Walter Conrads is a past chairman of the Philips GmbH Supervisory Board. From 2001 to 2005 he was the company’s management spokesman, having previously been the Philips CEO for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In 2005 the Bad Kösen, Saxony-Anhalt, born engineer was awarded the Federal Order of Merit, First Class, in Hamburg for his “exemplary professional and voluntary services.” He has been at the helm of the TUHH’s Advisory Board ever since it was founded in 2003. Conrads studied engineering at the RTWH Aachen University. He plays golf and the guitar, has two adult children and lives with his wife in Hamburg.
Prof. Dr. Kathrin Fischer is Professor and Head of the Institute for Institute for Operations Research and Information Systems at the School of Study for Management Sciences and Technology at the TUHH since March 2009. She is head of the Master's programme in International Management and Engineering and is also involved in teaching in all other study programmes of the School of Study. In research, she is dedicated to the development and solution of quantitative models for economic planning situations, especially in the field of logistics. At the TUHH, Prof. Fischer is involved in numerous committees, including the Academic Senate of the TUHH. Before her appointment to the TUHH, Prof. Fischer worked at WU Vienna in Austria and Aston Business School in England. She studied mathematics and business administration at the University of Hamburg, where she received her doctorate in economics and habilitated in 2003. She lives with her family in the north of Hamburg.
Ellen Ivers-Tiffée moved to research at Siemens AG Munich in 1980 after completing her doctorate in materials science at the University of Erlangen (FAU). After her appointment in 1996 to what is now the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), she headed the later Institute for Applied Materials - Electrochemical Technologies until her retirement in 2019. In international research projects, she pursued the goal of advancing the energy transition and sustainably strengthening electromobility. Prof. Ivers-Tiffée continues to be active as a reviewer for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), a Senator of the German Research Foundation (DFG), a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). She lives with her husband in Karlsruhe and has a grown-up daughter.
As CTO at Nestlé, Prof. Dr. Stefan Palzer is responsible for developing nutritious, healthy, sustainable and affordable food and beverage innovations worldwide. After studying food technology at the Technical University of Munich, Palzer earned his doctorate and habilitation in process engineering there. In addition, the food engineer is an associate professor of food science and technology at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), honorary professor of food technology at the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, professor of process engineering at Hamburg University of Technology, and visiting professor of chemical engineering at the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom).
As Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at NXP Semiconductors, Lars Reger is responsible for opening up new business areas and research & development in the focus markets Automotive, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things, Mobile, Communication & Infrastructure. In 1997 he started his career at Siemens Semiconductors as a product engineer. At Infineon, Reger held leading positions in the development department and process engineering as well as project manager for ICs for mobile systems and director for IP management. Prior to joining NXP as CTO of the Automotive Division in 2008, he was responsible for business development and product management in Continental's Connectivity business unit. Since December 2018, Reger has had overall responsibility for NXP's technology portfolio. Since April 2019, he has been a member of the Executive Board of the BDI Digital Economy, Telecommunications and Media Committee.