Blockchain - a Transaction Technology for Smart Contracts

> Target audience  - Key benefits  -  Key topics  -  Meet the staff

We reap massive benefits from working together. But strong trust is scarce. Since the early days of our societies, trust boundaries between individuals, businesses, institutions, and governments have prevented us from collaborating and dealing freely with each other. The blockchain can be seen as the core of a digital trust machine that people can use to replace the human and labor-intensive processes we have traditionally employed to overcome trust boundaries – such as trusted third parties (banks, notaries, platform provider such as AirBnB, certifiers such as Fairtrade…) or expensive investigations through regulators and audit firms.

The bitcoin payment network showcased that it is possible to perform high-value transactions, that is, send money around the world as simply as an e-mail, without the need for complicated systems of settlement and clearing processes run by banks and payment processors. The past two years have seen significant replications of the technology.

In this English language program it is our goal to provide a practical introduction to the technology for executives across industries in order to understand its disruptive potential.


Target audience

Executives across industries who would like to get an introduction to cutting-edge, decentralized digital technology (“blockchain”), its potential for disruption, and how it will affect their business.
(We do not expect deep IT expertise but welcome enthusiasm for the potential of digital technologies.)


Key benefits

  • Master the basic workings of decentralized technology
  • Be able to analyze the disruptive potential of decentralized technology on your business
  • Share the excitement of innovative entrepreneurs around the globe to experiment with this technology


Key topics

  • General introduction to the blockchain
  • Practical workshops to gain a feeling for the potential and have a starting point for experimentation in your organization
  • Business innovation leveraging decentralized technology
  • The global blockchain trust computer and its societal implications


Meet the teaching staff

Christoph Burger (Program Director)

Senior Associate Dean of Executive Education and Senior Lecturer, ESMT Berlin

Christoph studied business administration and economics at the University of Saarbrücken (Germany), the Hochschule St. Gallen (Switzerland), and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA). He has taught microeconomics at the University of Ann Arbor, was project leader at Otto Versand, worked as a strategy consultant at Arthur D. Little and as an independent consultant, and was vice president at the Bertelsmann Buch AG.

Christoph has professional experience in strategy, post-merger integration, equity financing as well as customer and supplier management. He has solid international experience, spanning Northern and Eastern Europe and the United States.

At ESMT, Christoph directs and teaches in the open enrollment programs Decision Making and Entscheidungs-/ Verhandlunsgtechniken as well as in customized executive programs for clients such as BDI, Deutsche Lufthansa, E.ON, European Business Congress, and T-Systems. He has previously taught in the MBA program of Guanghua School of Management of Peking University and the EMBA and CEO program of CKGSB. He also runs discussion forums such as the Climate Lunch series together with BDI, WWF.


Christoph Jentzsch

is founder and CEO at Christoph has been part of the Ethereum project since 2014 as Lead Tester, securing and shaping the core protocol while working on the backend of the C++ client. His background is in theoretical physics.


Greg McMucllen
is a lawyer, internet activist, and Director of the Interplanetary Database Foundation, or IPDB, an internet-scale blockchain database for everyone, and Chief Policy Officer of BigchainDB (formerly


Bruce Pon
is the CEO/Co-Founder of BigchainDB, a blockchain database that allows enterprises to deploy decentralized applications. Prior to BigchainDB, Bruce co-founded Avantalion, a consulting firm specialised in building banks and industry startups in Europe and Asia for companies such as Mercedes- Benz, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi. He has an Engineering Degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has advanced training from MIT Sloan, University of Cambridge and IMD.

Shermin Voshmgir
Shermin is the founder of BlockchainHub and runs BlockchainHub Berlin. She is on the advisory board of the Estonian e-residency program, a curator of theDAO and regularly speaks at conferences and consults on Blockchains & Smart Contracts. Shermin did her PhD in IT-Management at the Vienna University of Economics, where she used to work as an assistant professor and currently lectures blockchain related topics.


Björn Wagner
Björn is responsible for the examination of the application possibilities of Distributed Ledger Technology within a scientific work at Siemens AG, Berlin. Meanwhile, he works at Ethcore Ltd., as business developer and project manager.