Professor Michael Rosemann, German Consul, Federal Republic of Germany

Dr Michael Rosemann is Professor for Information Systems and Executive Director, Corporate Engagement at the Queensland University of Technology. In this role, he is committed to the design of sustainable, mutually beneficial partnership models between significant industry partners and QUT. This includes in particular multi-disciplinary engagements. Prior to this role, he was Head of QUT’s Information Systems Discipline (2010-2011) and Head of the Information Systems School (2012-2016). Under his leadership as a Head of School, he established three industry-funded Chairs in the Information Systems School, i.e. the Woolworths Chair in Retail Innovation, the Brisbane Airport Corporation Chair in Airport Innovation and the PwC Chair in Digital Economy. As the Honorary Consul for Germany in Brisbane, he chairs the German Language Roundtable and engages with and connects relevant political, economic, scientific, educational and cultural communities. He initiated the Brisbane German Week, a series of events showcasing the economic, academic, political, educational and cultural relationships between Queensland and Germany.

Prof. Dr. Christopher Barner-Kowollik

Dr Christopher Barner-Kowollik received a PhD in Physical Chemistry in 1999 (Göttingen University). After postdoctoral research with Prof. Tom Davis and academic positions at the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, he was appointed Full Professor of Polymer Chemistry in 2006 at the same institution. From 2008 he held the chair for Macromolecular Chemistry at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and is currently chair for Materials Chemistry at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and a group leader at the KIT. Prof. Barner-Kowollik is an ARC Laureate Fellow and heads a research team focusing on advanced soft matter materials design.

Dr Peter G. Noakes

Dr Peter G. Noakes, B.Sc. (hons), PhD. is full time Teaching and Research Academic at the School of Biomedical Sciences (SBMS) – University of Queensland.  Peter is the director of research training at SBMS for the Faculty of Medicine.  This includes the globalization of postgraduate research training for SBMS students in partnership with international biomedical research organisations.  These include Ludwig Maximilian Universität, Technical Universität Munich, and Oxford University.  He is the convenor of the International Postgraduate Symposium in Biomedical Sciences at UQ – an annual event hosted by SBMS and the Faculty of Medicine.

Dr Kerstin Braun

Dr Kerstin Braun is a lecturer at the School of Law and Justice at the University of Southern Queensland where she is involved in the teaching of criminal law and procedure and criminology. Kerstin completed her Ph.D. and LL.M at The University of Queensland. Her research interests lie in the area of criminal law and procedure, comparative law, human rights law, foreign law and criminology. In her PhD research Kerstin focused on the role of victims in criminal procedure in Germany and Australia. She has published widely in Australian and international journals on issues relating to human rights law as well as German and Australian criminal law. Prior to commencing work as a lecturer Kerstin practiced law as an Associate at the Berlin office of Baker & McKenzie Germany. Kerstin has guest-lectured in constitutional history at the University of Reggio Calabria in Italy (2006) and is a visiting lecturer in the foreign law program at the University of Bonn.

Professor Karlheinz Kautz

Dr Karlheinz Kautz holds the position of Professor of Digital Business at the School of Business Information Technology and Logistics in the College of Business at RMIT University. He is currently the Deputy Head of School Research and Innovation. He joined RMIT in January 2017 from University of Wollongong where he held a professorship in IT Management and Innovation and s served as Associate Dean Research at the Faculty of Business. Before relocating to Australia Karl held positions as Professor in Information Systems and Information Systems Development at Copenhagen Business School and as Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Computing Centre as well as other academic positions in the UK and Germany. Karl received his PhD in Information Systems from the University of Oslo, Norway, and his MSc in Computer Science from the Technical University in Berlin.

Eva Hesping

Ms Eva Hesping holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Biochemistry from the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf. Her master thesis was mentored by Prof. Dr. Thomas Kurz.

During her Master she joined the Tropical Parasitology Laboratory at the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery under Kathy Andrews for a self-organized 3 month internship. This internship was already based on the cooperation from Prof. Dr. Thomas Kurz and Prof. Dr. Katherine Andrews and the occasion for Eva Hesping to start her PhD in April 2017 in Kathy Andrews lab. Her professional interests focus on both parts of drug discovery, the chemist and biological part. Her current PhD project includes the Investigation of malaria parasite proteins as drug targets.

Dr Melanie Oey

Dr Melanie Oey is currently Research Officer at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience in the Group of Prof. Ben Hankamer. She was born in Berlin, Germany, and went to the University of Potsdam to study Biochemistry. During her studies she worked at the Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Golm, Germany, where she also received her Ph.D. in 2009 for her work on the production of lysin antibiotics in tobacco plants. In the same year she came to Australia to work at the University of Queensland, and has since then developed new technologies which are base for the newly launched “Breakthrough Science Program in Algal Biomedicine” at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience.

Her work has been funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee

Dr Joybrato Mukherjee is Professor of English Linguistics and the President of the University of Giessen. In 2003, he was appointed to the chair of English Linguistics at the University of Giessen. His research interests include Applied Corpus Linguistics, English Syntax and Varieties of English. At the University of Giessen, he is a principal investigator at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, which has been funded under the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments since 2006, and a member of the Centre for Media and Interactivity (ZMI). He is also Vice-Chairman of the Board of uni-assist e.V. (University Application Service for International Students) and President of the Executive Board of the International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English (ICAME). Mukherjee has been Vice-President of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) since 2012. Working alongside DAAD President Margret Wintermantel, he is part of the leadership of one of the most important funding organisations worldwide for the international exchange of students and researchers.

Professor Rob Robson

Dr Robert Robson  is an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Griffith and James Cook Universities. After completing a PhD in theoretical physics in 1972 at the Australian National University, Canberra, he joined the University of Alberta, Canada as a postdoctoral fellow, and then went on to lecture and research in physics and meteorology in Australia, the USA, Germany, Belgium and Japan. He has been an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Universities of Düsseldorf, Heidelberg and Greifswald, and held the Hitachi Chair of Electrical Engineering at Keio University, Japan. His most recent research has been modelling relativistic electron beams in plasma-based accelerators at DESY, Hamburg. He is the Past-President and a Distinguished Member of the Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Royal Meteorological Society.

Dr Frederik von Briel

Dr Frederik von Briel is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Business School. Most of his current research focuses on digital entrepreneurship and innovation. Frederik has conducted research with both large and small organizations. Currently, he is responsible for the collaborative research program between QUT and Woolworths. He earned his Ph.D. from City University of Hong Kong. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a business intelligence consultant at Hewlett-Packard and as a customer relationship management specialist at IBM.

Professor Karsten Schulz

Dr Karsten Schulz is an engineer, computer scientist, and educator. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney in the Australian Computing Academy and, independently, leading the Digital Technologies Institute. Karsten has a background in the ICT industry, specifically in R&D. He has been involved in the Digital Technologies education space since 2008. Some of his previous activities include leadership of SAP Research in Asia-Pacific, Young ICT Explorer and Bebras. Most recently, he designed and manufactured the B4 Modular Microprocessor, which students can experiment with in the classroom. Karsten is passionate about digital and biological systems, their similarities, and how things work deep inside.

Dr Anna Krzeminska

Dr Anna Krzeminska is a Lecturer in Strategy at the University of Queensland Business School, Brisbane, Australia, and a Research Fellow at the Leuphana University Research Center for Entrepreneurship Evidence, Germany. After completing her PhD (first class honours) in Germany, Anna held Lecturer positions at Leuphana University in Germany and the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, as well as an adjunct professor position at the HULT Business School in London, UK. Anna’s research and teaching expertise centers around exploring strategic management issues of social impact organization such as the design of socially and commercially successful business models, growth and scaling strategies, competitive advantage and strategy, as well as leadership and governance practices within those organizations. Her research has been published in books, book chapters, and international top-tier journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, R&D Management, the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and the Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.