Speakers 2015

Madeleine K. Albright
Madeleine K. Albright is chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. Dr. Albright is a professor in the practice of diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. In 1993, Albright became the American ambassador to the United Nations, and three years later she was appointed Secretary of State in the Clinton administration, making her the first woman to have ever held the position. Albright served in that capacity for several years before leaving in 2001.

M. İlker Aycı
Mr. Aycı is Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines Group. He was born in İstanbul in 1971. After graduating from Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Bilkent University, he served as a researcher in the Department of Political Sciences at Leeds University, and then in 1997 he received his master’s degree in International Relations (English) at Marmara University. Starting his career in 1994, he was assigned several positions in Kurtsan İlaçlar A.Ş., İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Universal Dış Ticaret A.Ş., respectively, and then he served as a general manager in Başak Sigorta A.Ş. between 2005-2006, in Güneş Sigorta A.Ş. between 2006 and 2011. In January 2011 he began to serve as the Chairman of The Republic of Turkey Investment Support and Promotion Agency. In February 2013 he was appointed as the Vice President of World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) and later on in January 2014, the Chairman of WAIPA. Mr. Aycı also serves several positions such as the Board Member and Chairman of Insurance Association of Turkey, Foreign Economic Relations Board – Turkey China Business Council, Vakıf Emeklilik A.Ş. and VakıfBank Güneş Sigorta Sports Club.

Dr. Bernhard Blättel
Blättel is Director of Mobility Services with the BMW Group. Blättel is also President of BMW i Ventures, a venture capital firm in New York City. From 2008 to 2011 he was responsible for the vehicle product strategy with the BMW Group. Blättel started with BMW in 1995 as Director of the Technical Department. From 1992 to 1995 Brättel was in the central research division at the Robert Bosch AG. Blättel earned a PhD in 1990 from the Institute for Theoretical Nuclear Physics in Gießen.

Michael Cramer
Michael Cramer has been a member of the European Parliament since 2004. After having served as transport policy spokesman for parliamentary group The Greens/Efa for ten years, he was elected Chair of the Committee Transport and Tourism (TRAN) in 2014. He has also worked as a lecturer at the Otto Suhr Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin, teaching urban and transportation policy in the political science department. From 1989 to 2004 he has been a member of the state parliament of the city of Berlin. Michael Cramer studied education, music and physical education in Mainz and was a secondary-school teacher from 1975 to 1995 in the Neukölln district of Berlin.

Thomas Daiber
Thomas Daiber majored in Product Engineering at HFU Hochschule Furtwangen University from 2004 until 2009 and received a scholarship for a MBE Master of Business and Engineering Progamme at the SCMT Steinbeis Center of Management and Technology from 2009 to 1010. During his studies he was employed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, DaimlerChrysler Middle East and the Robert Bosch GmbH. Thomas Daiber has held various positions in the field of sustainable mobility since 2008. He was project manager of the F-Cell development project at Daimler AG and then entered the energy sector as product manager for charging infrastructure at EnBW AG in 2010. After another position as emobility consultant at the Porsche Consulting GmbH he joined Hubject GmbH in March 2013 as Head of Corporate Sales, Marketing and Product Management. In January 2015 he was appointed as CEO of the Hubject GmbH.

Arda Ermut
President of the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT), Arda Ermut started his professional career at the Prime Ministry of Turkey in 2005, working as a Media and Public Relations Consultant at the Prime Ministry’s office in Istanbul. He took the position of Project Director with the establishment of ISPAT in 2007. As a Chief Project Director as of 2010, his responsibilities included leading teams in charge of the Gulf, the Middle East and India. Prior to his appointment as President, Mr. Ermut was also serving as the head of the Public-Private Partnership Department at ISPAT.  By taking the helm at ISPAT, Arda Ermut also assumed the Presidency of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), the umbrella organization that covers 170 national and regional investment promotion agencies from 130 countries. Mr. Ermut has been a Board Member of airline company SunExpress since April 2015. He holds a BA degree in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University.

Joschka Fischer
The former Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany (1998 – 2005) is founding partner and Managing Partner of “Joschka Fischer & Company”. He led the Green Party in their first participation in government, both at the state level (Hesse) and at federal level. From 2006 to 2007, Joschka Fischer held a professorship at the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University (USA). He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group and of the Executive Board of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Philipp Fürst zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Philipp Fürst zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg, started his professional career in London in 1998 within the sports marketing sector, having completed his studies in Economics & Marketing. He worked on various international sponsoring and marketing campaigns for a variety of European brands and sporting clubs. In 2004 he then took over the family business at Langenburg, which beside traditional forestry includes touristic attractions as well as event organization. As the President of the Hohenlohe Gesellschaft he actively supports traditional local farming culture and is involved in various other regional committees within Baden-Württemberg, such as the ‘Society of Landowners’ and the German Association for Historical Houses &Gardens.

Yvonne Hofstetter
Hofstetter is a lawyer and essayist. She is the CEO of Teramark Technologies GmbH. The company develops artificial intelligent systems for publicly owned as well as private businesses. Hofstetter has stated her ideas on big data and the use of intelligent algorithms fort he optimisation of people in various publications, including the Fraknfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Süddeutsche Zeitung and a multitude of other interviews. Her book, „Sie wissen alles“ (They Know Everything) was published by Bertelsmann in 2014.

Hans Hubschneider
Hans Hubschneider founded PTV AG, which he led from 1981 to 2011 as Managing Director and later as CEO. With 700 employees PTV AG is the international leader in the field of design and optimisation of mobility systems. Since 2009, Hubschneider has pursued his vision of sustainable energy supply. Following his studies in mathematics and computer science, he worked for 7 years as a research assistant at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of Karlsruhe. Hubschneider holds a PhD in Transport Sciences.

Winfried Kretschmann
Winfried Kretschmann has been prime-minster of the German State of Baden-Württemberg since May 2011. Winfried Kretschmann studied chemistry and biology and worked as a secondary teacher. In 1986, he was appointed as a policy advisor to the first Green Party Ministry of the Environment in Hessen. After two years in this position, he returned to the Baden-Wurttemberg State Parliament in 1988, where he has remained ever since with only one period out of office. From 2002 to 2011, Kretschmann served as Chairman of the Green Party in parliament.

Heiko Maas
Heiko Maas is the Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection in the German grand coalition government. The lawyer has a longstanding political career in the Federal State of Saarland, where he served as Chair of the SPD parliamentary group, Minister for the Environment, Energy and Transport, Minister of Economic Affairs, Energy Labour and Transportation, as well as Deputy Minister-President.

Justin Mundy
Mundy was a managing director of Climate Change Capital and Senior Adviser to Deutsche Bank’s Global Markets Group. He was the principal architect of the Clean Energy Investment Framework under the Gleneagles’ G8 Action Plan. Mundy was a member of the UK Government’s Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board. He was adviser to the European Commission on EU – Russia coordination and ran the World Bank’s forestry and biodiversity programmes in Russia and Central Asia.

Günther H. Oettinger
Oettinger has was appointed EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society in 2014. Prior to his appointment he served as EU Commissioner for Energy. From 2005 to 2010 he was Governor of the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. From 1984 until 2010 Oettinger was a member of the Federal State Legislature of Baden-Württemberg. He served as Chairman of the Baden-Württemberg Christian Democrats from 1991 to 2005. Oettinger has worked as a lawyer since 1984.

Boris Palmer
Boris Palmer is a German politician and member of the Green Party. He has been mayor of Tübingen since January 2007. From March 2001 to May 2007 he was a member of the Baden-Württemberg Landtag, the State parliament in Stuttgart, and was appointed party spokesman for environmental and transportation issues. Palmer studied history and mathematics at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and in Sydney. After graduating from Tübingen in 1999 Palmer worked as a scientific assistant for the fraction of the Green Party in the Bundestag, the German Federal parliament, in Berlin.

Dr. Hansjörg Rodi
Hansjörg Rodi has been DB Schenker Germany’s CEO since 2008. He holds a PhD in Economics and has worked for over 16 years in various functions and departments at the Schenker-Group. Between 2003 and 2008, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Schenker S.A. in Paris and was responsible for the Europe West department of the Schenker AG. During that period, he managed the integration of French logistisc enterprise, Joyau into the Schenker AG.

Philipp von Schierstaedt
Philipp von Schierstaedt ist seit 2011 stellvertretender Vorsitzender und Geschäftsführer Radio Frequency &Sensors der Infineon Technologies AG und arbeitete nach seinem Einstieg in das Unternehmen 2001 zuvor bereits in anderen, führenden Funktionen für das Unternehmen. Unter anderem verantwortete er als Geschäftsführer das Segment Chipcars & Security. Herr von Schierstaedt ist Diplom Ingenieur und hält einen Master in Wirtschaftswissenschaften.

Armin G. Schmidt
Armin G. Schmidt is CEO of ATS Advanced Telematic Systems. Based in Berlin and Taipeh, Schmidt manages the development of progressive telematics-technologies in order to facilitate network solutions for cars and IoT (Internet of Things). Before that, Arming G. Schmidt founded Aupeo, a provider of cloud-based audio services for cars, which he sold to Panasonic Automotive in 2013. During his longstanding career, Schmidt worked for various innovative technology companies in Asia, Europe and the US.

Philipp Schröder
Philipp Schröder joined Tesla as Country Manager Germany & Austria in February 2014. From October 2012 until January 2014, he was Director of Sales and Business Development at Sonnenbatterie, the smart PV storage startup from Wildpoldsried. Before that, Schröder served as Head of Sales at Juwi Holding, a renowned renewable energy project developer, and he co-founded the energy efficiency startup Nycon Energy. He holds an Executive Diploma in Renewable Energy Management from the University of St. Gallen and studied at University of Hamburg.

Peter Schwarzenbauer
Peter Schwarzenbauer joined BMW AG in April 2013 as Member of the Board of Management, responsible for MINI, BMW Motorrad, Rolls-Royce, and Aftersales BMW Group. After graduating from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, he worked in various positions in marketing and sales at BMW. In 1995 he moved to Porsche AG, where Peter Schwarzenbauer managed the North America business. Before his return to BMW he was Member of the Board of Management of the Audi AG responsible for Marketing and Sales.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Klaus Töpfer
Professor Töpfer is the founder and director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam. He is the former director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He was Federal Minister for Enivornment, Conservation and Reactor Safety from 1987 to 1994 and Federal Minister for Regional Planning, Building Industry and Urban Development from 1994 to 1998. He was a member oft he German Parliament from 1990 to 1998.

Christoph Wolff
Christoph Wolff is Managing Director of the European Climate Foundation. In this role, he heads up the European Climate Foundation’s power sector decarbonisation, low-carbon transport and energy efficiency programmes. A mechanical engineer by training Christoph was senior partner at McKinsey for 16 years heading the global work in logistics and infrastructure. As Board member of DB Schenker, he was responsible for the international growth and operations of the company´s rail division. He has been the CEO of companies in the renewable energy sector, namely Novatec/ABB GmbH and Solar Millennium AG, and acted as Board Advisor for Flagsol/Ferrostaal in the renewable division. Christoph is on the board of several new energy start-ups and faculty at the Institute for Energy Economics in Cologne.

Verena Wriedt (Moderation)
Verena Wriedt has moderated the TV shows “PS – das Automagazin”, “DTM Worldfeed” and “24v Stunden” for several years. In the show “Perfect Ride” she has dared to steer original model cars and addresses challenges surrounding cars. Beside presentations in various shows and events in the automotive sector she has hosted TV shows like the “Stars & Stories”. In the fall of 2008 she began hosting ProSieben Newstime and DTMs international programme. Wriedt studied Media Studies & Public Relations at University of Exeter and Broadcast Journalism at Emerson College.


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