Our Advisory Board

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These high-level personalities support our company with their experience, their contacts and their wealth of ideas as part of our advisory board.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thorsten Schmidt

  • University degree in Dortmund and Atlanta, Georgia (USA)
  • 2000 Doctorate in Sorting Technology
  • Chief Engineer at the Chair for Materials Handling and Warehousing
  • 2004-2008 Head of the Machines and Facilities, Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
  • Since 2008 leading the Chair of Technical Logistics, Technical University Dresden


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rodolfo Schöneburg

  • University degree in Berlin
  • 1988-1999 various management positions, Audi AG
  • Since 1999 Center Director for Vehicle Safety, Operational Stability and Vehicle Functions, Daimler AG
  • Curator, Fraunhofer Ernst-Mach Institute
  • 2011 Head of VDI Society Vehicle and Traffic Technologies as Chairmann


Ralph Appel

  • University degree in Hamburg
  • 1987-2002 among others Commercial Director Food Europe, Cerestar
  • 2002-2013 Managing Director and Country Lead for Germany, Cargill
  • Since 2013 Executive Member of VDI Executive Committee
  • Chairperson of the Board, ASIIN e.V.
  • Member of the Board of Directors, ENEAEE


Stefan Dohm

  • University degree in Passau and St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • 1998-2003 Audit assistant and General Counsel, Examination body of the Niedersächsische Sparkassenverband
  • 2003-2008 Head of Purchasing, Law and Finance, Finanz Informatik GmbH & Co. KG
  • 2009-2015 Authorized Signatory, Talanx Systeme AG
  • Since 2016 CEO, VDI GmbH


Dr.-Ing. Marc Pauwels

  • University degree in Siegen
  • 2000 Doctorate
  • since 1999 among others Co-Partner and Managing Director, Krehl & Partner GmbH & Co. KG
  • since 2005 Lecturer, University Pforzheim
  • since 2001 Chairman of the Value Management/ Value Analysis Department, VDI-GPP
  • since 2015 Assistant Chairman of VDI-GPP and Regional Director Europe, SAVE International
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