Tim Leberecht

Consultant and author

The internationally renowned consultant is one of the most astute pioneers of a new humanism in technology, business and society in the context of digitalisation and artificial intelligence. His books are bestsellers and his TED Talks have attracted millions of views. Tim Leberecht is the co-founder and co-CEO of the House of Beautiful Business, a global network at the interface of technology, management, science and art that enables its members to develop and implement visions for the future.

Prior to taking on this role, the German-American held CMO positions at architecture and design firm NBBJ and design and innovation agency Frog Design, which is renowned for its work for Apple. He is the co-publisher of “The Book of Beautiful Business” (2019) and has also had articles published in Harvard Business Review, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Wired. His latest book “Gegen die Wand der Diktatur der Gewinner: Wie wir verlieren können, ohne Verlierer zu sein” (Against the Tyranny of Winners: How We Can Lose Without Being Losers) was published by Droemer in 2020.

Tijan Onaran

Entrepreneur and author

The entrepreneur and author is one of the most prominent faces for gender equality in Germany. With her consultancy firm ACI, Tijen Onaran advises both SMEs and DAX corporations on issues such as diversity. She is the founder and CEO of Global Digital Women, the largest international network for women from the digital sector. More diversity in the world of work and business is also the topic of her widely acclaimed documentary film “Yes She Can” (Amazon Prime).

Tijen Onaran studied politics and history before working for politicians and in the automobile industry for several years. She is one of the 100 most influential women in the German economy and supports female founders as an investor. Her latest book “Nur wer sichtbar ist, findet auch statt. Werde deine eigene Marke und hol dir den Erfolg, den du verdienst” (Only those who are visible exist. Become your own brand and achieve the success you deserve) was published by Goldmann in 2020.

Ana-Crisitna Grohnert

Chair of the employer initiative "Charta der Vielfalt"

Ana-Cristina Grohnert is one of the few female top German managers. As Chair of the employer initiative “Charter of Diversity” since 2013, she is passionately committed to diversity and a new understanding of value-adding and appreciative business practices.

From 2017 to 2019, she was the Board Member for Human Resources and Internal Services at Allianz Deutschland AG. Prior to that, Ana-Cristina was Managing Partner at Ernst & Young, where she realigned the HR strategy and supported financial services clients in their reorganisation and realignment. On the basis of this and other experience in the management of large companies such as DGHYP, ABB and Preussag, she accompanies and designs corporate transformations from the perspective of a business and HR manager. In 2019, manager magazin and the Boston Consulting Group named her one of the most influential women in German business. Her latest book, “Das verborgene Kapital” (Hidden Capital), was published this spring by Campus.

Emilia Roig

Founder, author and Executive Director of the Center for Intersectional Justice

The politics graduate, activist and author is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Intersectional Justice (CIJ) in Berlin. She teaches courses on Intersectionality Theory, Postcolonial Studies, Critical Race Theory and International Law at universities in Germany, France and the USA. Equality and justice are also the subjects of her bestseller “Why We Matter. The End of Oppression”, which was published in February by Aufbau Verlag.

Emilia Roig holds a PhD in Political Science from the Humboldt University of Berlin and Sciences Po Lyon, as well as a Master of Public Policy and an MBA in International Law. From 2007 to 2010, Emilia, who was born in France, worked at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Tanzania and Uganda, at the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Cambodia, and at Amnesty International in Germany. She gives keynotes and presentations around Europe, including on the topics of diversity and inclusion, and was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2020.

Thomas Schulz

Der SPIEGEL correspondent and Silicon-Valley-Expert

The journalist and bestselling author knows Silicon Valley like no one else. As a correspondent for German news magazine SPIEGEL, he has been reporting from the centre of the digital revolution and providing in-depth analyses of the technology industry’s culture, function and strategies since 2012. Following on from the success of his bestselling business book “Was Google wirklich will” (What Google Really Wants), which was published by Penguin, he is focusing his attention on the next revolution that is coming our way from Silicon Valley – the reinvention of medicine – in his new book “Zukunftsmedizin: Wie das Silicon Valley Krankheiten besiegen und unser Leben verlängern will” (Future Medicine: How Silicon Valley wants to conquer disease and increase our life span) published by DVA.

Thomas Schulz studied politics in Frankfurt and communications in Miami as a Fulbright scholarship holder. He was also a visiting scholar at Harvard University. Thomas has been writing for SPIEGEL since 2001 and reporting as an economic correspondent from the US since 2008. He has won the Henri Nannen Prize, the Georg von Holtzbrinck Prize for Economic Journalism and Reporter of the Year for his work.

Cate Trotter

Founder and Head of Trends at futures agency Insider Trends

Cate Trotter is regarded as one of the most influential retail experts in the world. She always knows what the next big thing in the world of retail will be and what her clients can do to always be one step ahead of their competitors. The Brit is the founder and Head of Trends at London-based retail futures agency Insider Trends, where she supports top brands like Chanel, Marks & Spencer, Swarovski, Fujitsu, Metro Group, Samsung, Mercedes, Nike, Lego and Johnson & Johnson in developing innovations and creating world-leading retail ecosystems.

When she was in her 20s, Cate Trotter established two successful companies and was named a Future 100 and Startup 100 entrepreneur. A sought-after keynote speaker, she has given presentations in 11 European countries as well as in Peru, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico City and New York in the past 12 months. 

Raphael Gielgen

Trendscout Future of Work Life & Learn at Vitra

There are few people who have such visionary, exciting and surprising insights into the workplace of the future as Raphael Gielgen. As a “Future of Work Trend Scout”, the Swiss native researches the latest trends in the future of work and working environments for Vitra. To do this, he spends around 200 days a year on the road, visiting companies, universities and start-ups, meeting people, studying concepts and cultural trends, holding conversations and reading piles of books and articles – always driven by his irrepressible curiosity, a constant pursuit of explanation and the desire to turn everything on its head.

After training as a carpenter and completing a business apprenticeship, Raphael Gielgen made a career as a business developer, manager and consultant. Since 2018 he has been in search of the “source code” of tomorrow’s world of work on behalf of Vitra. He documents his findings and experiences on a map showing the trends and patterns of the future world of work. 

Michael Bohn

Marketing Director Central Europe, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH

As the Marketing Director for Central Europe at BSH Hausgeräte, Michael Bohn is responsible for the entire consumer, trade and product marketing of the brands Bosch, Siemens, Neff, Gaggenau and Constructa. This includes the marketing strategy as well as the operative implementation in brand teams, digital marketing, live communication, PR, D2C etc. He is also business owner for the end-to-end consumer journey management. He previously worked as Head of International Brand Marketing at Siemens, Director of Brand Marketing for North America in the USA, Global Marketing Director and Marketing Director Germany at Bosch. Before joining the ranks of BSH, Michael Bohn worked at a VC-financed internet start-up and in category management and corporate strategy at two large trading firms in Germany and the USA.

Karin Maria Schertler

General Manager / Head of Transformation, Serviceplan Group

Karin Maria Schertler is Head of Transformation at the Serviceplan Group and an expert in New Work. Her responsibilities in this role include the change process and the agile project set-up of weMOVE: in mid-2022 the Serviceplan Group in Munich will be moving into its new House of Communication (HoC), which will also be the international agency group’s new headquarters. Over 1,500 colleagues will be relocating to Munich’s hippest neighbourhood, the Werksviertel, not far from the Ostbahnhof (Munich East railway station), where they will be taking ÜberCreativity to the next level.

Markus Lüpertz

Painter, graphic artist and sculptor

Painter Markus Lüpertz is regarded as an exceptional talent. His artworks enjoy national and international acclaim and he is among the most successful representatives of German contemporary painting. Many of his bronze sculptures are displayed in public spaces and his works are shown in renowned collections and museums in Germany and abroad.

Markus Lüpertz’ first exhibition was at the Michael Werner Gallery in Cologne in 1968. In 1974 he organised the first Biennale Berlin and in the same year he accepted the professorship for painting at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe. In 1986 he became a professor at the Art Academy Düsseldorf and was appointed director two years later. His tenure at one of the most significant academies in Germany lasted for over 20 years. During this time, he taught artists who later went on to become internationally renowned and therefore also influenced the development of German and international art as a teacher. Markus Lüpertz also publishes poetry and prose texts, including in his own art and literary magazine “Frau und Hund (“Woman and Dog”). He is also an enthusiastic free jazz musician and pianist, and occasionally gives concerts together with professional musicians.

Lüpertz once said that he came from the bottom and wants to make his way to the top – with all of the energy at his disposal. And he has certainly succeeded in that: in Germany he is one of the most important artists of contemporary modernism. His egocentric language and self-assured manner make him the ultimate “Malerfürsten”, or Painter Prince, as he is known.

Judith Wittwer

Editor-in-Chief Süddeutsche Zeitung

Judith Wittwer is the first woman at the helm of German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. Together with Wolfgang Krach, she has been running the editorial office of Germany’s largest subscribed daily newspaper since July 2020. Prior to that, the 43-year-old from Switzerland was Editor-in-Chief of Swiss daily newspaper Tages-Anzeiger. From 2011 to 2014 she worked as business editor for the Handelszeitung business newspaper by the Axel Springer Verlag. Wittwer studied International Affairs at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and completed her diploma training at MAZ – the Swiss School of Journalism. She is married and has two daughters. 

Carsten Knop

Publisher Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Carsten Knop was born in Dortmund in 1969. Even before he left school, an internship at the “Westfälische Rundschau” led to him taking on freelance work at the newspaper’s local editorial offices. He went on to study business administration at the University of Münster. And in 1993, he completed a traineeship at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. His first editorial position followed his journalistic training in 1995: he moved to Düsseldorf to work as a correspondent for the “Börsen-Zeitung”, a financial newspaper. In 1996, Carsten Knop returned to the Düsseldorf office of the F.A.Z., the newspaper where he completed his traineeship. After working in Düsseldorf, he moved to New York and then San Francisco, where he worked as a business correspondent. He returned to Frankfurt in 2003, where he was responsible for corporate reporting for many years, and later also for the economic news. From the beginning of 2018 until March 2020, Carsten was Editor-in-Chief for Digital Products, before taking on the role of publisher in April 2020.

Bettina Prange

COO/Managing Director

Together with her partners Alex Schill and Vincent Schmidlin, Bettina Prange is Managing Director/Chief Operations Officer of the House of Communication Hamburg, which is the Serviceplan Group’s second largest office location with over 350 employees.

In 2011 she joined the Serviceplan Group as Consultancy Manager. One year later she took over the responsibility for the strategic development of the HR department in the north of Germany. In 2018 Bettina was appointed COO and Member of the Management Board and in 2021 she was promoted to Managing Director.

Bettina Prange developed the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategy for the Serviceplan Group and has been driving it forward since 2020. One of her focal topics is the promotion of women within the Serviceplan Group. In 2021 she launched the first mentoring programme for women at Serviceplan. In her own time, she supports children with dysmelia and raises awareness for the acceptance of people born with a disability.   

Alexander Schill

Global CCO and partner

As Chief Creative Officer of Europe's largest independent agency network he is at the centre of Serviceplan Group`s innovative influence – since 2006. In just five years Alex Schill brought Serviceplan to the front row in national and international creative rankings. He thereby was awarded and recognized across the globe and supported the network`s worldwide growth with today more than 24 offices in 17 countries. He envisions global award winning creativity for some of the world’s leading brands and brings to life ideas for, amongst others, the visually impaired, the voice of refugees or the perception of environmental problems. Transitioning to a creative culture that utilizes the ingenious of individuals has been one of his interests for almost three decades. He believes that creativity will make the future gaugeable differences for markets and humankind.

Alex is president of the ADC Europe and member of the global WARC council and jury president in numerous creative festivals around the world such as Cannes Lions, CLIO, NYF, D&AD, Eurobest. Alex has studied at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and has won more than 80 Cannes Lions to date. In 2021 he was named third most awarded CCO worldwide by the DRUM world creative rankings.