Steffen Bartschat

Steffen Bartschat

Innovation Industry Group
Co-Chair 

CEO and Founder of Hill88

steffen@hill88.com
www.linkedin.com/in/bartschat

Steffen Bartschat is CEO/Founder of Hill88. At Hill88, Steffen helps corporates plug into the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem and helps startups scale to sustainability. His primary focus are consumer-targeted products spanning industries that include automotive, education, software, electronics and wearables. Steffen holds BS & MS degrees from Carnegie Mellon, and an MS in Business Management from Stanford Business School.

Stefanie Bastian

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GABA  Director
Women in Business Interest Group
Co-Chair

www.linkedin.com/in/stefaniebastian

Before being appointed to the GABA board of directors, Stefanie served GABA for four and a half years. First as event manager, then as program and marketing director, she helped shape the face of GABA to becoming the successful and welcoming networking platform it is today. Stefanie holds a master’s degree in communications from the Berlin University of the Arts, that she has applied to many different fields of work – from film license acquisition in Mexico City, to script consulting and planning of film pitches and workshops for different start-ups in Berlin. She was also part of the founding team of the new Youth section for the Berlin Film Festival. Stefanie has since ventured out into the world of mobile publishing and is in charge of the German edition of the News and Magazine App Flipboard and is still following her passion for film as a board member of the Berlin and Beyond Film Festival in San Francisco.

Angelika Blendstrup, Ph.D.

Angelika Blendstrup

International Industry Group
Chair

Principal & Founder of Angelika Blendstrup & Associates
www.linkedin.com/in/angelikablendstrup

Angelika Blendstrup, Ph.D. is the founder and principal of Angelika Blendstrup & Associates, www.professional-business-communications.com.
As of January 2014, she is also Founding Partner & Chief Entrepreneur Evangelist of SV LATAM Fund located in Silicon Valley, investing in Latin American startups; Founding Partner & Chief Entrepreneur Evangelist, ZFunction University, Latin America’s Tech Entrepreneurship Program in SV.

She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a Master’s from UC Berkeley. In addition to English, Angelika speaks and teaches in French, Spanish, Portuguese, and German. Angelika coaches international executives and entrepreneurs on US business communications in Silicon Valley and delivers classes at Stanford University’s Continuing Studies, Haas Business School and UCLA Anderson School of Management on US business communications, personal branding and US business presentations.

Angelika is the author of They Made It! – featuring interviews with major foreign-born leaders of Silicon Valley, and co-author of Communicating the American Way.

She mentors @ 500 Startups, Up West labs [Israeli accelerator] and is mentor and advisor at Brazil Innovators, Endeavor, SiliconHouse and Startup Embassy.

www.facebook.com/AngelikaBlendstrupAssociates
www.linkedin.com/in/angelikablendstrup
www.youtube.com/angelikablendstrup

Florian Brody

Media & Entertainment Industry Group
Co-Chair

Brody & Partners

www.linkedin.com/in/fbrody
www.brody.org

Florian Brody is an international marketing executive and digital media specialist with over 25 years’ experience. He works as a certified life coach and a startup business mentor in the Silicon Valley and internationally. He has been working for over 20 years in the Silicon Valley and co-founded four companies. Brody is a digital media pioneer and  developed digital media strategies for start-ups and Fortune500 companies, among them Apple, Ciba-Geigy Novartis, Kodak, and Philips. Brody has been teaching digital media theory and business management for over 30 years. He held the first chair for multimedia at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and was a member of the graduate faculty of Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA and lecturer at the Universidad de Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. He is an adjunct professor at the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences in Saxonia-Anhalt, Germany and a senior instructor at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. He is a certified Integral Coach®, holds a certification from the International Coach Federation and is a master practitioner at the Mentor Bureau. Brody has been serving as co-chair for media and entertainment at GABA for over ten years and is a past Vice President of the ICF Bay Area Chapter and founding president of ASCIA. Brody is published in multiple languages and a keynote speaker at international conferences.

Tim Bussiek, Ph.D.

Software Industry Group
Chair

www.linkedin.com/in/timbussiek

An economist turned marketeer, Dr. Tim Bussiek has over 20 years experience in enterprise software, holding executive positions as CMO, CTO and VP Products at a number of startups, as well as serving 12 years in leading roles within SAP’s Product Marketing and Business Development, covering applications such as Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Business Intelligence, Employee Self-Services, composite applications (xApps) and SAP HANA. As such, Tim has been a key driver and visionary in Silicon Valley’s evolution of e-commerce, service-oriented architecture (SOA), cloud management, data and analytics and user experience technologies and their adoption in advanced enterprise settings.

E.J. Dieterle

E.J. Dieterle

Human Resources Industry Group
Co-Chair

President & CEO, YES Partners

www.linkedin.com/in/edieterle

E.J. is the President & CEO of YES Partners, a global Executive Search Firm. He helps building and growing companies in Europe, Asia and North America by helping companies to find their Management Teams. He held positions as SVP for the US-Northeast-Region and MD(ManagingDirector) Japan, MD South Korea and MD UK. He has been responsible for operations of 270 staff. EJ managed the operation of projects for Hewlett-Packard, lectured at the ‘Japan Market-Entry Competition’ in Tokyo (Chambers-of-Commerce from Europe, USA and Canada), and presents in Europe and Asia about “Market-Entry USA” strategies.

His native language is German, but he also speaks English, Spanish, French and can communicate in Japanese. EJ has a MBA and is an Alumni with IMD (Lausanne/Switzerland) and the New York World Trade Center on International Trade, and has a degree from the German Chamber of Commerce.

EJ is a member with NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors), SVASE, a Chair for HR (Human Resources) with GABA, Churchill Club, IBDN, World Affairs Council, KASE & KIN (Korea IT Network), Japan Society, JCCNC (Japanese Chamber of Commerce), and serves as a Director for World Service with Rotary International. He is also a Board-director of WCL.

Olaf Groth

Olaf Groth

Clean Technology Industry Group
Co-Chair

CEO, Emergent Frontiers Group LLC

www.linkedin.com/in/olafgroth

Olaf is Managing Director of Emergent Frontiers Group LLC, which counsels senior corporate executives, private equity investors and government officials on global innovation trends, strategy, ecosystems and transactions. As such, he has a particular focus on convergence spaces in which infocomms and big data intersect with energy, environment, transportation and infrastructure domains.

Olaf is also Global Professor of Strategy, Innovation, Management & Economics at HULT International Business School, where he teaches across a global network of campuses, including San Francisco, New York, London, Dubai and Shanghai. Employing interactive executive-style techniques that address real-world challenges in the classroom, he recently earned the distinction of Professor-of-the-Year in San Francisco and Top-5 Professor globally.

Olaf has 20 years of experience in full-time, interim executive and advisory roles for corporate, business, market, operations and venture development, as well as government relations. He has helped qualify, negotiate and stand up new initiatives and programs in 30+ countries with opportunity between $100M to $2billion. Employers and clients have included AirTouch, Bechtel, Boeing, Qualcomm, Q.Cells, Siemens, Vodafone, Volkswagen, a global oil and gas corporation, transportation technology and crowdcasting startups, and a Silicon Valley VC firm.

Olaf has been a judge for the GE ecomagination challenge, a contributor to the World Economic Forum Project on Europe’s Innovation-Driven Competitiveness 2.0, a Senior Fellow for innovation at Tufts University’s Institute for Business in Global Context, and a Fellow for competitiveness at Grenoble Ecole de Management. He is a Co-Chair for innovation ecosystems at the Corporate Innovators Huddle and for the Energy & Environment Committee at the Pacific Council on International Policy, an Advisory Board member of the Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative, as well as a member of the Research Council of the Bay Area Economics Institute.

Olaf holds PhD, MALD, MAIPS and BA degrees in international business & economic relations and technology policy & management from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and the Monterey Institute of International Studies of Middlebury College. He also studied negotiation at Harvard, trade economics at Georgetown, finance at UC Berkeley and strategic leadership at the Center for Creative Leadership.

Oliver Hanisch

Oliver Hanisch

Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital Industry Group
Co-Chair

www.linkedin.com/in/ohanisch

Oliver is an entrepreneurial minded marketing and business development professional with extensive experience in international and intercultural environments. Oliver was born and raised in Germany, and lived and worked in Sweden, Bangkok, and Silicon Valley. He founded his first company at the age of twenty, and worked with global companies, such as Siemens and Merck. Oliver has spent more than 2 years with Red Herring and advises numerous international startups. He graduated from Pforzheim University of Applied Science in Germany, and received his Master’s Degree with Distinction from CTF Research Center at Karlstad Universitet in Sweden.

Achim Hoelzle

Achim Hoelzle

Media & Entertainment Industry Group
Co-Chair

Attorney-at-Law at FeldbergPacific Law Group

www.linkedin.com/in/achim-hoelzle-520399

Mr. Hoelzle is the founding partner of Feldberg Pacific Law Group, a boutique law firm in San Francisco, CA. His firm specializes in representing German and U.S. clients in Start-up Company, VC, cross-border M&A, and licensing matters. His clients benefit greatly from his vast network of contacts in the technology, media, solar and venture capital industries in Europe and the U.S. Mr. Hoelzle is admitted to practice law in California and Germany and has over 14 years of experience in advising clients in corporate and technology transactions in Germany and the U.S. Prior to founding Feldberg Pacific Law Group he was a senior attorney with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in Palo Alto, CA.

Gunther Hofmann

Gunther Hofmann

Financial Committee Chair
Entrepreneurs & VC IG Co-Chair

Director at Armanino LLP

www.linkedin.com/in/guntherhofmann

Gunther Hofmann (CFA, CVA, CEPA) is a Director at Armanino LLP, the largest independent California based CPA/Consulting firm. He leads the corporate finance activities of the firm, providing sell-side as well as buy-side M&A representation as well as valuation services. He has previously worked in software strategy consulting, a semiconductor start-up, and an automotive venture capital fund.

Mandy Herrmann

Mandy Herrmann

Young Professionals Interest Group
Co-Chair
Women in Business Interest Group
Co-Chair

Sr. Performance Marketing Manager at Balsam Brands

www.linkedin.com/in/mandy-herrmann-2275408

Mandy is currently an Online Marketing Strategist at Balsam Brands, an innovative ecommerce retailer of holiday and home décor products based in Silicon Valley. She started her career in traditional marketing and PR working for the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACCoM) in Chicago. After moving to the Bay Area, Mandy joined the start-up Become, Inc. and switched to the world of Online Marketing becoming an expert in Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing.

Mandy was born and raised in Germany and studied both there and the United States. She holds a Master’s Degree in German Literature, History and Communications. After relocating to California she joined GABA and made important business contacts who helped build her career and professional network. She wants to help other young professionals starting their professional careers in the Bay Area.

Katrin Jakob, Ph.D.

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Life Sciences / Healthcare Interest Group
Co-Chair

Founder & CEO of California Business Associates LLC

www.linkedin.com/in/katrinjakob

Katrin Jakob, PhD, is an entrepreneur, scientific and business advisor, and Founder & CEO of California Business Associates LLC, an innovative business accelerator for startup companies in Biotechnology. She has over 20 years experience in plant and microbial biotechnology and R&D project management. She received a Master’s degree in Agriculture from the Humboldt University in Berlin, and a Ph.D. in Crop Science from the University of Giessen, Germany, and performed her postdoctoral research in plant molecular biology & genetics at the University of Chicago. Katrin started her career at the Institute of Crop Science at the Federal Agriculture Research Center in Braunschweig, Germany, and worked at Mendel Biotechnology in California, where she was leading research in plant pathology, molecular breeding, biofuels, plant transformation and microbial technologies to enhance crop productivity and stability.

Linda K. Cleary

GABA Director
Women in Business Interest Group
Co-Chair

www.linkedin.com/in/lindakcleary

Linda Kotzot Cleary is Chair of the GABA Women in Business (WIB) Group, and a senior lead generation marketing manager, with 15 years’ experience leading successful multi-channel marketing programs for high-tech companies and international business organizations.

Previously, she’s led online prospect acquisition programs for Dell, developed top revenue-producing programs for email automation company Lyris, and managed global communication campaigns for innovation-mapping software company Mindjet.

Linda is German-born and a long-time California resident, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing from Santa Clara University. For details visit: linkedin.com/in/lindakcleary

Florian Kolb

Clean Technology Industry Group
Co-Chair

www.linkedin.com/in/florianakolb

Florian has more than 20 years of professional experience in tech and non-tech-related industries with a strong background in mergers & acquisitions (Florian has led and worked on more than 60 deals worth over 12bn USD, including venture deals), post-merger integration (7bn USD integration), operational management, restructuring (2,5bn+ program), business development, market entry and innovation (Silicon Valley).

Florian started his career working for a serial entrepreneur who developed and IPO’ed a highly successful packaging business. During the dot.com era, Florian advised tech and start-up companies in early- and later-stage fundraising. He focused on private equity and leveraged transactions in Automotive and Electronics before joining RWE, a leading pan-European energy company with more than 50bn revenues and more than 60.000 employees.

At RWE, Florian lead M&A deals worth more than 10bn USD. After the acquisition of it’s Dutch business, Florian managed the integration of this 7bn+ USD acquisition into the RWE group. He then became the Managing Director of RWE’s Dutch services company, transforming major corporate functions, delivering very ambitious cost-savings and multi-million USD IT programs. Florian was appointed in 2013 by the Executive Board of RWE to manage the 2.5bn+ USD group-wide transformation program, covering all main areas and functions of the business.

In 2015, Florian has been appointed Managing Director of RWE’s activities in Silicon Valley (which now have been rebranded innogy). He focuses to secure future, non-traditional business for innogy via three core activity streams: 1. Innovation, 2. investments and 3. market entry. This includes leading strategic investments in early- and later-stage tech companies, leading the group-wide data-driven business model activities and testing and launching new businesses for innogy. During the last two years, innogy has invested a very substantial double-digit million USD amount in various Silicon Valley-based activities. Florian serves on the boards of portfolio companies from Silicon Valley. Florian is also a founding father of the Free Electrons program, a global accelerator program operated by a consortium of leading utilities from around the world. He is acting as a mentor for various Singularity University programs.

Florian holds a masters degree in economics from the University of Passau, Germany. He participated in executive programs from leading academic institutions such as INSEAD Fontainebleau, IMD Lausanne and various innogy TOP 150 programs.

Thilo Koslowski

Automotive Industry Group
Co-Chair

CEO, Porsche Digital

www.linkedin.com/in/thilokoslowski

Thilo Koslowski is Vice President, Distinguished Analyst and founder of the Automotive practice at Gartner Inc., the largest business and technology strategy advisory company in the world.

Mr. Koslowski is recognized as a global thought leader, futurist and strategic implementer regarding the evolution of the automotive industry, the connected vehicle, the connected driver, consumer needs, mobility innovation and new business models. In his role Mr. Koslowski works with c-level and senior business and technology leaders in the automotive, consumer electronics, Internet, communication and technology industries on the creation and execution of disruptive and successful cross-industry business opportunities. He is also an advisor for venture capitalists and public agencies focusing on a variety of topics including new mobility and transportation concepts, e-Mobility, mobility-as-aservice and multi-modal transportation. Mr. Koslowski’s work spans across the entire automotive value-chain including vehicle-centric information and communication technologies (Vehicle ICT), marketing & sales, distribution of automobiles, customer centricity and the automotive supply-chain.

Before founding Gartner’s Automotive practice in Silicon Valley in 1999, Mr. Koslowski was Lead Consultant in Gartner’s Consulting Practice where he managed global consulting assignments for companies in the automotive and emerging technologies markets. Prior to that, he worked in various marketing and strategy positions for a premium German automaker. Mr. Koslowski graduated from the Technical University (RWTH) Aachen in Germany and holds a master’s degree in Business Studies with majors in Marketing, European Economy and Production Engineering.

Pamela Lenz Sommer

Pamela Sommer

Media & Entertainment Industry Group
Co-Chair

www.linkedin.com/in/pamelasommer

Pamela is a New Media professional, focusing on new media advertising and promotion campaigns. She most recently worked for Lieberman Productions (Guthy-Renker) in San Francisco, and was responsible for the international marketing of Sheer Cover and Youthful Essence product lines to the German marketplace.

In addition to her analytical skills, Pamela is fluent in German and English, has worked as an actress, producer, public speaker, and moderator of political debates, and as Executive Producer, brought a student film to the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. In addition, Pamela has appeared on German TV, and has produced and hosted her own TV show aired to the greater Los Angeles area.

Pamela recently earned a BA in Mass Communication at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a graduate of the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Los Angeles. Pamela was born in Hamburg, and currently resides with her husband in Palo Alto, CA.

Katharina Lix

Katharina Lix

Young Professionals Interest Group
Co-Chair

Ph.D. candidate, Management Science & Engineering | Stanford University

www.linkedin.com/in/katharina-lix-21935727

Katharina is a Ph.D. Candidate at Stanford’s School of Engineering in the department of Management Science & Engineering. She specializes in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning for optimizing the composition of work teams and the design of innovative organizational structures. Katharina is passionate about the opportunities and challenges emerging digital technologies, particularly artificial intelligence, pose for business, government, and the transatlantic partnership. She is the co-chair of Transatlantic Sync, the first German-American conference on the societal impact of AI in Silicon Valley (Oct 27-29, 2019, www.transatlantic-sync.com). Hailing from Essen in North-Rhine Westphalia, she holds a BA in Psychology and Economics from Harvard (’14) and an MSc in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford (’19).

Julia Martensen

Julia Martensen

Human Resources Industry Group
Co-Chair

Director, Head of Global HR Strategy & Innovation at DB Schenker

www.linkedin.com/in/juliamartensen

Julia Martensen heads HR Strategy & Innovation at DB Schenker, where she scouts, leads and drives initiatives and stakeholder engagement to generate and catalyze a sustainable corporate transformation.

Julia is passionate about ‘Co-cHReate to Innovate’, a statement that serves as her leading principle in establishing internal and external engagement models, based on stakeholder, customer and partner exchange facilitation, targeted to prepare Schenker’s global employee base for the ‘Future of Work’.

Julia is with DB Schenker for 10+ years, in which she has held multiple roles in both strategy and operations in Hong Kong, South Africa, the US and Germany. She holds an M.A. in Sports, Business & Law and is certified in “The Innovative Organization” from the UC Berkeley Executive Education at the Haas School of Business.

Edda Mihaescu, Ph.D., P.E.

Edda Mihaescu

Life Sciences / Healthcare Interest Group
Co-Chair

Principal Engineer, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals LLC

www.linkedin.com/in/edda-mihaescu-b439541

Dr. Edda Mihaescu is Project Portfolio Manager at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals LLC, where she has been employed since 1994. Before joining Bayer, Dr. Mihaescu worked as a Cleanroom Specialist and Mechanical Engineer on projects for other Biopharmaceutical Companies, as well as on Medical Facility, and Nuclear Engineering projects.

Dr. Mihaescu is certified as a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California and she also obtained an Engineering Management Certificate from California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.

Ulrike Ruppelt

Ulrike Ruppelt

Life Sciences / Healthcare Interest Group
Co-Chair

Principal of Ticular

www.linkedin.com/in/ulrikeruppelt

Ulrike Ruppelt is the founding member and chairwoman of the Interest Group Life Sciences / Healthcare at the German American Business Association GABA. Her expertise is in international Business Development, Marketing and Public Relations with a solid background in Science and Technology.

Ruppelt founded the consultancy Ticular Strategies for Success and was Director of International Synergy and Marketing at M+W Zander, a global architectural, engineering, construction and facility management firm. Before that she was the delegate of Fraunhofer Gesellschaft to the European Commission in Brussels, and Public Relations Officer at Fraunhofer Gesellschaft’s headquarters in Munich, Germany. Ruppelt earned her masters in communication and media consulting and her bachelor in chemistry from Technical University, Berlin, Germany. She is a member of GABA, BayBio, ISPE, CoreNet and SMPS.

Regine Staufenberg

Regine Staufenberg

Women in Business Interest Group
Co-Chair

www.linkedin.com/in/rstaufenberg

Regine Staufenberg, a native German, was GABA’s Business Development Manager from 2010 until 2016, focusing on expanding opportunities for companies and organizations seeking visibility in the Bay area German-American business community.She currently works on the fundraising team of a local non-profit, seeking to support live-long learning and joyful discovery in the community setting of the San Mateo Library. It didn’t take long for Regine to miss GABA’s people and programs. Together with her co-chairs for Women in Business, she plans to explore topics of professional and personal interest for Bay area professional women.

Jennifer Vessels

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Human Resources Industry Group
Co-Chair

CEO, Next Step

www.linkedin.com/in/jennifervessels

Jennifer Vessels, CEO of Next Step, leads a team of seasoned consultants who maximize clients’ revenues and profits through proven sales, marketing and management techniques. Her practical approaches have le to success for companies ranging from Cisco Systems to Palm and many SMB oorganizations in all indusries. Prior to founding Next Step in 1998, Jennifer was European Marketing Director for Ungermann-Bass, the built the European operation for Promptus Inc. and expanded Tandberg Telecom’s international presence including launch into the US.

Jennifer holds an MBA from San Jose State and a Masters of Occupational Psychology from the University of London, as well as being a Certified Management Consultant (CMC). Today, Jennifer is an active member of the Silicon Valley community. She is a Vistage certified speaker, and Board Vice President for Achievekids, as well as a member of NAWBO, WIC, IMC and numerous other community organizations. She is a frequently requested speaker by Silicon Valley Bank; Gartner Group: Rotary; Vistage; National Association Business Women Owners; Institute of Management Consultants; Public Relations Society of America and other industry groups.

Petra Vorsteher

Petra Vorsteher

Wireless / Mobile Industry Group
Co-Chair

Co-Founder & Executive Vice President Strategic Alliances
Smaato Inc.

www.linkedin.com/in/petravorsteher

Petra has over 18 years of business development experience in the US and Europe. She was VP of Business Development and Strategic Alliances at Intershop Communications, Inc. with responsibility for all strategic, business and technical partnerships globally.

As founding member of Intershop, Petra was instrumental in growing the company from a start-up to a publicly listed company with a market cap of $12B and worldwide offices in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.

She was largely responsible for Intershop’s $25M licensing deal with Deutsche Telekom and their subsequent investment in the company. Petra has formed partnerships with IBM, HP, Apple, Intel, SAP, Oracle, Procter & Gamble, eBay, Visa, FedEx, UPS and major telecommunication companies including AT & T, Sprint, Telstra, Hong Kong Telecom, France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom. Prior to Intershop she did market entry strategies for companies wanting to establish a presence in the US or Europe. She is a board member of Hamburg@work responsible for International alliances.

Petra was named Mobile Women to Watch 2010 by Mobile Marketer and Top Female Executive 2010 by Mobile Entertainment.

Uwe Wagner

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GABA Director
Advisory Council Chair
Cyber Security Industry Group
Chair

Principal & Founder Tiburon Consulting LLC

www.linkedin.com/in/uwe-wagner-0a66

Uwe Wagner is the Principal and Founder at Tiburon Consulting LLC, a San Francisco Bay Area boutique consulting firm, dedicated to coaching the growth and success of European high-tech entrepreneurial ventures and university spin-off’s by connecting ideas, technology and people. I work with a network of industry experts, venture capitalists, private investors and technologists to provide insights about how to effectively grow high-tech ventures amidst dynamic market risks and challenges. Through my partner ecosystem I offer an excellent opportunity for my clients to network and learn about pivotal business issues, emerging industries and the latest technologies.

Jens Weitzel

Jens Weitzel

Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital Industry Group
Co-Chair 

Managing Partner & Founder at Yabusame Partners

jens@yabusamepartners.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenseweitzel

Jens Weitzel is Managing Partner at Yabusame Partners (YP), a boutique consulting firm with locations in France, Israel and the United States. Jens has lived in Silicon Valley for 18 years after starting his professional career in Germany and Asia-Pacific. YP works at the nexus between technology startups and corporates and engages clients in strategy, business development, and financing assignments. Jens has broad horizontal and vertical experience in software/cloud businesses and focuses on B2B businesses in automotive/mobility, IoT, supply chain/logistics, manufacturing, and energy/sustainability verticals. He is a mentor at several Silicon Valley accelerators, including StartX, the Stanford University Startup Accelerator, and strategic advisor to numerous technology companies. Jens holds a graduate degree in Business Administration from University of Cologne in Germany.