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.


Entrpreneur 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.


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.