We are proud to announce a world class line-up of fantastic speakers and trainers at EO Unlimited Berlin.
You will hear phenomenal stories of personal, political and entrepreneurial struggles. They will inspire you to take on challenges with courage and determination. You will also study the methods that allow you to embrace your struggles successfully. Having trained your antifragility skills at EO Unlimited, you will leave Berlin ready for action.
Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen has worked in economic development and governance for several decades and has led initiatives for better global governance and the fight against corruption.
A lawyer by training, Eigen has worked as a World Bank manager of programs in Africa and Latin America; from 1983 to 1988 he was Programs Division Chief for Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay.
In 1993 Eigen founded Transparency International (TI), a non-governmental organization promoting transparency and accountability in international development. From 1993 to 2005 he was Chair of TI and is now Chair of its Advisory Council. During this period he founded the Partnership for Transparency Fund and is still on its board.
Since 2007 Eigen is a member of Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel (APP). 2009– 12 he was the vice-chairman of the Management Board of the African Legal Support Facility, African Development Bank. From 2007–12 he served on the Board of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) in Washington.
Until 2012 Eigen was the founding chairman of the International Civil Society Center, Berlin. Since 2008 he is a member of the boards of the NGOs Kabissa and of the German Doctors e.V. He serves on Advisory Boards: since 2010 of the Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment (New York), since 2011 of the Arnold-Bergstrasser-Institute in Freiburg, and since 2013 of the Natural Resources Institute (formerly Natural Resources Charter, Oxford).
Anja Hartmann is founder, owner & principal of bucketrider.org, a consultancy creating unique value at the crossroads of strategy, sustainability, and personal growth. She works with executives and their teams in leading global corporations, disruptive (and disrupted) businesses, industry associations, and non-profit organizations.
Trained in academia with an M.A., a PhD, and a postdoctorate degree (“Habilitation”) in social sciences (history, philosophy, computer science), professionally groomed with McKinsey & Company, where she worked as a consultant (2001-2007) and partner (2008-2013), and personally beholden to Buddhist wisdom and practices, the distinctive strength of Anja’s work lies in its fusion of rigorous thinking, effective methodology, and piercing emotional and psychological insights.
In her work, Anja builds on experience from more than 100 projects, more than 20 years of guiding individuals and teams as a mentor and coach, and a regular personal practice of yoga and meditation.
Anja has written & (co-) edited nine academic books, published more than a dozen articles in a broad range of journals and compilations, and is author of a blog (bucketrides.org). She’s a certified “Immunity to Change” Coach (2014), a certified Subject-Object Interviewer (2013), and “Manager of the Year” of the women’s network Generation CEO (2011). She also serves on the board of Generation CEO and as Chair of the Academic Committee for Khyentse Foundation.
Born in the wild Harz mountains where the witches ride their brooms on May 18th, 1949. Experienced a dynamic industrial revolution after the war. Abitur 1969 and military service as a green neck Eutin degree sergeant. Studied mathematics, law and economics with a diploma degree in economics from Freiburg University and a Ph.D. from Berlin Technical University on subsidies for the German coal mining industries and their influence on production. Result: Subsidies are the wrong approach, better is support linked to the output of coal. Worked for four years as a sales engineer for steel company Arbed in Cologne and built up a daughter company in the US. Joined the family company Schmidt, Kranz & Co GmbH, since 90 years owned by the Glinz family. Replaced the manufacturing program with a new concept…
Enhancing performance has always been in the focus of Lutz Graumann’s work. Starting his medical career in 1994 he soon realized that his desires in the professional field were close to those of his private life: sports. Fortunately he was able to apply this in his career with the help of the German sporting goods manufacturer adidas. Between 1995 and 1999 the U.S. based research department used his expertise in functional anatomy and biomechanics to apply his medical knowledge to top level performance products for the Olympic Games in Sydney. After several research programs in the U.S., Canada and Germany, he has a high degree of competency in performance enhancement.
Challenges dominated his work and private life after accepting a full scholarship of the German Bundeswehr. Since 1995 he has been working on and off with NATO Special Forces. Extreme climate, extreme physical and mental conditions are some of the challenges he has accepted in his work around the world.
After receiving his full medical license in 2002 Lutz Graumann joined the armed forces sports academy in the German Alps as a practicing doctor and lecturer for sports medicine, training physiology and nutrition. Working with different athlete groups, he has learned that training methods and nutritional concepts have varying impacts on the individual. With the help of an interdisciplinary network Dr. Graumann created a holistic health coaching program that included the different perspectives of health, behavior and performance.
Since 2005 he acts as the Head of Sports Medicine, Nutrition and Health Promotion (Rank: Lt. Colonel). He will retire from active duty in October 2015 after 23 years of service.
Verne Harnish is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” and WEO’s “Advanced Business” executive program both held at MIT. Founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company with over 150 coaching partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past three decades helping companies scale-up. The “Growth Guy” syndicated columnist, he’s also the Venture columnist for FORTUNE magazine.
He’s the author of Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0); Mastering the Rockefeller Habits; and along with the editors of Fortune, authored “The Greatest Business Decisions of All Times”, for which Jim Collins wrote the foreword. Verne also chairs FORTUNE Magazine’s annual Leadership and Growth Summits and serves on several boards including chairman of The Riordan Clinic and the newly launched Geoversity. An investor in several scale-ups, Verne resides in Barcelona, Spain, with his wife and four children and enjoys piano, tennis, and magic as a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
Senator of Justice and Consumer Protection, City of Berlin
Thomas Heilmann, born on the 16th of July 1964 in Dortmund, Germany. He lives with his wife and their four children in Berlin.
He studied law in Bonn between 1985 and 1988. He graduated in Munich and became a fully qualified German Lawyer in 1993.
In 1990 he founded the advertising company Delta-Design, which merged in Scholz&Friends in 1991. Till 2001 Thomas Heilmann headed the Berlin office and till 2008 he was the CEO of Scholz&Friends.
In 1998 he lectured as an honorary professor at the University of Arts in Berlin.
Thomas Heilmann is member of the Christian Democratic Union since 1980 and was elected as Chairman of the party-district Steglitz-Zehlendorf.
On the 12th of January the Lord-Mayor of the City of Berlin appointed him as the Senator of Justice and Consumer Protection.
Ryan Holiday is a leading media strategist whose campaigns have been studied by YouTube, Twitter, and Google, and covered in Fast Company, Ad Age, and Gawker. Holiday is the former Director of Marketing at American Apparel and the author of Growth Hacker Marketing, which reveals how a new generation of multibillion dollar brands were built without spending a dime on “traditional marketing.”
Ryan Holiday works for notorious clients like Tucker Max and Dov Charney, of American Apparel. After dropping out of college at 19 to apprentice under the strategist Robert Greene (The 48 Laws of Power), he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multi-platinum musicians. His new book, Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising, explains the growth hacker mindset and overnight success of companies like Dropbox, Facebook, AirBnb, and Twitter. Porter Gale, Former VP of Marketing at Virgin America, says: “This book is a wake up call for every marketing exec in the business. And a tutorial for engineers, IT, founders and designers. Read it.”
“I could never accept that I should be killed for what I happened to be born as, and decided to give the Germans a better reason for killing me.”
Anita Lasker-Wallfisch is the last know survivor of the Women’s Orchestra in Auschwitz. She was born in 1925 as one of three sisters into a Jewish family, her father a lawyer and her mother a violinist. The family suffered discrimination from 1933, but as their father had fought at the front in World War I, gaining an Iron Cross, the family felt some degree of immunity from Nazi persecution.
In April 1942, Lasker’s parents were taken away and are believed to have died near Lubin in Poland. While the eldest sister Marianne had fled to England, Anita and Renate helped forging papers for French prisoners of war and were sent to Auschwitz in 1943. There, her membership in the 40-piece orchestra saved her as cello players were difficult to replace.
In 2008, Amanda Lindhout traveled to Somalia as a freelance journalist to research a story on the millions of people affected by two decades of war, drought, and famine. Kidnapped by teenage criminals outside of the capital city, Mogadishu, Amanda spent 460 days enduring unimaginable hardships as a hostage in one of the world’s poorest countries.
Following her release in November 2009, she became an unlikely and passionate advocate for the people of Somalia. Four months after returning home, Amanda founded the Global Enrichment Foundation (GEF) to ignite leadership in Somalia through education and economic initiatives which the GEF creates, funds and implements. Since the GEF’s inception, Amanda has raised millions of dollars to support development and aid in the war-torn country reaching over 300,000 people. She captured international headlines again when she returned to Somalia to lead famine relief efforts in 2011.
Amanda advises international governments, global leaders, non-profit organizations, and policy makers on the importance of using education to counter the radicalization of youth and provide insight into the interrelated issues of poverty and violence against women. Her work has attracted the likes of President Bill Clinton who invited her to speak in Washington about her organization’s work.
Amanda has been featured in publications including Vogue’s September Issue, O Magazine, ELLE, The New York Time Magazine and The Globe and Mail and appeared on Dateline NBC, The Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN, Sanjay Gupta MD, NBC Nightly News, BBC, MSNBC, CBC’s The National, Radio Canada International, and a variety of other TV and radio programs both domestic and international.
A Royal Society nominated author in the field of influence and persuasion, Steve is co-author of Yes! 50 Secrets from the Science of Persuasion. The book is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Business Week bestseller that has sold over ½ million copies and been translated into 26 languages. In 2009 Yes! featured in Harvard Business Review’s prestigious ‘Breakthrough Ideas for Business’ listing.
Steve regularly features in the media as well as the national and international press. His popular business columns appear in magazines and online all over the world. As well as his monthly ‘Persuasion’ column in the British Airways in-flight magazine, he is a regular columnist for the Harvard Business Review and staff writer for Inside Influence Report. His columns are read by over 2.5 million business readers every month.
As well as an extensive list of corporate clients he is a guest lecturer on Senior Executive programmes at the London Business School, University College London and the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.
His latest book, The SMALL BIG was The Times of London non-fiction book of the year 2014.
Director and Chairman of McKinsey Asia
Gordon is a Director and Chairman of McKinsey Asia, based in Shanghai. He was responsible for establishing McKinsey’s China practice, with the opening of offices in Shanghai and Beijing in 1993 and 1995, respectively. From 1999 to 2004, he served as managing director of McKinsey’s Greater China offices. He has lived in China for nearly two decades.
Gordon previously led the Strategy and Business Technology Practices in Asia. He currently serves on McKinsey’s Shareholder’s Council, the firm’s senior governance body. He has served clients in a range of industries across Asia – including high tech, telecoms, and consumer goods – helping transform institutions from local and regional players into global leaders.
Gordon is the author of several articles on topics such as corporate governance and the globalization of Asian companies, and is the founder of the Chinese-language edition of The McKinsey Quarterly. He is a frequent speaker at major business fora such as the World Economic Forum’s Summer Davos in Dalian. He is the co-founder of the McKinsey Council of China Business Economists (MCCBE), a group comprised of leading economists dedicated to advancing the debate on critical economics issues in China.
Born in Leipzig, East Germany in 1965, behind the Iron Curtain, Uta was introduced to competitive athletics at the age of 13, became a member of the sports club “ASK Potsdam,” and later passed her final exams as a medical student at the Freie Universität in the unified Berlin.
On January 5, 1990, almost penniless, Uta and her coach, Dieter Hogen, left East Germany, yearning for the freedoms of the west.
Only then was it possible for Uta to pursue her lifelong goal to run and win the marathon that stood for freedom in her mind: the Boston Marathon. 1994 completed the 2nd part of that dream, and two more consecutive Boston Marathon wins,‘95 and ’96, followed. Further wins included the New York City Marathon, and three Berlin Marathon victories, including the 1990 “Reunification Marathon,” as it is often referred to, after President Reagan’s famed “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” speech resulted in a united and democratic East and West Germany.
A world record holder and two time Olympian, Uta was ranked the #1 woman marathon runner in the world in 1994 and 1995, and she was featured on numerous leading magazine covers as the people’s champion.
Today, Uta divides her energies between her public speaking series, “Running To Freedom™,” which explores the importance of understanding the life-changing power of freedom to both individuals and society, and her international charitable organization, Take The Magic Step®.
The mission of Take The Magic Step is to improve the lives of underprivileged children and adults who lack education, face poor health or have social and environmental challenges. Take The Magic Step is working with several charitable groups in the U.S., Germany, and Uganda. Uta currently coaches the runners of the Hoyt Foundation in preparation for their Boston Marathon 2015, in support of the mission of legendary Dick and Rick Hoyt, the father-son duo, to raise awareness of, and help, the physically challenged.
Jürgen Schulze-Seeger is an expert in crisis management. And he’s seen a lot of them. Today he believes that once you’ve seen the bottom of the pit, you are less scared to take a leap of faith. Which makes him a permanent struggle seeker. He is the founder of BRIDGEHOUSE Group where he works as a trainer and coach. He is also an author with a mission to install learning cultures in companies.
Laszlo van Vaszary is something of a corporate Mr. Wulf. He gets called in when the shit hits the fan. His motto is to praise diversity. As a trainer, he helps teams to embrace the struggle of diversity in order to get to higher performance levels.
Michael Stoll believes that only the deepest struggles reveal the true quality of a leader. He’s been the CEO of a number of international retail and leading fashion companies. Today he passes on his vast experience as a leadership-trainer and coach.
Jürgen and his expert team will help each EO Unlimited participant to diagnose her personal struggle type. And they will show us how best to deal with those struggles.
Burkhart Veigel is Germany’s most successful escape agent. He risked his life helping 650 citizen of the GDR to escape to the western part of Germany. He used doubles, fake passports, tunnels, remodelled Cadillacs, anything he could come up with to fool the border guards. Kidnapping attempts and threats to his life by the secret service didn’t stop him. He risked his life to save those of others and was honoured for his civil courage with the Federal Cross of Honor.
Hans Theodor Wegener
Director and creative visionary of R&M Wegener, one of the oldest hat factories in Germany (founded in 1817)
Hans Theodor Wegener is the survival artist of the German hat industry. Led by Wegener the company has become one of the leading brands in the industry sector. The company was founded in 1817 and continues to operate now in the sixths generation. It stands for great quality, tradition and perfection. But what can be done if established sales channels brake down, as it happened to R&M Wegener due to fading demand for hats in the 1990s?
Wegener knew that in order to save his company he had to change their sales strategy and work directly with those companies who had access to stores. Bugatti was the first partner he convinced and today the company produces a variety of hats for some of the leading brands in the world of textiles like Bruno Banani and Baldessarini. The company also provides equipment for the Olympic games.