I’m the Director of Corporate Development at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management since October 2019. I advise and support the president in two main areas. For one, I’m in charge of the School’s strategy process. Throughout 2020 and the first half of 2021, we developed a new institutional strategy for 2021 to 2026, a process that I set up, structured and facilitated.
Currently, I oversee the implementation of this strategy and monitor our key performance indicators. The cornerstone is seven strategic project teams with colleagues from across the organization. Using Agile project methods, these teams develop innovative ideas to advance our strategic goals. The consulting firm UMS supports us with a pro bono advisory project.
In addition, I run projects and initiatives that are strategically important or cut across several areas. The three currently most important ones are listed below.
European Center for Communications
The ECC is a joint initiative of Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and Goethe University Frankfurt. It supports interdisciplinary research, education, and peer exchange in digital communication, financial communication, and communication in the public sphere. Since its creation in late 2020, I serve as the Center’s Executive Director.
Indo-German Centre for Business Excellence
I’m in charge of Frankfurt School’s outreach and business development activities in India and Deputy Chairman of the newly created Indo-German Centre for Business Excellence (IGC) since 2021.
The IGC unites people and organizations interested in business relations between India and Germany, the two largest stable democracies in Europe and Asia, respectively. We believe in the value of free trade and intellectual exchange between these two like-minded countries. The IGC fosters a deeper understanding and more robust business ties between Germany and India. It supports and engages in research, advisory, community-building, student mobility, and leadership development.
Entrepreneurship @ FS
I also coordinate the activities around entrepreneurship. A vibrant environment for startups is essential for business schools. Traditionally, most people saw Frankfurt School as more suitable for launching a career in a large financial institution or consulting. Still, the passion of our students for entrepreneurship is rising steadily. To satisfy this demand, we will ramp up our activities in this area. The linchpin will be the School’s first startup incubator program and a newly built 780 m2 co-working space called “The Jungle”. After some delays caused by the pandemic, we hope that it will finally open in 2022.