TLS 2018 | Introducing our Speakers

We look forwards to welcoming high-ranking experts from business, civil-society and academics to our Transcultural Leadership Summit and to learning from them about leadership and cooperation potentials between Brazil and Germany.

Prof. Josef Wieland

Director of the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin & Academic Lead of the Transcultural Leadership Summit, Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen.


Prof Josef Wieland holds the Chair of Institutional Economics, Organizational Governance, Integrity Management & Transcultural Leadership and is the Director of the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ. An expert in the field of compliance and business ethics for more than 20 years, he initiated the Forum Compliance & Integrity (FCI) and chairs the Advisory Board of the German Network of Business Ethics (DNWE). He is a member of, inter alia, the national CSR Forum, the jury for the German government’s CSR Award, and the Advisory Council for Sustainability of the government of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. Since 2017, Josef Wieland has been Vice-President (Research) of Zeppelin University.

Prof Josef Wieland will give the opening address on “Transculturality and Innovation”, lead the Panel discussion on “Transculturality and Leadership Development”, as well as the Synthesis to conclude the Summit. We are delighted that he will host the Summit and share his experience with us!

Dr. Rolf-Dieter Acker

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Deutsch-Brasilianische Gesellschaft; Advisory Board Member of the Business Association for Latin America (LAV); Former CEO of BASF S.A. in Brazil & Regional Head South America, Germany.


We are proud to welcome Dr. Rolf-Dieter Acker, chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Deutsch-Brasilianische Gesellschaft in Berlin, as well as a member of the Senior Advisory Board of the German-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo and the Senior Advisory Board of the Lateinamerika Verein in Hamburg. Dr. Rolf-Dieter Acker holds a PhD in chemistry and studied in Münster, Heidelberg and Stanford. Having worked for BASF for more than 30 years, he held the position of the CEO of BASF S.A. Brazil and of the Regional Head of 22 BASF companies in South America.

Dr. Rolf-Dieter Acker will share his experience on Leadership Development with us as a panellist – we look forward to his input! 


Ricardo Borges Dos Santos

Managing Director of Zeppelin Systems Latin America, São Paulo. Will give a keynote on “Transcultural Cooperation – The example of Zeppelin”.


Holding the position of the Managing Director of Zeppelin Systems Latin America in São Paulo since 2000, Ricardo Borges dos Santos manages operations including marketing, strategy, development of new products and businesses, commercial engineering, manufacturing, service and quality as well as legal operations. He holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University, studied Finance, Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions at the University of Chicago and is currently researching the application of crypto tokens (IGR) to the certification and traceability of food ingredients in industrial commingled foods as part of his PhD in Computer Science at Universidade Federal do ABC.

Ricardo Borges Dos Santos will give a keynote speech on “Transcultural Cooperation – The example of Zeppelin”. We are delighted that he is part of the Transcultural Leadership Summit and look forward to gaining insights from his experience!

Bruno Brandão

Executive Director of Transparency International Brazil, São Paulo.


The Brazilian economist holds an M.A. in Public Administration & Public Policy from the University of York (UK), as well as an M.A. in International Relations from the Institute Barcelona d’ Estudis Internacionals (Spain). Since 2013, Bruno Brandão has led the establishment of Transparency International’s presence in Brazil and, prior to that, he was the coordinator in Mexico of Transparency International’s Climate Finance Integrity Programme. He is a fellow of the Organization of American States’ “Open Government in the Americas” and the Bertelsmann Foundation’s “Transformation Thinkers”.

We look forward to welcoming Bruno Brandão at our Summit and to learning from his keynote speech on “Leadership and Integrity in Brazil”.

Prof. Maria Cecilia Coutinho de Arruda

President of the Latin American Business Ethics Network (ALENE); Retired Associate Professor at São Paulo School of Business Administration (EAESP) at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo.


Prof Maria Cecila Coutinho de Arruda was Associate Professor at the Getulio Vargas Business School (EAESP/FGV – Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo – Fundação Getulio Vargas) in São Paulo, until 2013, where she taught in the areas of Marketing, Ethics, Social Responsibility and Sustainability for almost 25 years. A recipient of scholarships from the Brazilian Government for her academic and professional activities in ethics, she is an internationally renowned expert in the field of business ethics. She is President of ALENE (Latin American Business Ethics Network), as well as a founding member and coordinator of the GVcene- Center for the Study of Organizational Ethics. Besides, she has developed research and consulting projects in Business Ethics with many corporations and institutions.

Prof Maria Cecilia Coutinho de Arruda will lead the workshop on “Ethics and Corporate Responsibility – Case Studies from Brazil”. We are looking forward to sharing her perspectives on business ethics!


Henrique Drumond

Social Entrepreneur and CEO of Insolar, Rio de Janeiro.


Henrique Drumond has accumulated a broad range of working experience from both the private and the civil society sectors. He told us that from the former, he learned about the power of well-managed and innovative business to transform the country’s economy, whereas from his experiences with the work of NGOs, he realized that the power of goodwill can transform the lives of many people in vulnerable conditions. In order to unite the two worlds – business and social, he founded Insolar, a social business dedicated to the promotion and democratization of access to solar energy in Brazil. In 2015, Insolar received the support of the Consulate General of Germany in Rio de Janeiro for its pilot project and is expanding its operations successfully.

Henrique Drumond will give a keynote speech on “Social Start-ups and Urban Development” and lead the workshop on “Learning from Start-ups”. We are eager to learn more about his visions as a social entrepreneur!

Prof. Mario Monzoni

Coordinator of the Center for Sustainability Studies at São Paulo School of Business Administration (EAESP) at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo.


As Professor at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV)and Coordinator of the Center for Sustainability Studies, Prof. Mario Monzoni focuses on activities in the areas of sustainable finance, entrepreneurship and consumption, as well as value chains, climate change, sustainability and innovation. He was Coordinator of the Eco-Finances Project, an initiative of Friends of the Earth – Brazilian Amazon and trained more than 20 financial institutions on environmental risks and opportunities. An expert in Sustainability, Finance and Environment Economics, Prof Monzoni did his PhD research in the World Bank’s Research Department and worked in the Financial Coordination of the Tietê River Clean-up Project Management Consortium. Besides, he is a small business owner in the ecotourism sector.

Prof Monzoni will give a speech and contribute as a panelist on “Transculturality and Leadership Development”. We are excited to learn from his experiences!

Dr. Martin Teigeler

Executive Vice President R&D at Rolls-Royce Power Systems, Germany. Will give a dinner speech on “Transcultural Leadership and Innovation Management in Practice”.Teigeler-1-3937838635-1532362518672.png

Dr Martin Teigeler, Executive Vice President Engineering at Rolls-Royce Power Systems since January 2018, is responsible for the management of all engineering activities of the Business Unit at global level. This covers technologies from engines to system solutions, including innovations in the fields of hybrid, battery container and automation technology. He previously held the position of Director R&D Global Chassis for Daimler Buses in Brazil, as well as various other leading positions at Daimler AG. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Combustion Engines from the University of Kaiserslautern and was part of the Research Group Commercial Vehicles of Daimler-Benz AG, as well as of the Daimler Talent Program Exchange Group.

Representing our main sponsor Rolls-Royce Power Systems, Dr Martin Teigeler will give a dinner speech on “Transcultural Leadership and Innovation Management in Practice”. We are delighted that he will share his insights from his international leadership experience in the field of Innovation Management.

Thomas Timm (to be confirmed)

Executive Vice-President and Member of the Board of the German Chamber of Commerce, São Paulo. 

We look forward to Thomas Timm’s keynote speech on “Brazil and Germany – Potentials for Economic Cooperation”.


Kathrin Zeller (to be confirmed)

Network Manager at C4O Cities, Rio de Janeiro. 

We look forward to Kathrin Zeller’s keynote address on “Global Leadership and Urban Development“.