• 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.

Sebastian Knab | Senior Consultant

Dipl.-Ing. Sebastian Knab
Manager

Sebastian Knab is a Manager at Rohrbeck Heger GmbH and a PhD Candidate at Universität Hamburg.

His areas of expertise include 

  • Business model innovation and collaborative business modeling
  • Strategic, innovation and technology management
  • Innovation and technology radars
  • Socio-technical transitions and systemic innovation
  • Corporate sustainability management and circular economy
  • Industry focus: Energy, automotive and ICT/telco

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

Sebastian 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. 

Sebastian studied industrial engineering and management at TU Berlin, Hamburg University of Technology, UHH and Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, with a focus on energy technologies and management, innovation and strategy.

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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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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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Stephanie Brosowski

Stephanie Brosowski
Team assistant

Stephanie holds a Bachelor's degree in operational Economics from the University of Mannheim with a focus on accounting and human resources. She has worked in various positions and departments in multi-national companies, most recently BASF and Alstom Power.

Her areas of expertise include: 

  • Human resources
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Knowledge management
  • Office administration

At BASF, Stephanie's responsibilities included operational human resources tasks as well as trainee support, management support and team building. During her studies, she supported Alstom Power's research and development in France.

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Vikram Munigala | Consultant

Vikram Munigala
Consultant

Vikram has a background in mechanical engineering with focus on interdisciplinary product development and innovation management.

His expertise lies in:

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Interdisciplinary product development
  • Manufacturing and production processes
  • Innovation and technology management
  • Design thinking and foresight tools

Vikram finished his master’s studies with majors in Mechanical Engineering and minors in International Design Business Management at Aalto University, Finland recently and holds a bachelor’s degree of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India. He worked for several years in various positions as Design Engineer in R&D and contributed several patented solutions.

 

In the recent past, Vikram has conducted several foresight studies on future HVAC systems, exploring their potential in Europe by 2035. Further, he analysed the future of education in innovative and experimental ecosystems with a 20 year time horizon.

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Frank van Doesum
Consultant

Frank has a background in Industrial Design Engineering with a focus on the integration of the various aspects of the product development process, from spotting the opportunity to the production of the final product. 

His areas of expertise are: 

  • Product Design
  • New Product Development
  • Design Thinking & Design Methodology
  • Creative Consultancy 

Frank holds a bachelor degree Industrial Design Engineering from the University of Technology Delft, the Netherlands and is currently finishing his master Integrated Product Design at the same university. 

Next to his studies he has gained experience in creative consultancy, where he used his design thinking and creative skills to help companies discover innovation opportunities and set new strategies for the future.

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Elvin Ibishli | Consultant

Elvin Ibishli
Consultant

Elvin achieved his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with Business and Management and his master’s degree in Marketing (Digital) at the University of Manchester.

His expertise lies in:

  • Market analysis 
  • Digital marketing and data mining
  • Software development
  • Innovation and technology management
  • Research and development

During his studies, Elvin’s main focus has been on bringing innovative business solutions to the market and on launching new technology-based solutions, primarily software-based services.  

Prior to joining Rohrbeck Heger, Elvin worked for Alterline - UK based marketing research company. Here he gained experience in consulting by working closely with well known client companies in conducting research and analysing data for strategy development.

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Giacomo Gherardo Villa || Consultant

Giacomo Gherardo Villa
Consultant

Giacomo's background lies in Industrial Engineering with a special focus on:

  • Industrialization and Industry 4.0
  • Product development management
  • Industrial market analytics
  • Innovation and Strategic Management  

Giacomo holds a Bachelor Degree in Industrial production Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. In addition to his work as consultant, Giacomo is about to finish his Master's degree from Uppsala University, Sweden in the field of Industrial Management and Innovation. Throughout his studies he gained valuable experience in universities and schools at Boğaziçi University, Turkey, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea, and Peter the Great Polytechnic University, Russia. 

Before joining Rohrbeck Heger Giacomo has worked at the consultancy Business Sweden in the field of Innovation Management.

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Mukundhan Kulur || Consultant

Mukundhan Kulur Parthasarathy
Consultant

Mukund, as he is referred to, has a multidisciplinary background covering design and innovation and has a special focus on strategic design.    

  • Strategic design and entrepreneurship
  • Design research methods
  • Product development and service design
  • Innovation and technology management
  • Design thinking and Open Innovation 

Mukund has recently graduated from Aalto University in International Design Business Management (M.Sc.) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India. During his tenure as Design Engineer, he has worked with a number of clients across different countries and delivered custom product solutions for aerospace and oil industry.

Along with his master studies, he gained consulting experience in utilising design driven approaches to develop product, service and strategic solutions. His notable works include developing a strategic framework for packaging technology, a research association to help Finnish packaging stakeholders to define, evaluate and estimate package value across the development cycle, and developing product, service and strategic solutions for organisations like Nokia, Aalto University, Robit Plc, HoviRuoka, ThirdEye, Wärtsilä, and Finnair.

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Jan-Philipp Peters || Associated Researcher

Jan-Philipp Peters
Associated Researcher

Jan-Philipp Peters is a master student writing his thesis in collaboration with Rohrbeck Heger to advance the field of Networked Foresight.    

His areas of expertise include:

  • Innovation and knowledge mangement
  • Business development and strategic market development
  • Business model innovation
  • Digital transformation
  • Industry focus: energy, banking, e-commerce

Jan-Philipp earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration University of Hamburg and is currently finishing his master’s degree in Management of Innovation and Business Development at Copenhagen Business School. He broadened his academic background during exchange semesters in Sweden and Indonesia.

Jan-Philipp gained experience in a variety of industries, giving him an expansive understanding and appreciation for their innovation and foresight needs.

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Constantin Bremer || Associated Researcher

Constantin Bremer
Associated Researcher

Constantin is about to finish his master studies in Management of Innovation and Business Development at Copenhagen Business School.    

His areas of expertise include:

  • Innovation mangement
  • Open innovation with a focus on inter-firm collaborations
  • Business development
  • Business model innovation
  • Industry focus: energy, photonics

Constantin holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim. He also gained cultural and academic experience during exchange semesters at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (United States) and the Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics (Russia).

Constantin worked in the New Venture department of Carl Zeiss where he helped identifying and analyzing relevant technology trends as well as both internal and external ideas for new businesses at Carl Zeiss.

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Felix Lüer || Associated Researcher

Felix Lüer
Associated Researcher

Felix has a background in Industrial Engineering with a focus on product development and business model innovation.  

His areas of expertise include:

  • Industrial engineering
  • Product development
  • Innovation Management
  • Digital Business Models
  • Market analysis

Felix holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the University of Paderborn and is about to finish his master´s degree in Industrial Management and Innovation from Uppsala University, Sweden.

In his studies, Felix’s focused on Innovation management and product development linked to business model generation. He also gained working experience in the fields of developing private label products, digital market launches and online marketing.

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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.