Senior Advisory Council

Senior Advisory Council

Dr. Georg Bednorz

Following studies in mineralogy and crystallography at the University of Münster, in 1982 Bednorz gained a doctorate at the Laboratory for Solid Body Physics at the ETH Zürich, and began working the following year at the IBM research lab in Rüschlikon. Together with Karl Alexander Müller ...

Following studies in mineralogy and crystallography at the University of Münster, in 1982 Bednorz gained a doctorate at the Laboratory for Solid Body Physics at the ETH Zürich, and began working the following year at the IBM research lab in Rüschlikon. Together with Karl Alexander Müller, in 1986 he discovered high-temperature superconduction in ceramic copper oxide compounds. A year later the two scientists received the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery. In 1987 Dr. Bednorz was made an IBM Fellow and in 1998 a Fellow of the American Physical Society. There followed further awards, such as the German Grand Cross of Merit with Star and Riband and honorary doctorates at the Universities of Salzburg, Regensburg, Tbilisi and Katowice. Since April 2017 Dr. Bednorz has been an honorary member of the superconductor industry association ivSupra.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Klaus Töpfer

As an economist, Dr. Töpfer taught at various universities between 1978 and 2007, including in Hannover and Shanghai. Simultaneously, his political career took him into German Federal government. Among other functions, from 1987 to 1994 he was Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature ...

As an economist, Dr. Töpfer taught at various universities between 1978 and 2007, including in Hannover and Shanghai. Simultaneously, his political career took him into German Federal government. Among other functions, from 1987 to 1994 he was Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. After leaving the administration in 1998 he held positions at the United Nations, including the Executive Directorship of the environmental programme. Sustainability and the environment remain constants in his activities.

Dr. Lothar Stein

Dr. Lothar Stein studied physics in Hanover and Munich, and did his doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching. He began his career at Osram as Product Manager for Innovative Products. Following that, in 1983 he joined McKinsey & Company, where he worked until 2012 in Munich, ...

Dr. Lothar Stein studied physics in Hanover and Munich, and did his doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching. He began his career at Osram as Product Manager for Innovative Products. Following that, in 1983 he joined McKinsey & Company, where he worked until 2012 in Munich, San Francisco and Silicon Valley supporting leading companies worldwide on topics like strategy, growth and innovation. He also led McKinsey Innovation und High Tech Practices, and started several entrepreneurship initiatives including the first business plan competitions in Germany.

Since 2012 he has acted as a private investor in Germany and Silicon Valley and helps companies that develop innovative solutions in the areas of Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things and renewable energy. Dr. Stein is on the advisory boards of several companies and founder institutions.