Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann
Oliver Gassmann is professor of Technology and Innovation Management at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland, and managing director of the Institute of Technology Management. He has published 13 books and more than 250 highly cited articles in leading journals. Moreover, he serves on international boards in industry, engineering and consulting. He has coached several Fortune 500 companies in the area of innovation and inspired thousands of executives as a keynote speaker. His research focuses on the core question of how to lead innovation for competitive advantage.
Prof. Dr. Karolin Frankenberger
Co-Founder and Chairwoman
Karolin Frankenberger is assistant professor for Strategic Management at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. She is former head of the BMI Lab at the Institute of Technology Management, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland, and led the research project that became the foundation of the Business Model Navigator. She worked for several years as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. She received her PhD in 2004 from the Institute of Management, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland, and was a visiting researcher at Harvard Business School and the School of Business at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on Business Models, Strategic Renewal, and Networks.
BMI Lab AG
In 2008, Felix co-founded PaperC GmbH, a platform for academic eBooks, serving as its managing director for four years. The breakthrough business model Felix and his founding partners established was recognized with the AKEP Award, and the company was named Germany's Startup of The Year in 2009. He earned his M.A. in Business Innovation at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and got his Diploma from the Berlin School of Economics and Law. Felix is a true business model enthusiast.
BMI Lab AG
In close cooperation with the Institute, Katharina helps companies sustainably establish a culture of innovation and creativity to explore new business models outside their comfort zone. Katharina obtained her MSc. in Strategic Management with a specialization in strategic change strategies at the University of St. Gallen, and her Bsc. from Erasmus University of Rotterdam. Her mind runs at 100 ideas/second.
BMI Lab AG
Peter earned his master's in International Management with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the ESADE Business School, Barcelona, and the University of St. Gallen (in combination with CEMS). As co-founder of Altaselva GmbH, an import/export startup for Peruvian nut-oil, he oversaw development of the company's business plan. He enjoys playing with pattern cards and is fascinated by the world of IoT.
Georg von der Ropp
Partner Advisory BMI Lab AG and Managing Partner BMI Lab Deutschland GmbH
Prior to joining the BMI Lab, Georg had several leadership positions at Capgemini Germany, most recently as vice president in the CTO field, focusing on digital transformation and cooperation with startups. Following an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk at Siemens AG, he studied computer science at TU München. He earned an Executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen. His many years of experience in large enterprises as well as in the IT and consulting industries positioned Georg to take on the challenge of how to innovate and transform successful companies.
BMI Lab Deutschland GmbH
Together with Georg von der Ropp, Alexander started the German subsidiary of the BMI Lab in Munich. He is additionally charged with developing BMI Lab's business in Germany and beyond. Alexander obtained his MSc in Innovation & Entrepreneurship from the ESADE Business School. He has a background in entrepreneurship in the hospitality industry and worked as a consultant at Claro Partners. Startups make his heart tick faster, and he passes the knowledge he gains from them onto his clients.
BMI Lab Ireland and UK
He has held senior leadership positions across a diverse range of industries including the Telecoms, eCommerce, Renewable Energy, Forestry and Recreation sectors – all with the primary responsibility of delivering new business opportunities. He has extensive experience of managing and creating a culture of innovation in different types of organisations from Start-Ups to Multinational corporations to State-owned companies. Immediately prior to BMI Lab he was responsible for establishing and leading the group innovation function in Ireland’s largest forestry and natural resources company. He holds a business degree from Trinity College Dublin and a first class honors Masters degree in Strategy from Smurfit Business School in Dublin.
BMI Lab Ireland and UK
He was co-founder and CEO at 8020; Ireland’s leading digital marketing agency before selling it to a leading global agency. David has extensive experience of helping businesses develop unique value propositions to grow revenue. He has worked with many successful brands and companies including EY Global Advisory, Bank of Ireland, Aon, United Nations, RTÉ and Jameson Irish Whiskey. He also tried and failed with Ripple Platform – a social media tech startup – to develop a SaaS real-time predictive analytics platform. Managing through both success and failure have given him a critical understanding of the power of innovation to create growth. He has an MBA from the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, UCD.