Bathel, Jan

Jan Bathel is Co-Founder and CEO of the consulting studio Ignore Gravity. The futurologist and artist advises large inter­national cor­porations on cultural change. He works on and applies innovative approaches to secure the future viability of organisations, across the topic spectrum of leadership, innovation and business development.

Bauckhage, Christian

Professor Dr Christian Bauckhage is Professor of Information Technology at Bonn University and Lead Scientist for Machine Learning at the Fraun­hofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems. Besides machine learning his research is dedicated to Artificial Intelli­gence theory and practice. He has published numerous scientific papers on these topics, has advised poli­ticians, in­dustrialists and eco­nomists for years on these areas, and regularly holds expert presentations.

Birken, Alexander

Alexander Birken is Chairman of the Otto Group Executive Board. He was previously responsible as Executive Board Member for the strategic further development of various Otto Group companies. Following his Business Economics studies at the Hamburg Business Academy, Birken launched his career at Philips Medical Systems. In 1991 he joined the Otto Group in the Controlling Area, where he later assumed responsibility for Share­holding Con­trolling of the Group’s holdings in the American and Asian markets. Before his appoint­ment as Group CEO he held operational responsi­bility at OTTO for the Human Resources, Strategic Management and IT Areas, which were transferred to the OTTO Management Board in 2012.

Birkhölzer, Nancy

Nancy Birkhölzer is Managing Partner at Service Design Studio IXDS, which produces solutions for future-orientated develop­ments and cor­porate change. She holds presentations on Service Design and was very recently named one of the ‘100 Women of the Future’ by the ‘Germany – Land of Ideas’ business platform. She is a graduate of the Cologne School of Design and the Rhode Island School of Design, and has been active as a designer of digital services for over 12 years.

Bofinger, Peter

Professor Dr Peter Bofinger is a German economist and Professor of Macro­economics, Würzburg University. He is the longest-serving Member of the German Council of Economics Experts. Amongst other areas his research focuses on European integration, monetary and currency policy, as well as energy policy. He has written several books and is in demand as a TV commentator

Christiansen, Sabine

Sabine Christiansen is one of Germany’s best-known TV journalists. After more than 20 years of top audience ratings with the daily current affairs broadcast ‘Tages­themen’, German television’s most respected political and economics debate programme, with her global CNBC format and many other broad­casts, today Sabine Christiansen is Managing Share­holder of TV21 GmbH. She also holds invest­ments in numerous inter­national digital projects and is Chair­woman of the Hermes Europe and Freenet AG Supervisory Boards. Christiansen has demonstrated her deep social commit­ment since the beginning of her career: she is a German UNICEF Ambassador, Chair­woman of her own Children’s Foundation, and Vice Chair­woman of the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation. She has received the full range of media awards for her journalistic work, in some cases several times, and has received the German Federal Cross of Merit, the Legion d’Honneur and many other international awards in recognition of her social engagement.

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Fegebank, Katharina

Born on 27 February 1977 in Bad Oldesloe, raised in Bargteheide, resident of Hamburg since 2004. 1997-2002 Studies of Political Science, Public Law and English, with the final degree of Master of Arts (M.A.) at the University of Freiburg.  2002-2003 Postgraduate European Studies, with the final degree of Master of European Studies (M.E.S), in Berlin.

2000 Youth Consultant at the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New York, USA. 2003-2004 Project Manager & Research Associate at the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in Berlin. 2004-2007 Scientific Consultant for Migration and Integration Policy of the Hamburg GAL (Green Alternative List) parliamentary caucus. 2005-2008 Member of the State Executive Committee of Alliance ‘90/The Greens in Hamburg. 2007-2013 Research Associate for the Executive Committee of the University of Lüneburg. 2008-2015 State Chairperson of Alliance ‘90/The Greens in Hamburg. 2011-2015 Representative and Spokesperson for Social, International and European Affairs of the Greens caucus and Chairperson of the Committee for Social, Integration and Labour Affairs of the Hamburg Parliament. Since 15 April 2015 Second Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and Senator for Science, Research and Gender Equality.

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Goetz, Ingvild

Ingvild Goetz is a German art collector and curator, and Dr Michael Otto’s sister. Until 2013 she owned the largest private collection of contem­porary art in Germany; as a patron she then donated large parts of this to the Federal State of Bavaria, and a further part on permanent loan to Bavaria’s State Museums. Focal areas of her collection were ‘Arte Povera’, a movement of graphic artists based in Rome and northern Italy in the second half of the 1960s and the 1970s. She later collected American paintings of the 1980s, works by the Young British Artists, media artists as well as further selected individual works.

Mason, Paul

Paul Mason is an English journalist, author and film-maker. From 2001 onwards he was Business Correspon­dent at the British TV broadcasters BBC and later Channel 4, until he went free­lance in 2016 to escape the shackles of political impartiality. He regularly contri­butes articles to The Guardian and other news­papers, appears on tele­vision as an analyst and commen­tator, publishes books (most recently ‘Post­capitalism’), makes films and writes plays for the theatre.

Otto, Michael

Dr Michael Otto is a German entrepreneur, Chairman of the Otto Group Supervisory Board and previous Chairman of the Otto Group Executive Board. Michael Otto is a committed family business­man who has consis­tently demons­trated his deep societal engage­ment and his keen aware­ness of his responsi­bility for the conse­quences of his actions. In his view, business must serve people, not vice versa. For this reason he already declared environ­mental protection and socially responsible business activity as integral elements of his business strategy as early as the 1980s.

Riechert, Anne Kjaer

Anne Kjaer Riechert is CEO and Co-Founder of the ReDI School of Digital Integration. The ReDI School trains technically orientated refugees to become programmers in order to support them in their social inte­gration, and at the same time to contribute to closing the gap of unfilled programming vacancies in Germany. Anne Kjaer Riechert came to Berlin in 2012 to found the Berlin Peace Innovation Lab, in collaboration with Stanford University. Capital Magazine named her as one of the ‘Young Elite – Top 40 under 40’ in Germany, and in 2017 she received the ‘Victress Award’ as an exceptional female leader.

von Weizsäcker, Ernst Ulrich

Professor Dr Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker is a German scientist and politician. He was a Member of the Bundes­tag (German Parliament) from 1998 to 2005. Since 2012 he has been Co-President of the Club of Rome. He ranks amongst the pioneers of sustain­able business: in the early 1990s he developed ideas for a future-viable and resource-conserving business sector in his ‘Faktor 4’ report to the Club of Rome.

Yogeshwar, Ranga

Ranga Yogeshwar is a science journalist, author and TV presenter. Following his studies in subatomic physics and astro­physics he worked at the Swiss Institute for Nuclear Research (SIN), at CERN in Geneva, and at the Jülich Research Centre. In 1983 Ranga Yogeshwar began his career in journalism and is today one of Germany’s leading scientific journalists. Since 2008 Yogeshwar has worked as an indepen­dent journalist and author. He currently hosts the TV programmes ‘Quarks&Co’ (broadcast by WDR) and ‘Die große Show der Natur­wunder’ (‘The Great Wonders of Nature Show’, ARD). His commitment to spreading knowledge has been recognised many times, for instance with an Honorary Doctorate from Wuppertal University, the German Federal Cross of Merit, and the German Television Award.