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Mathilde AboudAssociated Researcher
Mathilde Aboud
Associated Researcher FR, EN, ES, SV

Mathilde holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and applied mathematics from the INSA Rennes and is currently a master student at Uppsala University in Sweden in the field of Industrial Management, with a focus on innovation. Mathilde is writing her master thesis with Rohrbeck Heger during the autumn 2018. 


 

Industry experience:

  • Finance & Insurance
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Retail & Consumer Business

Cross-industry experience:

  • Circular Economy
  • Systemic Innovation
  • Sustainability Transitions

Mathilde gained cultural and academic experience during an exchange semester in Santiago de Chile and professional experience by working in the financial department of Scania.

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

Stephanie BrosowskiTeam assistant
Stephanie Brosowski
Team assistant DE, EN

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.


Industry experience:

  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Pharma & Chemicals

Cross-industry experience:

  • Digitalization
  • Servitization

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.

     

Frank van DoesumConsultant
Frank van Doesum
Consultant NL, EN

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. 


Industry experience:

  • Automotive & Transportation
  • Retail & Consumer Business

Cross-industry experience:

  • Digitalization
  • Servitization
  • Circular Economy

His areas of expertise are: 

  • Product design
  • New product development
  • Design thinking & design methodology
  • Creative consultancy 

Frank holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design Engineering from the University of Technology Delft, the Netherlands and is currently finishing his master in 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.

Tobias HegerManaging Partner
Tobias Heger
Managing Partner DE, EN

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.


Industry experience:

  • Automotive & Transportation
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Space & Aviation
  • Logistics
  • Telecom
  • Health & Life Science

Cross-industry experience:

  • Digitalization
  • Servitization
  • Circular Economy
  • Industry Convergence

Areas of expertise:

  • 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.

Elvin IbishliConsultant
Elvin Ibishli
Consultant RU, EN, TR, AZ

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


Industry experience:

  • Finance & Insurance
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Automotive & Transportation
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Retail & Consumer Business

Cross-industry experience:

  • Digitalization
  • Servitization
  • Industry Convergence

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 - a 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.

Thomas JakobsenAssociated Researcher
Thomas Jakobsen
Associated Researcher DA, EN, DE

Thomas is a Master of Science student at Aarhus University in Denmark, studying technology-based business development. He has a technical background where he holds a bachelor’s degree as a mechanical engineer from Aarhus University. Thomas is an Associated Researcher at Rohrbeck Heger and is going to write his master thesis in collaboration with Rohrbeck Heger in the autumn of 2018.


Industry experience:

  • Manufacturing & Industrial

Cross-industry experience:

  • Industry Convergence

His areas of expertise include:

  • Strategy and Business development
  • Business model innovation
  • Market analyses
  • Project management
  • Product development
  • Mechanical engineering

Beside the theoretical knowledge from Aarhus University, Thomas has gained additional experience within finance, developing and research, all as a former student worker at Kamstrup A/S in Denmark.

Dr. Sebastian KnabManager
Dr. Sebastian Knab
Manager DE, EN, FR

Sebastian Knab is a Manager at Rohrbeck Heger GmbH. He holds a Diploma (M.Sc.) degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Technische Universität Berlin and a Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree from Universität Hamburg.


Industry experience:

  • Energy & Utilities
  • Automotive & Transportation
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Health & Life Science

Cross-industry experience:

  • Digitalization
  • Servitization
  • Circular Economy
  • Industry Convergence
  • Sustainability Transitions

Areas of expertise: 

  • Strategic, innovation and technology management
  • Business model innovation and collaborative business modeling
  • Innovation and technology radars
  • Scenario development and scenario-based strategizing/business modeling
  • Socio-technical transitions and systemic innovation

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 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. 

Asger Kaargaard SorensenAssociated Researcher
Asger Kaargaard Sorensen
Associated Researcher DA, EN

Asger is a master student at Aarhus University in Denmark, studying technology-based Business Development. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Aarhus University which grands him a technological background. Asger will write his master thesis in collaboration with Rohrbeck Heger GmbH in the field of Benchmarking with use of the maturity model as an Associated Researcher at Rohrbeck Heger.


Industry experience:

  • Manufacturing & Industrial

Cross-industry experience:

  • Industry Convergence

His areas of expertise:

  • Business model innovation
  • Strategy and business development
  • Market analysis
  • Product development
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Project management

Asger has gained experience in product development, testing and outsourcing of production by working both as an intern and student worker for the company Martin Professional by Harman.

Felix LüerAssociated 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.

Vikram MunigalaConsultant
Vikram Munigala
Consultant HI, TE, EN

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


Industry experience:

  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Health & Life Science

Cross-industry experience:

  • Digitalization
  • Servitization
  • Systemic Innovation
  • Industry Convergence

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.

Prof. Dr. René RohrbeckProf. of Strategy | Founding Partner
Prof. Dr. René Rohrbeck
Prof. of Strategy | Founding Partner EN, FR, DE, ES, DA

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


Industry experience:

  • Energy & Utilities
  • Automotive & Transportation
  • Food & Beverages

Cross-industry experience:

  • Servitization
  • Circular Economy

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.

Dr. Kent ThorénManager
Dr. Kent Thorén
Manager SV, EN, DE, JA

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.


Industry experience:

  • Telecom
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Automotive & Transportation
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Pharma & Chemicals
  • Food & Beverages
  • Retail & Consumer Business

Cross-industry experience:

  • Digitalization
  • Servitization
  • Systemic Innovation
  • Industry Convergence

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.

Roland TomaschitzConsultant
Roland Tomaschitz
Consultant DE, EN

Roland holdes a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is currently a Master student at University of Klagenfurt in the field of International Management with a strong focus on International Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship and a second specialization in International Financial Management.


Industry experience:

  • Finance & Insurance
  • Automotive & Transportation

Cross-industry experience:

  • Servitization
  • Systemic Innovation

His areas of Expertise include:

  • Strategy
  • Business development innovation
  • Market research and marketing strategy
  • Business and financial planning
  • New Venture Creation
  • Design Thinking

Roland studied abroad at Meinders School of Business in Oklahoma City and at Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Additionally, he worked as a Board Member for a student-run business consultancy and led a team of 12 members in Klagenfurt. Following he continued with an internship at BMW in Munich and gained experiences in the area of Price Management.

Before joining Rohrbeck Heger, Roland worked for the Austrian Foreign Trade Chamber in Guangzhou, China, to support Austrian businesses and he has been in Austin, United States to work on early-stage ventures with a group of 20 students and entrepreneurs.

"Phil" Sang G. YimSenior 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).


Industry experience:

  • Telecom
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Retail & Consumer Business

Cross-industry experience:

  • Digitalization
  • Servitization

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.


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.