Andreas Neef is managing partner of Z_punkt. As one of the pioneers in the field of strategic future consulting, he has 25 years of experience in designing and managing sophisticated foresight projects for large corporations and public institutions. As a process designer and moderator, he creates situations of openness to the future, clarity and creativity even in complex stakeholder constellations. His passion is the development of strategic objectives for the orientation of long-term transformation processes. In addition, the information scientist Neef advises management on building foresight competencies and on future-oriented organizational development.
Holger Glockner is a Managing Partner of Z_punkt and has been working in the foresight sector for more than fifteen years. He has initiated and implemented numerous projects for customers from various sectors, especially mobility and logistics, chemistry and mechanical engineering. Holger Glockner is very concerned with sustainable future markets and the question of how value creation systems will develop in future in the face of dynamic technological and social changes. He is constantly developing new experimental-analytical approaches at the interfaces of different methods and disciplines to gain strategic insights into the future. He studied political science, sociology and business administration; in addition, he was also involved in training the younger generation of foresight experts as a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Art and Design at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and for the Master’s degree in Future Studies at FU Berlin.
Kai Jannek has many years’ experience in managing foresight projects for clients from a range of sectors. Among other issues, he focuses on the question of how new technologies – such as robotics and additive manufacturing – will change everydaylife, work and consumption. He is particularly interested in changes in consumer behaviour. He also develops approaches to make strategic management tools applicable to foresight processes. Kai Jannek studied economics, specialising in strategic marketing and development economics. He has been writing the science fiction column in the philosophy journal agora42 for the past five years or so.
Dr. Christian Grünwald is responsible for the Public Foresight division. His work focuses on scenario planning and vision development as well as trend projects in the public sector and industry. He intensely explores the consequences of technological change for politics and society, the future of work and the innovative application of foresight methods. Before joining Z_punkt, Christian studied political science and religious studies, followed by a doctorate, and worked for eight years in a large German communications agency and as a lecturer at the University of Kassel.
As Scientific Director, Dr Karlheinz Steinmüller is responsible for the methodological excellence and scientific basis of Z_punkt’s work. Karlheinz Steinmüller is a specialist in methodology and a generalist for questions about the future. He has a degree in Physics and a doctorate in philosophy. As an expert in history and the fundamentals of future studies, he teaches on the Master’s course in Future Studies at the Free University of Berlin. Together with his wife Angela, Karlheinz Steinmüller has written several textbooks and science fiction novels.
Sivert von Saldern is an expert on questions relating to technology and innovation management, an interest that was sparked during his degree course in business administration. He is particularly interested in new routes to innovative products and services, such as those in the area of open innovation, for instance. Sivert von Saldern’s expertise also covers the future of mobility and the disruptive potential of information and communication technology.
Andreas Schaich is a project manager in the Innovation Foresight and Strategic Foresight divisions. He is responsible for client projects covering a wide variety of sectors, focusing in particular on the energy economy, agriculture and mobility sector. As a specialist in the application of the scenario technique, he assists Z_punkt clients to develop strategies and images of the future, often using a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. He laid the foundations for his foresight expertise whilst studying political economics university, focusing particularly on the energy industry.
More than 25 years of experience in product development, product management, strategic marketing and innovation management helped Birgit Schaldecker to build her broad-based methodical expertise for strategic innovation processes.
She is an expert in creative processes that really work and produce the results desired. She is particularly interested in consulting and implementing sustainable innovation cultures, healthy team processes and integrating lateral thinkers.
Building a base of thorough trend research and in-depth market analysis, the engineer focusses always on the customers needs and sets her priorities in product and strategy concept development and the development of valid business models and diverse business cases.
Thomas Hufnagl deals, in particular, with the question of what our clients’ new, disruptive business models will look like in promising growth areas. In doing so, he draws on more than ten years of professional experience. Before joining Z_punkt, he helped develop an electric vehicle from scratch and held the roles of CEO and CTO in a start-up for six years. For a few years now, his work has focused on autonomous driving and the city–energy ecosystem. His whole approach looks at links between disruptive technologies through to behavioural research.
Julia Klingemann is a specialist for future-oriented strategy and organisational development in the public sector. Her particular strength lies in the results- and consensus-oriented project management in complex stakeholder constellations. Julia Klingemann studied Information Science, Psychology and Philosophy (M.A.) at the Free University of Berlin. She was Managing Director and Head of the Association Management Division at the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband e.V.). In addition to her work as an associate at Z_punkt, she advises universities on questions of strategic orientation and organizational development for CHE Consult.
The economist Daniel Bonin is involved in trend and scenario projects for global companies, especially those operating in the energy and automotive sectors, and also works in the field of public foresight. Daniel Bonin spends his time analysing social and technological upheavals and their implications for our clients. Prior to joining Z_punkt, he completed a Master’s degree in economics at the University of Cologne, which involved spending a semester in Hungary focusing on business futures studies.
Stephanie Poole holds a Diploma in Product Design, utilising her analytical, foresight and design skills. She spends her time thinking about the future for people and their needs in a technologically changing society. Design thinking is a product of her own creation, and her passion lies in designing inspiring products and services for markets of the future. Stephanie designs inspirational workshop settings and is Z_punkt’s specialist when it comes to future storytelling, using text, images, illustrations, films and 3D renderings.
As a Foresight Analyst, Max Irmer works on projects in the field of strategic and public foresight. He mainly focuses on investigating cross-disciplinary trends and their effects on the future strategic directions of our clients. Max Irmer read cultural studies at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg before going on to study urbanism at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. When not working for Z_punkt, he spends his time as a lecturer, imparting his knowledge about cities of the future to students at various universities.
Julian Sachs works as a Foresight Consultant in the field of innovation and strategy at Z_punkt. Whilst studying business and innovation management at university, he was involved in research topics concerning health and food innovation, sustainable cities and the circular economy. Aside from gaining international experience in Canada, Scotland and the Netherlands, he has also worked in the field of design research for a publishing house and carried out several marketing and innovation projects for a major Swiss furniture manufacturer.
Ulrike Braun is the Head of Administration at Z_punkt. She is responsible for finance and credit control, as well as heading up the administration team. She studied economics, majoring in marketing, in Wuppertal. She has many years’ experience working for international companies in the industrial and retail sectors.
Julia Ochsenhirt is Z_punkt's artistic soul. She visualises scenarios, visions of the future and innovation ideas and has played a decisive role in shaping the company's corporate design. Her work has won numerous awards in creative competitions. The communication designer trained at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen and was Head of Design at the renowned creative agency Strichpunkt in Stuttgart and Berlin for many years. She works as a freelance art director and illustrator for clients from Europe and Asia.
Lea Oneko is Design Strategist at Z_punkt and is interested in socio-cultural issues and their influence on our future. After her studies she worked in the field of design communication and design research for various start-ups, non-profit organisations and design studios in Nairobi, Mumbai and London. In Mumbai she was involved in the recycling of industrial waste. In Nairobi she worked first in product and graphic design and later as a design researcher on socially oriented health projects. Lea studied fashion design in Hamburg and Material Futures at Central Saint Martins University in London.
Clarissa Schmitt is a strategic designer with a background in industrial design. She is particularly interested in participatory and transdisciplinary processes.
She came to Foresight through her work with speculative design and philosophy of technology during her master's studies at Eindhoven University of Technology. During and alongside her studies, she also continued her entrepreneurial education: for example, she and a fellow student participated in several incubators and competitions to develop a formerly student project into a market-ready product.