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    Our mission is to increase firms' chances of long-term success

Who we are

We are strategic foresight and innovation consultants. We are creative, critical and analytical thinkers with the drive to prepare our clients for the future. Our services aim to help you be prepared for future trends, events and developments in a way that lets you create value and shape your company's future. 

Founders

Tobias HegerFounding & Managing Partner
Tobias Heger
Founding & 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
  • Telecom

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.

Prof. Dr. René RohrbeckFounding Partner
Prof. Dr. René Rohrbeck
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:

  • Telecom
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Energy & Utilities

Cross-industry experience:

  • Digitalization
  • Servitization
  • Systemic Innovation
  • Industry Convergence

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.


Management

Dr. Sebastian KnabManager
Dr. Sebastian Knab
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.


Industry experience:

  • Energy & Utilities
  • Automotive & Transportation
  • Manufacturing & Industrial

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 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. 

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 multinational 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.

     

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

Magnus Boman is the 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 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.

Maren LescheCommunications
Maren Lesche
Communications 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. Kent ThorénManager
Dr. Kent Thorén
Manager SV, EN, DE, JA

Kent has been working with strategy, innovation, and business development in rapidly 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:

  • Finance & Insurance
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Automotive & Transportation

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 key success factors and links them to strategic options for game development studios.

"Phil" Sang G. YimManager
"Phil" Sang G. Yim
Manager

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.


Team

We rely on a team of highly committed consultants and analysts with a large variety of industrial, regional, and methodological expertise.