Who we are
We are strategic foresight and innovation consultants, motivated by a passion to drive change and future preparedness.
We bring together diverse backgrounds, skillsets, and experience to advise you on foresight for strategy, innovation, and new business development.
We work with you, using our renowned collaborative, systematic and methodical strategic foresight approach. We help you to:
- Identify new innovation search fields and opportunities
- Build a future vision and define a robust, future-proof strategy
- Increase organizational agility and your ability to anticipate and act on change
Contact any one of our dedicated team members to discuss how we can work together to strengthen your foresight.
Founding & Managing Partner DE, EN
Tobias is the founding and managing partner of Rohrbeck Heger and has a background in foresight, innovation management, and strategy. He continuously advises clients such as Bosch, Deutsche Telekom, Hyundai, LG, Mondelez, Siemens, Tata Group, Webasto, and many more. Futurist by heart, he engages in building up new companies in addition to his day-to-day job.
Before founding Rohrbeck Heger, Tobias was Head of Innovation at EIT Digital Germany, a PPP focusing on strengthening European competitiveness in the digital domain. During this period he has worked with clients from multiple industries with a focus on the future perspective, digital businesses, and the application areas of information technology.
Parallel to consulting, Tobias is also an active researcher, lecturer, and business angel. 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. Through his investment company Tobias advises founders, with a particular focus on IT, logistics, and mobility.
Venturing Consultant DE, EN
Maren is a communicator and connector by heart. She is fascinated by new and innovative startup ideas and happy to support entrepreneurs in growing their business. She is a moderator, speaker, mentor and match-maker.
Maren is the founder of Startup Colors, which is a young company powered by a small group of startup experts offering Innovation Tours, Startup Consulting, Event Management & Matchmaking as well as PR-services.
Foresight Consultant NL, EN
Foresight Consultant EN, FR
Vinit is our Foresight Consultant who is pursuing his MSc Strategy &Digital Transformation from EDHEC Business School, France. He brings in a wide array of skills & abilities from his exposure to energy, aviation, automotive & FMCG sectors as an Entrepreneur, Mechanical engineer & Foresight consultant. His core competencies lie in analyzing complex business requirements, compiling market-trend data, and identifying optimal business opportunities.
Additionally, he is affiliated with EDHEC's Foresight, Innovation & Transformation Chair where he supports the execution of strategic foresight projects and courses.
Founding Partner EN, FR, DE, ES, DA
René Rohrbeck is Professor of Strategy and director of the chair for Foresight, Innovation and Transformation at the EDHEC Business School, France
Before joining Aarhus University, he spent 6 years in the 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.
Manager DA, EN
- strategy development and innovation
- process optimization
- digital product development
- risk management
Foresight Consultant DE, EN
Chris de la Cerda is Consultant at Rohrbeck Heger. He holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Technische Universitaet Berlin, an MBA from Henley’s Business School, and a Master’s degree in Futures Studies from Freie Universitaet Berlin. At Rohrbeck Heger, Chris focuses on scenario development and foresight-based innovation. He is also involved with innovation and technology radars. Chris is passionate about business having to start managing its future proactively.
Chris's background is in competitive intelligence and strategic procurement. Before joining Rohrbeck Heger, Chris worked as manager and advisor with Royal Dutch Shell and Total in Germany, The Netherlands, the UK, and the UAE. Amongst other things, Chris led Shell’s global market intelligence team and built up a community of Competitive Intelligence Professionals. He advised on strategic procurement decisions and was responsible for Shell’s international HR procurement activities.
Foresight Consultant EN, NL
Manager DE, EN, FR
Sebastian Knab is a manager at Rohrbeck Heger GmbH. He holds a master's degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Technische Universität Berlin and a PhD from Universität Hamburg. 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) and Universität Hamburg, Department of Socioeconomics. 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 Digital's smart energy systems and business modeling activities.
Sebastian has worked for the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in the Department of 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.
Team Assistant DE, EN
Foresight Consultant DE, EN
Before joining Rohrbeck Heger, Melanie was as a researcher at Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation (CeRRI), working at the intersection of design and social science and conducting research concerning innovation ecosystems. She also worked as strategic designer and innovation coach facilitating design thinking workshops for start-ups and the old economy mainly in the areas of health and mobility. Prior to that she gathered experience amongst others at Volkswagen AG at the trend research department, GfK SE conducting insights research and at the Garage at Deloitte Consulting.
Foresight Consultant EN, NL
Prof. of ISS | Associate Partner SE, EN
Magnus Boman is the Professor of Intelligent Software Services at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm
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 emotional 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 early 2000s, 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.
Senior Analyst EN
Innovation Consultant DE, EN
Communications Lead EN, DE