Kerstin Andreae

Chairperson of the Executive Board and Member of the Executive Committee of the BDEW

Kerstin Andreae was born on 21 October, 1968 in Schramberg in the Black Forest. After taking her school leaving examination (Abitur), she studied economics at the University of Freiburg.
After completing her degree at the end of 1996, she worked in project management, at MediKur, an agency for health and sanatorium technology in Hamm, at the Social Science Institute for Women’s Studies at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences Freiburg, as well as at “Das grüne Emissionshaus”, a financial services provider in the area of wind energy in Freiburg.
From 1999 to 2002, Kerstin Andreae was a local councillor on the City of Freiburg’s Municipal Council. In 2002, she was elected as a Member of the German Bundestag via the national list of the Alliance 90/The Greens party.
From 2002 to 2007 she was a member of the Finance Committee and local policy spokesperson for the Alliance 90/The Greens parliamentary group. From 2007 to 2012, she worked as economic policy spokesperson.
In 2012, Kerstin Andreae was elected vice-chairperson of the parliamentary group. Up to 2017, she was responsible for coordinating economic, budget, financial, labour, and social policy.
From 2017, Kerstin Andreae was economic policy spokesperson for the Alliance 90/The Greens parliamentary group and initiator and coordinator of the parliamentary group’s Economic Advisory Committee.
On 1 November, 2019 she assumed the position of Chairperson of the Executive Board of the BDEW, the German Federal Association of Energy and Water Industries.
Kerstin Andreae is married and has three children. She lives in Berlin.

Alexander Armbruster

Head of Department Wirtschaft-Online / Digitec, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Born on 8 March 1982 in Frankfurt-Höchst, Alexander Armbruster grew up in Hattersheim in the Main-Taunus district. After taking his school leaving examination (Abitur), and completing military service, he studied economics at the University of Mainz, majoring in international economic relations and financial markets; after completing supplementary in business ethics, he realised what he wanted to do. During this time, he worked for two years as an intern at a private bank in the share strategy team. In April 2008, Alexander Armbruster began a journalistic traineeship at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Since 1 April, 2010 he has worked as a business editor at the F.A.Z., initially on the financial markets desk and subsequently on the online business desk, which he now heads. His main interests are technology, financial markets, and globalisation. He is responsible for Digitec. Alexander Armbruster is married and has two children.

Aušrinė Armonaitė

Minister of the Economy and Innovation, Lithuania

Aušrinė Armonaitė is the Minister of the Economy and Innovation of Lithuania. She is also the founder and the chair of the liberal political party “Laisvės partija”, which is part of the current coalition government in Lithuania. Ms Armonaitė has started her political career as a member of Vilnius City Council in 2015. She has been a member of the Seimas (Lithuanian parliament) since 2016. The Minister has a solid background in economic policy, as she used to be a Rapporteur for the Sub-Committee on Transition and Development of the NATO PA Economics and Security Committee.

Gerald Braunberger

Publisher, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Born in 1960 in Bad Homburg. After completing a banking apprenticeship and a degree in economics, he joined in 1988 the business desk of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. From 1995 to 2004, Gerald Braunberger worked as a correspondent in Paris. After three years at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (the Sunday edition of the newspaper), he worked from 2007 to 2019 as a financial editor at the F.AZ. He has been a publisher at the FAZ since 2019.

Michael Brigl

Head of BCG Germany, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Hungary

Michael Brigl leads Boston Consulting Group’s business in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Switzerland. He is a core member of BCG’s Principal Investors & Private Equity (PIPE) practice, within which he led the Europe and Middle East business from 2018 to 2021. During this time, he successfully brought together BCG’s expertise in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Eastern Europe. In addition, he has been globally responsible for corporate venturing for ten years and develops innovation strategies and digital business models for customers.

Michael has worked with private equity clients for 15 years and advises investors on strategy development, acquisitions, and value creation projects with portfolio companies. One of his focal points is thematic investing, such as targeted capital investment in important future fields. These have included plant-based meat alternatives and technology trends relating to artificial intelligence. As a PIPE expert, he has helped develop digital and sustainable transformations for companies in recent years, and has guided the strategic orientation of large financial investors with regard to topics such as sustainability.

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Nadia Calviño

Vize-Präsidentin und Ministerin für Wirtschaft und digitale Transformation, Spanien

Nadia Calviño is currently First Vicepresident of Spain and Minister for Economy and
Digitalization. She has recently been appointed Chair of the International Monetary
and Financial Committee (IMFC) of the International Monetary Fund with a two year
mandate.

She holds a degree in Economics (1991) and a degree in Law (2001). She is also a career
civil servant, member of the specialized public corps of the Spanish Administration.

She has been a member of the Spanish Government since June 2018. Before her return
to Spain, she worked for 12 years in the European Commission, where she held top
senior management positions as Deputy Director General for Competition for Mergers
and Antitrust (Sep 2006 – Oct 2010), Deputy Director General for Financial Services
(Nov 2010 – April 2014) and Director General in charge of the Budget (May 2014 – June
2018).

Before joining the European Commission in September 2006, she pursued her career as
a civil servant in Spain within the Ministry for Economy in the areas of foreign trade,
macroeconomic analysis and forecasting, economic policy and competition.

Mars Geuze

Chief Commercial Officer, Hardt Hyperloop

Mars Geuze is Chief Commercial Officer at Hardt Hyperloop, a European company that developed the Hyperloop. Within Hardt, Mars Geuze is responsible for all market development activities, like for example public acceptance, standardisation, business cases and integration into spatial surroundings as well as into the transportation network. Hardt conducted the entire implementation of the first Hyperloop test facility in Europe and is the lead company in a public-private partnership with more than 20 global partner and the Dutch government as part of the Hyperloop development programme. In collaboration with its partners, Hardt is working on the development and implementation of Hyperloop to enable sustainable growth.

Heike Göbel

Head of the Business Policy Department, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Heike Göbel was born in 1959 in Leverkusen. After taking her school leaving examination (Abitur), she initially studied Indology and politics in Freiburg, combined with long stays in India. After several attempts to give a practical direction to her degree, which was heavily based on classical languages, she decided to study economics and got a degree in economics from the University of Heidelberg in 1986. Heike Göbel was a research assistant for almost two years at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), where she worked on a study about the new industrialised nations in the Pacific region. Her desire to become a journalist increasingly outweighed her interest in theoretical work. A journalistic traineeship at the Stuttgarter Nachrichten newspaper in 1989 enabled her to gain entry to this career, and she also had her first job there as a business editor. In April 1992, she moved to the editorial desk of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, for which she observed financial and pension policy from 1994 onwards in Bonn and Berlin. In 2002, she returned to the F.A.Z. head office as senior editor for economic policy. She has received several awards, including the German Taxpayers’ Federation (BdSt) Award (2005) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Business Journalism (2006). Heike Göbel is married and has two children.

Daniel Gros

Director of the Brussels think-tank “Centre for European Policy Studies” (CEPS)

Daniel Gros is a Member of the Board and a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). He joined CEPS in 1986 and was the Director of CEPS from 2000 to 2020. Before coming to CEPS, he worked at the IMF and at the European Commission as an economic advisor to the Delors Committee, which developed the plans for the euro. Daniel Gros has worked as a consultant to central banks and governments at the highest political level. He held a Fulbright fellowship and was a visiting professor at the University of California in Berkeley in 2020. Currently, Daniel Gros is also an advisor to the European Parliament.

Stefan Groß-Selbeck

Global Managing Partner, BCG Digital Ventures

As one of Germany’s most accomplished executives in the digital space, Stefan Gross-Selbeck has been successfully building, launching and running digital businesses and platforms for more than 20 years. He is passionate about establishing new markets and businesses and transforming traditional industries with his first-hand experience as an executive in highly innovative digital companies. Stefan currently serves as Global Managing Partner of BCG Digital Ventures, the corporate innovation and digital business building arm of Boston Consulting Group. In this role, he manages the operation and growth of the company on a global scale, offering his significant expertise to a growing team of innovators across the world. He is also a core member of the BCG Practice Climate & Sustainability.

Prior to BCG Digital Ventures, Stefan was the CEO of XING AG. He held leadership roles at eBay, including his position as the Vice President and Managing Director of eBay Germany. He has also served as Managing Director at ProSiebenSat.1 and Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group. Stefan Gross-Selbeck is a member of the Board of Trustees of the German Startup Association, studied law and economics and holds an MBA from INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau.

Prof. Justus Haucap

Director of the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE)

Professor Justus Haucap is the founding director of the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU). From 2006 to 2014 he was a Member of the German Monopolies Commission, and also Chairman of the Commission for four years (2008-2012). In addition, he worked at the New Zealand Treasury, the country’s economics and finance ministry, at the University of California in Berkeley and at various German universities. In 2015, the Verein für Socialpolitik (German Economic Association) awarded Justus Haucap the Gustav Stolper Prize for his contribution to competition policy in Germany. His main research topics are competition and consumer policy as well as the digital economy.

Dr. Anton Hofreiter, MdB

Chairman of the Committee for European Union Affairs, Alliance 90/The Greens, Member of the Bundestag

Dr Anton Hofreiter, Member of the Bundestag, has been Chairman of the Committee for European Union Affairs in the Bundestag since December 2021. He has been a Member of the Bundestag since 2005 and was previously Chairman of the Committee for Transport, Construction and Urban Development from 2011 to 2013 and Chairman of the Alliance 90/The Greens parliamentary group from 2013 to 2021. Anton Hofreiter, who has a PhD in Biology, is a member of the Bund Naturschutz, NaturFreunde Deutschland, ver.di, VCD and Landesbund Vogelschutz organisations.

Prof. Dr. Bas Jacobs

Professor of Public Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands

Prof. Bas Jacobs (1973) has been professor of public economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam since 2022. He had formerly held the Sijbren Cnossen chair of public economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam (since 2018) and was professor of public economics at Erasmus University since 2007. He is a research fellow at the Tinbergen Institute and CESifo. Bas Jacobs’ academic research extends across the borders of public finance, welfare economics, macroeconomics, environmental economics, and labour economics. He was a visiting fellow at the Universities of Chicago, Munich, Uppsala, Oxford, Berkeley and the EUI. Bas Jacobs worked as a consultant to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He contributes to political debate in the Netherlands with media appearances, opinion pieces and papers in newspapers and journals.

Lars Klingbeil

Co-Chair of the SPD, Member of the Bundestag

Political career
• Since December 2021 Co-Chair of the SPD
• 2017 to 2021 General Secretary of the SPD Executive Committee
• 2013 to 2017 Chairperson of the Lower Saxony/Bremen federal state committees for the SPD parliamentary group
• 2013 to 2017 Network Policy Spokesperson der SPD parliamentary group
• Since 2009 Member of the Bundestag (Rotenburg I/Heidekreis constituency)
• 2003 to 2007 deputy Federal Chairperson of the Jusos, the Working Group of Young Socialists in the SPD

Curriculum vitae
• 2001 to 2003 Employee in the office of German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and Heino Wiese
• 1999 to 2004 Studied social science
• 1998 to 1999 Alternative community service at the railway station mission in Hanover
• 1998 school leaving examination (Abitur)

Memberships (Excerpt)
Social Democratic Party of German (SPD); IG BCE (mining, chemical and energy workers trade union); Arbeiterwohlfahrt (AWO); Freiwillige Feuerwehr Munster; Verkehrswacht Munster-Bispingen e.V.; Verein Sprungbrett e.V.; Verein der Förderer und Ehemaligen des Gymnasiums Munster e.V.; Kreispräventionsrat Heidekreis; Verein zur Verbesserung der Bildungschancen im Landkreis Heidekreis; Sozialverband Deutschland (SoVD); D64 – Zentrum für Digitalen Fortschritt; Lions Club Munster.

Christian Lindner

German Federal Finance Minister, Member of the Bundestag

• since 1995 member of the Free Democratic Party (FDP)
• 1998 school leaving examination (Abitur) at the Städtisches Gymnasium in Wermelskirchen
• 1997 to 2004 Owner of an advertising agency and cofounder of an internet company
• 1999 to 2006 Completed a degree in political science, public law, and philosophy at the University of Bonn
• Trained as a reserve officer; currently holds the rank of Major in the German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
• 2000 to 2009 Member of Landtag Nordrhein-Westfalen, the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia
• 2009 to 2011 General Secretary of the FDP
• 2009 to 2012 Member of the Bundestag
• 2012 to 2017 Chairman of the der FDP parliamentary group in the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia
• since 2013 Federal Chairperson of the FDP
• 2017 to 2021 Chairperson of the FDP federal parliamentary group
• since December 2021 Federal Finance Minister

Prof. Dr. Robert Mayr

CEO, DATEV eG

Prof. Dr. Robert Mayr has been Chairman of the Board (CEO) of DATEV eG since 2016 and is responsible for digital transformation, IT infrastructure and the data centre within the company.

Before he joined the Executive Board of DATEV in April 2011, he was a managing director at a large German audit firm for nine years and from 1994 to 2001 active in the areas of auditing and transaction advice at Deloitte. In 1998 and 2000 respectively, Robert Mayr qualified as a tax consultant and as an auditor. He had previously worked at LMU Munich in the Munich School of Management, where he received his PhD in 1994.

Güther H. Oettinger

President, United Europe e.V.

Günther H. Oettinger served as European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources from January 2017 to November 2019. From November 2014 to December 2016, he held the office of European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, after having been European Commissioner for Energy from February 2010 to October 2014 and lastly also Vice-President of the European Commission in 2014. From 2005 to 2010, he was Prime Minister of the State of Baden-Württemberg (Germany) and since 1984 Member of its Landtag (state parliament). From January 1991 to April 2005, he was Chairperson of the CDU parliamentary group in the state parliament. A lawyer by training, Günther Oettinger became actively involved in politics during his adolescence.

Günther H. Oettinger has been President of United Europe since the beginning of 2020.
He served as European Commissioner for Budget & Human Resources from January 2017 to November 2019. From November 2014 to December 2016, he held office as European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society after being European Commissioner for Energy from February 2010 to October 2014 and lastly also Vice-President of the European Commission in 2014.

From 2005 to 2010, he was Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg (Germany) and, since 1984, a member of the regional Parliament (“Landtag”). He was the leader of the CDU Landtag group from January 1991 to April 2005.

A lawyer by training, Günther H. Oettinger became actively involved in politics during his adolescence. He is a member of the Federal Executive Committee and of the Steering Committee of the CDU Deutschlands.

Johannes Pennekamp

Head of Department, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Born on 24 June 1983 in Duderstadt. After taking his school leaving examination (Abitur) and completing alternative community service, he attended the Kölner Journalistenschule journalists’ college in Cologne and studied economics with a specialisation in the field of social science at the University of Cologne. Johannes Pennekamp did internships at cross-regional media in Hamburg and Berlin. After receiving his degree in early 2010, he founded Journalistenbüro Weitwinkel, a journalism agency, in Cologne and wrote on economic and social topics for “Die Zeit”, “brand eins”, and “Handelsblatt”, among others. Since April 2012, Johannes Pennekamp has worked as an editor on the business desk at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, responsible among other things for reporting on the state of the economy and for the weekly topic page “Die Lounge”. In the Frankfurter Allgemeine Woche, he was responsible for 18 months for business topics. Since January 2018 he has been the responsible editor for business reporting. Awards include receipt of the Econsense journalists’ prize on two separate occasions. He is married and has one child.

Klaus Regling

Managing Director, European Stability Mechanism

Klaus Regling is the current and first Managing Director of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). The managing director of the ESM is appointed by the Board of Governors for a renewable term of five years.

Klaus Regling is also the CEO of the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), a position which he has held since the creation of the EFSF in June 2010.

Klaus Regling has worked for over 40 years as an economist in senior positions in the public and the private sector in Europe, Asia, and the US, including a decade with the IMF in Washington and Jakarta and a decade with the German Ministry of Finance where he prepared Economic and Monetary Union in Europe. From 2001 to 2008, he was Director General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission.

During 2008 and 2009, he spent a year at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore where he researched financial and monetary integration in Asia. Subsequently, he opened an economic and financial consultancy in Brussels.

Previously, Klaus Regling had gained experience in the private sector as Managing Director of the Moore Capital Strategy Group in London (1999-2001) and as an economist with the Association of German Banks. Mr. Regling studied economics at the Universities of Hamburg and Regensburg.

Prof. Jörg Rocholl, PhD

President, ESMT Berlin

Prof. Jörg Rocholl, PhD, is President of ESMT Berlin. Alongside this position, he is also Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Board to the Federal Ministry of Finance.

Jörg Rocholl completed a degree in economics at the University of Witten/Herdecke, graduating as a Diplom-Ökonom (with distinction). After receiving his PhD at Columbia University in New York, he was appointed as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Since 2007, he has been conducting research and lecturing at the ESMT and was appointed as President in 2011. From 2010 to June 2019, he held the EY Chair in Governance und Compliance.

His research interests lie in the areas of corporate finance, corporate governance, financial intermediation, central banks, and financial regulation. His research has been published in leading specialist journals, including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies.

Jörg Rocholl is a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), a research member of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI), a research professor at the ifo Institute in Munich, Chairman of the Research Data and Service Centre (RDSC) at Deutsche Bundesbank, vice chairman of the economic advisory board at Deutsche Welle, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of DIW Berlin (the German Institute for Economic Research), and a Member of the Advisory Board at the Public Governance Institute in Germany. In 2019 and 2020, he was Vice Chair of the Verein für Socialpolitik (German Economic Association) and previously both a Lamfalussy Fellow as well as a Duisenberg Fellow of the European Central Bank (ECB).

Maria Röttger

CEO & President, Michelin Europe North

Maria Röttger, born in 1977 in Steinfurt, has been CEO and President Michelin Europe North since 1 June, 2022 and is thus responsible for all Michelin Group activities in this region.

Maria Röttger completed her degree in business law (Diplom-Wirtschaftsjuristin) in 2006 in Siegen. During the period from 2007 to 2010, she gathered management experience in various positions at French food company Danone. Subsequently, she worked as Senior HR Manager Central Europe at the globally operating financial services institution Fidelity International. In 2013 she returned to the Danone Group as HR Director and most recently held the post of Global HR Director/Transformation Lead there. In 2019 she completed the Harvard Business School General Management Program.

Maria Röttger began her career at Michelin in January 2020 Head of HR for the Europe North region. In June 2020, she assumed the position of Vice President Corporate Admin. Office.

Maria Röttger is married and has three children. She likes to spend her leisure time with her family, travelling and taking walks in the countryside with the family dog.

Siegfried Russwurm

President, Federation of German Industries (BDI)

Siegfried Russwurm was born in 1963 in Marktgraitz. In 1988, he completed his degree in manufacturing technology at FAU University, graduating as a Diplom-Ingenieur, and received his doctorate from the Chair of Engineering Mechanics. In 1992, he joined Siemens AG. After holding various management functions in the medical and industrial areas, he became a Member of the Managing Board, where he worked until March 2017.
In October 2019 he was appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Thyssenkrupp AG. Siegfried Russwurm has been President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) since 1 January, 2021.

Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar

Director, Digital Society Institute, ESMT Berlin

Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar has been a Director of the Digital Society Institute at the ESMT Berlin since January 2022. Previously, she was Ambassador at Large for Cyber Diplomacy and General Director of the Cyber Diplomacy Department at the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2018-2021). At the Ministry, she also led the Estonian efforts to promote norms for responsible state behaviour in cyberspace on the UN Security Council. Until autumn 2018, she was the Head of Cyber Policy Coordination at the European External Action Service, where she steered and coordinated EU external relations on cyber issues from 2012 and was jointly responsible for the preparations for European cybersecurity strategies. She initiated strategic cyber dialogue between the EU and the USA, India, Brazil, Japan, and South Korea, as well as with NATO and other international organisations. She also instigated global programmes to develop cyber capacity and led the development of the EU Cyber Diplomacy Toolbox to boost the EU’s reaction to malicious cyber activities. In 2011, she was assigned to the NATO International Staff to develop the new NATO Cyber Defence Policy.

Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar has been working in the area of cyber security since 2007, when she led the development of the Estonian Cyber Security Strategy. From 2008 to 2010, she coordinated the implementation of the Estonian strategy, managed the National Cyber Security Council and was instrumental in the implementation of national structures for Estonia’s National Cyber System as well as of public-private partnerships for cyber security. In her earlier career, she held various managerial positions at the Estonian Ministry of Defence and at Tallinn University. She was a Fulbright Scholar at George Washington University and has published articles in several academic journals throughout her career.