Dear students,   

In January 2016, the Agenda 2030, signed by all 193 Member States of the United Nations, came into action. The Agenda considers all dimensions of sustainability - social, environmental and economic. It commits to an ambitious catalog of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which governments, civil society and industry aim to achieve together in the coming 15 years.

ESCP Europe Berlin launched its first conference focusing on the Agenda 2030 one year later in the framework of the Global Career Week. We feel that education, especially for future business leaders, is key to realizing these Global Goals. In its first edition, Master in Management students worked together with dedicated people from corporations, institutions, and civil societies to come up with creative ideas on how to tackle global challenges – ranging from climate, water and food crises, to poverty, conflict and inequality.

With this year’s conference, we are creating a setting in which you as future business managers meet with policy makers, civil society, and industry to come up with ideas and business innovations. Our goal is for you to experience how you can have an impact and help the world achieving the UN SDGs.

We are looking forward to meeting you in January (and please have your student ID with you for the registration) and begin 2018 in a successful and sustainable manner together.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Kaplan

Jan Ehlers
Head of Campus Development


January 9th - ESCP Europe, Heubnerweg 8-10

Personal Reflection Day

10:00   Welcome & Registration

11:00   Morning Intro – all together, with Andreas Kaplan

11:30     Key Note Lectures

12:30     Lunch

14:00     Afternoon: Work on your profile – Two groups (lecture & single work)

16:00     coffee break

16:30     Preparation for the Goal Conference

17:30 wrap up & closing words

January 10th 14-19h at Allianz Forum, Pariser Platz 6

SDG Conference Day 1: Introduction - Understanding the SDGs

The aim of the 1,5 day conference is to introduce the SDGs and the Agenda 2030 as a framework for managers and entrepreneurs to transform existing business models and to come up with future-oriented business opportunities.  Students experience the dimensions of the SDGs, reflect together with professionals for the different sectors, and come up with ideas to empower a precise goal in an existing business.

13:15  Group picture in front of Brandenburg Gate

13:30 Registration

14:00  Welcome - Prof. Dr. Andreas Kaplan, Rector ESCP Europe Berlin

14:30   Governmental institutions, private sector and civil society - partners for the Global Goals?  Impulse & Discussion

16:00  Introduction of Goal Sponsors

17:00   How to make Global Goals local Business? Impulse & Discussion

18:30   Closing Words & Reception


January 11th  09 -18h at ESCP Europe Berlin, Heubnerweg 8-10

SDG Conference Day 2: Deep Dive – Group work on a specific goal

09:00  Welcome

09:30  Introduction Workshop Session

11:00   Ideation-Lab I

12:30  Lunch

14:00  Ideation-Lab II

15:30   Coffee Break

16:00   Preparing the Pitch

17:00   Goal Gallery

18:00  Finish


The conference will be supported by numerous organisations, institutions and companies, who send experts and coaches to discuss with ESCP Europe students. They all help to make this event one of the biggest in Europe that deals with sustainable careers.

How can business, civil society and public institutions work together? What impact can each of us make? On Thursday, 11th January 2018 we will welcome more than 40 experts on campus, who will share their expertise together with students to find potential solutions for these questions. Based on design thinking methods, the workshop participants will craft an idea how their UN Sustainable Development Goal can be reached. The workshops will be moderated by our fabulous student team. Please find below the confirmed experts for each of the goal workshops.


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 interrelated global goals set out by the United Nations. Each of the broad goals has several targets. The total number of targets is 169. The SDGs cover a broad range of social development issues, such as poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice. The SDGs are also known as "Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" or Agenda 2030 in short. The goals were developed to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which ended in 2015.


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Karolina Baltulyte - Volunteer @ UNICEF Berlin International Team

Volker Klima - Senior Policy Officer @ Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

I´m a rural development specialist with more than 10 years’ experience working and conducting research in Latin America/Caribbean and Asia for the German government and international NGOs. I have worked in numerous countries like Cuba, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Paraguay. Hence, I gained a strong background in land use systems, local governance and economic development featuring gender and conflict sensitive approaches for individual and organizational capacity development. At the Moment, I work as a senior policy officer for the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Development cooperation aims to help resolve crises and conflicts in a peaceful manner. It aims to help ensure that scarce resources are more equitably shared, and that our environment is preserved for coming generations. And it aims to help reduce global poverty. In order to achieve these goals, development policy must target different levels. And of course we cannot lose sight of the fact that foreign policy, trade policy, security policy and development policy are today very closely linked. This makes the mandate of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) wide and varied.

The BMZ develops the guidelines and the fundamental concepts on which German development policy is based. It devises long-term strategies for cooperation with the various players concerned and defines the rules for implementing that cooperation. These are the foundations for developing shared projects with partner countries and international development organisations. All efforts are informed by the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, which ambitiously aim to halve poverty in the world by 2015.

Xavier Mallet - Berlin Coordinator @ MakeSense

Alexander Piutti - Serial entrepreneur







Claire Gusko - Business Growth Manager @ INFARM

Sebastian Stricker (Founder), Victoria Leonhardt (Operations Manager) - Share The Meal







Thimo V. Schmitt-Lord - CEO @ Bayer Foundation

Malte Neuser - PUMA

Radostina Netsova - Volunteer @ UNICEF Berlin International Team







Clemens Mulokozi - Jambo Bukoba

Franziska Bormann - Kiron

Gunda-Alexandra Detmers - UNICEF

VW (tbc)







Christine Morgenstern - Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Isabelle Hoyer - Founder & Managing Director @ PANDA

Vodafone (tbc)

Monika Schulz-Strelow

Monika Schulz-Strelow is President of FidAR – Frauen in die Aufsichtsräte e.V. In 2006 with a group of highly motivated women, Monika Schulz-Strelow founded FidAR – Frauen in die Aufsichtsräte e.V. (Women in boards) which is a non-partisan initiative, campaigning for an increase of female board members in Germany. FidAR is one of the central contacts in politics and the media on the issue of more women on boards. The organisation has contributed to a significant number of activities and ongoing political lobbying in the last few years in Germany. One of the key achievements of FidAR is the entry into force of the quota law in Germany on 1st May 2015. For her achievements, Monika was honored by receiving the Federal Cross of Merit in 2013 from the German President. She is a member of several supervisory boards. With her company group, she helps international investors to enter the German market successfully and advises international promotions companies. Monika has a longstanding affiliation with the BAO BERLIN International GmbH, where she spent nine years on the board and she has a widespread international business network. Since 2015 she has been member of the Board of the RAG Foundation. In 2016 and 2017 she was elected by the manager magazin as one of the 50 most influencial women in Germany.





Christiane Albrecht - Brot für die Welt

Miriam Melcher - P&G

Sibu Szymanowska - Volunteer @ UNICEF Berlin International Team

Christine van Deuren - BORDA

Dr. Christine van Deuren works since July 2017 for BORDA as a program coordinator for the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. She graduated as an engineer in architecture, obtained an international dual master in Environmental Science (Mexico) and Management of Natural Resources (Germany) as a DAAD scholarship holder and received a doctor’s degree in political science. In the past she worked i. a. for the German Council of Sustainable Development, the GIZ in different Latin American countries. Also she worked as a box coordinator for the Formula 1, opened her own brewery in Mexico and worked for a while as a construction worker for the construction firm Züblin.







Thomas Liesch - Allianz

Thomas Duveau - Mobilsol

Thomas Duveau is Chief Strategy Officer at Mobisol, a solar home system company that has brought electricity to more than 500.000 people living in Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda, thereby effectively contributing to reaching SDG7. 







Paul Bethke - CEO @ LemonAid & ChariTea







Emmanuel Cacheux - Bombardier

Julia Kroschweski- Accenture







Maria Ledous - UNIQLO

Florence Ziesemer - Femnet

Florence Ziesemer is an advocate for sustainable and fair fashion. As a researcher at the University of Potsdam, she focusses on sustainable consumer behavior and sufficient lifestyles . She holds workshops on global working conditions in the textile industry for the human rights organization FEMNET e.V.







Olga Horn - Officer Smart Cities Team @ ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

Thomas Kraubitz - Associate @ BuroHappold

Deutsche Bahn (tbc)







Garette Clark - Sustainable Lifestyle Division @ UNEP 

Garrette Clark leads UN Environment's activities to support a shift to sustainable lifestyles and education. Building on evidence, she coordinates methodologies and messaging on what are sustainable lifestyles and how to promote them.  Living sustainably is not only about individual choice. It is also about governments and businesses enacting policies and designing goods and services that guide and offer more (or only) sustainable lifestyle options. In most cases, the highest environmental impacts of goods and services happen at points in the life cycle stages of design and production - long before they reach the consumer. In the face of marketing that promotes a ‘more is better’ model, UN Environment activities also look at providing real aspirational messaging aligned with people’s needs and desires, within the carrying capacity of the planet.  This builds on over 20 years of experience of working in developing and emerging economies with the private sector on issues such as sustainable product design and eco-innovation.

Mari Nishimura - UN

Malte Rose - Swash Village

“I am Malte Rose, Assistant Programme Coordinator (HR) for the "SWASH Village” programme of the sustainable development grassroots NGO EduCARE India. SWASH Village is an NGO initiative undertaking small scale applied research and community based sustainable solutions for sanitation and waste management in rural India. As part of this environmental development programme I am responsible for knowledge creation and its management as well as human resource development. I hold a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Aberdeen, UK and a Bachelor’s in Social Science(tracks: Human Geography & Psychology) from University College Roosevelt in the Netherlands.”







Klaus Hagedorn - Analyst @ 2degree Investing Initiative

Marc Watine - PwC

David Oehmen - Associate Programme Officer @ UNFCCC







Markus Höfels - Noventiz

50 years, 3 children, living in Cologne, studied macroeconomics at University of Cologne. Exam 1996.

Several positions in the Food- and Recycling area. Founder of Noventiz-Group in 2006. CEO and Speaker of the board. Actual different board-activities.

Christoph Schulz - Founder @ CareElite

Andrea Stolte - WWF







Thomas Brooks - Researcher @ International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Raphael Fellmer - SirPlus

Sascha Rieth - Head of Quality, Safety at Work and Sustainability @ BioCompany

METRO (tbc)







Steffen Kunaht - Forensic Services @ PwC

Angela McClellan - Senior Advisor, Business Integrity Programme @ Transparency International

Ms. McClellan is a senior expert on anti-corruption and anti-bribery issues in business. She is currently leading global advocacy and communication of Transparency International’s Business Integrity team. Transparency International is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to the fight against corruption by advancing global standards and working with businesses and governments for collective solutions. Ms. McClellan is also Transparency International’s global policy lead for anti-money laundering and banking integrity. She has extensive experience in multi-stakeholder processes promoting business integrity and in-depth knowledge on G20 financial reform, corporate social responsibility and corporate reporting. Before joining Transparency International in 2006, Ms. McClellan worked for InWEnt Capacity Building International (now part of German Association for International Cooperation). Mc. McClellan has a Master of Political Science from Free University Berlin and a Master of Business Administration from the European School for Management and Technology. She speaks German, French and Italian and has worked in Rome, New York and Berlin.







Axel Bachmann - General Manager Sustainability @ Coca Cola European Partners

Prof. Dr. Silke Bustamante - HWR Berlin

January 12th  - ESCP Europe Berlin, Heubnerweg 8-10

Career Training Day

9:30     Welcome & Registration

10:00   Intro Session – all together

10:30   Workshop I

13:00 Lunch break

14:30 Workshop II

16:30 Closing (ball room)

17:00 Get-together @ Dr. Faust

The workshops take place in cooperation with:


Here you can see our engaged team that helps to prepare the event. It consists of engaged students from ESCP Europe's Master in International Sustainability Management programme.


You and your organisation want to get involved in the conference? Then get in touch with us!

Jan Ehlers // // +49 30 32007-149

Michaela Wieandt // // +49 30 32007-166