Our Expertise

Founder
Dr. Jens R. Maier
Dr. Jens R. Maier
"Linking Leadership Development with Business Development" has been the focus of Jens Maier in his professional work over the last 10 years as advisor, teacher and consultant across different industries such as Financial Services, Manufacturing, Energy, Diagnostics, Distribution, Pharmaceuticals. As an entrepreneur he founded Convergence Engineers as a focal point for exploring new opportunities in the area of 'healthy aging' for companies from pharmaceuticals, IT, food, fitness, beauty and financial services, geographically linking Europe, US and Asia. As a Lecturer at the University of St. Gallen and as Fellow at London Business Schools Centre for Management Development he teaches leadership, innovation and corporate development where he works primarily with corporate clients.

Education:
MSc. (Industrial Engineering), Hamburg; MBA, Bradford; PhD (Business Studies), Warwick

University Appointments:
Warwick Business School (Lekturer Marketing&Strategic Management); London Business School (Assistent Professor Marketing); University of St. Gallen (Lecturer Leadership).
Subjects: Innovation; Leadership; Corporate Strategy; Marketing

Senior Executive Roles:

  • Daimler Benz Aerospace (Management Development, Corporate Strategy)
  • Zurich Financial Services (Capability Development)

Partner
Dr. Wolfgang Renz
Dr. Wolfgang Renz
An articulate, confident and persuasive healthcare professional with proven abilities in all aspects of business start-up, development, negotiation and account management, liaising effectively with partners from all backgrounds and clinical specialties. An individual who is able to identify and exploit potential new business streams with significant commercial success and who builds long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with all clients based on satisfaction and service. Demonstrates exemplary communication skills and who brings a flexible, enthusiastic and ethical approach to all projects in order to maximize profitability and bring added value to all projects.

Education:
Medical Doctor, University of Freiburg Medical School, Germany

PhD, Thesis ‘magna cum laude’ Institute of Anatomy, University of Freiburg Medical School, Germany

University Appointments
Adj. Professor of Experimental Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal Canada

Senior Research Fellow Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia

Senior Executive Roles:
Physicians Interactive Holdings, President, International Business
Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, Corporate Vice President Innovation
Pharmanet Development Group, Senior Vice President

Start-up:
Redhill Biopharma Ltd, Co-Founder
Venn Life Sciences Holdings, CEO


Stephan Klaschka
Stephan Klaschka

Stephan Klaschka is an awarded innovation executive, a passionate innovation strategy consultant, and a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of international work experience from start-ups to FORTUNE Global 500 global corporations including biopharmaceutical, healthcare, and other industries.

As an associative thinker and creative catalyst with strong business acumen, he leads and transforms organizations for agility, business growth, and exponential returns through pivotal innovations and emerging technologies in “white space”.

He held senior business operations, strategy, regulatory compliance, and innovation roles with Boehringer Ingelheim, leaving as Director of Global Innovation Management and Strategy. In this first-of-its-kind position, Mr. Klaschka's work was central to the new growth rejuvenation strategy as a catalyst to initiate and drive pivotal innovations, leadership development, and disruptive and digital transformation across the Boehringer Ingelheim group worldwide.

He has recently served as CEO interim of the "German Institute for Telemedicine and Health Promotion" (DITG) and is an avid scientific advisor, investor, and mentor with various startup companies and accelerators.

Stephan has published extensively, created top-ranking international workshops on topics including exponential innovation in healthcare, intrapreneurship, and innovative workplaces, and he consults in digital innovation, emerging technologies, and AI-based analytics for new business growth.

Education:
M.Sc. (Computer Science) TU Berlin
EMBA and M.S. (Management/Project Management) Colorado TU
ACE - Advanced Certificate for Executives (Leadership, Strategy, Innovation) MIT & IMD
Project Management Professional (PMP) PMI

Senior Executive Roles:
Nexi, Inc., Scientific Advisor
German Institute for Telemedicine and Health Promotion (DITG GmbH), CEO
Boehringer Ingelheim, Director Global Innovation Management and Strategy


Fellows
Nikolaj Gründer
Nikolaj Gründer

Nikolaj Gründer worked in various positions and industries, recently for Bayer in the USA where he supports a project on e-commerce solutions in the healthcare sector. Beforehand, he supported the “Business Model & Healthcare Innovation” department at Boehringer Ingelheim, where he worked on computer-based cognitive training (cognitive remediation) for elderly patients. Having recently graduated in Business Studies, Nikolaj Gründer researches the convergence of industries and the resulting innovation opportunities for blue ship companies. He developed a practical yet very comprehensive Cross-Industry Innovation model. His publication “Radical Innovation Through Distant Solutions: Towards a Theory of Cross-Industry Innovation in Large Firms” was graded magna cum laude. First evidence supports his findings. He is likewise a young entrepreneur, developing innovative functional food to support brain functioning and healthy brain aging.

Education:
MSc., Diplôme Grande École (Management), ESCP Europe, London/Paris/Berlin; BA Business Psychology, Fresenius University, Cologne. Other attended universities: Warwick Business School, Aalto School of Business, Cracow University of Economics

Professional Experience:
Bayer Inhouse Consulting US (e-commerce in the healthcare sector), Boehringer Ingelheim (computer-based cognitive training), ( KPMG (financial advisory services), Havas Worldwide (marketing advisory services), Michael Lehmann (personnel advisory services)

 


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