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Supervisory Board – Biography

Univ.-Prof Dr Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl

Born 1966
Karlsruhe
Nationality: German

Head of the Fraunhofer System and Innovation Research Institute (ISI) Chairholder "Innovation and Technology Management" at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

First appointment: 10 May 10 2016
Appointed until the end of the Annual General Meeting 2021

Committees

  • Mediation Committees

Memberships in other statutory Supervisory Boards as well as in other comparable control committees of commercial enterprises in Germany and abroad

  • HeidelbergCement AG
  • MTU Aero Engines AG
  • Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften (acatech)

Biography

University-Professor Dr Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl has been running the Fraunhofer System and Innovation Research Institute (ISI) since April 2007. In addition, she has held the Innovation and Technology Manage-ment Chair at the Institute for Entrepreneurship, Technology Management and Innovation (ENTECHNON) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) since January 2013.

This scholar, known as one of the "leading engineers of Germany", got her high school diploma in 1985 at the Gymnasium Traunreut and then completed training in 1987 as a seamstress. She studied clothing technology at the University of Applied Sciences for Technology in Sigmaringen from 1987 to 1991 and was awarded the degree of Graduate Engineer in 1991. She then studied business management at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich from 1993 to 1997 and completed her studies as a Graduate Businesswoman. In January 2000, she got her doctorate in economics from the Technical University in Munich.

From 1997 to 2003, Univ.-Prof Dr Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl was a researcher/assistant and research area head at the Business Management with Specialization in Logistics Chair at the Technical University in Munich. In 2003, she did post-graduate lecturing at the Economics Department and received authorization to teach business management. She taught at the University of St. Gallen, the Technical University in Munich and the University of Kassel.

Additional stages of her professional career path were Escada AG from 1991 to 1993 and the TCW Transfer Center for Production Logistics and Technology Management.

From 1 October 2011 until 30 September 2016 Univ.-Prof Dr Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl was curator of the Steinbeis Foundation, appointed by Dr. Nils Schmid MdL, Minister of Finance and Economy and Deputy Prime Minister of the State of Baden-Württemberg.

Innovation researcher Univ.-Prof Dr Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl was a member of the Chancellor's Expert Dialog in 2012, where as a core expert, she led the Innovation Culture Working Group and advised the Chancellor on the future structure for the economy and society in Germany. The Chancellor's Future Dialog also led to the idea for an International German Forum (IDF), a format for interdisciplinary exchange on issues relating to the future that have worldwide relevance. At IDF 2015, Univ.-Prof Dr Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl moderated the group of topics for "The Future Needs Holistic Solutions".

In January 2014, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, appointed her as a member of the German-Chinese Dialog Forum for a four-year term. In April 2014, she was appointed to the Selection Committee for the Research Prize for the Land of Baden-Württemberg until 31 March 2018 by Theresia Bauer, the Minister of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg. She will support the Karl Heinz Beckurts-Stiftung as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2019. In 2015, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the German Leadership Award and the Advisory Board of Venture Capital Fonds Baden-Württemberg (VC Fonds BW).

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