Peter Bregman is CEO of Bregman Partners Inc. a company that helps CEOs to inspire collective action for their organisation’s most important work. He is the bestselling author of “18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done”, named the best business book of the year on NPR, and selected by Publisher’s Weekly and the New York Post as one of the top 10 business books. He graduated from Princton and Columbia University.
Kevin Cashman is a best-selling author, top-ten thought leader, keynote speaker, global CEO coach and pioneer of the “grow the whole person to grow the whole leader” approach to transformative leadership. He is founder of LeaderSource Ltd and the Chief Executive Institute, recognized as one of the top three leadership development programs globally. In 2006, LeaderSource joined Korn Ferry, where Kevin is now Senior Partner, CEO & Executive Development. He has written six books books and is a leadership columnist for Forbes.com.
Starting as a physical therapist at Hertha BSC, Tom moved on to study osteopathy while leading a rehab center in Berlin. In 2008 he opened his own private clinic for osteopathic medicine in the German capital and began teaching at Littlejohn College for Osteopathic Medicine in Hannover. In 2014 he completed his master of science in osteopathy in Vienna. Since 2016 he teaches osteopathy at the Dresden International University’s Berlin campus. Previously focused on healing diseases, Tom’s drive is now to understand what lifestyle factors and past experiences make the body and mind sick and to develop personalized strategies together with his patients to help them regain energy and health.
Dr. Dr. Matthias Ehrhardt
Matthias has extensive experience in building up, restructuring, investing in, and growing companies in diverse industries such as media, training, education, and high tech. Matthias has a master of administration studies (M.A.S.), a master in media psychology (M.A.), a PhD in law (Dr. iur.), and another PhD in art history (Dr. phil.) from the University of Munich. He is an alumnus of both IESE Business School’s AMP and Columbia Business School’s CIBE programs and is currently enrolled in Harvard Business School’s Owners and Presidents Program (OPM). Matthias has attended IESE’s International Faculty Program (IFP), the Columbia Coaching Certification Program (CCCP), and is a founding fellow of the Institute of Coaching (ICPA) at Harvard Medical School.
Marc Schmidheiny, Joel Brandeis, Christoph Daniel, Dario Suter (DCM)
In 2008, Dario Suter, Christoph Daniel and Marc Schmidheiny entered the film industry. In their mutual passion for great films, the trio founded DCM in 2008. Since Joel Brandeis joined the eponymous partners in 2010, DCM stands for a Swiss quartet. Since then, they have already produced and distributed multiple films like The Artist, Quartet, Kon-Tiki, Liberace, The Great Beauty, Carol and three films of the Bibi & Tina franchise among others. DCM’s other business field is supporting Internet startups as a business angel. Currently DCM has a total of fourteen shareholdings in its portfolio, which is divided into three areas: Entertainment, technology and e-commerce.
Hubertus Bessau (MYMUESLI)
Hubertus Bessau co-founded mymuesli in 2007 with two friends after graduating from university, having studied business administration in Passau and Budapest. Now he lives in Berlin and is primarily responsible for marketing and IT at mymuesli.
Patrick Gehlen (MYMUESLI)
Mr. Patrick Gehlen serves as a Partner and Managing Director at GENUI GmbH. Mr. Gehlen served as a Director at EQT Partners AB before. Prior to joining EQT, Mr. Gehlen served as a Director and Senior Banker at Deutsche Bank, where he was responsible for the investment banking coverage of Deutsche Bank’s large cap clients. Previously, he worked for ten years in the Mergers and Acquisitions team of Deutsche Bank. Mr. Gehlen holds an M.B.A. from Mannheim University.
Rolf Sachs (MONOQI)
Conceptual artist and designer, Rolf Sachs is recognised for his distinctive, multidisciplinary approach. His work takes inspiration from everyday objects that contain “traces of life.” It is the human touch within objects which fuels his thinking, allowing him to move freely between art and design, searching for the “inner soul,” character and honesty in unexpected and overlooked places. Sachs challenges the way materials are used and handled, through constant experimentation and invention; he thrives on pushing materials to their limits to create something new and surprising. Whether creating furniture objects, photography, sculpture, set-design, interior architecture, photography or installations, Sachs sets out to challenge preconceptions by shunning the decorative and questioning the very nature of form and function. His work encourages playful interaction and an emotional connection with familiar things, often presented in unfamiliar ways. He set up his London based studio rolf sachs fun c’tion in 1994, which has now become a creative laboratory, brimming with ideas, prototypes and creations, where, together with his team, he fuses design with the arts.
Simon Fabich (MONOQI)
Simon Fabich co-founded MONOQI in 2012 with Felix Schlegel. The two college friends launched the online destination for curated design to ring in a new era of interior and lifestyle shopping and to revolutionize the design industry. With co-founding MONOQI, Simon made his passion to his profession. Prior to this, he studied strategy and international management and sinology in St. Gallen, Shanghai and Singapore. Fabich gained experience while working for consulting firms like PricewaterhouseCoopers and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Most recently, he worked as investment manager at Atlantic Ventures, where he was responsible for establishing the company portfolio and for consulting the portfolio companies regarding the strategy of their business model.
Wolfgang Jünger (MONOQI)
Wolfgang Jünger has been seed investor (since 2012) of MONOQI before becoming its CFO and Managing Director in 2015. Born in Berlin, he studied Business Administration in Berlin, Cologne, Paris and Oxford. After earning his university degree, Wolfgang worked in corporate financing at consulting firm Arthur D. Little, most recently as senior Partner in Berlin. Following this, he successfully restructured a medium-size chemical company and launched a joint venture in Dalian with partners from China. Until he started at MONOQI, he was CFO at ebook distribution platform txtr.
Sofia Borodulina (LAPIXA)
Sofia loves mixing business and sustainability. Studied Social Business, worked in CSR and consulted for sustainability. Now she heads COVUS groups’ latest venture: Lapixa, a LegalTech company revolving around the protection of digital intellectual property rights. Born in the Ukraine, raised in Germany, lived in Spain and studied in the United States – the diversity and the sheer wonders that life offers, constantly suffuse her with amazement.
Markus Malti (LAPIXA)
Markus is Managing Director of the CROBO GmbH, a company that offers mobile performance marketing for advertisers worldwide. He also is the CEO of Freemium GmbH and a partner at the Corvus Group. He is an expert for digital marketplaces, lead generation and Freemium business models. His innovative entrepreneurship was awarded with numerous prices.
Mark Schmitz (LAKESTAR)
Mark is a General Partner and founding member of Lakestar, a global venture capital investment firm with approximately USD 500m assets under management. He serves on the board of Lakestar G.P. Limited and portfolio companies Teralytics AG, seerene GmbH, and Crosslend GmbH. Having started his first e-business at age 16, he has a passion for internet ventures and entrepreneurship. Based in Berlin, Mark also is a managing director of Lakestar’s German office covering German speaking Europe. Prior to Lakestar, Mark worked for international law firm Linklaters LLP and Private Equity and Venture Capital boutique Pöllath + Partners in Munich. His international experience includes residencies in China, South Africa, and Brussels (EU) in both legal and operational roles. Mark completed his legal studies at Bucerius Law School (LL.B.) and the State of Hamburg, Germany. He attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business SIGM program and is a recipient of the German Bundestag/United States Congress scholarship. As board member of the Entrepreneur Club of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), he maintains an active link to Europe’s no. 1 school for engineering and computer science.
Marc Brucherseifer (EZEBEE)
CEO & Founder/ Owner of Colonia Private Equity GmbH and Founder and Chairman of the Board of Drillisch AG. Also Co-Founder of Factory Berlin. Experienced startup investor.
Frank De Vries (EZEBEE)
Education: Frank was born in 1971. After graduating from high school in 1990, he completed an apprenticeship as an assistant tax consultant in 1993.From 1993 to 1997, he studied business administration at Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf. Furthermore, de Vries has been a professional helicopter pilot since 2008. Career: In 2001 he co-founded rewicon GmbH (Law/Taxes/Consulting) in Düsseldorf. From 2009 until now he has been serving as Managing Partner at rotorflug group. In 2013, he de Vries co-founded ezebee AG as CFO.
Jens De Gruyter (P & T)
Jens is the founder and CEO of P & T (Paper & Tea), an innovative, award-winning specialty craft tea company based in Berlin. Prior to embarking on this second career path, and vocation to bring fine tea to the people, Jens spent 15 years in the international photography licensing industry, where he was involved in building several leading agencies. Jens was an investing partner and Creative Director of Canadian photography and typography agency Veer.com, which was acquired by Corbis Corporation in 2007, a company privately held by Bill Gates. Born in Germany and raised in Canada, Jens enjoyed a multi-cultural upbringing. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.
Naz Amarchi-Cuevas (ZOOBE)
Naz has a diverse background in Sales, Marketing, Business Development and General Management in consumer centric industries and territories, working on brands including Marvel, Harry Potter, FIFA World Cup, Looney Tunes, American Idol, Star Wars, Transformers and Angry Birds. Naz recently became the CEO of Zoobe Message Entertainment, a turn-around startup based in Berlin. Zoobe is a 3D animated character-based voice-messaging app which bridges the Entertainment world with the Messaging Apps giants of the world. Previously Naz was Executive Vice President and Head of Global Consumer Products Licensing for Rovio Entertainment where together with her team generated over $4bn retail value. Naz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies and Mass Media with a minor in International Business Law from California State University, Northridge; as well, she graduated from Harvard Business School’s General Management Program.
Martin Mecklenburg (ZOOBE)
Since 2015, Martin Mecklenburg serves as COO of zoobe. Before he started his career, Mecklenburg earned a diploma in International Business Administration from European Business College and a Master’s degree in International Business from Grenoble Ecole de Management. Prior to his current position at zoobe, he gained work experience in several companies such as Jeffries and most recently worked as corporate finance & investor relations manager at FYBER.
Christian Jott Jenny (FDJ)
Christian was determined to become one of Switzerland’s leading culture figures at an early age when he started organizing big Jazz concerts in Zurich at the age of 12. Today, he can look back at a career as acknowledged opera singer, profiled stage actor and founder and director of the Festival da Jazz St. Moritz, which has become one of Europe’s leading Jazz festivals since its start in 2007. He also founded the Amt für Ideen, an agency with two branches: Development of cultural projects and PR with subsidiaries in Zurich and Berlin.
Matteo Thun (THUN)
Matteo Thun, architect and designer, was born in Bolzano in 1952. He studied at the Salzburg Academy with Oskar Kokoschka and at the University of Florence. After meeting Ettore Sottsass, he became a co-founder of the ’Memphis’ group in Milan and was a partner at Sottsass Associati from 1980 to 1984. He was a professor of design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst, Wien) from 1983 to 2000. In 1984 he opened his own studio in Milan and became the Art Director for Swatch from 1990 to 1993. An encounter with Luca Colombo and Antonio Rodriguez led to the founding of Matteo Thun & Partners in 2001, which was later organized into the companies MTLC, MTDR and MTD-R China. These different creative entities develop projects in the fields of architecture, interior design and product design. The companies employ around sixty professionals, including architects, designers and graphic designers.
Lenard F. Krawinkel
Studied medicine in Budapest and film direction in Munich and Paris. Lenard is an award winning filmmaker with a particular passion for animated characters and a great love for real people with big dreams. Before he founded the Berlin based social mobile company Zoobe in 2008, he had cofounded the animation studio Ambient Entertainment in 2000. The studio was a pioneer in producing CG animated feature films such as “Back to Gaya” which was the first in Europe and distributed by Warner Bros. When Apple hit the market with the iPhone in 2008, Lenard saw a big opportunity for new formats of storytelling. Zoobe became the world leader in character voice messaging with 250 million videos. As Far As is an attempt to connect entrepreneurs and investors from different worlds to master our challenges in the age of digital transformation.
Before founding the Berlin branch of the Amt für Ideen, Moritz had already completed his diploma in political science in Berlin and Bologna, had founded Germany’s first agency for acoustic communication, was touring Europe with numerous bands such as Jazzkantine and was leading the Berlin subsidiary of the Swiss PR firm “Stöhlker & Partner”. Today, all of these aspects can be found in the work of one agency, the Amt für Ideen: communication, culture and economy.
Annika’s biography is a marvelous example for what happens if the most diverse interests from sociology to human resource management in international companies and the design of unique fashion collection are pursued with passion and consequence: You find yourself in the awesome situation to recognize contexts with a particular clarity and to draw connections between different topics that make even the most profane things the center of interest. That’s why Annika is responsible for the PR of Amt für Ideen’s clients.