Pathfinder 2018

Pathfinder 2018. May 1, 2018 in Berlin.

As great as the challenges of the future may seem – the opportunities are even greater. To tap into that potential, we need one thing in particular: the capacity to reinvent ourselves. We are the ones who have to make the intellectual leap that carries valuable ideas into the world of tomorrow. That is why we are teaming up: leading companies from the fields of mobility, communication, healthcare, insurance and beauty, along with their forward-thinking executives, the brightest minds of our time, and the most promising talents of the next generation. Together we take a step outside the here and now, and look toward the future. We reflect upon and discuss how we can equip ourselves for the challenges of tomorrow – and for the best future yet.

Pathfinder 2018. Leading the future.


Ola Källenius | Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG. Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development

Daimler AG is one of the world͛s most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world͛s biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance, financial investments, credit cards, and innovative mobility services.
Tina Müller | CEO Douglas GmbH

Douglas is a leading company in the beauty care sector in Europe. With more than 2,400 stores in prime locations across 19 European countries, Douglas holds a strong market position. Its multi-channel offering – which is well integrated across the stores, online shop and mobile application – as well as its continually updated offering of more than 35,000 products make Douglas the rontrunner in the growing selective beauty market. Our about 20,000 highly qualified and dedicated Douglas employees are our greatest asset.

Dr. Markus Rieß | CEO ERGO Group AG
ERGO is one of the biggest insurers in Germany and Europe. The group is active in over 30 countries worldwide, with the emphasis on Europe and Asia. Three units – ERGO Deutschland, ERGO International and ERGO Digital Ventures – handle German and international business as well as digital and direct sales under the umbrella of the ERGO Group. ERGO employs 42,000 people either as in-house staff or full-time self-employed agents for the group. In 2017, ERGO recorded premium revenues of 19 billion euros and provided insurance benefits worth 18 billion euros for its customers. ERGO is part of Munich Re, one of the world’s leading reinsurers and risk carriers.
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Dr. Jens Baas | CEO of Techniker Krankenkasse
The Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) is considered the most modern and efficient health insurance fund in Germany. It represents the interests of more than ten million insurants and is committed to a high-performing, financially sustainable, and competitively based health care system. Their customers are ensured access to high-quality and innovative medical care and coverage. In addition, the TK consistently relies on new digital means to improve the supply and quality of services – all while operating on a non-profit basis.
Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter | CEO Vodafone Germany
Vodafone Germany is a leading integrated telecommunications company offering fixed broadband, mobile communications, internet and TV services. The company’s continuous investments in faster fixed and mobile networks are taking Germany forward into the gigabit society. Vodafone offers a comprehensive ICT portfolio for enterprise customers, networking people and machines as well as facilitating secure corporate networks. Vodafone Germany generates annual revenue of € 11 billion with 43.7 million SIM cards, 6.1 million fixed broadband customers and numerous digital solutions.


Dr. Sandro Gaycken | Tech-Philosopher and Cyberwar Expert
Dr Sandro Gaycken is director of the Digital Society Institute at ESMT Berlin. He has published five scientific monographs, including three on cyberwarfare, along with more than 60 other publications. Dr Gaycken is an Oxford Martin School Fellow, a program committee member of the Harvard-MIT workshop series on cyber norms, a Senior Advisor for the AI Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, co-lead in the “Programme Transverse Sécurité Défense, Sec. Cybersecurity” at elite French university CNAM, and an IEEE permanent reviewer. As an advisor to the German government, he helped among others to create Germany’s foreign cyber policy strategy, the German MoD’s cyber defense process, the German chancellery’s German-Chinese No-Spy agreement, as well as serving as an expert witness in NATO cyber counterintelligence cases, and as director in NATO’s SPS program for national cyberdefense strategies. He also founded many of his own cyber companies.
Clare Jones | Chief Commercial Officer what3words
Clare is the CCO of what3words; prior to this, her background was in the development and growth of social enterprises, including in impact investing. She is interested in how innovative business models can tackle social and environmental challenges, and sits on the board of various UK social enterprises. She studied for an undergraduate degree in English, with her graduate degree in the Geography Department at the University of Cambridge. Clare also volunteers with the Streetlink project, doing health outreach work with vulnerable women in South London.
Symone Sanders | Democratic strategist and communications consultant
Symone D. Sanders is a democratic strategist, communications consultant, CNN Political Commentator and a Spring 2018 Resident Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School. Symone rose to prominence during her tenure as the National Press Secretary for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. At 25, Symone
demonstrated an uncanny command of the issues earning her a place in history as the youngest presidential press secretary on record. Now, Symone draws from her experience on the national stage to provide perceptive analysis on political and social issues. Her lively presentations challenge the conventional wisdom that strong communities are only defined by what we have in common. Instead, she outlines the way our differences contribute to effective social movements.
Prof. Nadia Magnenat Thalmann | Director Institute for Media Innovation at Nanyang Technological University Singapore
Professor Thalmann is an expert in the area of virtual humans/virtual worlds and social robots. During her career, she established MIRALab at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, a ground-breaking interdisciplinary multimedia research institute. MIRALab did revolutionary interdisciplinary research in computer graphics, computer animation, and virtual worlds and producing impactful work that synergises art, fashion, computer graphics. Her most recent work includes the 3D virtual patient, including a case study on visualizing the articulations of ballerinas while dancing or soccer players. At NTU she developed the first social robot Nadine that can have mood and emotions and remember people and actions.
Yuri van Geest | Specialist in Singularity and future visions
Yuri van Geest is specialized in Singularity and future visions/trend. He is an international keynote speaker and entrepreneur on exponential emerging technologies, digital transformation and technology trends. Yuri is co-author of the bestselling book called Exponential Organizations. The book explains why some organisations are able to grow exponentially and describes the fundamentally new ways startups and corporates are organised to deal with disruption, exponential technologies and accelerated change. He is involved in the Singularity movement since 2008. Yuri was also a key member of the Topteam Creative Industry within the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation in the central Dutch government.
Sven Afhüppe | Editor-in-Chief of Handelsblatt
Sven Afhüppe studied economics at the University of Münster and later graduated from the Georg von Holtzbrinck School for Economic Journalism. He started his career in 1999 as a capital correspondent for Wirtschaftswoche and in 2004 continued on in the same position at SPIEGEL. He joined Handelsblatt´s Berlin office in 2006, and since January 2015 has been Editor-in-Chief of Handelsblatt in Düsseldorf.
Nicole Bastian | International Coordinator at Handelsblatt
Nicole Bastian is foreign editor at Handelsblatt. After graduating in East Asian Studies majoring in Economics at the universities in Duisburg and Kyoto, she did a traineeship at German Press Agency (dpa), later becoming economic editor and reporter for dpa in Hamburg and Berlin. Nicole Bastian has been working for Handelsblatt since 2002, as Tokyo correspondent, banking correspondent, commentator and head of the financial news section.
Ina Karabasz | Editor at Handelsblatt
While still a teenager, she read a book about a female journalist – and decided to become one herself. Since January 2013, Ina Karabasz has been working as a journalist for Handelsblatt. She currently writes mainly about telecommunication and is looking forward to observing digitization from the inside. Before joining Handelsblatt, she was a student at the Georg von Holtzbrinck School for Business Journalists. She was a freelance journalist for the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger for several years, and spent one year reporting for the newspaper from South Africa.
Andreas Kluth | Editor-in-Chief of Handelsblatt Global
Since March of 2017, Andreas Kluth has been Editor-in-Chief of Handelsblatt Global, the English-language news site of the Handelsblatt Group. Before that, he was a writer for The Economist for 20 years – in London, Hong Kong, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and Berlin. Andreas was born in New York. He got his Bachelor’s at Williams College in Massachusetts and his Master’s at the London School of Economics. He has written a book, “Hannibal and Me”, about lessons of historical figures for our own lives in coping with failure and success.
Kirsten Ludowig | Deputy Department Head Companies & Markets, Handelsblatt
Kirsten Ludowig has been working for Handelsblatt since 2008 and is Head of Companies & Markets. As a journalist she is dedicated to stories about companies and their leaders – no matter if DAX-listed companies, medium-sized or family-owned businesses or start-ups. As editor she spent several years writing about commerce and consumer topics and later became deputy head of the newsroom. Kirsten holds a diploma in economics and successfully completed the Deutsche Journalistenschule in Munich while at the same time studying Communication at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität.
Sebastian Matthes | Deputy Editor-in-Chief & Head of Digital, Handelsblatt
Sebastian Matthes was appointed Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Head of Digital at Handelsblatt in Düsseldorf at the beginning of 2018, prior to which he developed the German version of Huffington Post. Before moving to HuffPost in Munich, Matthes had already spent five years in Düsseldorf as a desk head at WirtschaftsWoche. During this time, he was heavily involved in the fields of digitisation, media innovations and renewable forms of energy. Matthes studied Politics and Economics in Hamburg – and subsequently graduated from the Georg von Holtzbrinck School of Business Journalism.
Aline von Drateln | Presentor SKY-Germany
Grown up in a TV-less hippie-household in Hamburg, Aline von Drateln first studied law for four years while working for print medias at the same time, which was her original aim. At a press conference a TV-Manager noticed her talent for the screen and only one week later she got her first TV-Job. Since 2013 she is working for the Pay-TV-Channel SKY, presenting the movie magazine.</.

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