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Annual Alumni Meeting

Annual Alumni Meeting

Sustainable Transformation

On June 25, our global alumni joined us on campus and online to network, learn, and celebrate together. We curated a series of events focusing on our chosen theme of sustainable transformation.


12:00 p.m.


Registration and welcome reception
In-person participants arrive on campus for registration and welcome reception with light refreshments.

1:00 p.m.

Formal welcome (Start of digital streaming for our online participants)

  • Jörg Rocholl, President of ESMT Berlin

1:10 p.m.

Alumni network business meeting

The Alumni Council will review the status of the alumni network over the last year, discuss the plans for future goals, and delve into our exciting and brand new alumni partnership offer.

  • Benedict Aicher, Co-president, ESMT Alumni Council, and Co-founder, Flexcavo
  • Alessandra Angeloni, Alumni Relations Manager ad-interim, ESMT Berlin
  • Hiltrud D. Werner, Co-president, ESMT Alumni Council, and Member of the Board of Trustees Volkswagen Foundation; Member of the Supervisory Board, MAN Energy Solutions; Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Central German Airport AG

2:00 p.m.

Alumni panel discussion 

Innovative Leadership - learn how our panelists personally define innovative leadership, what it looks like in their work environments, and advice on how to build this into your professional setting.

Moderator: Hiltrud D. Werner

  • Chong Hiu Pun, Trainer and Learning Consultant Cambiana, ESMT-alumni
  • Carolina Rincon, Senior Product Manager, Zalando 
  • Nina Ann Walters, Managing Director, Expandise

3:00 p.m. 

Coffee break (Digital streaming free time)

3:45 p.m.

Academic showcase (Participants choose which session they would like to attend)

Option 1: Using semantic networks to identify the meanings of leadership

Moderator: Matthew Bothner, Professor of Strategy, Deutsche Telekom Chair in Leadership and HR Development, ESMT Berlin

  • Wonjae Lee, KAIST
  • Ingo Marquart, ESMT PhD
  • Nghi Truong, ESMT PhD

Option 2: Net Impact Club - a global community of students, professionals, and citizens in 40 countries from various sectors committed to the cause of sustainability.

  • Nikhil Bajpai, Founder, Net Impact Club, and MBA Alumni
  • Nicole Brück, Head of Operations. Net Impact Club
  • Kelsey Fennell, Former Co-president, Net Impact Club
  • Rasmus Rees, Co-president, Net Impact Club

4:40 p.m.

Sustainable transformation talk 

Sustainable transformation... in outer space! Understand how ClearSpace is working to benefit our climate by collecting space debris in our direct orbit.

Moderator: Sindhuja Kanteti, Lead Project Management Specialist - Sustainability - Energy Transition, Baker Hughes; Founder, EcoHedge and MIM Alumni

  • Luc Piguet, Co-founder and CEO, ClearSpace

5:30 p.m. -
10:00 p.m.

Dinner and party (End of digital participation)