Management

Prof. Dietmar Harhoff
Prof. Dietmar Harhoff

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Chairman, GA Inc.

Since 28 February 2007 Prof. Dietmar Harhoff has been chairman of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation that has been appointed by the Federal Government of Germany.

Prof. Harhoff is director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and head of the department Munich Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research (MCIER). He is Honorary Professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich (LMU) and Academic Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the LMU. From 1998 to 2013 he was professor of business administration at the LMU and chaired the Institute for Innovation Research, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (INNO-tec).

After his training as a graduate engineer in mechanical engineering at the University of Dortmund, he first worked as a research engineer in the UK and Germany. After that he finished a master degree as McCloy scholar at Harvard University, followed by a doctoral degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). From 1991 to 1998 he initially worked as research group manager and then – from 1995 – as vice director at the Center for European Economic Research in Mannheim. He habilitated in 1996 at the Department of Economics at the University of Mannheim. In 1998 he took his current position at the University of Munich. In October 2007, Prof. Harhoff was granted a senior research professorship for four years. From January 2010 to September 2010 he was Visiting Professor at Stanford University in the U.S.

As a scientific adviser he is working for a number of public and private organizations, among others he is a member of the Standing Advisory Committee (SACEPO) of the European Patent Office (EPO) and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). In 2007, Prof. Harhoff was nominated by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine to be one of the 50 most influential people in the field of Intellectual Property. Since 2008, he is an elected member of acatech (Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften) and since 2010 he is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina).

Matthias Notz
Matthias Notz

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Managing Director of German Entrepreneurship

Observer of GA Tech & GA Life Sciences Selection Committee

Matthias Notz is the Managing Director at the German Entrepreneurship GmbH in Munich. He works as a consultant and senior project manager at the interface between start-ups, universities and industries. He has been involved in various projects with renowned companies and educational institutions in the fields of intra- and entrepreneurship advancement, in the setup of strategic partnerships and in fundraising.

Matthias has contributed substantially to the development of fundraising and also to the partnership structures at the LMU Entrepreneurship Center which supports young and innovative German startups by providing them with infrastructure, training and networks – and he passionately drives its continuous progress.

At the German Accelerator, Matthias is responsible for the acquisition and management of partners- and sponsorships based in Germany, as well as the budgeting and financial reporting activities in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. He believes that strong ties with both German and U.S. network partners and also a sound financial basis, will promote the further success of the German Accelerator, and thus strengthen the transatlantic entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Matthias graduated with highest honors in Business Administration and has continuously broadened his knowledge and expertise far beyond the academic education through his previous work experiences in both public and private organizations. He has held numerous speeches, seminars and workshops for startups, universities and companies nationwide and enthusiastically represents his family’s tradition of entrepreneurial thinking and keeping a can-do mentality.

Dirk Kanngiesser
Dirk Kanngiesser

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CEO, GA Inc. & GA Silicon Valley

Dirk Kanngiesser is the co-founder and CEO of the German Silicon Valley Accelerator. He is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist having been involved in the founding of many German and international start-ups. He is the principal founder and a Managing Partner of PolyTechnos, a transatlantic venture capital group. He has over 20 years of Venture Capital experience, mostly in partner roles. Dirk is also a partner of Cartagena Capital, a Munich based international investment advisory firm. Dirk has strong expertise in growth strategy definition and execution, and global business development in the ITC space.

He previously held a Partner position at Baring Private Equity Partners which gave him access to one of the most privileged networks in the investment industry. Prior to that, he worked at Procter & Gamble and Siemens, where he was an operative in brand management, product development, and project engineering.

Dirk serves(d) on the board of a number of international start-ups and has been an active angel investor. His most recent start-ups he co-seeded are AppCentral (U.S.) and Hemacon (Germany, India). He invested and/or has served on the board of a number of European success stories such as Danionics (IPO Copenhagen) and Gemplus (IPO France / Netherlands). He has laso served on the boards of a number of Venture Capital firms and as a member of the EVCA High Tech Committee. Dirk was a member of the German stock exchange task force in the creation of the Neuer Markt.

Dirk has studied in the U.S. and Europe and holds a dual citizenship (U.S. and German). He received his degree (Dipl. Ing.) in electrical engineering from Dortmund, Germany, and his MBA from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He served at the German Airforce Headquarters and holds a U.S. commercial pilot license. Dirk lives in the U.S.

Christian Busch
Christian Busch

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CEO, GA New York

Christian is an experienced digital executive and angel investor with core expertise in strategy, marketing and business/ corporate development. He’s passionate about helping companies grow their business, whether it’s hands-on or by connecting them to the right people.

Recently, Christian served as SVP, Head of Marketing at Indiegogo from 2015-2016 after having been a working with Indiegogo since 2013. Prior to that, Christian served as SVP Corporate Development (2011-2013) and General Manager, Alloy Digital (2009-2011), where he was responsible for M&A (7 buy-side transactions and one fundraise) strategic direction, marketing, product and technology and managed the P&L for a fast growing team. He also served as General Manager for Takkle, a prominent college recruitment website for high school sports, which was acquired by Alloy in early 2009. Christian has also held senior management roles for Cellfish Media and Bertelsmann where he was responsible for a large e-commerce business.

Christian serves on the board of Above Average (Broadway Video spin-off), the board of Pruftechnik AG and is an active investor in early stage startups. Christian is a frequent speaker at industry events, avid traveler and fluent in English, German and Spanish.

Andy Goldstein
Andy Goldstein

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Managing Director, German Entrepreneurship

Co-Founder & Executive Director of the LMU Entrepreneurship Center and the German Entrepreneurship GmbH, Andy is also Co-Founder & Managing Director of Deloitte Digital GmbH, a company dedicated to building digital businesses for Fortune 500 level firms. A serial entrepreneur with 32 years of experience in founding, financing, building and accelerating companies, Andy sold his software company to the publicly listed Avanquest Software in 2003, served as COO Europe until 2009 and as a Board Member until 2014.

The accelerator at the LMU, the top ranked university in Germany, has spawned over 165 companies in 7 years. Andy has also led the launches of The Allianz Digital Accelerator & The Volkswagen DataLab. Andy is co-founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie in Munich and a founding member of 4Entrepreneurship, the Entrepreneurial Think Tank of the 4 Munich Universities and holds teaching positions at the LMU (Munich University), the HFF (Munich Film and Television University) and at the EM Lyon Business School in France.

Operations

Renata Berbert
Renata Berbert

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  • Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Database Management
  • Internal Communication
  • Business Development
Nicolas Hantzsch
Nicolas Hantzsch

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XCompany Scout Berlin
    Responsibilities:
    • Recruiting great companies
    • Networking with multipliers
    • Finding strategic partners
    Teddy Goldstein
    Teddy Goldstein

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    Head of Operations New York

    • Operations in the U.S.
    • Program Administration
    • Internal Communication
    Laura Goetze
    Laura Goetze

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    • Operations & Internal Communications in Germany
    • Marketing & Communications
    • Event Management Germany: Celebrating Innovation, CASHWALK
    Sara Staengle
    Sara Staengle

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    • Operations in Silicon Valley
    • Marketing & Communications in the U.S.
    • Lean Startup Teaching Assistant
    • Market Research
    • Business Development
    Marie Klemme
    Marie Klemme

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    • Business Strategy
    • Lean Startup Teaching Assistant
    • Market Research
    • Business Development
    • Marketing & Communications in the U.S.
    Julian Schulz-von Siemens
    Julian Schulz-von Siemens

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    • Operations
    • Business Development
    Friedrich Sulk
    Friedrich Sulk

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    Head of Operations Silicon Valley

    • Operations in the U.S.
    • Program Administration
    • Internal Communication

    Selection Committee

    Dr. Johannes Velling
    Dr. Johannes Velling

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    Observer of the Selection Committee

    Since 1996, he has held positions at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, as well as at the German Federal Ministry for Education and ResearchSince 2004, he has been responsible for various German federal projects on mobilizing venture capital for young tech companies.Since 2004, he has been Head of the Division for KfW Development Bank Startup Financing at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.Dr. Johannes Velling studied economics at the University of Mannheim, Germany, and the University of Oregon, USA, and completed his Ph.D. at the Centre for European Economic Research. Together with three companies and the KfW Development Bank, he developed the High-Tech Gruenderfonds in 2005.Johannes Velling is currently the Head of the Section for Seed and Start-Up Financing and Academic Spin-Offs at the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy.He is responsible for activities related to Venture Capital, Business Angels, Entrepreneurship Culture, Academic Spin-offs and Innovation Clusters, including activities from EXIST and High-Tech Gruenderfonds.
    Ram Srinivasan
    Ram Srinivasan

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    Ram Srinivasan is currently an Independent Venture Advisor & Venture Partner at Wellington Partners. With over 25 years experience in engineering and marketing management, Ram has an in-depth understanding of high-technology companies. Ram’s technical intuition allows him to cut through technology and focus on business challenges crying for elegant solutions. Before joining Wellington as venture partner, Ram was President and CEO of web analytics provider Fireclick from inception in 1999 to acquisition in 2004. He then established their strategic direction, while managing daily operations and technology initiatives. At Red Brick, Ram led product marketing and management while directing product evolution strategy, culminating in the company’s IPO.

    Ralf Dolk
    Ralf Dolk

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    Observer of the Selection Committee

    Ralf Dolk is currently Project Manager at the EXIST Program, a support program of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) aimed at improving the entrepreneurial environment at universities and research institutions and at increasing the number of technology and knowledge based business start-ups.

    Prof. Dietmar Harhoff
    Prof. Dietmar Harhoff

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    Since 28 February 2007 Prof. Dietmar Harhoff has been chairman of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation that has been appointed by the Federal Government of Germany.

    Prof. Harhoff is director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and head of the department Munich Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research (MCIER). He is Honorary Professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich (LMU) and Academic Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the LMU. From 1998 to 2013 he was professor of business administration at the LMU and chaired the Institute for Innovation Research, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (INNO-tec).

    After his training as a graduate engineer in mechanical engineering at the University of Dortmund, he first worked as a research engineer in the UK and Germany. After that he finished a master degree as McCloy scholar at Harvard University, followed by a doctoral degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). From 1991 to 1998 he initially worked as research group manager and then – from 1995 – as vice director at the Center for European Economic Research in Mannheim. He habilitated in 1996 at the Department of Economics at the University of Mannheim. In 1998 he took his current position at the University of Munich. In October 2007, Prof. Harhoff was granted a senior research professorship for four years. From January 2010 to September 2010 he was Visiting Professor at Stanford University in the U.S.

    As a scientific adviser he is working for a number of public and private organizations, among others he is a member of the Standing Advisory Committee (SACEPO) of the European Patent Office (EPO) and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). In 2007, Prof. Harhoff was nominated by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine to be one of the 50 most influential people in the field of Intellectual Property. Since 2008, he is an elected member of acatech (Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften) and since 2010 he is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina).

    Geoff Baum
    Geoff Baum

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    Experience

    • Most recently Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) at Adobe Systems, where he led internal Adobe startup teams to build new products and businesses.
    • Led several key consumer new product efforts for Adobe, such as: Photoshop.com, Premiere Express, and Photoshop Express, including award-winning Photoshop Express for iPhone and Android, attracting more than 50 million users.
    • Led Adobe efforts to create new enterprise software product, LiveCycle Barcoded Forms; customers include the IRS, Charles Schwab, Citigroup, and dozens of global financial services companies and international and domestic government agencies.
    • A co-founder and executive team member at Garage Technology Ventures.
    • Economics Editor and columnist for Forbes ASAP, the Forbes publication focused on the business of high technology.
    • Baum is an advisor and mentor for the Kauffman Foundation.
    • BA and an MA from Stanford and an MS from UC Davis.

    Passion

    Comfortable at the earliest stages of company formation, working closely with founders to match technology and vision with markets and customers

    Dirk Kanngiesser
    Dirk Kanngiesser

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    Dirk Kanngiesser is the co-founder and CEO of the German Silicon Valley Accelerator. He is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist having been involved in the founding of many German and international start-ups. He is the principal founder and a Managing Partner of PolyTechnos, a transatlantic venture capital group. He has over 20 years of Venture Capital experience, mostly in partner roles. Dirk is also a partner of Cartagena Capital, a Munich based international investment advisory firm. Dirk has strong expertise in growth strategy definition and execution, and global business development in the ITC space.

    He previously held a Partner position at Baring Private Equity Partners which gave him access to one of the most privileged networks in the investment industry. Prior to that, he worked at Procter & Gamble and Siemens, where he was an operative in brand management, product development, and project engineering.

    Dirk serves(d) on the board of a number of international start-ups and has been an active angel investor. His most recent start-ups he co-seeded are AppCentral (U.S.) and Hemacon (Germany, India). He invested and/or has served on the board of a number of European success stories such as Danionics (IPO Copenhagen) and Gemplus (IPO France / Netherlands). He has laso served on the boards of a number of Venture Capital firms and as a member of the EVCA High Tech Committee. Dirk was a member of the German stock exchange task force in the creation of the Neuer Markt.

    Dirk has studied in the U.S. and Europe and holds a dual citizenship (U.S. and German). He received his degree (Dipl. Ing.) in electrical engineering from Dortmund, Germany, and his MBA from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He served at the German Airforce Headquarters and holds a U.S. commercial pilot license. Dirk lives in the U.S.

    Dietmar Rieg
    Dietmar Rieg

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    Mr. Rieg has served as President and CEO of the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) in New York since July 2013.

    Prior to joining the GACC New York, Mr. Rieg served as General Manager of BayernLB’s Branch in New York, where he held numerous senior positions since 1993. From 2006 to 2008, he shifted to the bank’s headquarters in Munich, where he was responsible for the corporate banking business in multiple industries, including energy and telecommunications. He returned to New York in 2008 to take the position of CEO of Bayern LB’s subsidiary office.

    Mr. Rieg is an economist with a degree from the University of Tuebingen, Germany and holds an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

    Daphne Kis
    Daphne Kis

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    Experience

    Daphne Kis is a leader in global technology, venture and entrepreneurial circles with nearly thirty years of expertise taking early stage entrepreneurial ideas through many phases of raising capital, business development, and clarifying and executing on strategy.

    With a solid track record of successful implementations, Kis combines high-level strategic thinking about industry trends with extensive operational experience. Her areas of interest and expertise include education technology, digital health, and content media.

    She is committed to supporting women in leadership roles and serves as equity advisor to several women-led companies, regularly coaching startups through WIM, ERA and Springboard Enterprises (where she also serves on the board of its Technology and Media Council), and is a managing director at Golden Seeds, one of the nation’s most active angel group. Another of Kis’s keen interests is international entrepreneurship. She has led workshops on angel investing and entrepreneurship in Tunis, Alexandria, Cairo, and Toronto, and has spoken on the topic to visiting delegations from the Baltic nations, Western Europe and Turkey.

    In recent years, Kis has served as a thought partner and strategy advisor to several organizations and companies including the Markle Foundation, Startl, Sharethis.com, ContentNext Media, The Grommet, Cerego, Against All Odds Productions and Women in Media, Inc. amongst others. She currently serves on the boards of Filmbuff, Hitfix, and Young Audiences Arts for Learning, a national affiliate network that serves over five million children across the U.S.

    Prior to its acquisition by CNET Networks, Kis spent nearly 20 years as the co-owner, president and ceo of EDventure Holdings where she was publisher of Release 1.0, the information technology’s premier monthly report on emerging trends which helped guide and disseminate many of the breakthroughs that today’s tech users take for granted. She was executive producer of PC Forum, which year after year brought start-up innovators together with the industry’s most powerful leaders. PC Forum regularly reshaped the technology landscape by introducing innovations such as LinkedIn, Flickr, AOL and ICQ (the original instant messaging technology).

    Kis has worked on numerous technology-related initiatives and is a regular speaker at industry events, including most recently, Startup Grind Toronto and SxSW Interactive in Austin. She holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a BA in history from Hampshire College.

    Mentoring focus

    professional and peer-based platforms, content media, education technology, digital health, subscription-based services.

    Passions

    Thought partnering with young companies to turn their ideas into products and companies. Helping existing companies develop new products and build users. Passionate about growing diversity in funding opportunities and in teams.

    Christian Busch
    Christian Busch

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    Christian is an experienced digital executive and angel investor with core expertise in strategy, marketing and business/ corporate development. He’s passionate about helping companies grow their business, whether it’s hands-on or by connecting them to the right people.

    Recently, Christian served as SVP, Head of Marketing at Indiegogo from 2015-2016 after having been a working with Indiegogo since 2013. Prior to that, Christian served as SVP Corporate Development (2011-2013) and General Manager, Alloy Digital (2009-2011), where he was responsible for M&A (7 buy-side transactions and one fundraise) strategic direction, marketing, product and technology and managed the P&L for a fast growing team. He also served as General Manager for Takkle, a prominent college recruitment website for high school sports, which was acquired by Alloy in early 2009. Christian has also held senior management roles for Cellfish Media and Bertelsmann where he was responsible for a large e-commerce business.

    Christian serves on the board of Above Average (Broadway Video spin-off), the board of Pruftechnik AG and is an active investor in early stage startups. Christian is a frequent speaker at industry events, avid traveler and fluent in English, German and Spanish.

    Andy Goldstein
    Andy Goldstein

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    Co-Founder & Executive Director of the LMU Entrepreneurship Center and the German Entrepreneurship GmbH, Andy is also Co-Founder & Managing Director of Deloitte Digital GmbH, a company dedicated to building digital businesses for Fortune 500 level firms.

    A serial entrepreneur with 32 years of experience in founding, financing, building and accelerating companies, Andy sold his software company to the publicly listed Avanquest Software in 2003, served as COO Europe until 2009 and as a Board Member until 2014.

    The accelerator at the LMU, the top ranked university in Germany, has spawned over 165 companies in 7 years. Andy has also led the launches of The Allianz Digital Accelerator & The Volkswagen DataLab. Andy is co-founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie in Munich and a founding member of 4Entrepreneurship, the Entrepreneurial Think Tank of the 4 Munich Universities and holds teaching positions at the LMU (Munich University), the HFF (Munich Film and Television University) and at the EM Lyon Business School in France.

    Advisory Council

    Rene van den Hoevel
    Rene van den Hoevel

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    Head of the GACC office in San Francisco since August 2010. He oversees the Chamber’s consulting and business development programs for the West coast. Before taking on this assignment, he was Director of Consulting Services at the Chamber’s headquarters in New York City. From 2007 till 2009 he was also the offical Representative of the State of Bremen Economic Development Agency in the Unites States.

    He first joined the GACC in 2005 after working in the social media and mobile marketing sectors in Germany. Rene graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Muenster and holds a Bachelor of Science from Juniata College in Pennsylvania. Prior to studying, Rene completed an industrial manager apprenticeship with Elefanten AG, a leading manufacturer of quality children’s shoes.

    Kurt Becker
    Kurt Becker

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    Kurt Becker is an international expert in the areas of the experimental plasma and atomic physics. He is well known for his research into the basic properties of atmospheric-pressure microplasmas and their technological exploitation in areas such as environmental, biological, and biomedical applications. He holds 7 U.S. patents on stable atmospheric-pressure plasmas and their application and was involved in their commercialization.

    Kurt Becker joined the Polytechnic Institute of NYU in his current capacity in 2007. Prior to joining NYU-Poly, he was associate director of the Center for Environmental Systems at Stevens Institute of Technology from 2003 to 2007 and department head from 2000 to 2007, and before that a professor of physics at City College of CUNY. He earned a Diplom in Physik (MS) and Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) from the Universit?t des Saarlandes in 1978 and 1981, respectively.

    He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the recipient of the Dr. Eduard-Martin Prize for Excellence in Research from the Freunde der Universit?t des Saarlandes , the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award, and the SASP Erwin Schr?dinger Medal and he holds an honorary professorship from the Leopold Franzens Universität Innsbruck, Austria.

    A prolific author, Becker has written over 200 articles in refereed journals and books, 375 conference presentations and abstracts and holds 7 patents on the stabilization of atmospheric pressure plasmas and their applications. In addition, he has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals and was the invited presenter at many national and international conferences. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the European Physical Journal D.

    Kai Hennig
    Kai Hennig

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    Prior to this position, Kai Hennig served as Head of Division of the Directorate-General for Culture and Communication in the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin (2011–2013), as Senior Civilian Representative RC North and Head of the German Embassy’s Office in Masar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan (2010–2011), and as Head of the Consular and Legal Department of the German Embassy in London (2007–2010). Before a temporary leave from the Foreign Ministry to be Spokesman and Head of the Office of the Board of Directors for the Foundation “Rememberance, Responsibility and Future” (2000–2007), Mr. Hennig was a Desk Officer in the Political Department of the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United States (1997–2000). Prior to this, Kai Hennig served as Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal (1994–1997), and as Assistant to the Director for Diplomatic Training and the Foreign Office Training Center in Berlin (1993–1994).

    Kai Hennig studied Law at the University of Bonn. After his legal clerkship in Cologne and New York, Mr. Hennig became a fully qualified lawyer in 1992.

    Joann Halpern
    Joann Halpern

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    Joann Halpern is the Director of the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) in New York City and an Adjunct Associate Professor of International Education at New York University. Her responsibilities at the GCRI include strategic planning, program development, and strategic outreach. She is a frequent speaker and moderator at conferences in the US and Germany, covering topics such as entrepreneurship, emerging technology management, Germany’s dual system of vocational education and training, and the internationalization of higher education. Before she joined GCRI, Dr. Halpern was Director of Academic Affairs and Senior Studies and Assistant Professor of International Education at Global College of Long Island University. She also co-founded Knowledge Transfer Beyond Boundaries, an NGO with projects in Cameroon, Nigeria, and Yemen. From 1996 to 2001, Dr. Halpern was Director of International Programs at Harz University of Applied Sciences in Wernigerode, Germany. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College, her M.A. from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. from New York University. Dr. Halpern is a recipient of the Harvard Award for Distinction in Teaching as well as scholarships and fellowships from the Fulbright Association, German Academic Exchange Service, Robert Bosch Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Halpern serves on the advisory boards of the Technical University of Dortmund, University Alliance Ruhr, and LIU Global.

    Dietmar Rieg
    Dietmar Rieg

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    Mr. Rieg has served as President and CEO of the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) in New York since July 2013. Prior to joining the GACC New York, Mr. Rieg served as General Manager of BayernLB’s Branch in New York, where he held numerous senior positions since 1993. From 2006 to 2008, he shifted to the bank’s headquarters in Munich, where he was responsible for the corporate banking business in multiple industries, including energy and telecommunications. He returned to New York in 2008 to take the position of CEO of Bayern LB’s subsidiary office.

    Mr. Rieg is an economist with a degree from the University of Tuebingen, Germany and holds an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

    Daniel Zimmermann
    Daniel Zimmermann

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    Mr. Zimmermann’s practice draws on his extensive experience in complex corporate transactions and venture technology issues. His experience includes advising emerging growth companies and technology startups on a variety of corporate and corporate finance matters, and counseling venture capital firms as well as global venture and private equity funds in their portfolio investments. Daniel’s practice also has an international focus that involves the regular representation of clients in global expansions and off-shore acquisitions by U.S. companies. Daniel also has experience working at a European law firm where he worked on private equity, capital markets and venture capital transactions in both London and Munich. Daniel is a member of the California and New York Bar Associations and the International Law Sections of the American and New York Bar Associations. He has served as chair of the Executive Committee of the International Law Section of the State Bar of California for the 2009-2010 term and has also served as vice president and board member of the German-American International School of Silicon Valley. Daniel is recognized as “Up and Coming” in the 2011 edition of Chambers USA for his corporate/M&A and venture capital practice.

    Caroline Raynaud
    Caroline Raynaud

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    Caroline Raynaud is the Executive Director of the German American Business Association since April 2005. Caroline has been working in international sales and business development for over 15 years. She grew up in Germany and finished her graduate studies in the United States at University of Illinois. Then she spent 5 years in Paris and worked as a European Key Account Manager for Computer Intelligence. Being perfectly fluent in German, French and English, she was responsible for the company’s major clients across Europe. In 1999, Caroline moved from Paris to California and started with Market Research leader IDC (International Data Corporation) being in charge of International Business Development. She consulted US based companies that wanted to expand to Europe and Asia. Later on, she took on the role as Sales Manager for IDC’s Enterprise Major Accounts group.Caroline received her education in business from University of Technology in Berlin and University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign.

    Brita Wagener
    Brita Wagener

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    Before her current position, Brita Wagener served as the German Ambassador to Iraq (2012 to 2014), as Consul General in Istanbul (2009–2012), as Commissioner for German Personnel in International Organizations at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin (2006–2009), and as Minister Plenipotentiary/Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Cairo, Egypt (2003–2006). Prior to this, Mrs. Wagener held various other positions both in the Headquarters of the German Federal Foreign Office in Germany and abroad.

    Amongst others, she was Counsellor of Economic and Commercial Affairs at the German Embassy in Tel Aviv, Counsellor of Political Affairs at the German Embassy in New Delhi and Second Secretary for Legal and Consular Affairs at the German Embassy in Cairo.

    Mrs. Wagener studied law at both the University of Bonn and at the University of Hamburg. She has been a fully qualified lawyer since 1983.

    Angelika Geiger
    Angelika Geiger

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