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Speakers 2018

Carmen Hentschel

Carmen Hentschel Carmen Hentschel is THE moderator for digital topics. At a great number of events and panels she discusses the internet of things, work 4.0, big data, artificial intelligence, smart city and virtual reality as well as effects and potentials of digitization for individual sectors. She gained her expertise in more than 1.500 live performances for DAX listed companies, medium-sized companies and ministries. Furthermore, she operates an agency for digital speakers and experts. Together with Prof. Nicolas Burkhardt she founded Digitalreport Deutschland, an innovative video format for digitization. As a social influencer on the topic of digitization Carmen Hentschel reaches more than 50.000 people through the internet. Klout Score ranks her among the top 0,1% of those talking about Germany. More about Carmen Hentschel: www.carmen-hentschel.de

Stefan Hipp

Stefan Hipp was born in march 1968 in Munich. He is the oldest of five children of the organic food pioneer Claus Hipp. After a commercial apprenticeship in the family-owned company HiPP he studied political sciences at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and Agricultural and Food Management at Royal Agricultural College Cirencester in England. For 27 years he has been working for the HiPP group and since 1997 he is a member of the management. Stefan Hipp is presidium member of the Diätverband e.V. and board member of the ARbeitsgemeinschaft der Bayerischen Ernährungswirtschaft e.V. (ABEW).
As a passionate organic farmer Stefan Hipp is running a model farm in Poland, where the grain and vegetables are grown following the principles of organic farming, and angus cows with their calves and sheep are kept outside throughout the entire year.

Daniel Krauss

Daniel Krauss is cofounder and CIO of FlixBus. While studying business informatics in Ansbach and China Daniel Krauss, born in 1983, cofounded an IT consultancy together with his school friend André Schwämmlein. After finishing his studies he worked as a manager for Microsoft and Siemens.

Professor Olaf Plötner

Dean of Executive Education, ESMT Berlin

Professor Olaf Plötner is the dean of Executive Education at ESMT. Since 2010 this group is ranked among the top-30 institutions in executive education worldwide by Financial Times (No. 12 in 2016). Olaf joined ESMT as one of the first faculty members and managing director of ESMT Costumized Solutions GmbH in 2002. Olaf´s current reasearch and teaching focus on strategic management in global B2B markets. His work is reflected in his most recent book Counter Strategies in Global Markets, published by Palgrave Macmillan, Springer, and SDX Shanghai. His research has been portrayed in journals such as Industrial Marketing Management and Journal of Business and Industrial Marking as well as in leading international media such as CNN, Wall Street Journal Europe, Times of India, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, China Daily Europe, Peole's Daily (China) and Financial Times.
Olaf is a visiting professor at Darden School of Business/ University of Virginia as well as at Antai College of Economics and Management/ Jiao Tong University in Shanghai and Chinese Executive Leadership Academy Pudong. He worked as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in Frankfurt and as a director at Siemens AG in Boston.

Helmut Ramsauer

Helmut Ramsauer Helmut Ramsauer is managing partner of SPINPARTNERS GmbH, a team of experienced business transformation experts. Together with the design agency N+P he developed the visionary concept of Food & Mobility as-a-Service. He has many years of experience with the design of complex business transformations, based on methods of corporate development, digital technologies and design. Helmut Ramsauer has been active both as C-level manager and start-up founder. His professional focuses are mobility, automotive, insurances and service organizations. Helmut Ramsauer brings together business and design approaches in different roles, coaches start-ups and has mandates in various social institutions. He founded Silicon Vilstal, a regional initiative supporting digital innovation.

Klaus Josef Lutz

Klaus Josef Lutz Klaus Josef Lutz, a native of Munich, studied law at Ludwig Maximilian University in his home city. His career saw him start as a lawyer, but he soon took on management positions in various sectors and was able, above all, to gain extensive experience in restructuring and developing companies. Lutz’s positions have included that of Managing Director of Digital Equipment GmbH, Chairman of the Board at DITEC Informationstechnologie AG, Managing Director of Burda Druck GmbH, and Chairman of the Board at i-center Beteiligungen AG. He most recently occupied the position of Managing Director of Süddeutscher Verlag GmbH. Since July 2008, Lutz has been Chairman of the Board at BayWa AG, whose business activities cover the segments agrarian, construction and energy with a special focus on renewable energies. In addition, Klaus Josef Lutz sits on the supervisory boards of a series of listed and private companies, among these Euro Pool System International, Rijswijk/ Netherlands (Chairman), WHG mbH, Klagenfurt/ Austria (Chairman), T&G Global Ltd, Auckland/ New Zealand (Chairman), RWA AG, Vienna/ Austria (Member of the Supervisory Board) as well as Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, Munich (Chairman). Prof. Lutz is also Vice President of the Munich Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and Vice President of the German Raiffeisen Confederation. In 2013, Lutz was appointed Honorary Professor for Business Administration in Cooperative Systems by the Technical University of Munich.

Andreas Rickmers

Andreas Rickmers, born on 4 October 1964, married, three children

1984 – 1986 training as a farmer

1986 – 1991 Studies of agriculture, Kiel

1991 – 2016 Deutsche Cargill GmbH, i.a.: commercial manager Germany, Salzgitter, Managing Director south of Africa, Johannesburg, Managing Director Ukraine, Russia, Kasakhstan, Kiev, Business Unit Leader european Agribusinss, Geneva

9/2016 – 12/2016 Management Board Memeber of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, Münster/Hannover

seit 01/2017 Chairman of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, Münster/Hannover

Dr. Christian von Boetticher

Dr. Christian von Boetticher was born on 24 December 1970 in Hannover.

09/2015 – today: Managing director, Peter Kölln GmbH & Co.KGaA, Elmshorn

since 03/2017: Vice-president of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Ernährungsindustrie e.V

06/2012 - 09/2015: Lawyer with Wirtschaftsrat Recht GbR (later PartGmbB), (Hamburg – Berlin – Hannover – Göttingen), partner since 02/2015

10/2009 – 06/2012: Member of the regional parliament in Schleswig-Holsteinischen Landtag, media-policy spokesperson for the CDU; whip of CDU until 08/2011, since 10/2011 vice chairman of the European Affairs Commitee

04/2005 – 10/2009: Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas in Schleswig-Holstein, since 07/2009 also minister of Social Affairs, Health, Youth, Family and Senior Citizens as well as deputy Chief Minister

02/2002 – 06/2012: Lawyer and partner with Rechtsanwaltssozietät Triskatis, Löhnert, Sykosch and colleagues in Pinneberg,with dormant licenece from 04/2005

07/1999 – 07/2004: Member of the European Parliament, Straßburg/Brüssel, member of the on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs commitee and member of Commitee of Petitios, member of Joint Parliamentary Commitee EU-Latvia and from 09/2001 on also in the delegation for relationship to Japan.

Christoph Kempkes

chairman

Christoph Kempkes, date of birth: 28.05.1967

education

1988 - 1992 studies at University of St. Gallen

professional career

1993 - 2000 Procter & Gamble Austria/Switzerland, Vienna Finance Manager Brand Manager

2000 - 2002

ORKLA FOODS International (CEE), Vienna Sales + Marketing | R&D Manager

2003 - 2008

Tchibo Coffee Service, Hamburg Managing Director Austria/CEE Head of International Marketing

2008 - 2014

LLI Euromills Vienna GmbH, Vienna General Manager

2010 - 2014

VK Mühlen AG, Hamburg Vorstandsvorsitzender

2014

Lieken AG, Düsseldorf chairman

2015 - 2016

AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, Münster and Hannover Member of the Board

sinca July 2016

Raiffeisen Waren-Zentrale Rhein-Main eG, Cologne chairman

Dr. Helmut Schramm

Dr. Helmut Schramm

Managing Director of Bayer CropScience Deutschland GmbH

Dr. Helmut Schramm has been Managing Director of Bayer CropScience Deutschland GmbH since 1 July 2011.

Dr. Helmut Schramm was born in Arnstein, Bavaria in 1958 and, after leaving school, he studied Agrarian Science at the Technical University of Munich-Weihenstephan. After completing his doctorate in the area of Phytopathology, Dr. Schramm began his professional career as a management trainee in the Plant Protection Department of Bayer AG in 1988. Only a few months later, he assumed the worldwide function of Product Manager Fungicides. In 1990, Dr. Schramm became Technical Director in Turkey, and in 1993 transferred to UK/Ireland in the same function. From 1997 to 2001, Dr. Schramm managed the business unit Garden/Professional Care at Bayer Plant Protection in Monheim, which bundled the non-agrarian activities. He transferred in 2001, remaining in the same function, to the USA where he headed the global consumer business after Bayer purchased the plant protection business of Aventis. After returning to Germany from the USA in 2007, he was responsible at Bayer CropScience AG in Monheim for the worldwide business unit Fungicides. Since 2009, he has also been in charge of the business unit Seed Treatment Agents.

Since May 2013, Dr. Helmut Schramm has been President of the German Agrarian Industry Federation (Industrieverband Agrar e.V.), and October 2014 saw him become Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Forum for Modern Farming (Forum Moderne Landwirtschaft e.V.).

Dr. Helmut Schramm

Dr. Helmut Schramm

Managing Director of Bayer CropScience Deutschland GmbH

Dr. Helmut Schramm has been Managing Director of Bayer CropScience Deutschland GmbH since 1 July 2011.

Dr. Helmut Schramm was born in Arnstein, Bavaria in 1958 and, after leaving school, he studied Agrarian Science at the Technical University of Munich-Weihenstephan. After completing his doctorate in the area of Phytopathology, Dr. Schramm began his professional career as a management trainee in the Plant Protection Department of Bayer AG in 1988. Only a few months later, he assumed the worldwide function of Product Manager Fungicides. In 1990, Dr. Schramm became Technical Director in Turkey, and in 1993 transferred to UK/Ireland in the same function. From 1997 to 2001, Dr. Schramm managed the business unit Garden/Professional Care at Bayer Plant Protection in Monheim, which bundled the non-agrarian activities. He transferred in 2001, remaining in the same function, to the USA where he headed the global consumer business after Bayer purchased the plant protection business of Aventis. After returning to Germany from the USA in 2007, he was responsible at Bayer CropScience AG in Monheim for the worldwide business unit Fungicides. Since 2009, he has also been in charge of the business unit Seed Treatment Agents.

Since May 2013, Dr. Helmut Schramm has been President of the German Agrarian Industry Federation (Industrieverband Agrar e.V.), and October 2014 saw him become Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Forum for Modern Farming (Forum Moderne Landwirtschaft e.V.).

Britt Kritzler

Britt heads up the markets Germany and UK at Connecting Food, a Paris-based Blockchain technology start-up. The company enables real-time and continual digital auditing of food products, by leveraging data from connected devices and other precision farming applications. Britt has more than ten years' experience leading cross-domain projects, implementing innovative products and services for corporates and start-ups across Europe. Prior to joining Connecting Food she was Senior Product Manager at eBay and completed an MBA at University of Cambridge Judge Business School. She is passionate about new technologies that help improve transparency along supply chains for more sustainable food production. Britt lives in London, together with her husband and three year old son.

Dr. Uwe Steffin

Dr. Uwe Steffin, born in 1970, is a trained farmer and studied Agricultural Economics at the TU Munich/Weihenstephan. His dissertation was on price hedging strategies in agriculture. His career began as an editor at the Agra-Europe (AgE) press agency in Bonn, later at the Federal Press Conference in Berlin. In 2011, he moved to dlv publishing house (Deutscher Landwirtschaftsverlag GmbH). There he started as Editor-in-Chief of the business magazine agrarmanager, and since 2017 has been Editor-in-Chief agrarheute and Director of the Agrar publishing division.

Dorothee Töreki

Dorothee Töreki works as a Digitization Advisor at IBM. She is focused on how to deal with disruptive change in terms of organizational and cultural challenges as well as how companies should evaluate emerging technologies like Blockchain, artificial intelligence and quantum computing. She illustrates the complex digital world we are facing today with entertaining stories highlighting future trends and shares experiences from companies of all sizes around cultural change and a new way to work.

Dr. Mila Kletsky

Dr. Mila Kletsky, is a President and Academic Director of the digital publication Picking Alpha (www.pickingalpha.com) on investments in food-water-energy markets, undervalued markets and circular economy. She is an experienced researcher (of more than 20 years) of international commodity markets, innovations, models of risk management. She has authored more than 100 business reports for the various international companies on markets research, investment management and others. In June 2017 she was a member of the Jury for StartUp Europe Awards supported by President of EU Parliament Antonio Tajani.
Dr. Kletsky was teaching in number of North American and European Universities and Business Schools in EMBA, MBA and Master programs, she is a member of EDEN.
PickingAlpha is a member of EC DSJC (EC Digital Skills & Jobs Coalition Network).

Joachim Rukwied

Joachim Rukwied (born on 20 August 1961) has been President of the German Farmers’ Association since 27 June 2012. In addition to this, he has been President of the Regional Farmers’ Association in Baden-Württemberg and has been active on a voluntary basis in various professional organizations since 2006. Since September 2017, Joachim Rukwied has also been President of the European Farmers’ Confederation COPA.
After training as a farmer, he completed his studies in Agriculture at the University of Applied Sciences in Nürtingen, graduating in 1987 as a qualified engineer. He went on to become co-entrepreneur in his parents’ business in Eberstadt. 1994 then saw him take over this as the sole operator. Until today he cultivates crops and wine, as well as field vegetables. Joachim Rukwied is married and has three children.

Werner Berger

Werner Berger is Managing Director of Serco Landtechnik AG. This importer of agricultural and special machinery for Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein belongs to the Swiss agricultural cooperative fenaco. Berger has also been managing a leading company trading in agricultural technology in western France since 2017. Before that, he was already in charge of the agricultural technology and plant engineering divisions at fenaco, where the portfolio of companies and brands was continuously expanded upon under his management. Werner Berger is a qualified farmer and received further qualifications as an agricultural engineer.
He has a Master’s in construction economics as well as an Executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen.
Berger is married and is the father of 3 children. He commutes between France and Switzerland.