Chronology

1966

Born in West Germany

1979/82/83

Jugend forscht awards in physics/biology/geo-and space sciences

1985-86

Operating rockets in German Armed Forces for US nuclear warheads during the Cold War

1986-92

Studies of Geosciences at Cologne University

Research Assistant at the Department of African Research

1992

Research prize by the Cologne Geographical Society

1991-93

Scientist at Wardell Armstrong Mining in the UK

1993-1996

Full research scholarship by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and PhD in Geosciences from Essen University (1996)

1996-98

Scientist at B+L GmbH in Germany

1998-99

Trainee and Product Manager at Bosch in Frankfurt and Paris

1999

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

1999-2014

Joining Volkswagen Group as an executive in Wolfsburg headquarter, then seconded to Shanghai and Beijing

2003-06

Conducting turn around and restructuring of Shanghai Volkswagen

2007-08

Executive in Residence at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

2007-10

Interim Head of the Hong Kong office of Arthur D. Little (ADL)

2008-11

Professorship at The University of Hong Kong

Serving as Program Dean founding EMBA Global Asia jointly with London Business School and Columbia University (2009-10)

Visiting Professor teaching in the Master of China Development of the Department of Geography at the University of Hong Kong (2008-10)

2008-end

Lifetime Fellowship of the Royal Geographic Society

2011-14

Academic Director and board member of the Tongji-Mannheim University EMBA (Shanghai)

2014

Leaving Volkswagen as Head of Corporate Strategy Volkswagen Group China

Photography Solo Exhibition “China’s empty quarters” in 42 Fangjia Hutong, Xichen District, Beijing

“Cities, countryside and why all heavens are gardens” in 42 Fangjia Hutong, Xichen District, Beijing

2015-present

Re-joining B+L GmbH as advisor

Adjunct Professor at The University of Hong Kong

Visiting Lecturer at Tilburg University

2016-18

APS Chair for Operations Strategy at The University of Malta

2016

Executive Education in The Prime Minister’s Office of the Republic of Malta

2017

Speaker on Chinese Outbound Direct Investment in the European Union Presidency of the Republic of Malta

EMBA Global Asia is ranked number 2 in world ranking by Financial Times


Guest lectures and Appearances

1993  

Keele University

1996

Oxford University, School of Geography

Kobe University

2005

Tongji University

2006

Hong Kong University

2007-14

TRIUM (LSE, INSEAD, NYU)

Oxford University

Seoul National University

2015  

The University of Mannheim Business School

NYU

Copenhagen Business School

Bond University

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

London Business School

2016

Strathmore University, Nairobi

2017

Dresden University

Russian Friendship University, Moscow