On the evening of October 9, the Aspen Institute Germany concluded its 40th anniversary celebrations with a festive evening titled “Partners in Leadership” at the Atrium of the Deutsche Bank Unter den Linden. At this gala, the f irst “Shepard Stone Award for Outstanding Transatlantic Leadership” was bestowed to Dr. Mathias Döpfner, CEO and chairman of the publishing house Axel Springer SE. It was handed over by Edzard Reuter and the daughter of the institute’s founder Shepard Stone, Margaret Stone MacDonald. A laudation was given by the former U.S. Ambassador Philip D. Murphy.