Michael Boehm

Michael Boehm

Members at Large – Southern California
Clean-Tech and Sustainability IG Co-Chair – Southern California

COO at Haig Barrett, a management consulting firm
Partner in HB/Sustain, Haig Barrett’s sustainability practice.

m.boehm@gaba-network.org

With over two decades of international business experience as a technology entrepreneur, Michael understands the real pressures organizations and their decision makers face on a daily basis. He has co-designed the Haig BarrettSustainovation sustainability strategic framework to create growth opportunities, build business, and find new streams of profitability.

Educated at Northwestern and Stanford Graduate School of Business, Michael combines an understanding of the behavior of organizations and the individuals who make them up and the technical systems they use to deliver service and value.

Michael is LEED AP and also certified in The Natural Step. Previous work experience included CEO of Solar start up SEDI, CTO ofcarsdirect.com, and work on Sempra’s smart grid while VP at Proximetry.

Michael teaches classes in the Global Sustainability Certificate programs at the University of California (UCLA) and is a Co-Founder of the Advanced Sustainability Institute in Santa Monica. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and is both a student and lecturer on Taoist philosophy. He serves as the Clean Tech Chair for the German American Business Association in Southern California.

Lex Anselm

Lex Anselm

Clean-Tech and Sustainability IG Co-Chair – Southern California

Entrepreneur and Real Estate Consultant at the Beverly Hills branch of Rodeo Realty

l.anselm@gaba-network.org

As certified negotiator successfully manages client projects in international business, residential, commercial and luxury real estate transactions with a passion for sustainable energy and “green” buildings.

As CSO of Playfone, a global multimedia content provider, he established and managed new markets in the US, Canada, Germany, UK, Sweden and the Baltic countries. As Founder and Director of Dancerzone.com successfully established a social networking platform.

In his earlier career as a professional athlete, he won the German Championships as a break dancer, the 2000 MTV talent awards out of 3000 competitors, 5th place in the 1996 World Championships in BMX freestyle and holds a Karate brown belt.

He studied business, commercial and real estate law in L.A., engineering in Karlsruhe, and holds a B.A. in International Business Administration of the European University in Hamburg, Germany.

Fluent in English, German and Russian and with a working knowledge in Italian and Dutch, he has lived in six countries, and worked and travelled in over 35 countries.

Petra Korn

Petra Korn

Media and Entertainment IG Co-Chair – Southern California

p.korn@gaba-network.org

Petra Korn is an attorney admitted to practice both in Germany and in California. In the past ten years Petra has gained experience in media and entertainment law and transactions in Cologne and Berlin, Germany, and also in domestic and international corporate law and litigation through working for a prestigious law firm in Los Angeles. Petra enjoys having her own practice since November 2009 (www.germanamericanlawyer.com).

Petra advises domestic and international clients on transactional matters mainly in the fields of International Law, German Law, Corporate and Business Law, and Intellectual Property Law. Petra has the unique ability to advise clients on German and California law. Being able to explain the legal procedures either under German law or California law to the client in the native language is a big comforting factor to many of Petra’s clients.

Petra’s background and education has focused on Media Law, International Business Cartels, Unfair Competition, and Copyright Law. Petra furthered her studies in Media and European Law at the Administrative College in Speyer.

To best serve the needs of her clients, Petra maintains close relationships with, and associates with, a network of other attorneys and other professionals, like immigration lawyers and accountants.

Bernd Stephan

Bernd Stephan

Media and Entertainment IG Co-Chair – Southern California

President & CEP, Media Finance Group, LLC

b.stephan@gaba-network.org

Bernd Stephan is the founding principal of the Media Finance Group (MFG). MFG’s core services include financial and strategic advisory, international cross-border consulting services for companies based in the U.S. with investments in Germany and vice versa, film finance consulting and investment advisory services for investors who are interested in investing in the Media and Entertainment industry (http://www.mediafinancegroup.com/).

Bernd is an experienced finance executive with extensive U.S. and international experience in media and entertainment, corporate finance, operations, accounting, international tax consulting, start-up consulting and international cross-border consulting. He has tremendous expertise related to the media and entertainment industry and has a long track record of securing financing.

Before founding MFG, he served as CFO of The Film Department where he led the company’s IPO process and was the Controller of the Yari Film Group. He oversaw the financing of such films as Law Abiding Citizen, Academy Award Winner Crash, Hostage, Illusionist, Hoax, Painted Veil, Prime, Matador, The Rebound, A Little Bit of Heaven, Accidental Husband, Narc and many more. He started his career in the accounting industry and worked in several firms in Germany and New York. He is a member of the Gemeinschaft zur Förderung des deutschen Films in Los Angeles (chaired by Dr. Bernd Fischer, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany) and of the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA). He holds a Masters of Accounting from the Corporate State University of Baden Wuerttemberg in Germany and is a licensed CPA.