Over the past 12 months, we have had an impressive lineup of renowned experts from various fields of work and industry accept our invitation and answer questions from our students, alumni, and GBS community members at various opportunities. We are excited to offer these opportunities to network and interact with the GBS community outside of the classroom!

We also welcomed new faculty and new students to our programs in 2022 and developed a new certificate program at the interface of our core competencies - what a blast!



Tobias Silberzahn @MCKINSEY

Health data within a business model perspective

Dr. Tobias Hirsch @Bain & Company

Digital Transformation in Financial Services – the next wave of technology trends and emerging technologies

Prof. Dr. Helga Rübsamen-Schaeff @AICURIS

AiCuris – from a Biotech-Start up to a company in the market

Thomas Heißmeyer @ENGAIGE

Embedded insurance – 5 trillion Dollar business model or BS Bingo?

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Carius @BAYER

Innovation through cooperation in the field of cell and gene therapies

Dr. Karsten Kissel @GILEAD SCIENCES

CAR-T Cell Therapy – How does our health care system cope with the challenges of a truly innovative health technology?


Transforming the Sparkassen Banking Experience: Leadership Skills for the Age of Digital Customer Centricity

Gerold Grasshoff @BCG

ESG – The New Mantra for Financial Institutions

Victoria Williams @GSK

Do we still need to fight for gender equality in business in 2022?

Dr. Marco Schulmerich @METZLER SEEL. SOHN & CO

Blockchain is here to stay!

Shahrok Shedari @METZLER SEEL. SOHN & CO

Blockchain is here to stay!

Jorge V. Alonso-Iglesias @MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS

Cybersecurity in Banking - Current and Upcoming Challenges for the Financial Sector

#financemaster News

Master in Finance Students in Austria

Study - Hike- Work - Hike - Spaetzle! This was the schedule of the GBS Master in Finance Class of 2023 during their seminar in Austria. Students prepared for their master thesis over intense three days ... and had quite some fun, too.

Welcome new Faculty members!

Prof. Dr. Christina Bannier will teach the new elective course Sustainable Business and Investing. Christina holds the Chair of Banking and Finance at Giessen University and is Head of the Sustainable Governance Lab. Previously, she held professorships at Gutenberg University Mainz, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and Leibniz University Hannover. In addition to her academic activities, Christina is spokesperson of the Sustainability Advisory Board of Evangelische Bank, a member of the Supervisory Board of Clearstream Banking AG, a member of the Board of the German Association for Financial Analysis and Asset Management (DVFA), and a member of the Working Group on Guidelines for Sustainable Executive Board Compensation. Together with Julia Redenius-Hövermann, she heads the expert group for the development of sustainable governance guidelines for SMEs. Christina is co-editor of ESGZ, the Journal of Business Economics, and the Global Finance Journal, and serves as a reviewer for various international academic journals and associations. Her work and research focuses on sustainable governance, sustainable finance, corporate governance, compliance / AML, and asset management.

Dr. Peter Neu will succeed Prof. Wieandt in teaching the course Bank Management. Peter Neu is a senior financial services executive and Managing Director at TechQuartier in Frankfurt. Until June 2020 he has held the position as Head of Strategy, Corporate Development and Controlling at DZ BANK AG, Partner for Risk Management at BCG and Senior Risk Manager at Dresdner Bank AG. He was a member of the supervisory board of Equens SE, Deutsche Wertpapierservice Bank and VR Equity. He is currently advising a research institution in strategy and startups in business development issues. After graduating in Heidelberg in theoretical Physics (Diploma and Doctorate, both summa cum laude), an International Diploma at Imperial College in London and a Post-Doc as Feodor Lynen-Fellow of the Humboldt Foundation at MIT (Cambridge, MA), Peter began his career in the risk controlling department at Dresdner Bank – initially, market risk management for securities and derivative products, then enterprise-wide risk management and treasury.

Radoslav Albrecht will succeed Prof. Wieandt in teaching Digital Assets, Blockchain Technology & the Future of Finance. Radoslav is an experienced finance professional and entrepreneur. He is the Founder & CEO of Bitbond – a leading company for asset tokenization technology. Bitbond also issued Germany’s first tokenized bond via a Security Token Offering in 2019. Prior to founding Bitbond, he was a senior consultant at Roland Berger and primarily advised banks in Europe and Western Africa. Radoslav began his career at Deutsche Bank London in sales & trading of structured equity products in the institutional clients group. Radoslav is member of the supervisory board of Witten/Herdecke University as well as head of the supervisory board of Erl Immobilienkonto I AG.


Welcome new MBA students!

On October 5 and 6 2022, we were excited to welcome the new cohorts of our Digital Transformation Management and Pharma Business Administration MBA programs. We asked Amanguli Yasheng, Senior Program Manager for the Digital Transformation Management MBA, what she thinks about this year's Orientation.

Amanguli, what makes this year’s orientation so special?

I feel that every Orientation we have is special. This is mostly because it is the week that our MBA students meet each other and the GBS team for the first time and form their study groups and build friendship that would last a lifetime. It is really an exciting time for us all.

What do you think is the most challenging part for our students in their first semester?

I would say the most challenging part is for them to get used to the new phase of life, where they have to juggle between job, family AND their MBA studies, as a lot of weekends are spent on campus instead of at home with families. Of course, those finance courses make it even more challenging and require them to work really, really hard for their exams.

How did our new students experience the day?

We don't want to deprive you of how our students experienced their first days back on campus. We asked them how they felt and what their expectations are for the next two years!

Meron Maricos - Pharma MBA

“I expect mingling with like-minded people, people of knowledge in the industry, people of different views who are able to see the current trends and developments of the Pharma world from another angle – and, of course, truly having a great time together with my fellow students while getting out of my own day-to-day bubble ”

Diederik Sluijs - Digital Transformation MBA

“My expectation is to get to know a really interesting group of people. We are all working on digital transformation in different industries, have different backgrounds, are from different age groups. My expectation is to really kind of learn from them how to apply that in my own organization. In addition to that, there is of course also the theoretical body, which is also quiet exciting for me in order to refresh my learning.”

“I have a full time job, there is also a family to take care of – that’s something you need to consider before starting the program and you need to make good arrangements. But I think I have been able to do that and also my employer is quite accommodating. It is all about juggling the different agendas and priorities.”

Kai-Uwe Richter - Digital Transformation MBA

„Orientation was a great experience which exceeded my expectations. At the end of the day, I felt like I connected to most of the other students. It already feels like a community.”