Governing bodies

Governing and advisory bodies

As a state-accredited business school, ESMT Berlin has two spheres of governance. The corporate governance of the business school regulates all strategic and operative issues of the school. Its managing directors (president and CFO), being legally responsible for the school, are controlled by the supervisory board and advised by the executive management committee (EMC). The EMC is made up of the managing directors and the deans of the school.

The academic governance of the school deals with all matters relating to faculty policy, research, and education. There are two main bodies: the academic board and the academic committee. The academic board is an independent advisory body for academic matters. The academic committee supervises and advises the president in fundamental academic issues regarding research, academic instruction, and further development of the study program.

The president is in charge of the school and represents it in both spheres of its governance.

Twenty-five corporations and institutions established the endowed ESMT Foundation, which consequently founded ESMT GmbH, the supporting organization of the school (so called in German “Trägerin”). The ESMT foundation’s executive committee legally represents and leads the foundation and is controlled by the board of trustees. Both are advised by the international advisory council. The majority shareholder of the school is the ESMT Foundation and the minority shareholder is the Gesellschaft der Freunde und Förderer der ESMT e. V.

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Supervisory Board of ESMT GmbH

Supervisory Board of ESMT GmbH

The supervisory board is a controlling governing body of ESMT GmbH. It controls and advises the management directors of the school.

  • Chairman: Dr. Werner Zedelius, Senior Advisor, Allianz SE 
  • Milagros Caiña-Andree, Member of the Board of Management, BMW AG
  • Dr. Roland Busch, Chief Technology Officer and Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG
  • Dr. Michael Diederich, Spokesman of the Management Board, HypoVereinsbank – UniCredit Bank AG
  • Dr. Andreas Dombret, Former Board Member, Deutsche Bundesbank
  • Dr. Joachim Faber, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Börse AG
  • Christoph Kübel, Member of the Board of Management and Director of Industrial Relations, Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management, Daimler AG
  • Dr. Thomas Ogilvie, Member of the Board - HR & Arbeitsdirektor Deutsche Post DHL
  • Karl von Rohr, Member of Management Board, Chief Administrative Officer, Deutsche Bank AG
Executive Management Committee

Executive Management Committee

Members of the executive management committee provide updates from their areas and give recommendations to the managing directors on various administrative and operative issues.

Academic Board

Academic Board

The Academic Board consists of leading academics of international reputation. Members of the Academic Board are proposed by the faculty and appointed by the president. They advise ESMT Berlin and its president on all fundamental academic issues and provide feedback on ESMT’s academic development.

  • Chairman: Tim Baldenius, Paul M. Montrone Professor of Private Enterprise in the Faculty of Business, Columbia Business School
  • Peter Shawn Bearman, Jonathan R. Cole Professor of the Social Sciences, Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics; Columbia University
  • Francesca Cornelli, Alexander M. Knaster Professor, Professor of Finance; Faculty Advisor for the MiF, MiM and Sloan Programmes, London Business School
  • Alfonso Gambardella, Professor of Management and Head of the Department of Management and Technology, Università Bocconi
  • Martin Gargiulo, Professor of Entrepreneurship, INSEAD
  • Michael J. Page, Professor of Finance and Management, Bentley University
  • Manju Puri, J. B. Fuqua Professor; Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business
  • Vinod Singhal, Professor of Operations Management, Associate Dean, MBA Programs; Dunn Family Professorship in Operations Management; Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Florian Zettelmeyer, Nancy L. Ertle Professor of Marketing, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Academic Committee

Academic Committee

The Academic Committee is an academic supervisory and advisory body of ESMT. Current members are:

  • Chairman: Prof. Jörg Rocholl, PhD, President and Managing Director, ESMT Berlin
  • Ingo Albrecht, MBA Class 2018, ESMT Berlin
  • Prof. Zoltán Antal-Mokos, PhD, Dean of Degree Programs, ESMT Berlin
  • Prof. Catalina Stefanescu-Cuntze, PhD, Dean of Faculty, ESMT Berlin
  • Prof. Matthew Bothner, PhD, ESMT Berlin
  • Prof. Tamer Boyaci, PhD, ESMT Berlin
  • Prof. Gianluca Carnabuci, PhD, ESMT Berlin
  • Omar ElMaria, MIM Class 2018-2020, ESMT Berlin
  • Benjamin Große-Rüschkamp, Research Assistant, ESMT Berlin
  • Nils Krüger, MIM Class 2017-2019, ESMT Berlin
  • Nina Walters, EMBA Class 2017-2019, ESMT Berlin
ESMT Foundation Board of Trustees

ESMT Foundation Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

  • Chairman: Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management, Daimler AG
  • Vice Chairman: Jürgen Fitschen, Chairman of the Deutsche Bank Foundation

Additional members

  • Franz Fehrenbach, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Timotheus Höttges, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Telekom AG 
  • Guido Kerhof, Chief Executive Officer, thyssenkrupp AG 
  • Carsten Spohr,  Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO, Deutsche Lufthansa AG


International Advisory Council

International Advisory Council

ESMT Berlin’s International Advisory Council (IAC) was instituted by the Board of Trustees of the ESMT Foundation to provide external perspective, assessment, and support to the school. Its main goals are to foster ESMT’s mission by acting as an advocate for ESMT around the world, to provide advice on strategic direction and overall objectives while supporting the school’s founding principles and values, and to promote ESMT’s relationships with its founders as well as with individuals and organizations associated with the school.

  • Chairman: Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management, Daimler AG
  • Dr. Patrick Adenauer, Managing Partner, Bauwens GmbH & Co. KG
  • Klaus Becker, CEO, KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
  • Dr. Clemens Börsig, Former Chairman of the Board of Management, Deutsche Bank Stiftung
  • Oliver Burkhard, Member of the Executive Board and CHRO, thyssenkrupp AG
  • Dr. Gerhard Cromme, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG
  • Dr. Michael Diederich, Spokesman of the Management Board, HypoVereinsbank – UniCredit Bank AG
  • Michael Diekmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Allianz SE
  • Hans-Joachim Gornig, Consultant, Gazprom Germania GmbH
  • Dr. Doris Höpke, Member of the Board of Management, Münchener Rückversicherungs Gesellschaft AG
  • Carsten Kratz, Senior Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group GmbH
  • David Knower, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, Cerberus Deutschland Beteiligungsberatung GmbH
  • Lothar Lanz, Member of the Supervisory Board, Axel Springer SE
  • Dr. Johannes-Tobias Lorenz, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Inc
  • Frank Mattern, Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
  • Philippe Oddo, CEO und General Partner, BHF-BANK
  • Herr Dr. Thomas Ogilvie, Member of the Board - HR & Arbeitsdirektor Deutsche Post DHL
  • Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management, Daimler AG
  • Professor Hermann Simon, Honorary Chairman and Founder, Simon, Kucher & Partners
  • Dr. Johannes Teyssen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, E.ON SE
  • Frau Hiltrud D. Werner, Member of the Board, Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
Board of FRIENDS OF ESMT (Gesellschaft der Freunde und Förderer der ESMT e.V.)

Board of FRIENDS OF ESMT (Gesellschaft der Freunde und Förderer der ESMT e.V.)

  • Chairman: Prof. Dr. Wulff Plinke, Founding Dean, ESMT Berlin
  • Vice Chairman: Dr. Klaus Aden, Managing Director of LAB Lachner Aden Beyer & Company GmbH
  • Treasurer: Georg Garlichs, Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director, ESMT Berlin
  • Nick Barniville, Associate Dean, Degree Programs
  • Christoph Dänzer-Vanotti, Lawyer
  • Dr. Oliver Engels, Managing Director Internal Auditing, Deutsche Börse AG
  • Dipl.-Volksw. Christian Amsinck, Managing Director of Vereinigung der Unternehmensverbände in Berlin und Brandenburg e.V.

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Founders and Benefactors

Airbus Group, Allianz SE, Axel Springer SE, Bayer AG, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V., Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände e.V., Daimler AG, Deutsche Bank AG, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Deutsche Post AG, Deutsche Telekom AG, E.ON SE, GAZPROM Germania GmbH, HypoVereinsbank - UniCredit Bank AG, innogy SE, KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, MAN SE, McKinsey & Company, Inc., Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, SAP SE, Siemens AG, The Boston Consulting Group, thyssenkrupp AG