Dr Theodor Weimer, Patron
Spokesman of Board of Management of HypoVereinsbank – UniCredit Bank AG, Country Chairman Germany and Member of Business Executive Management Committee of UniCredit
Dr Theodor Weimer became Board Spokesman of Hypo Vereinsbank and, as the Country Chairman Germany, a member of UniCredit's Management Committee in 2009. He joined UniCredit in 2007, initially as Head of Investment Banking. After graduating from the universities of Tübingen and St. Gallen and being awarded his doctorate at the University of Bonn, he worked for McKinsey from 1988 to 1995, before moving to Bain & Company. There he became a member of the Global Management Committee and specialised in the consultancy of financial service providers. From 2001 to 2007, he served as Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs and was promoted to Partner in 2004.
Dr Susanne Weiss, Patron and founding president
Partner of the law firm Weiss, Walter, Fischer-Zernin
Dr Susanne Weiss is a partner of the law firm Weiss, Walter, Fischer-Zernin in Munich and has worked as a commercial lawyer since 1989. She is a member of the Supervisory Board and Advisory Board of Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, and of the Supervisory Boards of Wacker Chemie AG, PORR AG and Schattdecor AG. She is also the Chair of the Supervisory Board of ROFA AG. Dr Susanne Weiss is managing director of Blue Elephant Holding GmbH and CI-ALPEN GmbH and is also managing partner of Fenstermanufaktur Weiss GmbH , Freeridekitz Clothing OG, Pearl Skin GmbH, SW Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH and KHW Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH. Dr Weiss studied law at the University of Regensburg and obtained her doctorate from the Law Faculty there.
Gabriele Zedlmayer, President of the HVB Women’s Council
Social Innovator and former Chief Progress Officer at the Hewlett-Packard Company
Gabi Zedlmayer is a social innovator who has been working with numerous global organisations on solving social and environmental issues. She is also exploring how technology is changing how we live and work and is advising companies on implementing critical strategic changes to successfully compete in the digital world. Zedlmayer is a member of the Computer Science Advisory Board at the University of People, is on the expert advisory committee of the Berlin School of Digital Business and supports the Administrative Council of the Georgia State University. Moreover, until she left HP in December 2015, she was a member of the Supervisory Board of Hewlett-Packard GmbH Germany, a member of the EU Commission's e-skills leadership board, Junior Achievement Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the World Economic Forum’s Council on Social Innovation and the Corporate Advisory Group of the We Mean Business Coalition.
Zedlmayer is an accomplished international speaker on the subjects of sustainable management, social innovation and the future of work. She is the Author of numerous articles (Forbes, Huffington Post, the Financial Review) and textbooks. In 2011 Zedlmayer was honoured by Newsweek and the Daily Beast as one of 150 “women who shake the world”. In 2012 she was named by FastCompany as a member of the League of Extraordinary Women and was awarded with the DLDWomen Impact Award. In February 2015 and again in March 2017 InspiringFifty named her as “one of the 50 most inspiring women in European technology”.
Prof. Dr. Dadja Altenburg-Kohl
Director of the Muzeum Montanelli, DrAK foundation
Professor Dadja Altenburg-Kohl is Director of the Muzeum Montanelli and DrAK foundation in Prague. In addition to her professional occupations, she is also an avid art collector, patron of the arts and curator of countless exhibitions and biennials. She is a management board member of the "Saarländische Galerie, Europäisches Kunstforum e.V." registered association for art in Berlin. One of her main focuses is the organisation of projects between the Czech Republic and Germany. As such, Prof. Dadja Altenburg-Kohl is founder of the DrAK foundation and the Montanelli Museum in Prague. Prof. Dadja Altenburg-Kohl studied medicine at Karlsuniversität in Prague. After fleeing to the former West, she initially worked as a doctor.
Management board member and principal shareholder of Management Circle AG
After completing her studies in law, Sigrid Bauschert started her career in the further education sector, and founded the company Management Circle in 1989 with 5 employees. In the meantime, the company, which now boasts over 200 employees, has significantly shaped the sector. It is one of the market leaders when it comes to continuing professional education in the economic and financial sector. Management Circle is one of the leading specialists in the continuing professional education of experts and managers in the German-speaking area. In addition to Management Circle, Sigrid Bauschert has co-founded and participated in a further number of successful companies. Amongst others, the subsidiary Webacad functions in the area of e-learning as contractor for numerous customers from various sectors.
Dr Christine Bortenlänger
Managing director and management board member of the registered association Deutsches Aktieninstitut e.V.
Christine Bortenlänger joined the Management Board of the Deutsches Aktieninstitut registered association on 01 September 2012 and previously, from 2000, she was a management board member at the Bavarian stock exchange, Bayerische Börse AG, holding company of the Munich stock exchange, Börse München, responsible for customer relations, marketing and sales, public and press relations, organisation and IT. After completing her banking apprenticeship, degree in business management and doctorate, Dr Bortenlänger held a number of management positions in the financial sector before moving to the public-law entity Börse München in 1998 to take up a role as deputy managing director. Dr Bortenlänger was awarded the Mestemacher manager of the year prize in 2007. Two years later, the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Verdienstkreuz am Bande) was bestowed upon her.
Managing director DLD Media GmbH and co-founder of DLD (Digital Life Design) Conferences, DLD Media & DLD Ventures, Hubert Burda Media
Stephanie Czerny is managing director and co-founder of Digital Lifestyle Day at Hubert Burda Media, a platform that invests in online companies such as Glam Media and also organises the innovation conference DLD. As a co-founder of the DLD Conference, Stephanie Czerny focuses on developing branding and communications initiatives. In addition, she holds executive positions in several cultural and environmental organisations and is highly committed to various diversity activities.
Shareholder and Publisher of Verlagsgruppe Passau GmbH (Passau publishing group)
Angelika Diekmann has headed the whole Verlagsgruppe Passau since 1999, and has been a shareholder in the family business since 1993. Moreover, she is committed to the project MENSCHEN IN EUROPA (PEOPLE IN EUROPE), that she herself initiated, and to the activities of the Dr Hans Kapfinger Foundation. From 1971 to 1976, Angelika Diekmann was the correspondent for the Bavaria section of the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper in Munich and Passau until she took over the Health and Entertainment section in 1976. From 1978 to 2005, she was responsible for the Arts and Culture feature pages of the Passauer Neue Presse.
Head of Controlling Group Functions, F. Hoffmann La Roche AG (Basel)
Britta Döttger has been Head of Controlling Group Functions at Hoffmann La Roche AG in Basel since August 2015. Previous to that, she was responsible for the financial activities of SGL Carbon GROUP in Wiesbaden for 10 years and carried out numerous (re)financing operations for the company. She trained as a bank clerk before studying business administration in Frankfurt. After completing an MBA at Ashridge College and City University London, she headed the finance department of Fraport AG in Frankfurt. In the course of the privatisation of Frankfurt Airport in 2001, she was in charge of the project office and played a key role in the successful IPO of Fraport AG.
Managing owner of H. Hugendubel GmbH & Co. KG, member of the Advisory Council of DBH Buch Handels GmbH & Co. KG
As managing partner of H. Hugendubel GmbH & Co. KG, Nina Hugendubel is responsible for marketing, public relations and direct sales. She belongs to the Council of the DBH Buch Handel GmbH & Co. KG, which was created in 2007 by Hugendubel bookstore and the Weltbild publishing group. After spending time abroad at Sorbonne University in Paris and completing a bookselling apprenticeship, Ms Hugendubel studied politics, philosophy and economics in Passau and Berlin. After her studies, she switched to publishing and worked a total of six years for Time Warner in New York and for Holtzbrinck in Munich, New York and Stuttgart.
Founder and managing director of Allude
Andrea Karg is the founder and managing director of Allude, one of Europe's most successful cashmere labels. Through modeling stints while still studying law, Andrea Karg got to know the fashion business early. In 1993 she decided to leave her law career behind and focus on her true passion: fashion. She combined her industry experience with her enthusiasm for cashmere, and launched her first collection on the market under the name ALLUDE. Since then she has steadily built up the ALLUDE brand.
Management Board Member (CFO) of Heliocentris Energy Solutions AG
Sabine Kauper has been Chief Financial Officer at Heliocentris Energy Solutions AG since January 2016. Between 2014 and 2015 she was CFO at SKW Stahl-Metallurgie Holding AG and 2012 till 2013 she was Managing Director for Restructuring in an international engineering company. Currently she on the Supervisory Board of Kapsch Traffic Com AG, Vienna. From 2009 to 2013 she was also on the Supervisory Board of SKW-Stahl Metallurgie Holding AG.
Ms Kauper studied business administration at Munich University with a focus on tax and auditing. She began her career in 1996 at a medium-sized auditing company in Munich. In 2000 she moved to Phoenix SonnenStrom AG, where she was in charge of commercial sales. Between 2007 and 2011 she was Chief Financial Officer and was also responsible for Human Resources. From 2006 to 2007, Ms Kauper participated in the International Senior Executive Management Programme at St. Gallen Business School and is a fully qualified business coach.
Dr Marita Kraemer
Member of the Supervisory Board of UniCredit Bank AG and Euler Hermes S.A. Paris; Member of the Board of Directors of Allianz France, Paris
Dr Kraemer is a member of the Supervisory Board of UniCredit Bank AG and Euler Hermes S.A. in Paris as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Allianz France (Paris). Before she was member of the Holding Board of Zurich Group in Germany and CEO of the European Centre of Excellence for Credit & Surety until end of December 2015. Dr Kraemer studied Business Management at Bergische Universität Wuppertal and obtained her doctorate from Freie Universität Berlin. She began her career with a traineeship at Bank für Handel und Industrie AG and then switched to the Corporate Banking unit of Dresdner Bank Group before turning her attention to investment banking at their subsidiary Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. There, she was in charge of the Global Finance/Corporate Banking segment for Southern Europe. In September 1999 she left Dresdner Bank to take up a new challenge on the Management Board of Zurich Versicherung AG.
Vice President Group Controlling of Borealis AG
Since May 2015 Anja Krusel is Vice President Group Controlling of Borealis AG in Vienna. January 2011 till April 2015 she has been the Senior Director of the management team at Microsoft Germany and was responsible for the areas of finance and administration. Prior to this she occupied positions at several levels within the Philips consumer electronics company. From 2002 to 2005, she was the Senior Finance Director at Philips Consumer Electronics in Hamburg. In April 2005 she transferred to Philips Consumer Electronics in Atlanta, USA, as a Senior Director of Financial Planning & Analysis. In October 2007, she took on the role of Senior Director of Finance and Talent Management for North America, in Andover, Maryland, in the USA. From 2009 to 2010, Ms Krusel was the Chief Financial Officer of Philips in Germany, responsible for all central business functions in the DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).
Chief Financial Officer of the Obermaier Group
Andrea Kustermann is Chief Financial Officer of the Obermaier Group in Munich. After completing secondary school and her bank training, she began her career in various positions in the retail and corporate banking business. Since her return to the career world after a three-year parental leave, she began as a management assistant with a real estate company before taking on administrative positions in property management and finally assuming responsibility for central financial management with the Obermaier Group. This company is active in the areas of land development, developer projects, dividing existing properties into residential units and the management of commercial properties.
Dr. Christine Frfr. von Münchhausen
Independent business consultant and business mediator
Christine von Münchhausen has been advising DAX companies and SMEs since 2002 in the areas of organisational and management development. In addition she is a commercial mediator specialising in conflict management at management level and between partners. She also trains judges and lawyers in this area and is a lecturer at the Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. After completing her legal studies and doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign Copyright, Competition and Patent Law, Christine von Münchhausen spent several years as a lawyer with an international corporate law firm.
Former Managing director at KION Financial Services GmbH
Andrea Neuroth was managing director at KION Financial Services GmbH until October 1st, 2015 and was previously Head of Finance of the Kion Group. After a commercial apprenticeship, Ms Neuroth studied business administration at the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt. A few years after joining the economics department of a DAX company, she was appointed department head, a position she retained on her transfer to the finance department. This was followed by leadership roles in the treasury and finance departments of various large German industrial companies.
Kristina Gräfin Pilati
Attorney and Notary, Senior-Partner at Pilati+Partner
Kristina Gräfin Pilati is a senior partner at Pilati + Partner. Her specialisms include inheritance law and property and corporate succession. She is an expert in family law and author of regular practice reports in this area published by the juris legal portal. Ms Gräfin Pilati is also a management board member of the Frankfurter Zukunftsrat (Frankfurt Council for the Future) and ascribes great importance to an interdisciplinary and forward-looking approach to reflecting on, contributing to and shaping the future. She has worked as a lawyer in Frankfurt/Main since 1977. She obtained a degree in humanistic psychology in 1986. Ms Gräfin Pilati has been a notary public since 1991.
Prof. Susanne Porsche
Managing Director and Shareholder of Summerset GmbH, Neue Münchner Fernsehproduktion GmbH & Co. KG, sunset Austria Film & Fernsehproduktionen GmbH
Susanne Porsche is founder of the summerset GmbH, Neue Münchner Fernsehproduktion GmbH & Co. KG and the sunset austria GmbH. During her medical studies, Prof. Porsche worked as a children's television presenter for the German television broadcaster ZDF in 1979. In 2002 the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture honoured her multifaceted cultural commitment and activities as film and television producer by bestowing her with the title of professor. Professor Porsche was also awarded the "München leuchtet" (Munich shines) gold medal in 2005 for her commitment to social issues. In May 2006, Professor Porsche founded the Deutscher Lehrerpreis e.V. (German teaching prize) association. In July 2008, the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande) was bestowed upon her.
Annette Roeckl, Managing Director of Roeckl Handschuhe & Accessoires GmbH & Co. KG
Since 2003 Annette Roeckl has been running the traditional family business, which was founded in 1839. She represents the family's sixth generation of company successors. She was the first woman to carry on the family tradition and to direct the company. Her vision is to consistently combine the traditional and the modern.
Roeckl manufactures high quality premium accessories and employs about 300 people in Germany and other European countries. The company intends to maintain and continuously expand its position as European market leader. This aim is to be achieved by internationalisation and by expanding its product portfolio. In 2009 Annette Roeckl introduced the most recent commodity, when she presented her own selection of bags, which rounds off the product range perfectly.
Auditor, Tax Consultant at Rödl & Partner GbR
Monika Rödl-Kastl has a B.A. in business studies, is an auditor and tax advisor, and also a managing partner of Rödl & Partner. She joined Rödl & Partner back in 1981 and has been in charge of the establishment and expansion of the international office since 1990. Rödl & Partner has 3000 employees at 82 locations in 36 countries. Her clients include major Ger man industrial and commercial enterprises.
Former at Group Treasury of BMW Group
Sabine Schaedle was in charge of various internal projects with the Corporate Finance segment of BMW Group until April 2016. She is also a member of the Supervisory Board of DAB Bank. She studied business administration at University in Münster. After a year-long work-study programme in the USA, she began her career in 1983 at Citibank AG. In 1986 she became a corporate financing consultant for BMW AG. Positions as treasurer with BMW partners in Belgium and in group financing at BMW AG were followed by management roles at Rover Group Ltd. and BMW UK Capital Ltd. in Britain. Sabine Schaedle returned to BMW AG in Munich in 2001 to take charge of the business management planning and control department. From 2003 to 2012, she was the authorised signatory at BMW Bank GmbH and was initially responsible for German corporate banking and then for important sub-projects for the strategic expansion and Europeanisation of the bank.
Head of the Trade Fairs, Events and Key Account Communications department with Dr Schnell Chemie GmbH
Annette Schnell has been in charge of the exhibitions, event and major corporate customers business segments at Dr. Schnell Chemie GmbH since 1984. In addition, she is the chairwoman of the Lichtblick Hasenbergl non-profit foundation council. The foundation supports a childcare centre for children and young people from underprivileged backgrounds. Ms Schnell began her career in 1978 as assistant to the management board at Fisher-HIFI Vertriebs-GmbH, in Munich. There she was responsible for the Sales and Marketing segments as well as controlling and credit insurance.
Owner of Alexandra Schöneck Schatzmeisterei, a treasury management consultancy
Alexandra Schöneck is owner of the treasury consultancy Alexandra Schöneck Schatzmeisterei. She advises companies in all aspects of treasury management and offers interim management. After her training as a bank clerk Ms Schöneck studied business administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Würzburg. She began her career at DZ Bank in Frankfurt and then took a position at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Consulting as a Senior Consultant in organisation and management consultancy. She subsequently moved on to build up the global treasury at Kromberg & Schubert GmbH & Co. KG and spent the next five years as head of the Group Treasury for Wacker Neuson SE.
Head of Foundation Board and Chairwoman of the Board of Schörghuber Corporate Group
Alexandra Schörghuber joined the board of the advisory council of the Schörghuber Group in 2008 and heads the family company alongside the chairman of the board, Dr Klaus N. Naeve. After completing secondary school, Alexandra Schörghuber trained in hotel management leading to a career in Germany, Switzerland and in the Bermudas. During her marriage to the Munich entrepreneur Stefan Schörghuber, she assumed numerous supervisory board and management roles related to the family's private assets, which include a car park management company (Bavaria Parkgaragen), ski lift and cable car operations and one of the world's largest salmon farms in Chile.
Senior executive at Wacker Chemie AG
Claudia Strittmatter is a senior executive in charge of corporate finance with Wacker Chemie AG, which she joined in 1995. Ms Strittmatter trained as a bank clerk before studying business administration on the European Business Study Programme (ESB) in Reutlingen, Siena and London. As a consultant with the US-based strategic consulting firm Booz, Allen & Hamilton (now Booz & Company), she specialised in mergers and acquisitions as well as the manufacturing sector.
Head of Finance of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG
Since 2007, Ildikó Mária Várady has been a manager with an overall responsibility for finance in the mechanical engineering sector. Ms Várady graduated in economics from Budapest University. She began her career in 1994 at Bayerische Hypotheken- und Wechselbank AG in Munich (subsequently Bayerische Hypo- und Vereinsbank AG), where she worked in the export finance and risk management units. After switching to the mechanical engineering sector she was quickly promoted into management positions.