/ Speakers 2020 /

Philipp Amann

Head of Strategy, Europol - European Cybercrime Centre (EC3)

Dr Philipp Amann is the Head of Strategy at the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). EC3 Strategy is responsible for assessing and acting on relevant trends and threats related to cybercrime and cyber-security. Other key areas of responsibility include driving innovation, managing EC3’s industry advisory groups, prevention & awareness and internet governance.

He has worked in various fields, including the financial sector, global disarmament, international investigations and on issues related to safety and security in cyberspace, topics he deeply cares about. Dr Amann is also a member of ENISA’s Permanent Stakeholder Group.

He held positions with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the International Criminal Court, OSCE and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization.

His professional experience is complemented by a PhD degree and a Master’s degree in business informatics from the University of Vienna. He also holds an MSc in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation from UCD.

Hubertus von Baumbach

CEO, Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim, an independent and family-owned company founded in 1885, develops, produces and distributes innovative medicines for humans and animals. Thus Boehringer Ingelheim has the freedom to pursue its long-term vision to identify the health challenges of the future. The mission is to create breakthrough therapies where the medical need is high. Hubertus von Baumbach has been Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Boehringer Ingelheim since July 2016. He has been a member of the Board of Managing Directors since 2009, initially responsible for the divisions Finance and Animal Health. In 2001 he joined Boehringer Ingelheim’s finance organization, and held among others the CFO position of the German operative Unit. He started his professional career as sales representative in the US affiliate of Roche AG in 1998. Mr. von Baumbach was trained as bank clerk at Merck, Finck & Co. in Munich, received his law degree from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, took the German Bar Exam, and received a MBA from Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Jochen Engert

CEO and Co-Founder, FlixMobility GmbH

Jochen Engert is CEO and Founder of FlixMobility where he is responsible for the FlixBus Corporate Development & Strategy as well as Human Resources.

Prior to launching FlixMobility with the brand FlixBus, Jochen worked as a Strategy Consultant for Boston Consulting Group in Munich, Germany, where he met André Schwämmlein, future FlixBus Co-Founder. Inspired by the deregulation of the German bus market, Jochen, André and IT specialist Daniel launched FlixBus in 2013; today, FlixBus has become a global mobility provider with 400,000 daily connections across 30 countries.

Jochen was born in 1981 close to Würzburg, Germany. He studied Business Administration with technical and financial orientation at the University of Stuttgart and the University of Ottawa. He currently lives in Munich, home of the FlixBus European headquarters.

Gerhard Eschelbeck

Advisor and Researcher

After 25 years in the security industry, Gerhard Eschelbeck recently retired from Google, where he was Vice President Security and Privacy Engineering. He was leading the teams that ensure data and systems security, as well as user privacy.

Gerhard has a passion for championing new technologies and is a trusted advisor and board member to several early stage startup companies. He published the “Laws of Vulnerabilities” and is one of the inventors of the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS), and holds numerous patents in the field of managed network security. Prior to joining Google, Gerhard was CTO and Senior Vice President at Sophos and Qualys, and served in senior product and technology roles at companies including Network Associates and McAfee. Gerhard has a Ph.D in computer science from University Linz, Austria.

Gabriel Felbermayr

President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Gabriel Felbermayr became President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in March 2019. He concurrently holds a chair in Economics and Economic Policy at Kiel University (CAU). Prof. Gabriel Felbermayr, PhD, was born in June 1976 in Steyr, Austria.

After studying Economics and Trade at the University of Linz, he went to Florence, Italy, to pursue his doctoral studies. From 2004 to 2005, he was an Associate Consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Vienna. From 2005 to 2008, he was Assistant Professor at the University of Tübingen. From 2009 to 2010, he held a chair in International Economics at the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart). From 2010 to 2019, he led the ifo Center for International Economics at the University of Munich, where he also served as a full professor in International Economics.

Gabriel Felbermayr holds various roles and positions. The most important are: member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy; Associate Editor, European Economic Review; Associate Editor, Journal of the European Economic Association. His research and advisory activities focus on questions of economic global governance, European economic integration, and German economic policy. He has published a large number of papers in international scientific journals, in policy briefs, and newspapers. His research has been recognized with various awards.

Timotheus Höttges

CEO, Deutsche Telekom AG

Timotheus Höttges, born in 1962, is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Deutsche Telekom AG since January 2014.

From 2009 until his appointment as CEO, he has been member of the Group Board of Management responsible for Finance and Controlling.

From 2006 to 2009 he was member of the Board of Management responsible for the T-Home unit. In this position, he was in charge of fixed-network and broadband business, as well as integrated sales and service in Germany. Under his leadership, T-Home became the market leader in terms of new DSL customers and developed its Internet TV service, Entertain, into a mass-market product while at the same time stabilizing its profitability.

After successfully implementing various cost-cutting programs at T-Home and in the European mobile communications subsidiaries, Mr. Höttges became responsible for the Group-wide Save for Service efficiency enhancement program. From 2005 until being appointed to the Group Board of Management, Mr. Höttges headed European operations as member of the Board of Management, T-Mobile International. From 2000 until the end of 2004, he was Managing Director, Finance and Controlling, before becoming Chairman of the Managing Board of T-Mobile Deutschland.

Mr. Höttges studied business administration at Cologne University, after which he spent three years with a business consulting company, latterly as a project manager. At the end of 1992, he moved to the VIAG Group in Munich. He became divisional manager in 1997 and, later, a member of the extended management board responsible for controlling, corporate planning, and mergers and acquisitions. As project manager, he played a central role in the merger of VIAG AG and VEBA AG to form E.on AG, which became effective on September 27, 2000.

Anders Indset

Business Philosopher

Anders Indset is one of the world’s leading business philosophers and a trusted sparring partner to international CEOs and political leaders. Dubbed “Rock’n’Roll Plato” and “Digital Jesus” by European  media, he is currently one of the most sought-after intellectuals with his approach to practical philosophy.

The native Norwegian, based out of Frankfurt, is a guest lecturer at leading international business schools, a founding partner of the Global Institute of Leadership and Technology and advisory board member of the Swiss-based deep tech pioneer Terra Quantum. He is known for his unconventional way of thinking, his provocative theses and his rock star attitude.

His latest book “The Q Economy – What comes after Digital?” entered the Spiegel-Bestseller list and was #1 in Manager Magazin and Handelsblatt for the most sold business books in the German speaking region. Q Economy has already been translated and sold to 11 countries around the world. His international bestseller “WILD KNOWLEDGE – Outthink the Revolution” was released in Europe in 2017 and has been translated into further languages in 2018 and was also a Spiegel-Bestseller in 2019.

His forthcoming book The Infected Mind is scheduled for early 2021. Additionally, Philosophy@Work, a collection of philosophical concepts on how to cope with today’s technological fast-paced and complex society will be published Q3/2021.

Joe Kaeser

CEO, Siemens AG

Joe Kaeser is President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering. He is the thirteenth CEO in the company’s more than 171-year history. Joe Kaeser has nearly 40 years of experience at Siemens, where he has held a variety of leading management positions in finance and strategy both in and outside Germany. Immediately prior to his appointment as CEO in August 2013, Joe Kaeser had served as Siemens’ Chief Financial Officer for seven years. Joe Kaeser began his career at Siemens in 1980 in the business field of components and semiconductors, where he also worked in Malaysia and the U.S. In 1999, he joined the Corporate Finance department. Here, he took part in preparations for Siemens’ stock market listing on Wall Street in New York, and overlooked the worldwide conversion of the company’s accounting system to the US GAAP standard. In 2001, Joe Kaeser was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Information and Communication Mobile Group. From 2004 to 2006, he served as Siemens’ Chief Strategy Officer and guided the company’s long-term strategic orientation to global megatrends.

Joe Kaeser is member of the supervisory boards of Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz AG, Allianz Deutschland AG, and NXP Semiconductors N.V. He serves as Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA).

Bernhard Kowatsch

Head of the Innovation Accelerator at the United Nations World Food Programme

Bernhard Kowatsch is Head of the Innovation Accelerator at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The WFP Innovation Accelerator  was named by Fast Company as Best Workplace for Innovators and Innovative Team of the Year 2020 for its work in identifying, nurturing and scaling disruptive startups and innovations to end global hunger. Innovations include blockchain, agri-tech, supply chain and new businesses to end hunger. In 2019, innovations supported by the Accelerator positively impacted the lives of 1.4 million people globally. Most recently, the Accelerator also runs programmes for external partners such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in primary healthcare and others.


Prior to starting the Accelerator, Bernhard co-founded the award-winning ShareTheMeal app that crowdsources funding for hungry children, and built-up WFP’s Business Innovation team. Bernhard was previously a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for global tech and industrial goods companies, and holds three Masters degrees from HEC Paris and Vienna University of Business.


Dirk Markus

CEO und Co-Founder, Aurelius

Dr. Dirk Markus grew up in Innsbruck and studied business administration in St. Gallen / Switzerland and Copenhagen / Denmark. He then did his doctorate in business administration at the University of St. Gallen.

After a few years at McKinsey, Dr. Markus founded the private equity group AURELIUS in 2005. Today, with over 30 subsidiaries employing around 18,000 people, AURELIUS is one of the largest asset management groups of European origin.

Dr. Markus is married with three children and lives in London.

Jörn Nikolay

Managing Director, General Atlantic

Joern Nikolay is a Managing Director and leads General Atlantic’s business in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland as part of the EMEA team. He is a Board Member of ControlExpert, FlixBus and NuCom Group as well as historically Aroundhome, Axel Springer Digital Classifieds and Hemnet. Prior to joining General Atlantic in 2008, Joern was an Associate at TA Associates in London. Before that, he was a Case Team Leader at Bain & Company in Düsseldorf, and an Analyst at Morgan Stanley in Frankfurt. He graduated with an M.Sc. in Economics and Business from WHU – Otto-Beisheim Graduate School of Management.

Dierk Paskert

CEO, Encavis AG

Dr. Dierk Paskert (*1961) studied law and economics at the universities in Würzburg and Münster, obtaining his PhD from the latter in 1991.

Dr. Dierk Paskert started his professional career in investment banking at Trinkaus & Burkhardt, a German private bank. In 1996, he changed to the Veba Group, where he held several management positions, e.g. at Degussa-Hüls and Stinnes, the Group’s logistics subsidiary. At the latter, he was responsible for M&A and the corporate strategy.

In 2001, he joined the Management Board of SCHENKER AG in Essen. In 2003, he was put in charge of the corporate strategy at E.ON, where he was instrumental in opening the Group up to renewable energy. In early 2008 he was appointed to the Board of Management of E.ON-Energie AG in Munich. There he was responsible for the Network Division and served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of various national and international grid companies.

From 2012 to 2015, Dr. Dierk Paskert was Managing Director of Rohstoffallianz. At the same time, as a business angel and investor at The Mobilityhouse AG, he gained early experience in the field of electromobility and battery storage.

In September 2017, Dr. Paskert was appointed to the Management Board of Encavis AG, where he has been Chairman ever since. He is also member of the Management Board of the German Solar Association (BSW).

Marie Ringler

Ashoka Europe Leader

Marie Ringler is a member of Ashoka’s Global Leadership Group and leading Ashoka’s work in Europe. She founded Ashoka’s Austrian office in 2011 and soon took over Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe. In 2015 she became one of Ashoka’s Europe Directors, in 2018 she was appointed European Leader of Ashoka.

Marie Ringler was born in Vienna, studied Sociology, Political Science and Women`s Studies at the University of Vienna, and holds a degree from ESADE Business School, Spain and an MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. In the late 90`s she helped build Public Netbase and later became its managing director. She was elected into office as a Member of the Regional Parliament and City Council of Vienna in 2001, making her the youngest member. During her time in office, she focused on developing policy to drive innovations in society, and served on the Vienna Department of Commerce Advisory Board, initiated the city’s Open Source Software Strategy and developed a federal policy program for Innovation. After two successful terms in office, she decided against a life-long career in politics and established Ashoka`s Austrian office in Vienna. In her role as Director of Ashoka in Central and Eastern Europe she led Ashoka’s relaunch efforts in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Israel. As Europe Leader Ringler is advancing Ashoka’s work in over 26 country offices who support more than 570 Social Entrepreneurs (“Ashoka Fellows”).

Ashoka is the world`s largest network of 3.600 Social Entrepreneurs, spanning across more than 90 countries, who are solving some of the world`s toughest social problems. Ashoka works to identify, elect and support leading social entrepreneurs financially and professionally. We bring communities of social entrepreneurs together to help leverage their impact, scale their ideas, and disseminate their practices. And we help to build the infrastructure, financial systems and mindsets needed to facilitate the global growth of social innovation and an Everyone a Changemaker world: www.ashoka.org

Meinrad Spenger

Co-Founder and CEO, MASMOVIL

Meini is the Co-founder and CEO of MASMOVIL, an Iberian Telecom Operator, that grew in 14 years from cero to 1.7 bn€ revenues and over 10 million customers. MASMOVIL has become the first start-up in Spain that achieved being listed in the junior stock market (MAB) in 2014, the official stock market (2017) and being included in its main index, the IBEX 35 (2019).

In MASMOVIL we offer Telecom services for residential & business clients through our multiple brands. Since October 2019 we are as 4th operator also active in Portugal. Our values are client first, simplicity, positivism and sustainability. What especially distinguishes MASMOVIL from competition is our focus on customer satisfaction, where we lead all relevant rankings. Our vision is to be number 1 in Europe in terms of customer experience.
Having the a great 4G+ mobile coverage through a combination of own and third-party networks, the fastest fiber based broadband services (FTTH access to >25m homes), fair & predicable pricing and also the highest degree of digitization allow us to be the fasted growing operator in the market.
In MASMOVIL we are especially proud of the team that forms the Group: >1,000 committed employees and a network of great Partners are working to satisfy our clients and to create value for our shareholders as well as the market as a whole.