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.
Cornelius Patscha has worked in numerous foresight projects for a wide range of clients. He is heavily engaged in using foresight tools for identifying innovation opportunities in growth markets. His work also focuses on resources and commodities, the future of logistics, as well as the opportunities and risks of global economic development. Before joining Z_punkt, Cornelius Patscha worked in the foresight department of a German car manufacturer. He studied economics at university and did research at the Kiel Institute for World Economy.
As an external consultant, Christian Rudolph helps us tackle long-term, strategic issues, particularly those relating to the circular economy. He investigates the innovation and value-creation potentials for companies that can arise from a circular-economy perspective. Of particular interest is the question of how products and services can be bundled together to create innovative product–service systems. Christian Rudolph holds a Master’s degree in Management & Economics.
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.
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.
Paul Burggraf specialises in the quantitative modelling of future developments. Using simulation processes based on system dynamics, Paul Burggraf is able to analyse future markets, production capacity, supply chains, target groups and income distribution in great detail. He is also engaged in assessing the feasibility and profitability of new technologies.
Max Irmer begleitet als Foresight Analyst Projekte in den Bereichen Strategic und Public Foresight. Sein Schwerpunkt bildet die Untersuchung von disziplin- und trendübergreifenden Entwicklungen und deren Auswirkungen auf die strategische Zukunftsausrichtung unserer Kunden. Max Irmer studierte Kulturwissenschaften (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg) und Urbanistik (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar). Wenn er nicht für Z_punkt unterwegs ist, vermittelt er sein Wissen über die Stadt der Zukunft als Lehrbeauftragter an verschiedenen Universitäten.
Stephanie Aime Poole ist Diplom-Produktdesignerin und verbindet Analyse-, Foresight- und Gestaltungskompetenz. Sie denkt die Zukunft von Menschen und ihren Bedürfnissen in technologisch und gesellschaftlich veränderten Lebenswelten. Design Thinking ist ihr Handwerkszeug, die Gestaltung von begeisternden Produkten und Dienstleistungen für die Märkte der Zukunft ihre Passion. Stephanie gestaltet inspirierende Workshop-Settings und ist Z_punkts Spezialistin für Future Storytelling mit Texten, Bildern, Illustrationen, 3D-Renderings und Filmen.
Thomas Hufnagl beschäftigt sich insbesondere mit der Frage wie neue, disruptive Geschäftsmodelle in zukunftsträchtigen Wachstumsfeldern unserer Kunden aussehen können. Dabei greift er auf mehr als 10 Jahre Berufserfahrung zurück. Vor seiner Zeit bei Z_punkt hat er ein Elektroleichtfahrzeug von Grund auf mitentwickelt und das Start-up 6 Jahre als CEO und CTO geleitet. Seit einigen Jahren fokussiert er sich in seiner Arbeit bereits auf autonomes Fahren sowie das Ökosystem Stadt und Energie. Sein ganzheitlicher Ansatz berücksichtigt Verknüpfungen von disruptiven Technologien bis hin zur Verhaltensforschung.
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.
Z_punkt founder Klaus Burmeister retired from the executive board at the end of 2014 and set up foresightlab as a project platform and partner network. The platform sees Z_punkt and foresightlab working closely together. Klaus Burmeister is very involved in key foresight questions, such as the future of work, production and cities. He is also much sought-after as a lecturer. Having trained originally as a high-voltage electrician, a degree in political science then took him to the Free University of Berlin where he worked as a scientist at the Institute for Futures Studies and Technological Assessments (IZT) and the Secretariat for Futures Research (SFZ).
Fellow and Consulting Partner
Fellow and Consulting Partner
Beate-Schulz Montag is a fellow and consulting partner of Z_punkt as well as a partner in the foresightlab founded by Klaus Burmeister. She is particularly interested in supporting the collaborative processes of analysing and shaping the future within organisations. Beate Schulz-Montag is an expert in the development of scenarios and a passionate facilitator of workshops that follow her holistic design principles. Her aim is not only to prepare organisations better for the future through sound analysis but also to awaken people’s creativity and energy to shape sustainable futures.
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