Dr Dirk Broeders

De Nedelandsche Bank


Dr Dirk Broeders is Senior Strategy Advisor at the Supervisory Policy Division of De Nederlandsche Bank and professor in Pension Finance and Regulation at the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University. His talk will elaborate on the pension system of the future and its key functions.

Caroline Lamaud



Caroline Lamaud is the co-founder of the equity-based crowdfunding company Anaxago, which has currently 70,000 members and invested more than € 70 million in approximately 100 young business. Caroline studied finance and marketing before she worked at Dior, Indosuez Private Banking and Sonepar Group.

Dr Florian Forst



Dr Florian Forst studied law in Munich and Oxford and is now a partner at zeb, one of Europe's leading strategy consultancies within the banking sector. Before that he worked at UniCredit in Milan and Munich and at McKinsey & Company. The topic of his presentation is the European Banking Study of 2017, which will revolve around the current European banking market and future trends in the banking sector.


Dominik Boesl



Dominik Boesl is the Vice President for Consumer Driven Robotics and Senior Corporate Innovation Manager at KUKA AG, which is the worldwide market leader in robotics. He obtained a diploma in Computer Science from the University of Augsburg and an MBA degree from the University of Pittsburgh after which he started working at Siemens and Microsoft in Germany. His presentation will elaborate on robotics, automatization, artificial intelligence and its impact on the future workplace.

Bjoerm Dahmen



Bjoern Dahmen is a partner in the Global Consumer & Retail Practice at Simon-Kucher in Cologne and has more than ten years of experience in consulting on strategy, pricing, sales and marketing topics. He studied at the WHU in Germany, ESC Grenoble in France and Queen’s University in Canada with a focus on marketing, controlling, technology and innovation management. Therefore, he will present the future challenges and opportunities of retail for consumer goods manufacturers.


Dr Michael Thiel

Sanemus AG


Dr Michael Thiel is a partner at SANEMUS AG in Munich focusing on management consulting and corporate finance issues of start-ups in the life science industry. Due to his studies in Economics and Marketing at the University of Bonn, Dr Thiel has wide working experience in the areas of strategic marketing and business development. During his talk, he will elaborate on what kind of education our generation need to stay competitive in the today’s and future job market and which qualification managers need to make start-ups successful.

Christel Reynaerts



Christel Reynaerts is the CEO of Alphabet in Belgium and Luxembourg and has 25 years of experience at an international level in the automotive and financial services industry at Arval, Toyota and BMW Group. Her talk will revolve around vulnerability and leadership of the 21st century. In more detail, her presentation will describe an authentic learning journey of transformation leadership.

Tim Nixdorff

United Digital Group


Tim Nixdorff is COO and Managing Partner at the United Digital Group and is responsible for the operative business of Germany‘s No. 2 digital agency with over 700 people. Before joining UDG he spent several years in international strategy consulting with a strong focus on digital solutions and obtained a Master’s degree in economics from the Technical University of Dortmund. The topic of his presentation is the Workforce of 2017 - People vs. Primary Resource, which will deal with the challenges employers face in terms of people’s changing behaviour and demands.