On Tuesday, 7 September 2021, we will be back from our summer break and are ready to start our IMPACT FESTIVAL. On this occasion, we would like to address the more than ever urgent topic of sustainability and focus on the extent to which companies can bring about changes within their organisation or their stakeholders.
We are therefore very pleased to welcome Prof. Dr. René Schmidpeter, Co-Founder of M3TRIX and Professor at the IUBH Munich. He will show to what extent sustainability in general is gaining acceptance as a new management paradigm.
Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Herwig Buchholz, Global Head of Group Corporate Sustainability at Merck, will give us an insight into the sustainability strategy of the Darmstadt-based chemical and pharmaceutical group.
We are also looking forward to meeting our dear colleague Mara Steinbrenner. She is part of the IMPACT FESTIVAL‘s project management team and a fresh Master’s graduate from the Innovation and Global Sustainable Development programme at Lund University (Sweden). She will give an overview of what we can expect at the IMPACT FESTIVAL from 16.09.-17.09.2021.
The evening will be moderated by Matthias Lais, Managing Director at main incubator.
We are looking forward to seeing you.
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Global Head of Group Corporate Sustainability, Merck
In his current role Herwig is heading Corporate Sustainability for the Merck Group. This includes the Corporate Sustainability Strategy Implementation, Corporate Sustainability Reporting, and Sustainability and Science & Technology Relations. Herwig is also experienced in taking innovations from the academic and start-up level to fully developed businesses.
Herwig joined Merck in 1996 and has held various positions with rising responsibility within several businesses of the Merck Group, e.g. in Business Development Fine Chemicals, R&D in Life Science Businesses, in the Pigments and Cosmetics Business, and the OLED business. Herwig holds a PhD in Chemistry from University of Hamburg, Germany and worked prior to his appointments in Merck for the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where he is a Fellow still today. Furthermore, Herwig is voluntarily involved in several academic and nonprofit institutions in the US and Germany, and thus contributes also externally to Merck’s reputation as a leading science and technology company. This includes also a Professorship at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, his service on the Board of the GDCh, the German Chemical Society, and on advisory boards of several academic and private institutions including the Fraunhofer Society.
Co-founder of M3TRIX GmbH | Member of the core team of the Parmenides Foundation | Vice-President of the Global Corporate Governance Institute | Professor at IU – International University in Munich
Prof. Dr. René Schmidpeter is an innovative thought leader for a paradigm shift in business administration as well as in the current sustainability discussion. He currently holds the professorship for Sustainable Management at the IU – International University in Munich and is an internationally recognised expert on strategic management, corporate transformation and global sustainability developments. In recent years, he has published more than 175 publications on CSR, sustainability, governance and ethics in his German- and English-language management series with Springer Verlag. He is an advisor and co-designer in numerous national and international sustainability initiatives (including the FAZ Institute, HAUFE Academy, DIHK) as well as in international think tanks (including in China, Australia, India, Great Britain, Japan, Slovenia, Austria and the USA). He is co-founder of M3TRIX GmbH in Cologne, member of the core team of the Parmenides Foundation and Vice-President of the Global Corporate Governance Institute.
Sustainable Innovation Management at IMPACT FESTIVAL
Mara is part of the IMPACT FESTIVAL project management team and a recent Master’s graduate from the Innovation and Global Sustainable Development programme at Lund University (Sweden).
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