - 9:00 PMRaffle, Closing
9:00 - 10:30 PMMix & mingle at the dessert buffet


Dominic’s at Oyster Point

911 Marina Blvd
South San FranciscoCA 94080 United States

Enjoy the beautiful outdoors and location at Oyster Point!


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