Andreas Neef has taken responsibility for a large number of foresight projects – both strategy and innovation-related – since the mid-1990s. A key area of his work is to identify future markets that extend beyond the core businesses of Z_punkt’s clients. In this regard, he is particularly interested in the disruptive potential of new technologies (e.g. digital transformation, 3D-printing, converging markets) and the development of application scenarios and business models. Additionally, information scientist Mr Neef advises management teams on the implementation of foresight as part of the strategic dialogue at a corporate and departmental level.
Holger Glockner is a Managing Partner of Z_punkt and has been working in the foresight sector for more than fifteen years. He has initiated and implemented numerous projects for customers from various sectors, especially mobility and logistics, chemistry and mechanical engineering. Holger Glockner is very concerned with sustainable future markets and the question of how value creation systems will develop in future in the face of dynamic technological and social changes. He is constantly developing new experimental-analytical approaches at the interfaces of different methods and disciplines to gain strategic insights into the future. He studied political science, sociology and business administration; in addition, he was also involved in training the younger generation of foresight experts as a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Art and Design at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and for the Master’s degree in Future Studies at FU Berlin.
As Scientific Director, Dr Karlheinz Steinmüller is responsible for the methodological excellence and scientific basis of Z_punkt’s work. Karlheinz Steinmüller is a specialist in methodology and a generalist for questions about the future. He has a degree in Physics and a doctorate in philosophy. As an expert in history and the fundamentals of future studies, he teaches on the Master’s course in Future Studies at the Free University of Berlin. Together with his wife Angela, Karlheinz Steinmüller has written several textbooks and science fiction novels.
Kai Jannek has many years’ experience in managing foresight projects for clients from a range of sectors. Among other issues, he focuses on the question of how new technologies – such as robotics and additive manufacturing – will change everydaylife, work and consumption. He is particularly interested in changes in consumer behaviour. He also develops approaches to make strategic management tools applicable to foresight processes. Kai Jannek studied economics, specialising in strategic marketing and development economics. He has been writing the science fiction column in the philosophy journal agora42 for the past five years or so.
Prof Dr Sven Hirsch is responsible for incorporating quantitative methods in foresight processes at Z_punkt. As a generalist for technological issues, he is involved in strategy and innovation-related projects. Sven Hirsch was awarded a doctorate in physics for his work on holographic measuring processes. He is also known internationally for his artistic productions (a.k.a. Sven Mann). He is a lecturer in complex systems at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.
Sivert von Saldern is an expert on questions relating to technology and innovation management, an interest that was sparked during his degree course in business administration. He is particularly interested in new routes to innovative products and services, such as those in the area of open innovation, for instance. Sivert von Saldern’s expertise also covers the future of mobility and the disruptive potential of information and communication technology.
Andreas Schaich is a project manager in the Innovation Foresight and Strategic Foresight divisions. He is responsible for client projects covering a wide variety of sectors, focusing in particular on the energy economy, financial services industry and mobility sector. As a specialist in the application of the scenario technique, he assists Z_punkt clients to develop strategies and images of the future, often using a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. He laid the foundations for his foresight expertise whilst studying political economics university, focusing particularly on the energy industry.
Dr Christian Grünwald is responsible for the Public Foresight department. His work focuses on scenario development and trend projects in industry and the public sector. He is particularly experienced in developing regional and country-specific scenarios on the topic of the future of work and in relation to questions about security and education policy. After completing his degree and subsequent doctorate in politics and religious studies, and prior to joining Z_punkt, Christian Grünwald spent eight years working for a large German communications agency and as a lecturer at the Teaching and Research Centre for Entrepreneurial Thinking and Action at the University of Kassel in Germany.
Vanessa Watkins is responsible for the development of creative methods and innovative workshop formats at Z_punkt. Against this backdrop, she often refers to approaches from design thinking, which she adapts in a creative manner to make them suitable for the demands of future projects. Vanessa Watkins studied applied cultural sciences and is an expert in social and cultural issues relating to the future, often looking at how developments in information technology will affect them.
Thomas Hufnagl deals, in particular, with the question of what our clients’ new, disruptive business models will look like in promising growth areas. In doing so, he draws on more than ten years of professional experience. Before joining Z_punkt, he helped develop an electric vehicle from scratch and held the roles of CEO and CTO in a start-up for six years. For a few years now, his work has focused on autonomous driving and the city–energy ecosystem. His whole approach looks at links between disruptive technologies through to behavioural research.
The economist Daniel Bonin is involved in trend and scenario projects for global companies, especially those operating in the energy and automotive sectors, and also works in the field of public foresight. Daniel Bonin spends his time analysing social and technological upheavals and their implications for our clients. Prior to joining Z_punkt, he completed a Master’s degree in economics at the University of Cologne, which involved spending a semester in Hungary focusing on business futures studies.
Franziska Turber is a Foresight Consultant working in innovation and strategy projects for international clients. Her work focuses on urban development, sustainability and service innovation. Franziska Turber has a Master’s degree in Integrated Urbanism & Sustainable Design, and a Bachelor in Economics & Business Management. She has work and research experience studying urban innovation in North Africa and the Middle East.
Stephanie Poole holds a Diploma in Product Design, utilising her analytical, foresight and design skills. She spends her time thinking about the future for people and their needs in a technologically changing society. Design thinking is a product of her own creation, and her passion lies in designing inspiring products and services for markets of the future. Stephanie designs inspirational workshop settings and is Z_punkt’s specialist when it comes to future storytelling, using text, images, illustrations, films and 3D renderings.
As a Foresight Analyst, Max Irmer works on projects in the field of strategic and public foresight. He mainly focuses on investigating cross-disciplinary trends and their effects on the future strategic directions of our clients. Max Irmer read cultural studies at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg before going on to study urbanism at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. When not working for Z_punkt, he spends his time as a lecturer, imparting his knowledge about cities of the future to students at various universities.
Julian Sachs works as a Foresight Analyst in the field of innovation and strategy at Z_punkt. Whilst studying business and innovation management at university, he was involved in research topics concerning health and food innovation, sustainable cities and the circular economy. Aside from gaining international experience in Canada, Scotland and the Netherlands, he has also worked in the field of design research for a publishing house and carried out several marketing and innovation projects for a major Swiss furniture manufacturer.
Ulrike Braun is the Head of Administration at Z_punkt. She is responsible for finance and credit control, as well as heading up the administration team. She studied economics, majoring in marketing, in Wuppertal. She has many years’ experience working for international companies in the industrial and retail sectors.