Paul Achleitner

Paul Achleitner

Born 1956 in Linz, Austria, Paul Achleitner was educated at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and Harvard Business School (HBS). He holds a Ph.D. from HSG and an honorary professorship from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.

After four years at Bain & Co. in Boston he joined Goldman Sachs in 1988 where he served in New York, London and Frankfurt in various capacities, since 1994 as a partner of the firm. Between 2000 and 2012 Paul Achleitner was CFO of Allianz in Munich.

Besides chairing the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank Paul Achleitner serves on the Supervisory Board of Bayer and Daimler as well as on the Shareholders’ Committee of Henkel. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Alfred Herrhausen Society, Chairman of the German Government Commission of Capital Markets Experts and Co-Chairman of the Hong Kong / Europe Business Council. Paul Achleitner is a member of the International Advisory Board of Allianz, the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution, the European Financial Services Round Table, the European Advisory Board of the Harvard Business School and the Advisory Council of the Munich Security Conference.

Henrik Enderlein

Henrik Enderlein is Professor of Political Economy at the Hertie School of Governance. He holds degrees from Sciences Po, Paris, and Columbia University, New York. He prepared his PhD in Political Science at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. From 2001-2003, he worked as an economist at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt before taking up a Junior Professorship in Economics at the Free University Berlin.

Henrik Enderlein's awards include the Max Planck Society's Otto-Hahn Medal for outstanding achievements by young scientists, a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Duke University's Political Science Department in 2006-2007, and the Pierre Keller Visiting Professorship at Harvard Kennedy School in 2012-2013.

He joined the Hertie School of Governance as a member of the founding faculty in 2005 and served as Associate Dean from 2008-2012. His research is on economic policy-making, European monetary integration, fiscal federalism, financial markets and financial crises.


Roland Berger

Roland Berger is founder and since 2010 Honorary Chairman of Roland Berger GmbH in Munich. With 50 offices in 36 countries and 2,400 employees, the company is among the top 5 of global strategy consultancies for leading international manufacturing and services companies as well as public institutions.

Roland Berger is a member of several supervisory and advisory boards in national and international companies, foundations and organizations. He has been member of numerous expert commissions for the European Commission as well as national- and state-level governments.

Roland Berger is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Roland Berger Foundation that he founded. The Roland Berger Foundation is dedicated to global human rights and human dignity as well as to enhance equality of opportunity. It supports gifted children from socially disadvantaged families on their way to a university education. Since 2015 it supports unaccompanied young refugees in Germany.

Joana Breidenbach

Joana Breidenbach is author and co-founder of the donation platform She studied anthropology, art history and Eastern European history at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich and graduated with a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology. Her academic career included stints at the University of California, Berkeley as well as the University College London.

In cooperation with fellow scientists, Joana Breidenbach has conducted research on a wide range of topics and wrote articles and books such as “Tanz der Kulturen” and “Seeing Culture Everywhere”. Her research interests are cultural globalisation, migration and tourism.

The idea for emerged during a five-month world trip with her family. Since then, has become the largest online platform for social projects. In 2010, Joana Breidenbach founded the betterplace.lab, a Think and Do Tank that examines the interfaces between digital media and public welfare. Since summer 2015, she has withdrawn from the operating business of gAG and is active on the supervisory board.

Joana Breidenabch is also involved at the ReDI School for Digital Integration which gives refugees access to IT competences and to the Berlin start-up scene. She is further involved as mini-investor in various mission-driven start-ups.


José Castillo

José Castillo is a Mexican architect. He holds a degree in architecture from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City as well as a Masters and a Doctor of Design degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He is the principal along Saidee Springall of a|911, an architectural practice based in Mexico City. Their work includes, cultural, institutional, housing, mobility projects and mixed-use master plans in various cities in Mexico and was recently recognized as the most visionary architectural firm in Mexico by Obras Magazine.

Furthermore, the firm earned the Bronze Medal of the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction Latin America (2011), Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York (2012), and the Audi Urban Future Award (2014).

Castillo is a professor of Urbanism at CENTRO University in Mexico and a visiting design critic at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. He has served as a juror on several competitions, including most recently for Bloomberg’s Philanthropies Mayor’s Challenge Latin America. Recently Castillo was selected as a recipient of the 2017 Richard Rogers Fellowship, a new residency program at the Wimbledon House in London and a modern masterpiece designed by world-renowned British architect Richard Rogers. Castillo is member of the advisory board of LSE Cities and of the editorial board of Arquine.

Mathias Döpfner

Mathias Döpfner is Chairman and CEO of the German media group Axel Springer SE in Berlin. Axel Springer is the leading digital publisher in Europe and is active in more than 40 countries. Publishing brands include BILD, DIE WELT and BUSINESS INSIDER.

Since Mathias became CEO in 2002, revenues from digital activities increased from EUR 117m to EUR 2bn with EBITDA from digital business increasing from EUR -12m to EUR 429m. Worldwide digital audience expanded to more than 200 million users. 

Mathias is a member of the Board of Directors of Time Warner, Inc., Warner Music Group, and Vodafone Group.


Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the University of Oxford. He further holds a Master of Economics from the London School of Economics and several law degrees, including one from Harvard where he also spent ten years on the faculty of the Kennedy School of Government.

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger’s current research focuses on the role of information in a networked economy. His most recent book “Big Data” (with Kenn Cukier) was an international bestseller with millions of copies sold,  and his book “Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age” won several Awards.

As a native Austrian, he founded Ikarus Software in 1986, a company focusing on data security, and developed Virus Utilities, which became the best-selling Austrian software product.
In addition to his research activities, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is on the advisory boards of corporations and organizations around the world, including Microsoft and the World Economic Forum.

Verena Pausder

Verena Pausder is the founder and managing director of Fox & Sheep GmbH, a company which develops and distributes apps for preschoolers worldwide. In 2016 Fox & Sheep also started opening up digital garages („Digitalwerkstätten“) for kids, teaching them to code, use 3D printers and learn all about robotics. Verenas goal is to have a “Digitalwerkstatt” in every larger city in Germany by the end of 2018.

In February 2016 Verena Pausder was nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos. She has also been awarded winner of the McKinsey "CEO of the Future" competition and winner of the Victress Award in the “Role Model” category. Verena Pausder has initiated the non-profit initiative Startup Teens and serves as a member of the Ashoka Support Network. She works as a columnist for the journal Wirtschaftswoche and blogs at

She already came in contact with software for children as CEO of goodbeans GmbH, a company developing web-based online worlds for children, and at the Bertelsmann platform, an online learning portal for children. Verena Pausder studied Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.


Martin Stuchtey

Martin Stuchtey is the Founder and Managing Partner of SYSTEMIQ Ltd., a company that develops new markets and assets in the sustainability space.

He has worked at McKinsey for 20 years, most recently as Director of the Center for Business and Environment. In 2006, Martin Stuchtey co-founded McKinsey's Sustainability Practice, working with numerous corporate, government and social sector clients on the challenges of climate change, water scarcity, ocean degradation and resource depletion at large. He is an initiator of the 2030 Water Resources Group, a long-time strategic advisor to the World Economic Forum and the author of “A Good Disruption – Redefining Growth in the Twenty-first Century”.

Martin Stuchtey served as a company commander in the German Alpine forces and worked as geologist in Southern Africa. He holds a BSc. Hons.-degree in economic geology/mineralogy from Rhodes University (South Africa), a Masters in business economics from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany), an MBA from Lancaster University (UK) and a Ph.D. in regional economics from the Technical University of Dresden.

He is a professor for Resource Strategy and Management at Innsbruck University. He, his wife and their six children live at Lake Starnberg in Germany and Anras, Tirol.

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