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”.

Carlo Bevoli

Managing Director of SAP Sustainability Labs, Products & Innovation, Germany.


Carlo Bevoli has been Managing Director of SAP Labs Germany, Markdorf and Siegen (SAP Sustainability Labs), as well as the General Manager of TechniData GmbH since 2012. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the Labs’ operations and activities in Germany and reports directly to Clas Neumann, Global Head of the SAP Labs Network.

Bevoli joined SAP in January 2011 when SAP acquired Technidata AG, coordinating the post-merger-integration activities as the local Managing Director.

Bevoli started his time at TechniData GmbH focusing on business innovation and business incubator initiatives and went on to serve as the CEO of TechniData BCS from 2006 to 2009. In this position, he established the business model for the Environment Health and Safety Management business process outsourcing. At the time of the SAP acquisition, Bevoli was Executive Vice President for Business Strategy and Innovation, as well as member of the extended Technidata AG Board. Bevoli holds a degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Ulm (Dipl.-Ing. FH) for Electro technology and Informatics.

Carlo Bevoli will lead a workshop on “Transcultural Innovation Management” together with Dennison John – we look very much forwards to learning about SAP’s success stories!

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!

Peter Gerstmann

CEO of Zeppelin GmbH

Peter GerstmannAs Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin Group since 2010, Peter Gerstmann is responsible for Compliance, Group Business Development, IT, Digital Business Management, Internal Audit and Corporate Communication. He has been a member of the Management Board since 2005.

Since the 2000, Peter Gerstmann has been working for Zeppelin Group in various management positions, e.g. as Manager Business Administration and Managing Director of Zeppelin Silos & Systems GmbH. Zeppelin Group provides (offers) solutions in the industries of construction and mining, agricultural equipment, rental, construction logistics and construction site management, power and energy, engineering and plant engineering as well as development of new digital business models for the construction industry.
After graduating in business administration, Peter Gerstmann began his professional career in 1987 as a controller at Battenfeld Fischer Blasformtechnik, then he became Head of Controlling and Planning at Hayes Lemmerz GmbH. Between 1993 and 2000, he was Head of the Central Department Controlling and Administration at SMS Eumuco GmbH in Leverkusen.

Peter Gerstmann is a member of the Supervisory Board of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of ZU Foundation, the sponsor of Zeppelin University.

We are delighted to welcome Peter Gerstmann at our Summit and look forwards to learning from his perspectives on transcultural leadership in business practice.


Dennison John

Managing Director of SAP Labs Latin America, Digital Business Services, Sao Leopoldo & Vice-President of the Board of the AHK Rio Grande do Sul.


As Managing Director of SAP Labs Latin America, Dennison John is responsible for managing the operations of the SAP Labs in the region, supporting the integration of different lines of business and ensuring that the laboratory will keep its high engagement and satisfaction rates among employees, as well as its service for the innovation needs of SAP clients in the continent.

Born in India, John Dennison has an Engineering Degree in Computer Science and a development background. With 20 years of experience, Dennison started working at SAP 16 years ago for SAP India. Later on, he became the Location manager for SAP’s Global Support Center in Malaysia, responsible for supply chain, logistics and FI/CO areas.Since 2010, he has been leading teams responsible for supporting 40% of SAP’s customer basis in the region as part of SAP Labs Latin America. Prior to joining SAP, Dennison worked as a Senior SAP Development Consultant and Project Manager with Informationsverarbeitung Leverkusen, a company with operations in Germany and India.

By integrating and collaborating with the teams in Brazil and Latin America, Dennison will continue to reach sustainability and increase profitability goals for the region, assuring that each client is able to improve their way to manage their business.

Dennison John will lead a workshop on “Transcultural Innovation Management” together with Carlo Bevoli – we look very much forwards to learning about SAP’s success stories!

Martin Kunze

Director President of TÜV Rheinland Brazil & Executive Vice-President for TÜV Rheinland in South America

M.KunzeMartin Kunze was born and raised in Brazil where he graduated in 1982 as Mechanical Engineer of the Polytechnic High School of the State University of São Paulo. He gained broad professional experience in various industries in Brazil, South East Asia, Switzerland and Germany, working for VOITH, Schlumberger Oilfield Services, Sulzer Brothers and ABB.

In 2001, he joined MAN Turbo with the task to establish and manage the Brazilian subsidiary which in 10 years developed to an organization of over 200 employees and yearly revenues of 30 million Euro. In 2010, he led the merger of MAN Turbo do Brasil Ltda with MAN Diesel Brasil Ltda becoming CEO of MAN Diesel & Turbo Brasil Ltda.

Martin Kunze joined TÜV Rheinland in 2014 as Executive Vice-President responsible for South America. With operations in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Colombia, TÜV Rheinland employs over 2.000 workers in more than 10 companies across the continent, where it has a leading position in Certification of Products and Systems, Inspection of Industrial Products and Vehicles as well as Management and Supervision of large projects and programs.

We are very honoured that Martin Kunze will share his experiences with us as a panelist on “Transcultural Leadership in Practice”.

Achim Lohrie

Chief Sustainability Advisor at Tchibo GmbHLohrie

Achim Lohrie started his professional career in 1990 within the Otto Group after graduating his studies of law and legal clerkship. After several executive positions in the topic of corporate responsibility, he started his own business in July 2005: RMC – Risk Management Coaching, a business consultancy. In April 2006, he became Director of Corporate Responsibility of Tchibo GmbH.

In his position as Director Corporate Responsibility, Achim Lohrie guided the sustainable alignment of the Tchibo Group’s business. Focus was on implementation of ecological and social standards during production of the Tchibo articles, ecological optimization of processes and sites, the active role of the company as part of society as well as creating transparency on company performance.

Since January 2018, Achim Lohrie is Chief Sustainability Advisor and counsels Tchibo GmbH particularly with regard to setup and implementation of sustainable sector solutions.

We are looking forwards to learn from Mr Lohrie’s perspectives on “Sustainable Business Strategies in Brazil”.

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. Flávia Rocha

Senior Director for Institutional Policy and Strategy at Conservation International Brazil.

Dr Flávia Rocha is a member of the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network in Brazil (SDSN Brazil), leading the Education Hub of the network. Graduated in Biological Sciences, with a Master in Ecology and a PhD in Ecology, Rocha is the Senior Director of Policy and Institutional Strategy for Conservation International, a globally acting NGO whose lines of action focus on conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity, education for sustainable development and urban ecology.

Dr Flávia Rocha is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences of the Forestry Institute of the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, where she is responsible for the Laboratory of Studies on Biodiversity and Sustainability.

We look forwards to learning from her perspectives on sustainable urban development!

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”.


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 

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

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

Mr Thomas Timm will represent the German Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo, of which he has been the Executive Vice-President since 2004.

After completing his major in law and business administration at the University of Hamburg in 1980, Mr Thomas Timm studied agricultural economics at the University of Kiel. He specialized as a research assistant at the Institute for Business Administration and Market Research of the Federal Institute for Dairy Research, serving as a project manager for research for the European Communities. He had his first contact with South America as an employee at BASF in 1984. In 1997, he assumed the duty as deputy chief executive of the German-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

We are more than honored to welcome Mr Thomas Timm as an outstanding expert at our Summit and to learn about his broad experience regarding questions of leadership and transcultural cooperation.