He is a Senior Consultant at Oliver Wyman, focusing on the transportation industry, particularly railway. In the railway sector, he is specialized on enabling future digital trends such as connected passenger services, autonomous driving and predictive maintenance.
Jorma has an academic background in management and finance, he lived as part of his studies in the United States and shares experience in several other industries, such as automotive and aviation.
Vanessa Graf (Curator)
“Its turtles all the way down “
Vanessa Graf, born in 1991 in Austria, studied in the Graduate
Program “Finance and Information Management”
(M.Sc. with honors) at the Technical University of Munich,
majoring in Business Information Systems Engineering.
Since 2017 she has been working as a Research Assistant
and PHD Student at the FIM Research Centre of Fraunhofer
FIT. Her research investigates the influence of
environmental sustainability on technology acceptance of
individuals. She joined the Global Shapers in 2017 and was
elected curator of the Munich Hub in 2018.
As a Global Shaper of she engages in a Pen Pal project,
which includes writing letters between African and German
school children, leads an interview project, which is intended
to be a cross-hub-collaboration between the Munich
Hub and the Aguascalientes Hub and additionally, was an
active member of the #ShapersUnited Orga Team.
Franziska Brasse is currently a student at the University of Oxford, studying Law with German Law. In the future, she is planning on doing a Master in Global Health and then working in that area afterwards, tackling the challenges of health that we will face. She is particular concerned about population growth and would like to do more research in that direction. Besides that, she is active in Nepal with her charity “Vision for the Future” and wants to try enabling each child to get a fair chance in life. In her free time she loves horse riding and is active with Amnesty.
“He who laughs, lasts.”
Born and raised in the US, Colin Benz studies political science
in Munich, Germany. He received his BA in International
Relations from American University in DC in 2014 and he
has been fortunate enough to live, work and study in
Austria, Germany, Italy and Turkey. Mr. Benz is a passionate
language autodidact and supporter of cross-cultural
communication to further international understanding.
Fluent in English, German and Italian, as well as possessing
lower levels of Dutch, French, Portuguese and Turkish, Mr.
Benz looks forward to supporting opportunities to help
further integrate Europe and the world through Global
Shapers. Only by interaction and mutual understanding
can the world more easily solve problems.
Having joined the Munich Hub in 2017, Mr. Benz is currently
taking part in a pen-pal project between middle school
students and different countries in Africa.
“Roll the Rock n Roll”
Xin Chen is the Chief Executive Officer at HeroBakery, a
global venture builder, specialized in cross-border growth
strategy, investment, human capital and operation -
advising CEO’s and shareholders of leading German
multinational companies to create impactful and sustainable
technology foundations and innovative businesses
with China on Industry 4.0. In addition, Xin Chen is Managing
Partner at TICORE Capital, an European-Chinese
investment firm focused on industrial and high-tech
targets in the field of Manufacturing/OEM, Automotive
Suppliers, Industry 4.0, IoT and Autonomous Driving.
Xin serves as one of the youngest experts on Industry 4.0
at Tsinghua University and Technical University of Munich,
helping scaling tech startups. Besides, he is a mentor to
leading Chinese entrepreneurs at Nottingham Business
School and a young influencer at LinkedIn.
Xin is supremely enthusiastic about China’s global innovation
– hence has built a curated member digital platform
with more than 3.000 next generation leaders and entrepreneurs
through B2B conferences in Munich, Berlin, Beijing
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by
the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.
Laura Cushing is a Senior Category Merchant Manager for Amazon and participant in the Amazon Consumer MBA Program in Munich, Germany.
As a Global Shaper in the Munich Hub, she is passionate
about diversity inclusion and advocating for gender equality
and youth engagement.
Laura believes that businesses can drive substantial
influence and change for equal opportunities. She is a
recent graduate from IESE Business School's MBA
program in Barcelona, Spain. Laura is originally from the
United States and received dual undergraduate degrees in
finance and psychology from Pennsylvania State University.
“Don't be evil ”
Emanuel Deisler lived in several European countries during school. Moved to Munich to study. Dropped out to start up. Resumed
studying after start up. .
Paula Espinosa Valarezo
“The World is eager to read what you have to Write.”
Activist and Visionary for a united Europe. He is passionate
about supporting refugees, Social Media, Effective Altruism
and paying it forward.
As Co-Founder of Stand Up for Europe Munich and
Member of the World Economic Forum Policy Group to
#RenewEurope he was recognized by the Forbes Magazine
in 2018 as 30 Under 30 in Europe. For his dedication to
support refugees escaping mine fields during the so-called
migrant crisis in 2015 he was listed by the Real Leaders
Magazine as one the top 100 Visionary Leaders (Under
Akil currently serves as an honorary Member of the Global
Shapers Advisory Council for Hub Engagement from
2017-2019 and is on the pursuit to finding his next dream
job on the crossroads of the Public Good, Digital Engagement
& Policy for Impact.
“If you dream it, do it!”
I, Philomena Poetis, founded Munich Members to implement interdisciplinary social impact projects between Munichs creative class, politicians and decision makers of the economy. Next to my Ph.D project on Intercultural Aspects in Social Media in Pakistan and Germany, I enjoy writing as a freelance journalist on topics of music and foreign politics.
Furthermore, I have been trained as classical singer from an early age and love performing classical and opera repertoire at international events and gatherings.
I strongly believe in giving something back, so I support organizations such as Honorary Consulate of Pakistan in Bavaria, HIRE, German Pakistani Forum and Junge Opernfreunde München and organize events such as Poetry Slams to overcome stereotypes.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world”
Guerric Radiere is willing to improve health. Of people and of the planet. Because all is connected.
“Don‘t wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and
make it perfect.”
Lewin Ritter was born & raised in Munich. Studied in India and the US. Worked in Strategy Consulting for the first years after uni. Now working for a global payments company in the strategy department.
Super interested in sports (skiing, kitesurfing, running,...)
“Because life is more than just receiving”
Born and raised in Indonesia, Ashni Sastrosubroto graduated from Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia, majoring Design.
In 2017 she was diagnosed with blood cancer (leukemia) and received chemotherapy treatment for 2 years. Her first book is about her experiences during that time, and it became a best seller book in Indonesia. Currently she is´working on her fourth book.
She owns a restaurant in Jakarta, Never Been Better, and together with her high school friends, she established a watch company, named Pala Nusantara.
“Maybe I will tell you :)”
I, Vikitor Weber, explain new technologies in an understandable manner to corporations, SMEs, academia and governmental entities, focussing on the built environment. In that capacity I consult, publish in internationally relevant media outlets or speak at conferences.
I hold two business related Master degrees and pursue a BSc in Computer Science at LMU in my spare time. I love cooking, cycling, international relations, sustainable agriculture and cyber security.
“If more information was the answer, we would all be
billionaires with perfect abs - it is consistency in action that
Digital and focuses on investments in Digital Science. He
globally sources opportunities and is also active in portfolio
Prior to Holtzbrinck, Korbinian founded Skive, an education-
technology company that caters to over 250.000
users and received several venture capital funding rounds.
He holds a Master's degree in Business Administration with
a minor in Computer Science from Technical University of
Munich as well as a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration
with a minor in Psychology from Ludwig-Maximilians-
Universität München. During his studies, he was
awarded a scholarship from the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation.
Besides his interest in investing and innovation, Korbinian
an avid hunter and cook and a little too interested in
Mehdi is currently working in Management Consulting for Deloitte in Munich. He completed his studies in MSc Digital Project Management at ESCP Europe with honors and is Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®
Besides school, Mehdi made his way up to play in the selections for the U16 football national team. He fundraised two projects by running a marathon.
Mehdi is passionate about increasing the connection and friendship between different nations and their values. He has been working and studying for nearly seven years abroad in various countries since he left his hometown Augsburg. He returned in 2018 and transferred to our Munich Hub after being previously in the Dublin Hub.
“Laura Zermin is a product manager at Temedica, where she works to revolutionise the delivery of digital healthcare by leading the conception and creation of the start-ups' most recent health app.
She has experience in running various entrepreneurial initiatives and has been part of the first phase of several start-ups. Her academic background lies in Environmental Technology and Development Studies, which is why she is passionately contributing to the Climate Change group within the Global Shapers Munich.
She has worked and lived in Taiwan, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland.
“Freude, schöner Götterfunken,
Tochter aus Elisium,
Wir betreten feuertrunken,
Himmlische, dein Heiligthum.
I, Thomas Zschocke, am fascinated by the interplay of business, technology and policy. Therefore, I worked in tech startups (Rocket Internet, Uber) and a diplomatic mission (EU) – and studied Political Science as well as Management & Technology in
Germany, the USA and China.
Currently, I’m writing my master's theses on policy challenges
of autonomous driving (LMU & TUM), and will start
working as a consultant this summer (BCG). I’m passionate
about promoting the European Idea – especially since
Brexit! I therefore co-created the WahlSwiper App, I’m
active at Pulse of Europe, Volt and Stand Up For Europe,
and work as EU Student Ambassador.
Besides the European Idea, I also love Techno and playing