• Our Team.

René Rohrbeck | Managing Partner

Prof. Dr. René Rohrbeck
Professor of Strategy | Partner

René Rohrbeck is Professor of Strategy at the Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University. His areas of expertise are

  • designing future-oriented organizations,
  • microfoundations of organizational capabilities
  • innovation management
  • technology management.

Before joining Aarhus University he spent 6 years in industry where he worked on innovation management at Volkswagen and on corporate foresight at Deutsche Telekom.

As a consultant he has served clients on a number of topics including, designing innovation management systems, developing and implementing corporate foresight practices, and strategic and financial planning of new business fields.

He has worked both as a consultant and manager for companies from a wide range of industries, including automobile, oil & gas, pulp & paper, information & communication technologies (ICT) and energy.

He has authored the book “Corporate foresight – Towards a Maturity Model for the Future Orientation of a Firm”, in which he develops a benchmarking framework for assessing future orientation and describes best practices in corporate foresight.

His research has also been published in leading international journals such as Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, R&D Management and Global Business and Organizational Excellence.

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Tobias Heger | Managing Partner

Dipl. Ing. Tobias Heger
Managing Partner

Tobias is founding and managing partner of Rohrbeck Heger. As industrial engineer he has a background in business and technology and has been working in industry, public-private-partnerships and closely with scientific institutions and startups in the last years.

His areas of expertise are:

  • Networked foresight: strategic foresight in inter-organizational networks
  • Innovation management
  • Techno-economics
  • Interface-design of R&D and corporate venturing
  • Innovation and startup contests

Before co-founding Rohrbeck Heger Tobias has worked five years as project and innovation manager. During this period he has worked with clients from multiple industries – however, the focus has been digital businesses and the application areas of information technology.

Tobias has been working on large-scale, international innovation and startup contests, the systematic exploration and planning of new business fields, trend analysis methods and tools, and innovation and trend radars. Tobias also conducts scientific research in parallel to day-to-day business. His research has been published in leading international journals and on conferences such as Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Futures, ISPIM, and the R&D Management Conference.

Until recently, he was Innovation Manager at EIT Digital (formerly EIT ICT Labs), a PPP focusing on strengthening European competitiveness in the digital domain. In the 18 months before his departure he has designed, implemented and headed the EIT ICT Labs Idea Challenge – a distributed pan-European startup contest – from its initial idea to the end of a successful first year. As by-product he co-initiated the Smart Energy Community of EIT Digital.

Tobias is also an business angel, runs his own investment company and advises founder teams, with a particular focus on new media, digitalization in general and particularly within logistics.

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Prof. Dr. Magnus Boman | Associate Partner

Prof. Dr. Magnus Boman
Professor of Intelligent Software Services | Associate Partner

Magnus Boman is Professor of Intelligent Software Services at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm

His areas of expertise are:

  • artificial intelligence
  • multi-agent systems
  • self-adjusting and self-learning systems
  • machine norms and ethics

Magnus shares his academic working time between KTH and RISE SICS AB, a research institute, where he builds learning machines, mainly for improving population health, in the Decisions, Networks, and Analytics lab and assists the CEO in strategy matters. At the institute, he led a foresighting unit for the European Commission 2011-15 where he cooperated with innovation managers and strategists at some of the largest European companies involved with IT.

Magnus' recent projects include artificial neural networks for understanding emotion expressions in the human face, and smart flags for patients in psychological treatment.

For most of the 1980s, Magnus worked for Sweden’s largest institute for payment services, including a position in back-office currency exchange where he programmed a prediction system for long-term currency contracts. He co-founded a startup selling decision analysis software and strategic advice in 1991. He later applied his knowledge in these areas to insurance and reinsurance for natural disaster and nuclear waste management, and he is an alumnus of IIASA where some of this work was completed. In the 00s, he led a 3-year academic project on algo trading and autonomous agent trading in cooperation with OMX. Subsequently, he led a 3-year industrial project on future operating systems for mobile phones for TeliaSonera.  

Magnus has co-authored several books, including Conceptual Modelling (Prentice-Hall 1997). His Ph.D. thesis was on federated information systems and intelligent databases. He has published 100+ papers on medicine, management, mathematics, physics, and computer science.

Kent Thorén | Managing Partner

Dr. Kent Thorén
Manager

Kent has been working with strategy, innovation and business development in fast changing technology-based industries for about 10 years. All this work has concerned the handling of business implications of emerging trends and technologies. He holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering and management, a licentiate in industrial management and a PhD in business strategy.

His areas of expertise are:

  • Strategic foresight and trend analysis
  • Corporate-, business-, and offering-level strategy
  • Business development and innovation in general and within ICT in particular
  • Business models
  • Innovation management
  • Business research

Before joining Rohrbeck Heger Kent has worked as a strategy consultant at BearingPoint and as head of business development at eBay Scandinavia. He has also worked with strategy and innovation training at KTH – the Royal Institute of Technology, both for students and professionals. In addition Kent has done consulting, lecturing, workshops, and coaching for firms like Volvo Cars, KTH Executive School, SJ, ABB, Nettbuss, and coaching of start-up teams.

Kent’s research has been published in academic journals and conference proceedings such as the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and ZfKE. He is also conducting a research project on the video game industry, which among other things identifies the key success factors and links them to strategic options for game development studios.

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Jesper Niemann | Senior Consultant

Jesper Niemann
Senior Consultant

Jesper Niemann has a master’s degree in International Business and Politics from the Copenhagen Business School, and a minor in business and development studies. He has studied at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, as well as the Technical University of Denmark.

His areas of expertise are:

  • organizational development
  • process design and optimization
  • digitalization and innovation projects
  • project management
  • benchmarking

Before joining Rohrbeck Heger, Jesper was the Head of Analysis at Invest in Denmark, Denmark’s national investment promotion agency under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, where he developed the organization’s analytical capabilities. He has experience in strategic organizational development and business intelligence, as well as process design and implementation. At Invest in Denmark, he led the development and implementation of market analysis methodologies, business intelligence solutions, and digital innovation projects.

Previously, he was a strategy consultant at EY (formerly Ernst & Young), where he managed various advisory projects, including leading an annual benchmarking program for Nordic corporate clients. Jesper has experience working with advising multinational clients on performance improvement projects based on objective, data-driven insights and analyses. He has also assisted the Danish Ministry of Finance and the National Commission of the Danish Police in the implementation of the national emergency services digital radio network (TETRA).

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Sebastian Knab | Senior Consultant

Sebastian Knab
Senior Consultant

Sebastian has a background in industrial engineering with a focus on energy technologies and management, innovation and strategy and is currently PhD candidate at Universität Hamburg. His research interests include business model innovation, business models in the energy industry and for sustainability transitions.

His areas of expertise include: 

  • Business model innovation and collaborative business modeling
  • Corporate sustainability management
  • Strategic and innovation management
  • Energy industry / smart energy / renewables
  • Innovation and Technology radars
  • Socio-technical transitions

Before joining Universität Hamburg, he was a project manager for innovation management and energy at the EICT, Berlin, and a research assistant at Technische Universität Berlin, Chair of Sustainable Electric Networks and Sources of Energy. At the EICT he established the energy business group and conducted projects on business modeling, innovation planning and corporate foresight. Furthermore he established and co-lead the EIT ICT Labs’ (now EIT Digital) smart energy systems and business modeling activities.

During his studies, he has worked for the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in the department Energy, Transportation and Environment and for Prognos AG in the area of Energy Economics and Policy. He has also gained industry experience at Total SA, France, Elektral A.Ş, Turkey, Daimler AG and Aurubis AG, both Germany. 

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Phil Sang G. Yim | Senior Consultant

"Phil" Sang G. Yim
Senior Consultant

Sang G. (“Phil”) Yim is a senior consultant at Rohrbeck Heger. He has worked in several different industries and held diverse positions throughout his professional career which spans over 20 years. His past experiences include, the stock market (institutional stockbroker), technology management (consultant), business owner (entrepreneur), innovation management (consultant), and strategy management (foresight manager).

His areas of expertise include:

  • Strategy Development
  • Environmental Scanning
  • Trend Management
  • Business Models
  • Innovation Management
  • Digital Business Strategy

Just prior to Rohrbeck Heger, Phil was with BBVA, a leading global retail bank. At BBVA, he managed the Global Observatory (Environmental Scanning and Trend Management); was part of the Digital Banking Strategy team (Trend Management and Scenarios); and was part of BBVA Research (Digital Regulation). Phil has spent the last 8 years providing strategic inputs for senior-level decision-makers in large organizations, including BBVA, Telefónica, Mapfre, Ericsson, Natura Cosmetics, Santander Bank, Endesa, and Iberdrola.

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Anh Pham | Consultant

Anh Pham
Consultant

Anh studied Business Administration and innovation management at the University of Potsdam, the Umeå University in Sweden and the University of International Business and Economics in China.

Her expertise lies in:

  • Innovation management, especially innovation networks and collaborative innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Market analysis
  • Startup contests

Before joining Rohrbeck Heger she has worked for EIT Digital (formerly EIT ICT Labs) supporting the organization and implementation of international and pan-European startups contests and events, among others the EIT ICT Labs Idea Challenge. During this period she has gained valuable knowlegde about the IT industry and startup community.

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Associated consultants

The core team is supported by associated consultants that are selected on a case-by-case basis from a large and diverse pool of freelance consultants.