Raphael von Hoensbroech

Managing Director, Konzerthaus Berlin

Conductor, Violinist & Manager

From summer 2018, Dr. Raphael von Hoensbroech will be the General and Artistic Director at the Konzerthaus Dortmund after being Managing Director of the Konzerthaus Berlin for five years, an organization with more than 200 employees and 650 events a year. Previously, he was principal with The Boston Consulting Group where he gained business insight into various corporates and their leadership cultures. For several years, Raphael was also active as conductor and he played the violin since early childhood. Versed in leadership from both the business and the artistic perspective, he brings together years of experience from the different worlds of management into his workshops. There he works with leading orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, and the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra among many others.


Martina Mara

Head, Robopsychology Research Division

Ars Electronica Futurelab

Martina Mara is a media psychologist and head of the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s RoboPsychology research division. In collaboration with worldwide partners in business and science, she analyses how robots should look like, behave, and communicate in order to establish high user acceptance and comfortable interaction experiences for varying target groups. Martina earned her doctorate at the University of Koblenz-Landau’s Institute for Communication Psychology and Media Education with a dissertation on the perception of anthropomorphic machines. She regularly delivers addresses at international conferences—for example, at the Zukunftsinstitut’s Future Day, X Media Lab and Daimler Future Talk—, has been a visiting lecturer at several universities, and writes about social impacts of digital media in her weekly tech column for the “Oberösterreichische Nachrichten”. In 2014, Martina was the recipient of the Province of Upper Austria’s grant to support the work of talented scientists. And in 2015, she became a mother—but passed on the chance to engage a RoboNanny to care for her daughter.


Nicole Brandes

New Leadership Expert

International Executive Coach

Nicole Brandes is a sought-after, international management coach, book author and partner of the Future Institute and is seen as an important thought leader in Europe. The former manager has an extraordinary background: She has been working with the most powerful and influential people in the world for over 15 years. She started her career as a delegate in an executive leadership team, has changed the culture in several well-known companies and has won numerous marketing prizes. She has lead Queen Silvia of Sweden’s non-for-profit organization. In 1998, she managed the onsite assistance after the airplane crash in Halifax when she realized that people must be the number one priority for successful leadership. Since then she has been advocating for the human aspect, especially in this digital era.



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