SZ Wirtschaftsgipfel 2022

Here you can find impressions of the summit and the complete coverage of the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The 16th SZ Wirtschaftsgipfel took place from November 22 to 24, 2022 at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin and digitally. Under the guiding theme “The economy between war and peace – creating new trust”, we discussed this year with key decision-makers in German politics, DAX entrepreneurs and representatives from the business and start-up scene. In addition to three exciting days of congress, our evening events, the exclusive Night of European Business and the traditional Adlon Talk Evening were also once again among the highlights of this year’s SZ Wirtschaftsgipfel.

Find out more about the reports, features and interviews surrounding the conference on sz.de and take a look at the highlights of the congress in our picture gallery. Have fun with the review!

Program 2022

Program 2022

Varied discussions, cross-examinations and debates, moderated by leading editors of the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Speakers


More than 60 high-profile speakers from politics, business, science and culture

Our guests

Olaf Scholz
Olaf Scholz

German Chancellor

Olaf Scholz


German Chancellor, SPD

Olaf Scholz, born in 1958, was elected as only the 9th Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany on December 8, 2021. This needs to be remembered occasionally when general criticism of the Social Democrat once again gets out of hand: Whether he communicates enough and moderates coalition sufficiently energetically or not: the man can win elections. And he must govern in the face of a turning point in Europe unprecedented since World War II.

Marc Beise
Annalena Baerbock
Annalena Baerbock

German foreign minister

Annalena Baerbock


German foreign minister, BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN

born in 1980, became the first woman to be Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs in December 2021. The Green politician ran as a candidate for chancellor in the 2021 federal election. Baerbock studied political science with a minor in public law, and her hobbies include trampolining. She was recently Germany's most popular politician for a time.

Caspar Busse
Robert Habeck
Robert Habeck

German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection

Robert Habeck


German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN

born in 1969, has been under fire since the first day of the traffic light coalition. The former Green Party leader actually wanted to drive forward the climate-friendly transformation of the economy. Instead, he is now the federal government's top troubleshooter - in the fight against the energy crisis.

Michael Bauchmüller
Wladimir Klitschko
Wladimir Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko


Multiple world heavyweight boxing champion, long-time No. 1 according to all independent rankings, celebrity on all channels: that's how Wladimir Klitschko (born 1976) is known, along with his older brother Vitali, who later entered Ukrainian politics and is now mayor of Kiev. Wladimir Klitschko became an entrepreneur. Even before the Russian invasion, he joined the reserve army of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Today he is an influential face of Ukraine's defense struggle against Putin

Marc Beise
Karl Lauterbach
Karl Lauterbach

German Federal Minister for Health

Karl Lauterbach


German Federal Minister for Health, SPD

Karl Lauterbach, born in 1963, undoubtedly has one of the most important jobs in the country. As Germany's health minister, he's tasked with bringing down the pandemic - and also defending his impressive talk show ratings. Where would Markus Lanz and Anne Will be without him? Lauterbach owes his appointment as federal minister in part to the popularity his public appearances brought him at the start of the pandemic. However, the medical graduate has not only enthusiastic fans, but also enthusiastic critics.

Angelika Slavik
Christian Lindner
Christian Lindner

German Federal Minister of Finance

Christian Lindner


German Federal Minister of Finance, FDP

He got the office he really wanted: Christian Lindner, born in 1979, has been Federal Finance Minister for almost a year. Since then, he's been practicing the discipline of all treasurers: saying "no. In 2023, he wants to comply with the debt brake again, and taxes are not to rise either. It's not easy being finance minister, Lindner likes to say. But he probably wouldn't want to change jobs.

Henrike Roßbach
Friedrich Merz
Friedrich Merz

Federal Chairman of CDU

Friedrich Merz


Federal Chairman of CDU

One thing you can't deny Friedrich Merz is perseverance. Born in 1955 in the Hochsauerland region of Germany, the politician's career seemed to be over in 2002 after a power struggle with then-Chancellor Angela Merkel and a failed bid for the CDU presidency in 2018. But in January 2022, his party elected him as its federal chairman after all, and a short time later, the lawyer and hobby pilot took over the chairmanship of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag and thus the important office of leader of the opposition.

Uwe Ritzer
Christiane Benner
Christiane Benner

IG Metall

Christiane Benner


IG Metall

She is the first woman to head the world's largest independent trade union: In 2015, Christine Benner (born in 1968) was elected vice chairwoman of the powerful IG Metall union, for which she had worked in various capacities since 1997; a headline at the time read: "IG Metall dares revolution". Benner knows the industry that has shaped Germany for 125 years: she is on the supervisory boards of BMW and Continental, for example. As a sociologist, she analyzes how Germany is changing in the age of digitalization, the energy transition and war - and she wants to shape these changes in the interests of employees.

Marc Beise
Oliver Blüher
Oliver Blüher

Slack Technologies

Oliver Blüher


Slack Technologies

Oliver Blüher, born 1974 , is Head of Central Europe at Slack and thus also responsible for business in the DACH region. The IT professional studied in Paderborn and Nottingham. Prior to his current role at the U.S. office communications platform, Blüher was responsible for business in Germany at Dropbox and held leading positions at German software manufacturer SAP, most recently as a member of the executive board.

Max Muth
Sir Tim Clark
Sir Tim Clark

Emirates Airline

Sir Tim Clark


Emirates Airline

Sir Tim Clark, born in 1949, was part of the founding team of Emirates and has been instrumental in its expansion into the largest international airline. Clark has been President of Emirates Airline since 2003. The hub in Dubai, which is unparalleled anywhere in the world, is his creation. Emirates offers long-haul connections there to all parts of the world. After the deep cut of the Corona pandemic, Clark and his team are busy restoring the Dubai hub to its former greatness as quickly as possible.

Jens Flottau
Martin Daum
Martin Daum

Daimler Truck

Martin Daum


Daimler Truck

born in 1959, has been Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG since 2019 and in this role also oversaw the spin-off and IPO of the truck division in December 2021. He joined the former Daimler-Benz AG back in 1987, two years after graduating with a degree in business administration. Born in Karlsruhe, he spent many years of his career in the USA, including as the person responsible for the commercial vehicle manufacturer's North American business.

Christina Kunkel
Michael Diederich
Michael Diederich

HypoVereinsbank – UniCredit Bank

Michael Diederich


HypoVereinsbank – UniCredit Bank

Michael Diederich, born in 1965, has been CEO of Hypo-Vereinsbank, a subsidiary of the Italian UniCredit Group, since January 2018. Prior to that, he was responsible for the credit institution's investment banking division. His conviction is that investment banking must primarily serve corporate customers.

Harald Freiberger
Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath
Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath

BP

Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath


BP

Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath has been a member of the BP Group's Global Executive Board since March 2022. Prior to that, she was head of RWE Renewables, one of the world's leading renewable energy companies. Dotzenrath studied electrical engineering and business administration in Aachen and then initially worked in management consultancies, after which she worked for the energy group E.ON before moving to RWE.

Caspar Busse
Marc Elsberg
Marc Elsberg

Bestselling author

Marc Elsberg


Bestselling author

The Austrian advertiser (born in 1967) has long been at the top of the bestseller lists as a thriller author. Unfortunately, his 2012 novel "Blackout - Morgen ist es zu spät" (Blackout - It's Too Late Tomorrow), about an almost perfectly planned terrorist attack on the international power grid, is once again very topical and the subject of the SZ Economic Summit. Elsberg describes with great expertise the depressing consequences for all areas of society.

Marc Beise
Martin Eisenhut
Martin Eisenhut

Kearney

Martin Eisenhut


Kearney

Martin Eisenhut has been working in the consulting industry for around 25 years. He has been working for the international consulting firm Kearney since 2015 and has been responsible for the business in Germany, Austria and Switzerland since 2016. Eisenhut studied at the Technical University of Munich and still lives in the Bavarian capital. Prior to his studies, he earned a journeyman's certificate as a machinist.

Caspar Busse
Christian Feuerherd
Christian Feuerherd

Vattenfall Wärme

Christian Feuerherd


Vattenfall Wärme

Christian Feuerherd has been CEO of Vattenfall Wärme since September. The subsidiary of the Swedish energy group Vattenfall operates the largest district heating network in Western Europe in the capital, with around 1.3 million households connected. He is a trained banker and studied banking management and has worked for Vattenfall for 15 years.

Caspar Busse
Wolfgang Fink
Wolfgang Fink

Goldman Sachs Bank Europe

Wolfgang Fink


Goldman Sachs Bank Europe

Wolfgang Fink, born in 1966, has been head of Europe at U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs since 2019. Born in Austria, he studied economics and law in Vienna. He joined Goldman Sachs as early as 1993 - and rose steadily: He was responsible for Eastern Europe, then for European industrial companies, then for Germany and Austria, finally for all of Europe.

Harald Freiberger
Christoph Franz
Christoph Franz

Roche

Christoph Franz


Roche

born in 1960, has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the pharmaceutical group Roche, based in Basel, since 2014. Previously, he was CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa. His heart beats for Germany as a business location, he says. And he worries that the country is currently gambling away its role of being an innovation leader.

Elisabeth Dostert
Uwe Fröhlich
Uwe Fröhlich

DZ BANK

Uwe Fröhlich


DZ BANK

Uwe Fröhlich, born in 1960, has been one of two bosses of what is now Germany's second-largest bank since the beginning of 2019. Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank, as it is known in full, takes on everything that the 850 or so Volks- Raiffeisen- and Spardabanks cannot do themselves. Fröhlich's career in the sector began in 2001 as a board member of Berliner Volksbank.

Jan Diesteldorf
Britta Fünfstück
Britta Fünfstück

Hartmann Group

Britta Fünfstück


Hartmann Group

born in 1972, knows the healthcare market from many perspectives. For many years, she worked for the medical technology division of Siemens. Since the beginning of 2019, she has been CEO of the Hartmann Group. She has put her portfolio into a few simple words: Help, Care, Protect.

Elisabeth Dostert
Clemens Fuest
Clemens Fuest

ifo Institut

Clemens Fuest


ifo Institut

For many years, the finance scientist from Westphalia, who is pronounced with a long "u" rather than an "ü", born in 1968, has been an established figure in German economic policy. Formerly as a German professor in Oxford, which is rare enough, and now as president of the Munich ifo Institute. Moderate in tone, but persistent in his approach, the member of numerous advisory committees represents a consistent market economy course.

Marc Beise
Sabine Griebsch
Sabine Griebsch

District Anhalt-Bitterfeld

Sabine Griebsch


District Anhalt-Bitterfeld

born in Dessau in 1982, is the chief officer for digital transformation at the Anhalt-Bitterfeld district administration. Among other things, she handled the security incident of the ransomware attack on the Anhalt-Bitterfeld district as technical operations manager for the disaster management team. Previously, she was a freelance IT project manager with a focus on the topics of open government data, geodata, sensor data, gov tech, civic tech and the provision and use with regard to municipal services of general interest.

Marie Vandenhirtz
Veronika Grimm
Veronika Grimm

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Veronika Grimm


Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Veronika Grimm, born in 1971, has held the Chair of Economics and Economic Theory at Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg since 2008. She works a lot on energy and environmental issues. Since 2020, she has been a member of the German Council of Economic Experts, which advises the German government on economic issues.

Alexander Hagelüken
Wolfgang Grupp
Wolfgang Grupp

TRIGEMA

Wolfgang Grupp


TRIGEMA

born in 1942, studied business administration in Cologne and took over responsibility for his father's company Trigema in Burladingen, Swabia, as early as 1969. The company was founded in 1919 as Mechanische Trikotwarenfabrik Gebrüder Mayer. Grupp has the textiles produced only in Germany and is known for television commercials in which he himself appears with a monkey. His daughter Bonita (born 1989) and his son Wolfgang (born 1991) also work in the family business.

Caspar Busse
Toralf Haag
Toralf Haag

Voith

Toralf Haag


Voith

Toralf Haag (56) has been Chairman of the Board of Management of Voith GmbH since 2018. Prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer of the company for two years. Haag, who holds a degree in business administration, began his career in 1994 as a personal assistant to the CEO of Thyssen Handelsunion AG in Düsseldorf and later spent several years in management positions at companies in the USA and Switzerland.

Christina Kunkel
Markus Haas
Markus Haas

o2 Telefónica

Markus Haas


o2 Telefónica

born in 1972, began his career after studying law in 1998 as a legal and regulatory officer at Telefónica in Germany - then Viag Interkom. Since 2017, Haas has been Chairman of the Management Board of Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG in his hometown of Munich. For internal digitization, the amateur chef relies on ideas from the team.

Katharina Kutsche
Ingrid Hengster
Ingrid Hengster

Barclays

Ingrid Hengster


Barclays

Ingrid Hengster, born in 1961, is one of the best-known female bankers in Germany. She has been the head of Germany at the British investment bank Barclays since the beginning of 2022. Before that, she was a member of the board of the state development bank KfW for almost eight years. Born in Austria, she studied law in Salzburg, followed by professional positions at Commerzbank, UBS, Credit Suisse, ABN Amro and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Harald Freiberger
Kerstin Hochmüller
Kerstin Hochmüller

Marantec Group

Kerstin Hochmüller


Marantec Group

Kerstin Hochmüller, born in 1967, is the head of Marantec, a family-owned company in East Westphalia that has been developing drive and control systems since 1957. From 2013, she completed the generation change in the Marantec Group and has been transforming the company ever since. She studied business administration in Bielefeld and Berlin.

Caspar Busse
Andrea Illy
Andrea Illy

Illycaffè

Andrea Illy


Illycaffè

Andrea Illy, born in 1964, was basically born into that Trieste coffee dynasty founded in the early 1930s. The president of Illycafé has already experienced many changes in the past decades, most recently the Corona pandemic: everyone in the home office, the Italian bars closed. And the cafe manufacturer has long since been thinking beyond espresso: coffee should not only taste good, it must also be grown sustainably. It is the climate crisis that drives him above all today.

Thomas Fromm
Paul Kaffsack
Paul Kaffsack

Myra Security

Paul Kaffsack


Myra Security

born in 1981, is co-founder of the German technology manufacturer Myra Security. Since 2012, the company has been using its services to protect digital applications against attacks from the web. Kaffsack's services are trusted by the German government, DAX-listed and financial companies. Kaffsack also shares his knowledge as a speaker at conferences and as a mentor for young entrepreneurs.

Victor Gojdka
Albrecht Kiel
Albrecht Kiel

Visa Europe

Albrecht Kiel


Visa Europe

After two and a half years of the pandemic, at the latest, it has long since become normal to pay even for bread rolls at the bakery by card - and that also has to do with people like Albrecht Kiel. For the past seven years, he has headed the Central European business of Visa, a leading global payment network that most people associate with credit and debit cards. With his team and many industry partners, he works every day to further develop secure digital payments and make them more accessible. Prior to 2015, Kiel led Allianz's European direct insurance business, among others.

Gunnar Kilian
Gunnar Kilian

Volkswagen

Gunnar Kilian


Volkswagen
Stefan Klebert
Stefan Klebert

GEA Group

Stefan Klebert


CEO, GEA Group

born in 1965, has a degree in mechanical engineering and is flying high both privately and professionally: most recently, he was Chairman of the Board of Schuler AG and played a key role in the company's business in China. He has been Chairman of the Executive Board of GEA Group since 2019. In 2010, he founded FlyingHope. The association flies seriously ill children to hospices, hospitals or even on holiday. Stefan Klebert is a pilot himself.

Lena Böllinger
Christian Klein
Christian Klein

SAP

Christian Klein


SAP

Christian Klein, born in Heidelberg in 1980, started working as a student trainee at the global software company SAP in 1999. He quickly made a career for himself and was promoted to the Group Executive Board in 2018. When American Bill McDermott surprisingly left in 2019, Klein took over the leadership of Europe's largest software provider together with U.S. manager Jennifer Morgan. He has been sole CEO since April 2020.

Caspar Busse
Alexandra Knauer
Alexandra Knauer

KNAUER Wissenschaftliche Geräte

Alexandra Knauer


KNAUER Wissenschaftliche Geräte

Alexandra Knauer, born in 1966, is the second-generation head of Knauer, a medium-sized company that manufactures measuring equipment for research. As the head of a technology company, the business graduate is committed to getting more girls interested in technical and scientific professions - or, like her, to becoming entrepreneurs themselves. KNAUER was given the German Innovation Prize this year.

Felicitas Wilke
Fränzi Kühne
Fränzi Kühne

Edding

Fränzi Kühne


Edding

Fränzi Kühne, born in 1983, was once Germany's youngest female supervisory board member. After leaving the social media agency TLGG, which she founded with two friends when she was 25, she wrote a book - about men and the questions you never ask them - and is now Chief Digital Officer at pen manufacturer Edding.

Kathrin Werner
Alessio Lilli
Alessio Lilli

Società Italiana per l'Oleodotto Transalpino

Alessio Lilli


Società Italiana per l'Oleodotto Transalpino

Alessio Lilli, 58, likes to compare his oil business to a parcel service like DHL. Someone orders oil, someone sells oil, someone brings oil. "We get a package and deliver it on," says Lilli, head of Italy's TAL Group. For more than 50 years, the northern Italian company has operated the Transalpine Oil Pipeline, a 753-kilometer pipeline network that connects the port of Trieste with refineries in Ingolstadt or Karlsruhe.

Thomas Fromm
Claudia Major
Claudia Major

Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik

Claudia Major


Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik

The first rule for journalists is not to allude to names. Yet this would be so obvious in the case of Claudia Major, who has matured into one of the most important voices in the public discourse during the Ukraine war at the latest and is a welcome guest on every expert panel. She is extraordinarily experienced, factual and knows - which is not a matter of course for experts - how to formulate things concisely and yet correctly. As head of the Security Policy Research Group at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (German Institute for International and Security Affairs) and a member of numerous committees, she is at the center of policy advice in Berlin.

Marc Beise
Dirk Messner
Dirk Messner

Bundesumweltamt

Dirk Messner


Bundesumweltamt

born in 1962, studied political science and economics and initially made a career in academia. In 2003, Messner was appointed Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Munich. In 2018 he moved to the United Nations in Bonn, and in 2020 he was appointed President of the Federal Environment Agency, based in Dessau. With 1600 employees, it is the largest environmental authority in Europe.

Caspar Busse
Andrea Nahles
Andrea Nahles

Bundesagentur für Arbeit

Andrea Nahles


Bundesagentur für Arbeit

As labor minister, the left-wing SPD politician and former Juso chairwoman (born in 1970) won the respect of (some) employers' representatives for her expertise and practical approach. As SPD leader, she failed after a year in full view of the public due to the structures of her party and the intrigues of (some) leadership colleagues. As chairwoman of the Federal Employment Agency in 2022, she celebrated a much-acclaimed comeback.

Marc Beise
Sabine Nallinger
Sabine Nallinger

Stiftung KlimaWirtschaft

Sabine Nallinger


Stiftung KlimaWirtschaft

born in 1963, is a board member of the KlimaWirtschaft Foundation, which sees itself as a driver on the path to a climate-neutral economy. Previously, she worked for Stadtwerke München and Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH, among others, where she was head of research and development. From 2008 to 2020, she sat on the Munich City Council for the Green Party, and in 2014 she ran (unsuccessfully) for the office of Mayor of Munich.

Johannes Korsche
Raffaelo Napoleone
Raffaelo Napoleone

Pitti Immagine

Raffaelo Napoleone


Pitti Immagine

Raffaello Napoleone, 68, has a clear mission as head of the Florentine fashion fair organizer Pitti Immagine: to take Italian fashion out into the world. For the passionate professional sailor, this is an obvious choice: He grew up in downtown Rome among the big names in the industry. After difficult years at Corona, he is now concerned with the future of globalization - and thus also with the future of Italian fashion.

Thomas Fromm
Vinzenz Pflanz
Vinzenz Pflanz

Sixt

Vinzenz Pflanz


Sixt

born in 1972, studied in Regensburg and graduated there with a degree in business administration. He initially worked for various leasing companies and fleet operators and then joined Sixt in 2016. He has been on the mobility company's Management Board since 2022 and is responsible for global sales and vehicle purchasing.

Caspar Busse
Ulrike Protzer
Ulrike Protzer

Technische Universität München

Ulrike Protzer


Technische Universität München

born in 1962, is one of the scientists whose brilliance only became visible to the general public with the Corona pandemic. She answers every question about the virus calmly, patiently and kindly on the basis of the current state of knowledge. In expert circles, the physician has long been a luminary. She is Director of the Institute of Virology at Helmholtz Zentrum München and heads the Institute of Virology at Technische Universität München. She has been dealing with the dangers and therapy of viral diseases for decades.

Elisabeth Dostert
Helmut Reisinger
Helmut Reisinger

Palo Alto Networks

Helmut Reisinger


Palo Alto Networks

Helmut Reisinger studied at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and earned his doctorate. He then worked for a long time for the French communications and IT service provider Orange Business Systems, based in Paris, most recently as Group CEO. In 2022, he moved to Palo Alto Networks, a global provider of cybersecurity solutions. There, the Austrian is CEO and responsible for business in Europe and Latin America.

Caspar Busse
Siegfried Russwurm
Siegfried Russwurm

Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie

Siegfried Russwurm


Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie

There are probably few men who have as deep an insight into the German economy as Siegried Russwurm, born in 1963. Since the beginning of 2021, Russwurm, who holds a doctorate in engineering, has been President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI). For decades, he worked for Siemens. Until his retirement in March 2017, he sat on the Managing Board for a good eight years. He heads the Supervisory Board and Shareholders' Committee of Voith and is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of thyssenkrupp.

Elisabeth Dostert
Gundbert Scherf
Gundbert Scherf

Helsing

Gundbert Scherf


Helsing

The cyberwar expert advised the Ministry of Defense for more than two years. 2021 he founded Helsing, the Munich-based startup develops an artificial intelligence that can make military decisions for the battlefield. The goal: deter and serve democracy. Scherf is an economist and consultant; he worked for McKinsey for a long time.

Dominik Jäger
Gerhard Schick
Gerhard Schick

Bürgerbewegung Finanzwende

Gerhard Schick


Bürgerbewegung Finanzwende

born in April 1972 in Hechingen, studied economics in Bamberg, Madrid and Freiburg. From 2005 to 2018, he sat in the Bundestag for the Green Party, ten years of which as financial policy spokesman. In 2018, he founded the association "Bürgerbewegung Finanzwende" (Citizens' Movement for a Financial Turnaround), which advocates for sustainable finance and aims to be a civil-society and non-partisan counterweight to the financial lobby.

Malte Conradi
Harald Schmidt
Harald Schmidt

Entertainer, host and actor

Harald Schmidt


Entertainer, host and actor

Harald Schmidt, born in 1957 in Neu-Ulm, is the - so far - unbeaten grandmaster of ambiguity. Sometimes he's on the Traumschiff, then he hosts a venerable classical music program on WDR, himself an organist with a C certificate. His shield? Multiple irony.

Hendrik Munsberg
Jens Scholz
Jens Scholz

University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein

Jens Scholz


University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein

Jens Scholz, born in 1959, has been Chairman of the Board of the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein since 2009. He is also deputy chairman of Section 17 of the Leopoldina and chairman and board member of the Association of University Hospitals in Germany. His research focuses on anesthesiology, emergency medicine and intensive care medicine. Scholz has received several awards for his work. Most recently in 2022 with an honorary doctorate from the Serbian University of Health Sciences.

Marie Vandenhirtz
Joachim Schreiner
Joachim Schreiner

Salesforce Germany

Joachim Schreiner


Salesforce Germany

Born in 1962, he joined CRM market leader and cloud provider Salesforce in 2007 after working at Boole and Babbage, Veritas Software and Symantec. There he is now responsible for strategic management and development as well as key account business in Germany and Austria. Schreiner also supports various projects in the areas of education and integration, and is specifically committed to improving education in STEM subjects.

Helmut Martin-Jung
Zvezdana Seeger
Zvezdana Seeger

RWE

Zvezdana Seeger


RWE

Born in 1964, the Chief Human Resources Officer and Labor Director knows her way around complicated situations. At Toll Collect, she got the toll system up and running, followed by board positions at Postbank and Deutsche Bank, among others. Since November 2020, she has been at RWE AG, where she is also responsible for IT in the HR department.

Patrizia Tensing
Irene Selvanathan
Irene Selvanathan

NEUROSPACE

Irene Selvanathan


NEUROSPACE

born in 1980, founder and CEO of the Berlin start-up Neurospace, would like to have small cars driving on the moon by the middle of the decade. The engineering graduate is developing a lunar rover with her team that will measure about ten by 50 centimetres. She wants to make research on the moon affordable with such vehicles. For this purpose, the entrepreneur has further developed the so-called Cubesat standard for shoebox-sized satellites in order to be able to offer a modular design that is as inexpensive as possible.

Dieter Sürig
Christian Sewing
Christian Sewing

Deutsche Bank

Christian Sewing


Deutsche Bank

Christian Sewing, born in 1970 in East Westphalia, actually wanted to become a sports journalist. After graduating from high school, however, he did an apprenticeship as a banker at the Bielefeld branch of Deutsche Bank, then studied part-time at the Bank Academy in Bielefeld and in Hamburg. In 2015, he rose to the Management Board, and in 2018 he was appointed Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank. With the exception of two years at the real estate bank DG Hyp, Sewing has always worked for Germany's largest financial institution.

Caspar Busse
Andrea Sironi
Andrea Sironi

Assicurazioni Generali

Andrea Sironi


Assicurazioni Generali

Economics professor Andrea Sironi, born in 1964, has headed the board of directors at Italy's largest insurer Assicurazioni Generali since February 2022. He is a professor of finance at the private Bocconi University in Milan, where he was rector from 2012 to 2016, and conducts research primarily on risk management in financial institutions. In his career, he has been a financial analyst at Chase Manhattan Bank in London and a member of the boards of directors at the London Stock Exchange, Banco Popolare, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, Unicredit Group and Bank Intesa Sanpaolo. He was also Chairman of the Board of Borsa Italiana and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Banca Aletti.

Herbert Fromme
Margret Suckale
Margret Suckale

multi-supervisor

Margret Suckale


multi-supervisor

Margret Suckale, born in Hamburg in 1956, studied law and initially worked for the U.S. Mobil Oil group. She then moved to Deutsche Bahn, where she made a career for herself and ended up as a member of the Board of Management. She then went to the chemical group BASF, where she was a member of the Board of Executive Directors until 2017. Since then, she has sat on supervisory boards, for example at the Dax companies Infineon and Deutsche Telekom.

Caspar Busse
Angela Titzrath
Angela Titzrath

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik

Angela Titzrath


Hamburger Hafen und Logistik

Will the Christmas presents arrive in Germany on time? When it comes to goods sailing across the world's oceans, the woman of the supply chains is in demand: Angela Titzrath, born in 1966, has been CEO of Hamburger Hafen- und Logistik AG (HHLA) since 2017 and has an overview of container congestion and storage areas. The first woman to head the company hails from Essen, she held various management positions at the Daimler Group from 1991 to 2012 and subsequently spent two years on the board of Deutsche Post.

Saskia Aleythe
Steven van Rijswijk
Steven van Rijswijk

ING Group

Steven van Rijswijk


ING Group

born in 1970, has been CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of the major Dutch bank ING Group since July 2020, where he has worked since 1995. He has been a member of the Executive Board since 2017. Before his promotion to CEO, the graduate economist headed the risk management and various other divisions of the bank.

Meike Schreiber
Stefan Vilsmeier
Stefan Vilsmeier

Brainlab

Stefan Vilsmeier


Brainlab

A German entrepreneur and founder, that's what Wikipedia says about Stefan Vilsmeier. That's true, and yet this sober description doesn't begin to capture the personality of the lad from the Bavarian provinces (born in Poing in 1967), who reached for the stars as a student with an IT textbook and is now the founder, owner and head of Brainlab, a company that has revolutionized surgical technology in hospitals and is one of the world market leaders in the field of image- and computer-assisted surgery.

Marc Beise
Moritz von der Linden
Moritz von der Linden

Marvel Fusion

Moritz von der Linden


Marvel Fusion

is co-founder and CEO of Marvel Fusion, the German technology pioneer in the field of safe, clean and reliable energy generation. He has more than 20 years of experience in successfully founding and leading global high-tech companies. His first company, the foreign exchange transaction platform 360 Treasury Systems AG, was acquired by Deutsche Börse AG for $879 million in 2015.

Marie Vandenhirtz
Georg Graf Waldersee
Georg Graf Waldersee

German Committee for UNICEF

Georg Graf Waldersee


German Committee for UNICEF

The management consultant Georg Graf Waldersee (63), for many years a member of the international management committees of Arthur Andersen and EY and today a member of the supervisory boards of various companies, has served on the honorary board of Unicef Germany since 2016. In this capacity, he was on an extended trip through Ukraine at the beginning of November 2022 and will report on his experiences at the Business Summit.

Marc Beise
Tobias Warweg
Tobias Warweg

GGW Group

Tobias Warweg


GGW Group

Until March 2020, Tobias Warweg was Chief Sales Officer at the Liability Association of german Industry. Since then, he has been heavily involved in the consolidation of the broker market and, with the support of private equity investor HG Capital, is buying up industrial and commercial brokers under the umbrella of the GGW Group. His vision: "We are building the leading owner-managed insurance broker for german SMEs, no more and no less".

Friederike Krieger and Kevin Gallant
Daniel Wiegand
Daniel Wiegand

Lilium

Daniel Wiegand


Lilium

Daniel Wiegand, 37, studied aerospace engineering at the Technical University of Munich. In 2015, he founded Lilium and has since been developing the Lilium Jet, an electric air cab, with his team. Wiegand stepped down as CEO of Lilium at the end of October, but remains responsible for future programs as chief engineer.

Jens Flottau
Susanne Wiegand
Susanne Wiegand

Renk

Susanne Wiegand


Renk

Before Susanne Wiegand, who has a degree in business administration, took over as head of the Augsburg gearbox manufacturer Renk on May 1, 2021, she had 20 years of professional experience in management positions. And not just anywhere: ships, defense, tanks - that was her world for years. Wiegand headed Rheinmetall's Electronic Solutions division in Bremen, was with the German Naval Yards shipyard group in Kiel and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AG.

Thomas Fromm
Judith Wiese
Judith Wiese

Siemens

Judith Wiese


Siemens

Judith Wiese, born in 1971, doesn't believe that women like the women's quota. But it was "obviously necessary," the Siemens executive told the SZ last year. "We saw that not much would change otherwise." Wiese knows business life; she spent many years working in various roles for food company Mars. Then, in October 2020, she had arrived at the zenith of German industry: She became labor director at Siemens.

Thomas Fromm
Lars Windhorst
Lars Windhorst

Tennor Holding B.V.

Lars Windhorst


Tennor Holding B.V.

born in 1976, is regarded as the stand-up guy of the German economy. Having just come of age, Chancellor Helmut Kohl praised him as a prodigy of the German economy. Later, Windhorst suffered a spectacular financial crash before rejoining the league of international investors. His global network of companies includes a Flensburg shipyard and the lingerie brand La Perla. Windhorst recently attracted a great deal of attention with his plan, as an investor, to turn Bundesliga club Hertha BSC Berlin into a European big-city club.

Uwe Ritzer
Ralf Winkler
Ralf Winkler

QualiFiction

Ralf Winkler


QualiFiction

who holds a doctorate in mathematics, uses his start-up QualiFiction to predict which text could become a bestseller. To this end, the Hamburg-based team has fed an artificial intelligence with countless books, and the algorithms developed with it are intended to support publishers in their work.

Helmut Martin-Jung

Moderation

Marc Beise
Marc Beise

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Marc Beise


Süddeutsche Zeitung

Founder and director of the SZ Economic Summit. Economic journalist for 30 years, formerly Handelsblatt (Head of Economic Policy Department), since 1999 as Managing Editor at Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich. Head of the economics editorial department from 2007 to 2022. Numerous contributions to magazines and books, participation in television and radio roundtables, lectures, moderations.

Bastian Brinkmann
Bastian Brinkmann

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Bastian Brinkmann


Süddeutsche Zeitung

Bastian Brinkmann is deputy head of the business section of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Born in 1988 in North Rhine-Westphalia, grew up near Berlin, with stations in Dublin and Brussels. Cologne School of Journalism. Studied economics and political science in Cologne and South Korea.

Caspar Busse
Caspar Busse

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Caspar Busse


Süddeutsche Zeitung

Caspar Busse has worked for Süddeutsche Zeitung since 2005 and writes primarily about business and media topics. As senior business editor, he is responsible for all corporate reporting and studied economics in Munich. Before joining SZ, he worked for Handelsblatt for more than ten years.

Wolfgang Krach
Wolfgang Krach

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Wolfgang Krach


Süddeutsche Zeitung

Wolfgang Krach, born in 1963, joined the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" from the news magazine "Der Spiegel" in 2003, as managing editor and head of the newsdesk. In 2007, Krach was appointed to the editorial board, initially as deputy editor-in-chief. He has been editor-in-chief of "Süddeutsche Zeitung" since April 1, 2015, together with Judith Wittwer since July 2020.

Lisa Nienhaus
Lisa Nienhaus

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Lisa Nienhaus


Süddeutsche Zeitung

Head of the Business Department at Süddeutsche Zeitung from October 2022. Born in Oberhausen in 1979, studied economics and politics in Cologne and Stockholm, while attending the Cologne School of Journalism. 2006 to 2016 economics editor of the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung". 2016 to fall 2022 at DIE ZEIT as deputy head of the economics department and head of the Frankfurt bureau.

Henrike Roßbach
Henrike Roßbach

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Henrike Roßbach


Süddeutsche Zeitung

has been SZ correspondent in Berlin since 2018 and deputy head of the parliamentary office since mid-2022. She reports on the FDP and the federal government's financial and tax policies. Previously, she was an economics correspondent in the Berlin office of the FAZ for eight years and before that was economics editor of the FAZ in Frankfurt. She studied economics and is a graduate of the Cologne School of Journalism.

Ulrich Schäfer
Ulrich Schäfer

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Ulrich Schäfer


Süddeutsche Zeitung

Ulrich Schäfer is deputy editor-in-chief of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. After seven years at Der Spiegel, he began reporting from Berlin in 2003, initially as deputy head of the SZ parliamentary bureau. From 2007, he headed the business editorial department for nine years, the Munich, Region and Bavaria department for three years and built up the SZ's new newsdesk as head of news.

Judith Wittwer
Judith Wittwer

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Judith Wittwer


Süddeutsche Zeitung

born in 1977, has been leading the editorial team of the Süddeutsche Zeitung together with Wolfgang Krach since summer 2020. Previously, she was business editor for Axel Springer's Handelszeitung in Zurich before returning to Tages-Anzeiger as head of news and CvD and joining the editorial team in 2016, then as editor-in-chief from 2018.

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