Rohrbeck Heger GmbH

  • Our mission is to drive your long-term success

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.


Dr. Tobias Heger Founding Partner, Managing Director
Dr. Tobias Heger
Founding Partner, Managing Director DE, EN

Tobias is the founder and managing director 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.

Ulrike Hempel Team Assistant
Ulrike Hempel
Team Assistant DE, EN
Ulrike is our team assistant supporting with HR, accounting, marketing and communications. She holds a master’s degree in applied linguistics from University of Potsdam, and a bachelor’s degree in research-based linguistics from UCL, London. She previously worked for Ericsson and in various language services. What she loves about engaging with the future and Foresight at Rohrbeck Heger is that it helps to align one's values with vision, and ultimately make the right decisions that allow you to step into your desired future.
Chris de la Cerda Senior Consultant
Chris de la Cerda
Senior Consultant DE, EN

Chris de la Cerda is Senior 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.

Frank van Doesum Foresight Consultant
Frank van Doesum
Foresight Consultant EN, NL
Frank is a Foresight Consultant with a passion for bringing foresight and customer-centric innovation together. He finished his master Industrial Design Engineering at the TU Delft (Netherlands) in 2020. Frank loves to combine his practical and entrepreneurial sides to drive future innovation. This is a talent he has put to use at several technology startups and SMEs, where Frank has led product development and market entry activities.
Marni Pagano-Leclezio Senior Consultant
Marni Pagano-Leclezio
Senior Consultant EN, IT, AFR
Marni’s interest is focused on the pragmatic use of foresight tools and strategies to identify and unlock future growth opportunities, with a special passion for sustainability and innovation. Her professional experience encompasses marketing leadership roles in Europe, Africa and the Middle East across diverse categories, including tobacco, skincare, personal care and pharma. She has also completed her Master’s degree in Futures Studies at the University of Stellenbosch.
Sonela Koraqe Foresight Consultant
Sonela Koraqe
Foresight Consultant ALB, EN, DE, FR, IT
Sonela is a Foresight Consultant at Rohrbeck Heger. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a master of sciences degree in Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability from the Technical University of Berlin. Throughout this time, she gained applicable experience in technology foresight, research, and strategy development. She continued to follow her passion for innovation management and foresight and wrote her Master's Thesis on the Implication of AI on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Before joining our team, Sonela worked in the financial sector, helping firms digitalise and innovate, mainly within the insurance sector.
Linton Basil D Souza Junior Consultant
Linton Basil D Souza
Junior Consultant EN, HI
Linton is currently pursuing his master degree at EDHEC Business School, Lille, France in Master in Management, MSc in Strategy, Organisation and Consulting. He has technical and managerial skills and has experience in various fields of building materials, IT solutions, and travel sectors. At Rohrbeck Heger, Linton brings the knowledge from his past experiences and aid in the foresight-driven transformation of clients enabling them to be future-proof.
Prof. Dr. René Rohrbeck Founding Partner
Prof. Dr. René Rohrbeck
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.

Erik Neumann Senior Associate
Erik Neumann
Senior Associate DE, EN
Erik is a management professional with 15+ years of experience in managing innovation and foresight projects and companies. Certified by PMI and scrum.org, he led various large-scale industry-university collaborations as well as lean consulting projects, providing him with insights into industry R&D, startup building and university research. Building on this experience in working with technology, HR and strategy experts and executives, Erik seeks to take a holistic view on clients’ challenges to deliver on-point results in time, scope and budget.
Dominik Krabbe Senior Consultant
Dominik Krabbe
Senior Consultant DE, EN, FR
Dominik is our innovation consultant, design thinking coach and workshop facilitator with over 8 years professional experience in international open innovation, digital transformation, strategy and startup projects. Media scientist and design thinker by training, Dominik builds on his long experience in innovation consulting, user research, foresight and facilitation to make sure customers and employees experiences are aligned with a company’s true values.
Meval Dantis Junior Consultant
Meval Dantis
Junior Consultant EN, DE, FR
Meval is currently pursuing his Master's of Management and Engineering Degree in Technology, Innovation, Marketing & Entrepreneurship at RWTH Aachen, focusing on Strategy and Innovation. He has diverse experience in technical implementation and management topics in the Aerospace industry and marketing functions. By bringing together knowledge and interest in foresight, he wants to support companies who look to future-proof themselves through competitive advantage in the whole value chain.
Jonas Dörr Foresight Consultant
Jonas Dörr
Foresight Consultant EN, DE
Jonas is driven by the passion for helping organizations build sustainable strategies to proactively navigate and manage in times of constantly changing environments as well as uncertainty. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Science and a master’s degree in Future Studies from the Freie Universitaet Berlin. During his master’s, he gained experience in corporate foresight, scenario processes, strategic and interdisciplinary thinking, as well as innovation management. During this time, he worked in the digital transformation and innovation department of the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), where he helped build the cornerstone for the internationally well-known and award-winning Mobility as a Service platform “Jelbi.” Before joining Rohrbeck Heger as a Foresight Consultant, Jonas also worked for several years in competitive analysis and intelligence. He was responsible for various international clients and advised them to get future prepared.
Siddhanth Shetty Junior Consultant
Siddhanth Shetty
Junior Consultant EN, DE, HI
Siddhanth is currently pursuing his M.Sc. in Management and Engineering in Technology, Innovation, Marketing & Entrepreneurship at RWTH Aachen, focusing on Strategy and Marketing. He has an extensive experience in Web Technologies and B2B Website Marketing Strategies.
Manikanta Devarajula Junior Consultant
Manikanta Devarajula
Junior Consultant EN, DE, HI
Mani is currently pursuing his Master of Science in Global Foresight and Technology Management at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt with emphasized focus on Strategic Foresight and Innovation. He has experience as a Production Engineer in a FMCG industry. His interest in exploring new opportunities for businesses pulled him towards the domain of Foresight. He moves forward with the thought of how future can be handled with preparation and how businesses can look into future to prepare themselves against the various uncertainties that could arise. With his knowledge about foresight and innovation, at RH, he wants to support businesses that are willing to become robust against the future uncertainties.
Dr. Sebastian Knab Deputy Managing Director
Dr. Sebastian Knab
Deputy Managing Director DE, EN, FR

Dr. 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 Ph.D. 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-led 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.

Emily Phillips Communications Lead
Emily Phillips
Communications Lead EN, DE
Emily Phillips is a creative communications and marketing strategist, passionate about content innovation and connecting people and products. She has broad experience building Berlin-based e-learning and healthcare startups, including five years at Blinkist as part of its marketing team. Before that, she worked at Readmill (acquired by Dropbox in 2014), and most recently was part of the inaugural cohort of healthcare entrepreneurs at Vision Health Pioneers. Before her time at early- to mid-stage startups, Emily managed programs at Atlantik-Brücke, a private, non-profit association to promote transatlantic relations. Emily received her B.A. magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College (USA) and was a Fulbright Scholar to Germany in 2009/10.
Dr. Bram Roosens Senior Consultant
Dr. Bram Roosens
Senior Consultant NL, EN, FR
Bram is driven by challenges, especially if they include exploring and shaping the future. He holds a PhD in Innovation Management from the University of Antwerp, and has taught at various universities around Europe. He combines this teaching experience with a passion for foresight to deliver impactful and interactive (e-)trainings, and with his expertise on multi-stakeholder networks for innovation to help clients with foresight in a network economy.
Bhavana Sawant Marketing Assistant
Bhavana Sawant
Marketing Assistant EN, DE, HI, MR
Bhavana is a master’s graduate specializing in Sustainability in Fashion and Creative Industries with a background in Communication Design. She has professional experience in Marketing and Communications for international premium and luxury fashion & lifestyle brands, with strong suits in digital design, content strategy & management, and sustainability consultancy.
Maren Lesche Senior Consultant
Maren Lesche
Senior 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. 

Tanay Shah Junior Consultant
Tanay Shah
Junior Consultant EN, DE, HI, GU
Tanay is an MBA graduate in interdisciplinary management from HTW, Berlin. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and has experience in Power-to-X Technologies. As part of Rohrbeck Heger, Tanay wants to contribute to the transformation of companies and organizations into flexible and adaptable enterprises by using foresight tools and methodology.
Srushti Bhonde Junior Consultant
Srushti Bhonde
Junior Consultant EN, DE, HI, MR
Srushti is a mechanical engineering background with almost two years of work experience as a Product Engineer at JCB India Limited. With a Masters in Management from ESMT Berlin, she is interested in solving business problems in a strategic manner and help scale up ventures. She has experience in consulting projects to evaluate businesses for sustainability and has previously worked as an Intern in Strategic Product Management at Robert Bosch GmbH.
Dr. Alejandro Berbesi Manager
Dr. Alejandro Berbesi
Manager DE, EN, ES, NO
Dr. Alejandro Berbesi is a Manager at Rohrbeck Heger. He holds a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences from the Technische Universität Berlin and has over eight years of industry experience. Before joining Rohrbeck Heger, Alejandro worked in the Energy sector (Equinor, Norway), where he started as a Geologist and later developed across a wide diversity of roles, including Project Management and Consultancy within the areas of Strategy and Innovation, as well as Portfolio Analysis. The variety of his previous academic and professional experiences shaped his passion for holistic problem solving; particularly when applied to scenario thinking and strategy development.
Elvin Ibishli Senior Analyst
Elvin Ibishli
Senior Analyst EN
Elvin Ibishli is a Senior Analyst at Rohrbeck Heger. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with Business and Management and a master’s degree in Digital Marketing at the University of Manchester. His expertise lies in market analysis and business intelligence, data mining and software development, trend analysis methods and tools, scenario-based strategizing and innovation and technology radars. Prior to joining Rohrbeck Heger, Elvin was engaged with market research and strategy development in the UK.
Philipp Maron Senior Consultant
Philipp Maron
Senior Consultant DE, EN
Philipp is passionate about preparing companies to be fit for their future. In his career so far, he has used corporate foresight approaches to evaluate innovative product and business ideas and accompanied them from a strategic perspective. His special experience in the field of environment scanning helps him to detect changes in the direct business environment and to incorporate them into strategic decisions. He studied at the University of Bremen as well as at the Australian Central Queensland University (Brisbane). He holds a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering with a specialization in Innovation Management & Systems Development. As a guest lecturer at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences (Bavaria), he teaches technology management at the Bachelor level.

As a senior consultant, he brings expertise from the strategic innovation fields of medical robotics & healthcare automation, digital industries, and e-mobility.
Julia Schmidt Foresight Consultant
Julia Schmidt
Foresight Consultant DE, EN
Julia is driven by the question of how to improve the future preparedness of organizations and derive resilient strategies by identifying, understanding, and embracing complex business problems, future change, and uncertainty. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Management and Economics from Zeppelin University, where she was taught to think in an interdisciplinary, critical, and abstract manner. During her studies, she focused on strategic and innovation management and composed her Bachelor Thesis on identifying relevant stakeholders that are to be included in the scenario processes to prepare the development of robust strategic options.

Before joining Rohrbeck Heger as a Foresight Consultant, Julia pursued her enthusiasm for strategic challenges and future implications during various internships at management and strategy consultancies such as BCG and KPMG, as well as at the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies, where she gained relevant experience in consulting, research, and strategic thinking.

Prof. Dr. Magnus Boman Prof. of ISS | Associate Partner
Prof. Dr. Magnus Boman
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.

Stephanie Nowak Foresight Consultant
Stephanie Nowak
Foresight Consultant EN, FR
Stephanie is passionate about the intersection of law, governance and technology and the impact this has on future planning and opportunities for organizations at every level. With over 10 years in legal non-profit organizations and educational institutions, Stephanie completed her Global MBA at EDHEC Business School in France. She brings together her passion for re-imagining systemic frameworks and developing creative solutions through collaboration.
Sara Tesfai Junior Consultant
Sara Tesfai
Junior Consultant EN, IT, PT
As a thorough Quality Specialist with a 5-year background in the E-Commerce field, Sara is process-optimization focused and consumer-oriented. Driven by the passion for future trends and market research, Sara aims to help companies take more data-driven decisions, reducing uncertainty and identifying out new possible business opportunities. Sara is currently pursuing her MSc in data-driven Marketing, specializing in Marketing Intelligence at NOVA IMS, in Lisbon.