Rohrbeck Heger GmbH

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. Sebastian Knab Managing Director
Dr. Sebastian Knab
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.

Serge Dupaux Director of Foresight & Innovation Growth
Serge Dupaux
Director of Foresight & Innovation Growth EN, FR
With 25 years of experience in Europe and Asia, Serge is responsible for the growth of Creative Dock & Rohrbeck Heger’s foresighting, strategy, and collaborative innovation services. He is also a Senior Venture Builder who merges unique experience from both the corporate and startup/entrepreneurial worlds. Before joining Creative Dock, Serge was CEO at Regus IWG in the Czechia and Vietnam, as well as Sales Director at Edenred. Throughout his career, Serge has worked in various sectors, including banking, insurance, real estate, human resources, retail, and energy.
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, 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.
Julia Schmidt Senior Consultant
Julia Schmidt
Senior 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.

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.
Tim Pohl Foresight Consultant
Tim Pohl
Foresight Consultant DE, EN, ES
Tim joins us as a Junior Consultant, with previous experience in business development and market research with the automotive and engineering industry. He has recently completed his MSc. in International Business from UPF Barcelona School of Management with a focus on business plan development, international expansion and cross-border transactions. Tim looks forward to prepare companies for change and build up their foresight capabilities.
Claire Bäuerle Foresight Consultant
Claire Bäuerle
Foresight Consultant EN, DE
Claire holds a Master's degree in Management from the Nova School of Business and Economics, which complements her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. With a proven track record in workforce optimization and operational analytics, she has a strong commitment to data-driven decision-making and closely following trends within the business sector.
Navika Mahajan Junior Consultant
Navika Mahajan
Junior Consultant EN, HI
Navika has a Bachelors in Business Administration Specialising in Marketing, from India. She is currently pursuing her MA in Strategy and International Management, with prior experience as an Intern analyst at Capgemini, as a business development manager at a boutique beverages store, part-time Junior Consultant at an accelerator at Scale Minds and a learning consultant at Great Learning in India.
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. 

Dr. Tobias Heger Founding Partner
Dr. Tobias Heger
Founding Partner 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.

Dominik Krabbe Manager - Foresight and Innovation
Dominik Krabbe
Manager - Foresight and Innovation 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.
Felix Fester Senior Consultant
Felix Fester
Senior Consultant DE, EN

Felix started his career with founding an IT service company, and then moving on, with many years in different R&D engineering roles such as wind turbine manufacturers, automation, robotics and digital manufacturing as either the Project Manager, Project Management Team Lead, Product Lead or Product Growth Manager. He is passionate about the power of product-based product development and organisational change towards a product-driven company. He is fascinated with all robotic and automation technologies, particularly in the manufacturing sector.

Stefan Raß Senior Analyst
Stefan Raß
Senior Analyst DE, EN
Stefan kickstarted his foresight journey with Daimler Pioneering, focusing on sustainable luxury and mobility's future. After that he worked at the foresight think tanks 2b ahead, followed by Themis Foresight. Stefan has worked on a wide range of projects, from industrial topics like the future of harbors and energy, as well as banking and the future of music rights.
Alexandra Jakubčiaková Foresight Consultant
Alexandra Jakubčiaková
Foresight Consultant EN, SK
Alexa has an educational background in MSc. Sustainable Destination Development from Uppsala University in Sweden. With experience in Venture Design at Creative Dock, to working in the tourism industry as well as environmental NGOs, as an innovations specialist, she's excited about the vast potential for positive transformation and innovation.
Robin Knöbl Foresight Consultant
Robin Knöbl
Foresight Consultant EN, DE
Robin has worked for 3 years in project management of M&A projects for SMEs in Austria. He has a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Sciences and a Masters Degree in Executive Management and has been a part of Creative Dock since 3 years where he was responsible for driving several innovation projects in the fintech world, including a digital bank for freelancers in Ukraine and Romania.
Camille Everaert Foresight Consultant
Camille Everaert
Foresight Consultant EN, NL, FR, DE
Camille has an educational background is in Innovation Management having studied Idea & Innovation Management at the Erasmus Brussels University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Her professional background encompasses innovation management, trend research, and service design, acquired through positions in diverse innovation-related settings including an innovation agency, trend research firm, and an innovation/startup community. Her key interests and passions include foresight, service design and collaborative creativity.
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.
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.

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.

Dr. Bram Roosens Manager - Foresight and Strategy
Dr. Bram Roosens
Manager - Foresight and Strategy 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.
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.
Felix Tegeler Senior Consultant
Felix Tegeler
Senior Consultant DE, EN
With an expertise in foresight and future research, to help businesses in develop their future strategy, Felix has been working in this field for over 12 years. He has supported companies in building up their resident trend and innovation research. Felix has an educational background in Business Computer Science and shares a passion for the changing urban places, the truly inclusive approaches to globalisation and the mind-shift of futurism becoming a core competence in entrepreneurial and political decision-making.
Bárbara Ferrer Lanz Foresight Consultant
Bárbara Ferrer Lanz
Foresight Consultant EN, ES
She has been consulting at firms in public and private organisations for more than 7 years within Latin America and across Europe. She has a rich background is diverse industries, such as food, retail, entertainment, mining, banking, construction, transportation, science and technology. Barbara also hosts the podcast "Exploradores de Futuros" (futures explorers) in Spanish, which aims to democratise and spread futures conversations. She is also a member of the Global Foresight Advisory Council at The Futures School (USA) and the School of International futures (UK) steering committee.
Daniel Korcsmar Consultant
Daniel Korcsmar
Consultant EN, RU, HU, DE
Daniel is currently Innovation Consultant at Rohrbeck Heger/Creative Dock. Daniel started his career in construction project management, he later pivoted to business development roles at both independent and corporate startups working in the intersections between real estate, digitalisation and sustainability. He has experience in advising on venture building and is currently applying strategic foresight our clients. He holds an MBA in Building Sustainability from the Technical University of Berlin, and a B.Eng in Architectural Engineering from the Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, focused on sustainable building design.
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.
Otavio Rech Finance & Operations Assistant
Otavio Rech
Finance & Operations Assistant EN, DE, PT
Having studied Business Management at the Freie Universität Berlin with focus on Business Informatics, Finance and Marketing, Otavio joins the Rohrbeck Heger team with his key interests are financial statement analysis, risk management and gastronomy.
Dr. Heinrich Arnold Senior Advisor
Dr. Heinrich Arnold
Senior Advisor EN, DE
Dr. Heinrich Arnold is a Lead Parter at Creative Dock, Rohrbeck Heger's parent company. Active on several additional boards and supervisory bodies, he works as advisor, transformation officer, investor and business angel in the domain of digital innovation and transformation. Heinrich is also an honorary professor of engineering for digital transformation at TU Berlin. Previously, Heinrich was CEO of Detecon, Germany's largest consultancy for technology management, transforming the company from a Telecom consultancy to a digital specialist. His past roles include more than a decade as president of Innovation and Laboratories at Deutsche Telekom AG with locations in Germany, Israel, and Silicon Valley. Under his leadership he prioritized contributions to products, infrastructures, and standards such as Telekom's first digitization reference case with the Port of Hamburg, as well as 20 start-ups, for some of which he served as board member. He has been an active contributor during the emergence of the Berlin and Beersheva innovation ecosystems. Before his appointment at Deutsche Telekom AG he worked for Mercer Management Consulting, now Oliver Wyman, as well as a member of the management team of the German/Chinese research company Bicoll. Dr. Arnold is a lecturer in Innovations Management and honorary professor of Engineering of Digital Transformation, author of scientific books such as „Technology Shocks" on the management of radical technological change, and a member of boards of think tanks and councils. He has been invited to the BMW Foundation Global Responsible Leader Forum. Dr. Arnold studied at TU Munich and MIT, graduated with a Master of Science in Engineering from Stanford University, a Master of Business Research and Ph.D. from Ludwig Maximilians Universität München.
Elvin Ibishli Manager - Foresight Intelligence
Elvin Ibishli
Manager - Foresight Intelligence 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.
Frank van Doesum Senior Consultant
Frank van Doesum
Senior 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.
Peeyush Kavi Senior Consultant
Peeyush Kavi
Senior Consultant EN, HI, OR, BN
Sharing a passion for tracking innovations across industries and bringing future products to life, Peeyush boasts a professional experience of 12+ years. With a background in M.Sc in Applied Biomolecular Technology from University of Nottingham, UK, he has previously worked as the Senior Innovations Manager India, and Global Foresight Manager at ABInBev. He's passionate in identifying weak signals, to connect the dots bringing tangible business value and creating cross-industry fertilization.
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.
Manikanta Devarajula Analyst
Manikanta Devarajula
Analyst 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.
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.
Markéta Michalková Executive Assistant
Markéta Michalková
Executive Assistant EN, CZ