Executive Board

Hanns-Christian Ehret

President HHL Alumni Association

Hanns-Christian is working with Credit Suisse Group as its European Head for Business Development & Sales since 2019. He is based in Zurich and has held various leadership positions in Strategy and Finance within the firm. He graduated from HHL in 2009 where he also spent a term abroad at Universidad del Pacifico in Lima, Peru. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Young Global Leader of Global Bridges e.V.

Dr. Conrad von Stechow

Vice President & CFO HHL Alumni Association

Conrad works as CFO for Joh. Jacobs & Co. group, a family-owned investment company in Hamburg. He graduated from HHL in 2009 (K22 - diploma class) and spent a term abroad at Koc University in Istanbul. In 2014 he graduated from HHL's PhD class.

Tobias Wolff

Vice President HHL Alumni Association

Tobias Wolff is the managing director of Göttingen International Handel Festival and will be director of Leipzig Opera House starting in 2022.

He did a music degree at Cambridge University and studied viola in Essen and Düsseldorf. He had his first professional positions as a music journalist (for the Leipziger Volkszeitung and MDR Kultur, among others) as well as head dramaturge, marketing manager and administrative director at various German theatres. He was in class M10 of HHL, graduating in 2011.

Extended Board

Aparajita Deb

Member of Extended Board

Aparajita is working in innovation management with an Energy company in Leipzig. She graduated from HHL in 2017 with an MBA in General management. Prior to that she had worked in Germany (logistics), Switzerland (logistics), India (micro finance), Mauritius (NGO) and Indonesia (NGO).


Fatima Elkhatib

Member of Extended Board

Fatima is an Associate Director - Research & Insights at Hotspex Inc. She joined HHL full-time MBA program in 2009, and continued her journey in Market Research in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Fatima believes in the art and science of market research, so she is delighted to join the Hotspex team in Toronto, Canada, a highly innovative research establishment founded on cutting edge understanding of consumer behavior.

Melanie Lohmann

Member of Extended Board

Melanie is originally from Hamburg and started her career in the maritime industry. Whilst she worked in several countries Greece, Singapore, China and Australia as a Project Manager she ended her career in the shipping industry as a Commercial Manager after 10 years. Thereafter she worked in a consulting firm focused on digital business building. In her current role she works for Volkswagen Financial Services as a Product Owner in the IT Department in Braunschweig.

Pamela Taylor

Member of Extended Board

Pam is originally from the USA and moved to Germany in 2010. She is Vice President Employer Branding & Talent Acquistion at Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA. She has a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Clark University ('08) and did her full-time MBA at HHL (M14). Her time at HHL helped her discover her passion for strategic HR, and lead her eventually to her to her dream job at Bertelsmann. She's lived in New Jersey, California, Boston, Munich and Leipzig. Currently she splits her time between Gütersloh and Marburg.


Advisory Board

Heike Cohausz-Voss

Member of the Advisory Board

Heike is a Managing Partner and Founder of P4 Career Consultants GmbH & Co. KG. She is a Business Economist, Banking Professional, NLP Master Practitioner (DVNLP). She has 12 years of experience in integrated personnel management for a leading consultancy, including the final six years as Managing Partner of the business. She also has 10 years of experience in Corporate Finance and Credit.


Dr. Beate Lindemann

Executive Chairman and Founding Member, Global Bridges e.V., Berlin, Germany

Studied political science, international relations, and international economics at the Universities of Tübingen, Berlin (Free University), and Bonn, Germany, Aberdeen, Scotland, and at Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs). She served several times as an advisor to the German UN Delegation, New York, USA; represented the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Europe, Bonn; 1981-1986, program director and 1986-2010, executive vice-chairman, Atlantik- Brücke e.V., Bonn and Berlin

Dr. Gerd Robertz

Member of the Advisory Board

Gerd is the CEO of Books on Demand GmbH (BoD), a Hamburg-based digital publishing company. He joined HHL in 1996 and completed his PhD in 1999. After seven years with Bertelsmann in the US and Canada, he returned to Germany in 2007 and worked in several CEO positions in retail and e-commerce.


Dirk Schuran

Member of the Advisory Board

Dirk is the CEO of RainmakerSociety, which he founded together with another HHL alumni. Previously, he was the CSO of COMATCH and gained his first professional experience at Gruner + Jahr and Axel Springer. He is from the P9 class and was the HHLAA Alumni President from 2016 to 2020.