Speakers at the YES! 2017

The YES! promotes the intergenerational exchange between students and senior figures from the economy, science, politics and civil society. The discussants of the YES! 2017 support the YES! Teams with their expertise and discuss the solution proposals of the students of the YES! on September 28 and 29, 2017 in Kiel. They give feedback on the proposals and thereby help the teens to shape a future the next generation wants to live in.


A full list of speakers can be downloaded here (PDF).

Esther Ademmer

Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)


Esther Ademmer is a Research Associate in the research field “Poverty Reduction, Equity, and Development” at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and at the Center for European Integration at the Freie Universität Berlin (FU). She studied International Relations at the FU Berlin, der Humboldt Universität Berlin and the Universität Potsdam and European Studies at the Universität Osnabrück.

David Arkless

David Arkless

Chairman,  Arklight Consulting Group Plc.


David is a world-renowned expert on labor market trends and the HCM industry. He has wide experience of helping countries and major corporations develop their labour markets and HCM strategies. David attended the University of Durham, INSEAD, IMD and the San José College of Business. Former president, international for CDI Corporation and former president at ManpowerGroup.

Frank Bösenkötter

Managing Partner Dicide GmbH


In 2015, Frank Bösenkötter founded Dicide GmbH together with Klaus-Hinrich Vater as a part of the Vater Group. The company supports enterprises in Germany to identify and grab the chances provided by the digital age. Due to many years as a manager in various companies, both in Germany and  abroad, Frank Bösenkötter has gained a deep knowledge about methods and advancement of modern working environments.

Peter Byck

Filmmaker and Professor of Practice, Arizona State University


Peter Byck is the director, producer and writer of “carbon nation”. Byck is also faculty at Arizona State University, in both the School of Sustainability and the Cronkite School of Journalism. Via “carbon nation” and ASU, Byck has met and collaborated with the leading minds from the world of climate, clean energy, military applications and land use. Byck is currently in production for “carbon nation 2.0” – an ongoing series of short films produced in collaboration with ASU.

Martin Charter

Professor of Innovation & Sustainability, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design, University for the Creative Arts & Chair, Board of Trustees, Farnham Repair Cafe


Professor Martin Charter Martin has 30 years’ experience in business sustainability with particular expertise in sustainable innovation, product sustainability, and circular economy. Martin has sat on many international expert committees and advisory boards including World Resources Forum and Eco-innovation Observatory.

Conny Czymoch

Conny Czymoch

Moderator of the YES! 2017, moderation.mediacoaching.engagement


Conny Czymoch is an independent international moderator and journalist. She has been engaged in conference moderation for the European Union, German ministries, blue-chip German corporations and non-profit organizations covering a host of global topics.


For fourteen years until 2011, she worked as the anchorwoman for the German political television channel Phoenix. Issues such as human rights, anti-human trafficking, economic cooperation and social responsibility are her core competencies. Conny is also a media coach for top management and NGOs.

Arno Diekmann

Head of division “General and Structural
Issues of Tax Policy”, German Federal Ministry of Finance


Since 2012 Dr Arno Diekmann is heading the division for general and structural issues of tax policy of the German Federal Ministry of Finance. From 2006 to 2012 he headed the division for research and policy counseling. Before that he headed the division for information and publication.


Dr. Arno Diekmann studied Economics at the University of Münster.

Thorsten Grenz
Thorsten Grenz
Managing Partner, KIMBRIA Gesellschaft für Beteiligung und Beratung mbH


Prof. Dr. Thorsten Grenz is Managing Partner of KIMBRIA Gesellschaft für Beteiligung und Beratung mbH, Berlin and Professor of Economics and Social Sciences at Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel. Since 2009 he is Vice President of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Entsorgungswirtschaft, Berlin.

Evelina Gunnarsson

Researcher, iNudgeYou


Evelina has a Master’s degree in Economics from Copenhagen University, with a particular focus on behavioural and experimental economics. She is currently working as a researcher at iNudgeyou. iNudgeyou is specialised in applied behavioural research, with a primary focus to develop and communicate evidence-based strategies with pro-social purposes. Evelina is also responsible for the The Swedish Nudging Network.

Minister-President Daniel Günther
(c) Frank Peter

Daniel Günther

Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein


Since June 2017 Daniel Günther is the Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein. From 2014 to 2017 he was Chief Whip of the CDU Parliamentary Party and is a member of Parliament (Landtag) of the Land Schleswig-Holstein since 2009. From 2013 to 2017 he was a board member of the Caritas Schleswig-Holstein.


Daniel Günther studied Political Science, Economics, and Psychology at the Christian Albrechts University Kiel.

The Announcement of the YES! 2017 Winners
Nora Hesse

Senior Economic Advisor European Commission | Representation in Germany


Nora Hesse is an expert on economic and financial politics at the representation of the EU Commission in Germany, where she serves the European Semester in particular – the framework for the coordination of the economic policies of the EU countries. She is a co-founder of Open Europe Berlin and was deputy director of this Think Tank. Nora has a masters degree in Economics and Politics as well as one in International Relations. She taught Economics and Intercultural Communication for several years in Berlin.

Joachim Koops

Joachim Koops

Dean of Vesalius College, Brussels


In his research, Professor Joachim Koops focuses on global governance in the areas of peace and security (including the roles of the United Nations system, the European Union and NATO), peacekeeping and diplomacy as well as academic reform and quality assurance in higher education. He serves on the European Commission’s Ethics Review Committee (DG Research & Innovation) and has been regularly advising the European Parliament and United Nations Liaison Office for Peace & Security.

Derek Kruse

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, “Intereconomics”


Derek Kruse has been the deputy editor-in-chief of the economic policy journal Intereconomics since 2011. He completed his bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Political Science at Northwestern University and spent several years as commodities and fixed income trader for an international financial company in Chicago. He also taught at the University of Applied Sciences in Zwickau for a year. Subsequently, Derek completed a master’s degree in European Studies at the University of Hamburg before joining the Intereconomics editorial team in 2009.

Rolf Langhammer

Rolf J. Langhammer

Former Vice-President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)


Rolf J. Langhammer was Vice-President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy from October 1997 until August 2012 and Professor at the Kiel Institute. He retired from the Vice-Presidency on August 31, 2012 but continues to work at the Institute. From April 2003 to September 2004, he served as Acting President. From July 1995 to November 2005, he headed the Research Department “Development Economics and Global Integration” at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. In addition, he has been honorary professor in international economic relations and development economics at the Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Social Sciences, Kiel University since November 1995.

Eike Leonhardt

Eike Leonhardt

Executive Director, SinnerSchrader


Eike is thrilled by building things that make the web a better place. Leads SinnerSchrader’s content studio by day and works on digital human rights projects at night. Eike is co-founder of the human rights platform weye.

Andrea Pauline Martin

Andrea Pauline Martin

Deputy Chairwoman, Joachim Herz Stiftung


Andrea Pauline Martin is the Deputy Chairman of the Joachim Herz Stiftung. Before, she was working as the Programme Manager “Personality Development” at the Joachim Herz Stiftung. She is the former Head of the area “European Affairs” in the unit for “International Affairs” at the Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Cultural Affairs, as well as the Deputy for the EU-Education programmes. She was working for the unit of Quality Assurance in the area of the advancement of Girls and Boys as well as the talent programme at the Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Cultural Affairs and was a high school teacher in Bavaria.

Opening of the YES! 2017
Henrik Müller

Henrik Müller

Professor, Technische Universität Dortmund


Prof. Dr. Henrik Müller is Professor for Economically Journalism at the TU Dortmund. Previously, he was the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the manager magazin. In 2008 he got the Helmut-Schmidt-Journalistenpreis along with W. Hirn.

Faisal Naru

Faisal Naru

Senior Economic Advisor in the Public Governance Directorate of the OECD


He manages a team that has a wide portfolio that works with public administrations and institutions internationally including on behavioural insights, regulatory policy and governance, digital government and ICT, institutional change and organizational culture. Mr. Naru is also responsible for work in Southeast Asia, MENA and Africa and is responsible for a number of OECD publications and guidelines. He established and is the lead for the OECD Network of Economic Regulators which works with CEOs and Commissioners of regulatory agencies to define a “world class regulator”. The latest work includes on how to be an independent body and protect from undue influence.


Faisal is a former member of the UK Cabinet Office and also worked in other Government Departments for several years. He was the Chief Advisor to the Government of Viet Nam on economic and regulatory reforms. Prior to Viet Nam, he set up and was Head of the Policy and Regulatory Reform Practice as well as on the Leadership Board for a global development consultancy working in Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe on public sector change and performance improvement. He graduated from the University of Oxford.

Video Message of the OECD

Julia Plötz

Julia Plötz

Project Manager, Joachim Herz Stiftung


Julia Plötz is a Project Manager at the Joachim Herz Stiftung where she coordinates projects in the Program Area Economics. Among others, she is responsible for the YES! – Young Economic Summit and the Economy Camp of the Joachim Herz Stiftung. Julia Plötz graduated from the University of Tuebingen and holds a Dual Masters‘ Degree in Economics from Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics in Portugal. During her studies, she worked as a trainee at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, KfW Development Bank and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

Wolf Prieß

Wolf Prieß

Director of the Program Area Economics, Joachim Herz Stiftung


Dr Wolf Prieß is Director of the Program Area Economics at the Joachim Herz Stiftung. After studying business administration, he completed the subsequent doctorate at the Department for Vocational Studies and Economic Education of the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel. He also worked for several years in the formation of secondary and vocational teachers at the Institute of Education at the CAU before joining the Joachim Herz Stiftung in the program Area Economics in 2012.

Roundup of Day 1

Jan Renz

Digital Learning Expert, Hasso-Plattner-Institute


Jan Renz joined the Web Research Team of the HPI in 2013 and has been working since then to improve the learning experience of MOOCs. His research is focused on the user oriented optimisation of large E-learning applications. Before his academic career, he worked for more than 10 years as CTO of an internet agency. For 6 years he has been teaching students both on and offline.

Paula Ruoff

Paula Ruoff

Member of the Board, VCD Deutschland

Alexander Sängerlaub
Project Leader, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung


“What influence have fake news on the German federal election?” This is the question Alexander Sängerlaub and his team want to answer while observing and measuring fake news – or rather disinformation – during the campaigns. The publicist founded the political magazine “Kater Demos” in 2014, worked at the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Hamburg and joined the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung in 2017.


Willi Scholz
Willi Scholz
Head of Project, Young Economic Summit


Dr Willi Scholz is Head of Project of the YES! – Young-Economic-Summit. Moreover, he is Science Policy Consultant at the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and Adjunct Professor for International Affairs at the Vesalius College in Brussels.


Roundup of Day 1

Gerhard Soyka


Since 2014 Gerhard Soyka is Vice-president of the Young European Federalists (JEF Germany). JEF is a supranational non-partisan political youth organization with around 25,000 members all over Europe. Furthermore, he is studying “Public Economics, Law and Politics” and organizing the Opening Week 2017 at Leuphana University in Lüneburg. His main interest are in European politics, European integration, federalism as well as youth participation.

Christoph Starke

Christof Starke

Head of Area Company Foundation and Innovation, RKW Kompetenzzentrum


Christof Starke leads the area Company Foundation and Innovation of the RKW Kompetenzzentrum. Together with his team, he sets impulses for start-up ecosystems and start-up culture. He takes a special interest in innovation validation and promotion of an entrepreneurial mindset.


Previously Starke worked for Wirtschaftsförderung hannoverimpuls GmbH in the city of Hanover. In his 13 years as a consultant, he accompanied numerous to the market successfully, headed the area company foundation and entrepreneurship and established a joint company foundation service for students with the Leibniz University of Hanover.

Rainer Thiele

Rainer Thiele

Head of Research Poverty Reduction, Equity, and Development, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)


Prof. Dr. Rainer Thiele’s research topics include large-scale Land Acquisitions in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as Aid Allocation and Aid Effectiveness.

Klaus Tochtermann

Klaus Tochtermann

Director, ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics


Since June 2010, ProfessorTochtermann has been the director of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics in Hamburg and Kiel. He also holds a professorship for Digital Information Infrastructures at Kiel University.


From 2001 until 2010 he was the manager and scientific head of the research institute Know-Center in Graz (Austria), one of the largest, business-oriented research institutes for information technology-based knowledge management in German-speaking countries. In 2004, Professor Tochtermann was offered a chair of knowledge management at the Technical University of Graz.


Professor Klaus Tochtermann studied computer science at the universities of Kiel and Dortmund (diploma in 1991, PhD in 1995) and habilitated in the field of Applied Information Processing in 2002. After post-doc studies at the renowned Center for the Studies of Digital Libraries at Texas A&M University (USA) he worked at the Research Institute for Application-oriented Knowledge Processing at Ulm University.

Opening of the YES! 2017
Nuria Villanova

Nuria Villanova

OECD – Campaign Co-ordinator


Nuria Villanova works for the OECD on the coordination and mainstreaming of communication campaigns and the promotion of the OECD Better Life Index, a project on citizen engagement and measurement of well-being. Prior to working at the OECD, she worked in the private sector as a consultant for EU Government Affairs in Brussels. Ms. Villanova graduated from Sciences Po Paris and holds a Dual Masters’ Degree in International Public Management and Political Economy from the Paris School of International Affairs and the London School of Economics.

Wiebke Weger

Wiebke Weger

Head of Marketing and Communication, Budnikowsky


Wiebke Weger leads, with more than 20 years of marketing experience, the digitalization of customer communication for Iwan Budnikowsky.


She occupied leading positions at Max Bahr and Praktiker, managed marketing, communication and strategy development for Veolia Environnement and worked 15 years in consumer goods marketing at Unilever.


Wiebke Weger studied political sciences and sports at Kiel University.

Brigitte Zypries

Brigitte Zypries

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy


Brigitte Zypries is the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy and since January 2014 Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy.

The opening of the YES! 2017

Ole Wintermann

Senior Project Manager, Bertelsmann Foundation


Dr. Ole Wintermann is the Senior Project Manager of the programme “Business in Society” at the Bertelsmann Stiftung. He is a member of the Governance 2.0 Network Germany and launched the international blogger platform Futurechallenges.org. Dr. Wintermann is co-founder of the human rights platform weye and is concerned with the future of work, globalisation, demographics, freedom of the web and open educational resources. He is blogging for www.globaler-wandel.euww.blog.aus-und-weiterbildung.euwww.gov20.de and www.netzpiloten.de.