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DFK hits the right notes at International Conference

DFK President, Roland W.Graf with his wife Viola Graf

The President of DFK International had the special honour of welcoming members from all over the world to his home town of Munich for this year’s annual international conference.

Roland Graf’s firm Peters, Schönberger & Partner (PSP), where he is a partner and specialist tax lawyer, hosted the three-day conference at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof in the heart of the city in July.

A year on from taking over as President, Roland was delighted that more than 150 delegates from all corners of the globe were able to attend what is the biggest and most important event in DFK International’s calendar.

Leadership was the theme of the conference with a packed and varied business, and social, programme - which even gave delegates the chance to try their hand at being a maestro by conducting a cello quartet and taking on parts of an orchestra.

Dr Jen Jenkins, from The Positive Group, focused on the psychology of leadership and building mental resilience in the workplace.

Mind turned to music for another special highlight which saw Lorenz Huber, from The Orchestra Lab, turn the conference crowd into a singing orchestra to demonstrate how effective leadership works through the analogy of a conductor leading an orchestra.

Roland said the diverse approach to the programme was designed to appeal to the range of delegates.

“I think the annual conference was very well received and one of the highlights on the business side was the mix of the programme which had been developed to try to meet the different expectations of delegates,” he said.

“For example, we invited three external technical experts to the tax seminar and even though the depth and expertise was very high, the participants really enjoyed it.

“We also invited people from outside organisations to contribute to other aspects of the programme which was great and proved to be a valuable knowledge sharing exercise. 

“This has never happened before and I think has opened the door quite well for future collaboration even though the other organisations could be seen to be competitors.

“Alongside more technical sessions, we also focused on soft skills and interesting developments within our profession and I think that overall mix was great.”

The business agenda was complemented by a host of social activities which included the ‘DFK Oktoberfest’ held at the world-famous Hofbräuhaus. 

Delegates entered into the Oktoberfest spirit by dressing in traditional attire and joining a Bavarian band and performers in a rousing rendition of the famous Ein Prosit der Germütlichkeit song.

The conference ended on a high note with the DFK Band, made up from members around the world, performing at the gala dinner, giving old and new friends and colleagues a great way to celebrate a fantastic three days.

Next year’s annual conference is due to take place in Singapore, from July 10 to 13.