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Board of Directors

Chairman: Oliver Gajek, Co-founder Brainloop AG

Oliver Gajek is the co-founder of Brainloop AG, the leading supplier for the management of confidential documents, based in Munich and Boston.  Prior to Brainloop, he headed the European sales team of Commerce One, where he secured the first major customer accounts and established partnership agreements. Previously, Oliver was responsible for the European sales team of Actra Business Systems, a subsidiary of Netscape and General Electric, as well as the European OEM sales team for Netscape Communications.

Treasurer: Thomas Doppelberger, Director of Fraunhofer Venture

Thomas Doppelberger is head of Fraunhofer Venture. Starting in 1999, he is responsible for the participation- and spin-off programs of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and has steadily built up and expanded the scope of Fraunhofer Venture. The team from the Fraunhofer Venture is responsible for the spin-off activities and the transfer of technology from the 56 Fraunhofer Institutes, has led a large number of ventures through the company-founding process, and continues to participate in many of these companies.

 

Deputy Chairman: Markus Brehler, Geschäftsführer Caterva GmbH

Markus Brehler ist seit September 2013 Gründer und Geschäftsführer der Caterva GmbH. Caterva entwickelt ein vernetztes Energiespeicherungssystem für den deutschen Markt, das durch die Kombination von Eigenverbrauchs-steigerung privater Haushalte mit Photovoltaik und Regelleistung einen Beitrag zur Stabilität des deutschen Stromnetzes leisten will. Seit 2012 hat er junge Unternehmer unterstützt, etwa als „Entrepreneur in Residence“ im gate, Garching. Seitdem ist er auch Gesellschafter und Advisor der Mediabiose GmbH die aus der Innenjalousie ein dynamisches Kommunikationsmittel macht. 2001 hat er die EnOcean GmbH gegründet und bis Oktober 2011 als CEO geleitet. Das Unternehmen, das als Spin-off der Siemens AG gegründet wurde, produziert und vertreibt wartungsfreie Funklösungen für den Einsatz in Gebäuden und Industrieanlagen. Markus Brehler studierte Nachrichtentechnik an der TU-München. Das Rüstzeug zum Start-Up Unternehmer hat er am MIT, Stanford, Insead und am Indian Institute of Management erworben. Er begann seine Karriere im Jahr 1989 bei der Siemens AG, wo er in verschiedenen Managementfunktionen tätig war und erfolgreich neue Geschäftsfelder aufbaute.

Markus Brehler ist Mitglied der Vollversammlung, sowie des Industrie- und Innovationsauschusses der IHK für München und Oberbayern, außerdem im Vorstand der Landesgruppe Bayern des ZVEI.

Member of the Board: Jürgen Carstens, a member of the Board, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG

Jürgen Carstens became a Member of the Executive Board of Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG and head of Business Development and Corporate Marketing in March 2006. Rohde & Schwarz is a leading electronics supplier of solutions in the areas of measurement, broadcasting, surveillance and detection technology as well as secure communications. Founded more than 75 years ago, the independent company provides services and supports a dedicated service network in over 70 countries worldwide. The company is based in Germany (Munich).

 

Member of the Board: Otto Gies, Head of Innovation Nursery & Start-ups, Airbus Group Chief Technical Office

Otto is Head of Innovation Nursery & Start-ups within the Airbus Group Chief Technical Office. He is leading an internal incubator process targeting at new business in Airbus Group adjacent and new markets beyond todays aircrafts, helicopters, satellites, launcher and security business. He has profound experience in structuring dedicated Business Models in the investment good industry, analyzing new business ideas, guiding investment decisions and implementing new ventures. Before joining Airbus Group Chief Technical Office, Otto held various management positions in Commercial Affairs, Sales, Strategy & Marketing, Risk Management and Innovation Management.

Member of the Board: Dr. Dieter Kraft, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH

Dieter Kraft, Investment Partner at RBVC, is worldwide responsible for the search area Automation & Controls and the European Venture Business of RBVC. Being 21 Years with Bosch Dieter holds contacts to the Bosch management organization and is broad based in technology. Before he joined RBVC in June 2009 he was heading the Systems engineering Division of Hybrid Electricand Electric Vehicles within Bosch worldwide. Dieter’s professional background is operational business within Hardware / Software of automotive electronics and Software for telecommunication networks. Heading a Corporate Research Division he was in charge of communication and energy networks, Software methods and architectures, electric drives, human machine interaction and new business areas for Bosch. Dieter got his PhD at University of Frankfurt in nuclear and atomic physics and got some insights to mathematics, pharmacology and nuclear medicine during his studies.

 

Member of the Board: Dr. Armin Pfoh, VP Corporate Innovation Management, TÜV SÜD AG

Dr. Armin H. Pfoh studied physics at the Karls-Ruprecht University in Heidelberg, Germany and in 1982 he received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from the Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg. He spend the following two years as a post-doc in high energy physics at the Brookhaven National Lab in New York, USA.

From 1985 to 1990 he was responsible for the development of a medical computer tomography system at Bruker Medical Imaging in Lisle, USA.

He then joined General Electric and was responsible for various technology developments in medical diagnostics at GE Healthcare in Wisconsin, USA as well as GE Global Research in New York, USA. Dr. Pfoh holds 15 patents in this field. In 2003 he returned to Germany and was responsible for the set-up and operation of the European R&D Center of GE in Munich, Germany.

In October 2009 he joined the TÜV SÜD AG in Munich, Germany as VP Corporate Innovation Management, setting up a number of corporate innovation initiatives in the area of Electro-Mobility, Embedded Systems, Mega Cities, Water Services and Digital Services.

Member of the Board: Wolfgang Seibold is Managing Partner Growth Invest Partners GmbH and a Board Member at German Venture Capital Association BVK

Wolfgang has more than 13 years of experience as a Venture and Growth Capital investor in areas such as Enterprise Software, SaaS, B2B Services, Microelectronics, Energy and Industrial Automation  

Prior to founding Growth Invest Partners, he was a partner with Earlybird Venture Capital. He also has consulting and industry experience from BCG and Alcatel. Wolfgang has a Master equivalent degree in  physics (Dipl. Phys.) and an MBA from Insead.

Wolfgang serves as a Member of the Board at the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVK e.V.) and at Munich Network e.V., Germany's leading industry network  for innovation & entrepreneurship.

Member of the Board: Dr. rer. nat. Jürgen Simon, CEO, Siemens Technology Accelerator

Juergen Simon joined the Siemens Technology Accelerator in February 2013 as CEO. Prior to this position he was Vice President Clinical Innovations in the Strategy department of Siemens Healthcare. Juergen joined Siemens in 2000 and held various positions in R&D, product management as well as technology and innovation management in the Siemens Healthcare Sector.

Juergen holds a PhD in Experimental Physics from the University of Heidelberg. He performed his research work at CERN (Geneva), Fermi National Laboratory (Chicago) and the Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg.

Member of the Board: Dipl.-Ing., Dr.rer.pol. Hermann F. Sterzinger, Group Vice President und Mitglied des Executive Managements Giesecke & Devrient

Dr. Hermann Sterzinger is Head of International Business Development and Partner Management at Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) and is a Group Vice President and Member of Executive Management.  He has served in this role since 2005.

From 1988-92 he studied Mechanical Engineering with a focus Precision Measurement, Instrumentation Control and Industrial Engineering at the Technical University of Munich. From 1992 - 1994 he earned his Master's Degree in Economics and Labor (AWA), and in 1997 he completed his dissertation at the Department of Private and Patent Law at the Technical University of Munich in cooperation with the Max-Planck-Institute. Since 2001 he has served as Lecturer on Networks for Payments at the Technical University of Munich.

While with G&D from 2002-2005, he lead the group that developed 'Cash Point Solutions,' an international business for banknote processing machines used by commercial banks. In 2000 he was a founder and co-shareholder of MySpace LLC (Virginia, USA), maker of an electronic code lock with input from standard input devices such as mobile phones, remote controls or PC’s.

In parallel during 2000-2002, he was a member of the management team at Leicher GmbH & Co.  He started at Leicher in 1995 in product management for the electronic high-security safelockT product. In 1997 he took over as the Head of Development and Construction. His team developed the Mietfach and Cash Automation products and then integrated them into the bank network and related data centers. In addition, the team created electronic locks and locking systems in combination with biometric identification systems.