Mentors

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Christian Blunck

Christian Blunck has a degree in electrical engineering with a focus on communications and control engineering and completed additional business studies with a focus on product management. Christian Blunck has been a self-employed business consultant since 1995 and is the managing director of Ergebniskontor. His goal is to bring together the technical possibilities and the business requirements of companies to create interdisciplinary solutions.

#Digital #Processmanagement #IT #Productmanagement #Projectmanagement


Gülten Bockholdt

Gülten Bockholdt is managing partner of Bockholdt GmbH &Co. KG in Lübeck. Founded in 1959, the company has more than 5,000 employees at 15 German locations and provides services to companies, including the food sector. In addition to having the overall responsibility for the company, Ms. Bockholdt focusses particularly on finance and human resources. Through her participation in regional and transregional associations, she contributes to mentoring with her large network.

#Businessdevelopment #Facilities #Finance #IHR #Production


Stephan Bütje

Stephan Bütje holds a degree in economics from the Private University of Applied Sciences for Business and Technology in Vechta / Diepholz. He then has worked for over 20 years in human resources in international group structures. Including Thyssenkrupp, Senvion and SKF. Most recently, he headed the HR department of SKF Marine for over eight years. His focus is on processes and IT used in HR. He also has a wide range of experience working in co-determination bodies.

#HRmanagement #Leadership #HRrecruitment #HRdevelopment #Strategy


Tim Cortinovis

Tim Cortinovis is a graduate Hispanist and has been working successfully in international sales and marketing for more than 18 years. For just as long, he has been fascinated by the possibilities that digital technologies offer to automate these areas. Tim Cortinovis gives lectures on topics such as artificial intelligence, digital customer journeys, robotic process automation in sales and growth hacking.

#Sales #Marketing


Susann Dreßler

Susann Dreßler has 20 years of professional experience in advising and supporting funding programs at EU-, federal- and state level. Since 2011, the trained banker and graduate business geographer has been the head of the IB.SH Förderlotsen which providinges neutral and free advice to startups and companies on financing and funding opportunities. She has numerous contacts in her funding network, i.e. via the Enterprise Europe Network Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein of the Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein.

#Network #Funding #Venturecapital


Dr. Stefan Geiser

Stefan Geiser is a long-time member of the management of the branded goods manufacturer Peter Kölln in Elmshorn. Founded in 1820, the company produces the well-known Kölln flakes as well as mueslis and traditional cereals. In addition, the brands Mazola, Biskin, Livio and Palmin belong to the company. At Peter Kölln, Mr. Geiser is responsible for HR, production and maintenance as well as research and quality. In addition, he has been involved in various national and international professional associations for many years and thus, has solid industry and market knowledge.

#FOOD #HR #QM-CERTIFICATION #PRODUCTION


Anett Gilles

Anett Gilles has extensive experience in the sales sector. In addition to six professional years in marketing, she worked for 25 years as a sales manager with personnel responsibility. During this time, she took on tasks in the areas of business development and customer success management. Anett Gilles currently works as Senior Key Account Manager Enterprise at A1 Digital Deutschland GmbH.

#SALES #BUSINESSDEVELOPMENT #MARKETING #TECHNOLOGY


Thomas Glöckner

Thomas Glöckner has been head of innovation management at Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA since 2016. The medical technician previously held various management positions in the areas of marketing and business development (intensive care and patient monitoring), including as Vice President Global Business Management and as Vice President Marketing in the operating room customer segment.

#BUSINESSPLAN #SALES #MARKETING #INNOVATION #BUSINESSDEVELOPMENT


Axel Graefe

Axel Graefe has a long professional career in the field of sales, marketing, management and institute management. Thereby, the supplier industry for food products has always been in the center of attention. Most recently, as head of the institute and managing director of the KIN food institute, he has taken many opportunities to also be active as a communication trainer in various formats. With the founding of YOU | NIEK in Germany, Axel Graefe currently would like to pass on his knowledge and experience gained as a consultant to companies that are involved in the production of food, additives for food or pharmaceutical products.

#Sales #Food #Marketing #Businessadministration #Finance


Katja Grzebiela

Katja Grzebiela studied International Business Administration in Hamburg and then worked for several years in a management consultancy in the field of IT strategy and process management. Subsequently, she helped build up the start-up center at the Hasso Plattner Institute and supported several software startups in their spin-off. Since 2019, she has been working at abacus edv-lösungen GmbH and leads enterprise resource planning projects, especially for small and medium-sized companies in the food and pharmaceutical industry.

#Food #ERPSystems #Marketing #Supplychain #Businessmodel


Christian Herzog

Christian Herzog holds a PhD in control technology and is well versed in probabilistic graphic models. Christian Herzog has been employed at the Institute for Medical Electrical Engineering at the University of Lübeck since 2015. His main areas of research and teaching are primarily the ethical and social aspects of technology development. This activity led to build the Ethical Innovation Hub at the University of Lübeck - a network to promote the integration of ethical aspects in research and teaching. As the designated scientific managing director of the hub, Mr. Herzog also feels committed to regional business, society and politics.

#ethics #innovation #design #technology


Karl Hoffmann

For 17 years, Karl Hoffmann, a graduate physicist and MBA, held senior management positions at Micronas, a developer and manufacturer of semiconductor-based sensor and IC system solutions for automotive and industrial electronics. Most recently, he headed the Marketing and Application division. Subsequently, Karl Hoffmann moved as Senior Director in Marketing to Werum IT Solutions GmbH, an internationally leading provider of Manufacturing Execution Systems and Manufacturing IT solutions for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Since 2019, Karl Hoffmann has been Head of Corporate Digital Technologies at L. Possehl & Co. mbH.

#DIGITAL #STRATEGY #INNOVATION #TECHNOLOGY


Guido Horstmann

With a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering Guido Horstmann started his career in IT management at Siemens followed by an expatriat stay at Nokia Siemens Networks in the USA. There, he supervised the Global Post Merger Integration in the IT sector. Guido Horstmann then gained many years of experience as an IT Strategy Consultant. Most recently, he worked as a partner at Detecon International GmbH, a leading international consulting company with a focus on digital transformation. Since 2020, Guido Horstmann has been Head of Process Automation at L. Possehl & Co. GmbH.

#STRATEGY #INNOVATION #TECHNOLOGY #INDUSTRY4.0 #IT


Axel Junge

Since 1989, Axel Junge has been managing partner of the company Konditorei Junge, founded in Lübeck in 1897. With more than 4,000 employees in more than 200 branches, Junge is one of the largest bakery and snack companies in northern Germany. In addition to overall responsibility for the company, Axel Junge's focus is on the field of digitization. He has also been an investor and mentor to young companies for many years.

#BUSINESSDEVELOPMENT #CONTROLLING #E-COMMERCE #FINANCE


Ragnar Kruse

Ragnar is founder of AI.HAMBURG and CEO of AI Invest GmbH. Previously, he was the CEO and co-founder of Smaato. From 2005 to 2019 he developed Smaato into the leading global real-time mobile advertising platform with over 90,000 mobile publishers and app developers as well as more than 450 demand partners, which supplies over a billion unique mobile users around the world with advertising every month. As a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of IT experience, Ragnar Kruse knows and understands the unique challenges of bringing new technologies to market. In the USA as well as in Europe he built up several companies from the beginning to the market launch.

#AI #IT #MOBILEINDUSTRY #E-COMMERCE #BUSINESSDEVELOPMENT #STRATEGY


Dr. Sven Linden

Sven Linden heads the research and development as well as the quality department at the family-owned company Hela Gewürzwerke Hermann Laue GmbH in Ahrensburg. With 600 employees at 10 international locations, the company manufactures products from spices for end users and commercial customers - Hela is best known for its curry spice ketchup. In addition to his background in food chemistry, Sven Linden has many years of experience in quality management.

#FOODSAFETY #FOODLAW #NUTRITIONALSCIENCES #QM-CERTIFICATION


Christian Manthey

Dr. Christian Manthey studied chemistry and economics and received his doctorate in organic chemistry. After several years in strategy and process consulting, he held various positions in the area of acquisition, evaluation and licensing of technologies for various companies. Dr. Christian Manthey has many years of experience in supporting licensing processes from IP audits to successful exploitation. His technical focus is on life sciences, medical technology, chemistry and telecommunications.

#INTELLECTUALPROPERTY #BUSINESSPLAN #TECHNOLOGY #STRATEGY


Dirk Nachtigal

Dirk Nachtigal studied economics and was a manager in the BASF Group for many years. As head of department at Wintershall, he was responsible for M&A transactions, project finance, controlling and financing. He was also head of finance / controlling / accounting at BASF Schwarzheide and member of the executive board of SEWOGE. From 2001, as Managing Director of BASF Venture Capital, he built up venture capital activities for BASF. Dirk Nachtigal has a huge network in the international venture capital business as well as enormous experience in structuring VC transactions and building up companies. He is a board member in several of his portfolio companies and has been involved in many IPOs and trade sale exits.

#Businessplan #Fundraising #Venturecapital #Businessdevelopment #Leadership


Stefan Ritt

Stefan Ritt has many years of experience as Export Sales and Marketing Manager and was in charge of all global marketing and communication strategies of SLM Solutions Group AG from 2015 to 2018. After leading and aligning the global marketing presence of 3YOURMIND in 2019, the graduate engineer has been CEO/Vice President EMEA Operations of the australian 3D printing company SPEE3D GmbH since 2020. His tasks include the comprehensive development of the European presence for the company.

#3Dprinting #Software #International #Sales #Marketing #Logistics


Stefan Schult

Stefan Schult is managing director of Nordgetreide, a company founded in Lübeck in 1966. With more than 500 employees at three locations, the company manufactures products made from corn, wheat, barley and rice for the private label sector. Previously, Stefan Schult worked for many years as Managing Director of a branded goods company in the delicacies/spice sector. As part of the management, he is responsible, among other things, for sales and thus, has excellent knowledge of German retail structures.

#MARKETING #BUSINESSDEVELOPMENT #LOGISTICS #PR #SALES


Christoph Schweizer

Christoph Schweizer is an experienced executive in corporate strategy, marketing and innovation management with a strong focus on digitization. Between 2007 and 2012, he headed the Marketing Communication department at Dräger. He then held the positions of CMO and President Corporate Strategy & Business Development for several years. Christoph Schweizer has a deep understanding of digital transformation and its effects on companies. Christoph Schweizer has been Managing Director of TraveKom and Head of Digitization, Innovation & Smart City at Stadtwerke Lübeck Holding since 2020.

#INNOVATION #LEADERSHIP #BUSINESSDEVELOPMENT #MARKETING #SMARTCITY


Norbert Tank

Norbert Tank has 15 years of professional experience in various industries and holds a Master Professional of Business Management. After working as a controller in the telecommunications sector, as well as an IT trainer and consultant for the ERP software “Navision”, he worked as commercial manager in the areas of food and optics. Since 2009, Norbert Tank has been an interim manager with a focus on finance, accounting and controlling. In addition, he works as an IT project manager for ERP systems and in business management consulting. In addition to experience in operational human resources, he has knowledge of monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements according to HGB, the development and implementation of controlling structures as well as process analyses.

#Controlling #Businessadministration #Finance #Businessdevelopment #Software


Uwe Twachtmann

After completing commercial training and as well as his evening studies in business administration, Uwe Twachtmann completed numerous advanced training courses in business administration, accounting, controlling and business coaching. Between 1980 and 2006, he worked in management positions across all industries, most recently as commercial director or manager for several years. His focus was on finance, human resources, administration, organization, strategy and law. Since 2006, Uwe Twachtmann has been an independent management consultant and since 2016 commercial director of MKCL Deutschland, which offers logistic services and online trading in the area of IT hardware.

#Finance #Controlling #Businessplan #Fundraising #Leadership


Petra Vorsteher

Petra is founder of AI.HAMBURG and vice-chairwoman of Hamburg@work, responsible for international activities. Previously, she was co-founder and CAO of Smaato, one of the largest independent mobile companies in the world. Prior to her career in mobile, she was a pioneer in e-commerce. As a founding member of Intershop in 1996, Petra was instrumental in growing the company from a start-up to a publicly traded company with a market capitalization of $12 billion. As VP of Business Development and Strategic Alliances, Petra had global responsibility for all strategic, business, and technical partnerships. Petra has over 30 years of business experience in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She has been a Silicon Valley veteran since 1981 and is one of the best globally connected female executives.

#AI #IT #MOBILEINDUSTRY #E-COMMERCE #BUSINESSDEVELOPMENT #STRATEGY


Uwe Weinreich

Uwe Weinreich is a business psychologist and multiple company founder. After founding a B2B platform in 1996, a survey platform (2000), a mobile coaching solution (2004), a management consultancy (2014) and most recently a publishing house (2019) followed. His focus is on customer-centric innovation, business model and strategy development, strategy implementation, B2B marketing, agile development/ lean startup and business model scaling.

#STRATEGY #B2B #INNOVATION #DIGITAL