The ThinkTank’s faculty consisted of leading scholars and world-known experts in such fields as: architecture and design to infrastructure engineering, economics, social sciences and history. Located all over the globe and working for top-ranking universities, enterprises, and foundations, these lecturers brought a multi-perspective approach to the project. The faculty collaborated with Daniel Libeskind in providing video lectures and feedback to subject-related questions.
The faculty members were supported by mentors who provided teaching input, lead classroom discussions and participated in evaluation of all final submissions. Tutors supervised related groups and their team pages, monitored the submitted reports and the performance of each group, as well as assisted in evaluating the final submissions.
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- John Beard
- Timon Beyes
- Bart Brands
- Avner de-Shalit
- Gerd Folkers
- Christian Gärtner
- Tobias Hegmanns
- Holm Keller
- Ayesha Khanna
- Parag Khanna
- Jürgen Kluge
- Daniel Lang
- Scott Lash
- Manfred Laubichler
- Sander van der Leeuw
- Daniel Libeskind
- Jiang Lin
- Massimiliano Nuccio
- Diego Pavia
- Jaana Remes
- Henry Ritchie
- Wulf Rössler
- Saskia Sassen
- Michael Schefczyk
- Elliott Sclar
- Felix Seyfarth
- Jeffrey Shaw
- Carsten Siebert
- Gerhard Stryi-Hipp
- Beate Söntgen
- Jonathan Woetzel
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Dr. John Beard
Cities for an Ageing Population
John Beard, MBBS PhD, is Director of the Department of Ageing and Life Course at the World Health Organization in Geneva. He is responsible for increasing global awareness of ageing as a driving force in shaping 21st century public health; building a sound evidence base on ageing related issues; and developing relevant policy, standards, interventions and tools.
This involves working with all levels of government, non-government organizations, civil society and academia in the 194 WHO member states, and with senior members of many international organizations. He is chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Action Council on Ageing and a member of the Advisory Board of the World Demographic & Ageing Forum. John Beard started his career as a clinician before holding a range of senior academic and public health roles in Australia and the United States. He has published widely in the international literature and remains actively involved in several large international research studies.
Prof. Dr. Timon Beyes
Copenhagen Business School
Prof. Dr. Timon Beyes is a Professor of Aesthetics, Innovation and Design at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), and is a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media at Leuphana University Lüneburg. He studied Sociology and Management Studies and did his doctoral and post-doctoral research at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
His research focuses on the spaces and aesthetics of organization with regards to media, culture and the arts. Prof. Dr. Beyes’ recent publications include Parcitypate: Art and Urban Space (with Sophie-Thérèse Krempl and Amelie Deuflhard; Niggli, 2009) and Finding and Inventing: The Emergence of the New (with J. Mittelstrass; Berlin University Press, 2009).
Prof. Bart Brands
RMIT University Melbourne
The City needs Gardeners
Prof. Bart Brands is a Dutch architect and an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne. He studied Landscape Architecture at the RHSTL College in Boskoop, the Netherlands. In 1997, he founded Karres and Brands Landscape Architects together with Sylvia Karres. Their projects range from the design of parks, squares and cemeteries to the creation of urban development master plans. Specializing in both landscape architecture and urban development, Prof.
Brands has been involved in the design for Federation Square in Melbourne, Købmagergade in Copenhagen and the feasibility study for Cross River Park in London. His major projects in the Netherlands include the designs for the restructuring of the Arena Boulevard in Amsterdam, the urban development plan for the headquarters of the Ministry of Defense on the grounds of the Kromhout barracks in Utrecht, the Quirijn Park in Tilburg and the redesign of the outdoor areas at Ecomare on the Frisian Island of Texel. In addition, Prof. Brands has been a Guest Lecturer at several institutions including the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, the Utrecht School of the Arts and the University of Kassel.
Prof. Dr. Avner de-Shalit
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Citizenship and Civicism
Prof. Dr. Avner de-Shalit is a Professor for Democracy and Human Rights at the Department of Political Science at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Previously, he has been an Associate Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Environment, Ethics and Society from 1995 to 2004. His field of research and teaching includes equality, democracy and human rights, environmental politics and environmental political theory.
Among others, he co-authored the book Spirit of Cities and has published numerous articles in environmental politics, environmental philosophy and political theory. Prof. Dr. de-Shalit studied Political Science at the Hebrew University and got his Doctorate at Oxford University. In 2007, he was awarded the Rector’s Prize for Achievements in Research and Teaching.
Prof. Dr. Gerd Folkers
ETH Zürich & Collegium Helveticum
Environmental Justice, and an Urban Health Governance Process
Prof. Dr. Gerd Folkers has been Full Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at ETH Zurich since 1994 and Associate Professor since 1991. He has also served as Chair of the Collegium Helveticum since 2004. His research focus lies on the molecular interaction between drugs and their binding sites in vivo. Prof. Dr. Folkers is particularly interested in the strong integration of computer-aided modeling and relevant biochemical/biophysical experiments.
From 2004 to 2009, he participated in the fellows’ research projects at Collegium Helveticum: Emotions – their interface to the molecular world and their importance overlaying human rational behavior. Prof. Dr. Folkers has received international science awards and published about 150 peer-reviewed papers, several books and numerous essays and articles.
Future Urban Mobilities
Christian Gärtner is Director of Stylepark AG in Frankfurt am Main. He studied Economics in Heidelberg and Berlin and worked as a consultant for several years before becoming one of the co-founders of Stylepark in 2000.
Stylepark embodies many things at once: online platform for design culture, medium that monitors and reflects upon current debates and developments in design, event manager for design-related events such as trade fairs, product presentations and exhibitions, publisher of books and magazines as well as experienced consulting team that advises on the development and optimization of specific design-related areas of expertise. Christian Gärtner is also the curator for the Audi Urban Future Initiative and Stylepark has been nominated as co-curator of Urban Labs for the upcoming Architecture Biennale in Shenzhen, China.
Dr.-Ing. Tobias Hegmanns
Dr.-Ing. Tobias Hegmanns works at the Supply Chain Engineering Department of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML). He is responsible for the research field Production & Logistics within the Fraunhofer Morgenstadt CityInsight Initiative. Furthermore, he has been a Lecturer at the Faculty for Mechanical Engineering at the TU Dortmund since August 2012. Dr.-Ing.
Hegmanns graduated in Industrial Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 2005 and received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany, in 2010.
Leuphana University Lüneburg
Holm Keller is Executive Vice President for Strategic Development and Administration at Leuphana University Lüneburg. His responsibilities include the university's Innovation Incubator, a large-scale EU-Project for regional development, as well the campus enlargement project with Daniel Libeskind. Keller is also teaching in Leuphana's freshmen program and at St. Gallen University.
Before coming to Lüneburg, Keller was based in Shanghai as President Corporate Development Asia for Bertelsmann's DirectGroup, and in Vienna and Munich as an Associate Principal for McKinsey & Company. Holm Keller also worked as an opera dramaturge for director Robert Wilson at many major opera houses around the world as well as as a film, television and producer for large scale events. Originally trained as a musical composer and a journalist, Keller studied theater history at the University of Vienna, followed by a Master of Public Administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Dr. Ayesha Khanna
London School of Economics
Creating an Urban Bill of Rights
Ayesha Khanna, PhD, is Director of Urban Intel and Founder of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory think tank focused on the intersection of technology trends, data intelligence and geopolitics. A technology and innovation strategy expert, Ayesha Khanna has over ten years of experience advising clients on scenario analysis, new product development, market entry, digital branding, and customer experience.
Her clients have included Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, UBS, American International Group, and Deutsche Bank. She is frequently interviewed in the media and was recently featured in The New York Times. She is a regular speaker at industry, marketing, and academic conferences related to emerging technology trends, and is a widely respected authority on intelligent infrastructure and technologies. Ayesha Khanna is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Lifeboat Foundation, a Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and one of the organizers of TEDxGotham. In 2010, she co-chaired the Innovation Advisory Board for the New York City congressional campaign of Reshma Saujani.
Dr. Parag Khanna
Hybrid Reality Institute
City as Centre of Political Authority
Parag Khanna, PhD, is a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, the country's most innovative think tank, where he directs the Roundtable on the Future of the World Economy and advises the US National Intelligence Council's Global Trends 2030 program, as well as Co-Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a global advisory firm providing insight into the implications of emerging technologies. He is worldly regarded as the leading next-generation voice on the future of global affairs.
Named one of Esquire magazine's 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century and at the top of Wired magazine's Smart List, Parag Khanna was a foreign policy advisor to President Barack Obama during his historic presidential campaign. A visible voice in the political and social arenas, Parag Khanna has been featured on CNN, BBC, PBS, Al Jazeera, CBS, and NPR. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journals, Financial Times, TIME, Forbes, Newsweek, Harvard Business Review, Businessweek, Foreign Policy, and many other print and online publications. He also holds a PhD from the London School of Economics.
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kluge
The Challenge to Manage Chaotic Urban Systems
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kluge is an Honorary Professor of Engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt. He studied Physics in Cologne and received his PhD in Experimental Physics in Essen, Germany. In 1984, he joined the consulting firm McKinsey & Company as an associate, was elected Principal in 1989, and Director in 1995. From 1999 to 2006, he was Head of the German Office of the firm, where he served clients from the automotive, electrical and mechanical engineering industries.
From January 2010 to August 2012, he was CEO of Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH. In September 2012, he assumed the role of Senior Advisor at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Prof. Dr. Daniel Lang
Leuphana University Lüneburg
Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Lang is a Lecturer in the MBA Sustainability Management program at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. He graduated in 2001 with a diploma in Environmental Science and received his Doctorate in 2005 from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. From 2006 to 2009, he worked as a Postdoctoral and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Environmental Decisions, Natural and Social Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
In January 2010, he was appointed a Research Professorship for Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research in the Faculty Sustainability of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Since April 2012, he is Dean of this faculty.
Prof. Dr. Scott Lash
Goldsmiths University of London
Urban Agency as a Technological Form of Life
Prof. Scott Lash is the Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. His books include The End of Organized Capitalism, Economies of Signs and Space, Reflexive Modernization, Global Culture Industry and Intensive Culture (2010), and have been translated in sixteen languages. Prof. Lash has directed a series of large-scale research projects on technological media from 1996 to present, most recently a project on the Chinese city.
This research will be published under the title Local State Capitalism: Urban China.
Prof. Dr. Manfred Laubichler
Arizona State University
Prof. Dr. Manfred D. Laubichler is President’s Professor of Theoretical Biology and History of Biology at Arizona State University. He is Director of the Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity and Associate Director of the Origins Project at ASU, External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute and the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research and an Adjunct Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole.
His main research areas are (1) Developmental Evolution, focusing on the role of gene regulatory networks in understanding phenotypic evolution and the origin of evolutionary innovations; (2) Theoretical Biology, focusing on the conceptual structure of 21st century biology; (3) the Theory of Complex Adaptive Systems, focusing on complexity as a unifying principle in the social and life sciences, including Biomedicine; (4) Computational History of Science, applying computational methods and big data approaches to the dynamical of knowledge systems; and (5) History of 20 and 21st century Life Sciences.
Prof. Dr. Laubichler is an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has been a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.
Prof. Dr. Sander van der Leeuw
Arizona State University
Prof. Dr. Sander van der Leeuw is the 2012 United Nations Champion of the Earth for Science and Innovation. His expertise lies in the role of invention and sustainability in societies around the world. He and his research team investigate how invention occurs, what the preconditions are, how the context influences it, and its role in society. An archaeologist and historian by training, Dr. van der Leeuw has studied Ancient Technologies, Ancient and Modern Man-Land Relationships, and Complex Systems Theory. He has done archaeological fieldwork in Syria, Holland, and France, and conducted ethno-archaeological studies in the Near East, the Philippines and Mexico. Since 1992, he has coordinated a series of interdisciplinary research projects on socio-natural interactions and modern environmental problems. The work comprises all the countries along the Northern Mediterranean rim. Dr. van der Leeuw is an External Professor of the Santa Fe Institute and a Corresponding Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. He teaches courses on the ethnography of innovation.
Prof. Dr. Daniel Libeskind
Leuphana University Lüneburg
Architecture & Artistic Creation
Daniel Libeskind, B.Arch. M.A. BDA AIA, is an international architect and designer. Born in Lódz, Poland in 1946, Libeskind was a virtuoso musician at a young age before giving up music to become an architect. He has received numerous awards and designed world-renowned projects including the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Denver Art Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the Military History Museum in Dresden, and the masterplan for Ground Zero among others.
Daniel Libeskind’s commitment to expanding the scope of architecture reflects his profound interest and involvement in philosophy, art, literature and music. Fundamental to Libeskind’s philosophy is the notion that buildings are crafted with the perceptible human energy, and that they address the greater cultural context in which they are built. Prof. Libeskind teaches and lectures at universities across the world. He resides in New York City with his wife and business partner, Nina Libeskind.
Prof. Dr. Jiang Lin
Lingnan College, Sun Yat-Sen University
Special Zones as Development Drivers
Prof. Dr. Lin Jiang is the Chairman of the Department of Public Finance and Taxation for Lingnan (University) College at Sun Yat-sen University. He received his PhD from Jinan University of Guangzhou and Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Economics from Sun Yat-sen University of Guangzhou. Prof. Lin is also holding directorship in several academic associations of either the national or provincial levels.
Prof. Lin was an Economic Research Analyst for China Merchants Holdings Co; Ltd during 1988 to 1991 and a Deputy General Manager of Finance Center of the Group during 1993 to 1997. He was the Deputy Director of the Department of Consultancy and Training for the Hong Kong Chinese Enterprises Association from 1991 to 1993 and the Executive Director of Union Bank of Hong Kong Limited and China Merchants Hoi Hung Co; Ltd. Prof. Lin has published numerous books and articles focusing on the areas of finance, fiscal policy, taxation and regional economics in recent years.
Prof. Dr. Massimiliano Nuccio
Universitá Bocconi Milan
Culture and the City
Prof. Dr. Massimiliano Nuccio is a Visiting Professor for Culture and Regional Development at Leuphana. He graduated in Business Administration from the Bocconi University in Milan. After his MA in Museums and Galleries Management at the City University of London, Prof. Dr. Nuccio received his PhD in Economics of Information at the IULM University in Milan.
He has been a Research Associate at ASK Research Centre - Bocconi University and Contract Professor in various Italian universities (Bocconi, ALMA Laurea Bologna, Università di Padova, IMT Lucca). His research interests focus on cultural policy and management, culture and urban development, and cultural consumption.
Diego Pavía is Manager of the Commercial Operations of the Energy Research Consortium, to which a total number of 35 universities, research institutes and companies are associated since September 2012. He studied Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on electronics and automation at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and has worked various years in leading positions in the industry. He managed multicultural teams all over the world in the field of energy.
Most recently, as the CEO for Spain and South America at Atos Origin, a leading international IT services provider, Pavia was responsible for 9 000 employees and an annual turnover of EUR 450 million. From 2006 to 2010, he was Chairman of the Spanish consultancy Association (AEC), in which all leading IT companies operating in Spain are represented.
Dr. Jaana Remes
McKinsey Global Institute
Expansive Lifestyles - Cities as Nodes for Economic Growth
Dr. Jaana Remes is a Senior Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey & Company’s business and economics research arm, based in San Francisco. Since 2003, Dr. Remes has led MGI’s research on productivity, competitiveness, and growth. Her most recent research sheds light on the changing global manufacturing landscape through case studies of diverse industries and draws implications for North American companies and policy makers.
Other recent work deals with the rising urban consuming class and shifting economic power of cities across the globe, as well as the patterns of urban growth and renewal across the Americas. Prior to that, Dr. Remes has also led MGI’s Research Agenda on Energy with a focus on understanding the microeconomic underpinnings of global energy demand growth and the opportunity to reduce energy demand growth through higher energy productivity. Dr. Remes advises global business and government leaders on related topics and frequently contributes to policy debates through articles in leading international publications and presentations at conferences around the world.
McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Connecting the Urban Fabric: Infrastructure and Competitiveness
Henry Ritchie is a Principal in McKinsey & Company’s Infrastructure Practice based in the office in Rio de Janeiro. He joined the firm in August 2005 and has worked extensively, both before and during his time at the firm, in issues relating to the effective delivery and operation of infrastructure assets.
He has extensive experience in urban development and effective management of cities, since he has worked for a conglomerate with a focus on construction of infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region and in South America before joining McKinsey. He has also practiced law in New Zealand and was Legal Counsel at an integrated energy company with a focus on large capital project structuring. Ritchie also holds a law degree from the University of Otago, and an MBA from The Wharton School.
Prof. Dr. med. Dipl.-Psych. Wulf Rössler
University of Zürich
Mental Health in Cities
Prof. Dr. med. Dipl.-Psych. Wulf Rössler is the Project Manager of the Zurich Pulse Program to the Sustainable Development of Psychiatry, a comprehensive research program with seven projects in the field of mental health care and epidemiology. He studied Medicine and Psychology in Heidelberg and has been a Professor for Clinical Psychiatry, specializing in social psychiatry at the University of Zurich since 1996. Simultaneously, Prof. Dr. med. Dipl.-Psych.
Rössler is also the Director of the Clinic for Social Psychiatry and General Psychiatry of the Psychiatric University Clinic in Zurich. In April 2010, he joined the Leuphana University as Visiting Professor of Psychiatry and also directs the competence tandem Collaborative Care.
Prof. Dr. Saskia Sassen
The Freedom of Assemblage - Global Cities as Open Spaces
Prof. Dr. Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and co-chairs the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. Her recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press 2008), A Sociology of Globalization (W.W.Norton 2007), and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2011). The Global City came out in a new fully updated edition in 2001.
Her books are translated into twenty-one languages. Prof. Dr. Sassen is currently working on UNGOVERNED TERRITORIES (Under contract with Harvard University Press). She contributes regularly to www.OpenDemocracy.net and www.HuffingtonPost.com.
Prof. Dr. Michael Schefczyk
Leuphana University Lüneburg
Living the 'Good Life' in the City of the Future
Prof. Dr. Michael Schefczyk is Professor of Philosophy at the Leuphana University Lüneburg since 2010 and serves as Faculty Dean since April 2012. He studied Philosophy, Law, Political Science and Economics at the LMU in Munich and the University of Cologne. Prof. Dr. Schefczyk has also lectured at the Universities of St. Gallen, LMU Munich and Münster. Throughout his career, he has written over 140 journalistic articles, many of which for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Prof. Dr. Schefczyk is furthermore Liaison Lecturer of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and a member of Amnesty International.
Prof. Dr. Elliott Sclar
Prof. Dr. Elliott Sclar is a Professor, an economist and an urban planner. He is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD) at Columbia University's Earth Institute, one of six global centers of excellence supported by the Volvo Foundations of Gothenburg, Sweden. Prof. Dr. Sclars research interests include urban economic development, transportation, and public service economics.
He was a Co-Coordinator of the Taskforce on Improving the Lives of Slum Dwellers, one of ten task forces set up by the UN Millennium Project to aid in the implementation of the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals. Prof. Dr. Sclar was a lead author of the Taskforce's book length report A Home in the City (2005). He is a nationally recognized expert on privatization: his book You Don't Always Get What You Pay For: The Economics of Privatization (Cornell 2000) won two major academic prizes: the Louis Brownlow Award for the Best Book of 2000 from the National Academy of Public Administration and the 2001 Charles Levine Prize from the International Political Science Association and Governance magazine for a major contribution to public policy literature.
University of St. Gallen
Felix C. Seyfarth is a free-lance consultant and doctoral candidate at the University of St.Gallen. He studied Philosophy, History and Political Sciences in Berlin and has worked for the United Nations and Deutsche Bank AG in New York City. He regularly teaches Digital Storytelling and Online Journalism in the Contextual Studies Program at the University of St. Gallen and Leuphana University, he has also taught at University of Zürich and Freie Universität Berlin.
He was Head of Leuphana University's marketing department from 2006 to 2009 and is an Associate Researcher at Leuphana's Center for Digital Culture.
Prof. Jeffrey Shaw
City University Hongkong
The Urban Psycho-Geography
Prof. Jeffrey Shaw is Chair Professor of Media Art and Dean of the School of Creative Media at City University in Hong Kong, where he is also Director of the Centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media and Director of the Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment. He has been a leading figure in new media art since the 1960's.
In a prolific oeuvre of widely exhibited and critically acclaimed works, he has pioneered and set benchmarks for the creative use of digital media technologies in the fields of virtual and augmented reality, immersive visualization environments, navigable cinematic systems and interactive narrative. Prof. Shaw was Co-Founder of the Event Structure Research Group in Amsterdam (1969-1979), and Founding Director of the ZKM Institute for Visual Media Karlsruhe (1991-2002). At the ZKM, he conceived and produced a seminal artistic research program that included ArtIntAct and Future Cinema, over one hundred artist-in-residence projects and the invention of new media platforms such as EVE and PLACE. In 1995, Prof. Shaw was appointed Professor of Media Art at the State University of Design, Media and Arts (HfG) in Karlsruhe, Germany. In 2003, he was awarded an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship to co-found and direct the UNSW iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research.
Dr. Carsten Siebert
Daniel Barenboim Stiftung
Carsten Siebert is the Managing Director of the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin that supports music- and education-related projects related to the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an ensemble of Arab and Israelis musicians.
Previously, Carsten was the Executive Director of artist and director Robert Wilson’s Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation in New York and administrator of the Estate of George Paul Thek.
He also worked as a consultant for McKinsey and continues to develop PR strategies as a founding partner of Berlin-based cta film promotion. Carsten holds an MA from the University of Pennsylvania, a Ph.D. in philosophy from Humboldt University Berlin and has taught or teaches at Humboldt University, the University of St. Gallen, and Leuphana University Lüneburg.
Energizing the City - Production, Storage, Distribution and Consumption
Gerhard Stryi-Hipp is a physicist who has worked in the solar energy sector since 1992. Until 2008, he was Managing Director of the German Solar Industry Association BSW-Solar and its predecessors. In 2009, he moved to the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE as Head of Energy Policy and Group Leader for solar thermal systems. Since 2011, Gerhard Stryi-Hipp has coordinated the market area Smart Energy Cities at Fraunhofer ISE.
He is member of the steering committee of the Fraunhofer project »Morgenstadt: City Insights«. He has also served as President of the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling since 2009.
Prof. Dr. Beate Söntgen
Leuphana University Lüneburg
The Face of Urbanity - Images of City Life
Prof. Dr. Beate Söntgen is the Chair of Art History at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, and since 2012, she has been Vice President for Research and Humanities at the Presidium of Leuphana University. Prof. Dr. Söntgen studied Art History, Philosophy, and Newer German Literature in Marburg and Berlin.
After her PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin in 1996, she attained a postdoc scholarship at the Graduiertenkolleg Knowledge representation - rhetoric- at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder. From 2002-2003, Prof. Dr. Söntgen held the Laurenz Assistant Professorship for Fine Arts at the University of Basel and joined Ruhr-Universität Bochum from 2003-2011 as a Professor of Art History.
Dr. Jonathan Woetzel
McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Urban China Initiative
The City Development Process
Dr. Jonathan Woetzel is a Director in McKinsey & Company's Greater China Office where he has worked for the past 27 years. He leads the Firm's Cities Special Initiative globally, and has overseen the McKinsey Global Institute in Asia and led McKinsey's Energy and Materials practice in Asia and its Corporate Finance practice in China. Dr. Woetzel has extensive experience in developing strategies and organizations for both industrial and consumer companies.
Industries of particular interest include energy, basic materials, health care, telecom, and aviation. Dr. Woetzel has also advised national and local government authorities on economic development and reform issues. His public sector work has included assisting the State Economic Commission of China in developing specific initiatives and regulatory changes to improve the foreign investment environment, developing economic policies for the cities of Shanghai, Wuhan, Shenzhen, Xian and Harbin, and drafting the energy policy of the Republic of China.