The German Australian Business Council is operated by a Board, elected every two years at the Annual General Meeting. The Board works for the German Australian Business Council on a voluntary basis and was last elected on 19 April 2018.

Eberhard Goihl

Eberhard Goihl

Board Member, Munich

Eberhard was the Director Finance Transition Management at Atos IT Solutions and Services based in Munich. His professional experience started with Siemens in 1974. As a worldwide acting conglomerate, Siemens offered Eberhard the opportunity to work in different areas and different countries. Over the time he worked in Accounting, Sales, Controlling, Marketing, R&D, Consulting, Procurement and Productivity Improvement Programs. He gained experience internationally in Colombia (1979/1980), USA (1996) and Australia (2001/2002). He has more than 25 years IT knowledge combined with management capabilities i.e. as CFO of worldwide acting business units gives an excellent background for the responsibilities of the previous years. Eberhard is specialized in process improvement programs. When Atos took over the IT Business from Siemens in 2011, Eberhard was responsible for the worldwide Finance Target Operating Model of the new built 9 billion € revenue company. Eberhard joined the German Australian Business Council in 2005. Since retiring in May 2017, he offers consultancy services.

Andre Haermeyer

Andre Haermeyer

Board Member, Frankfurt

André Haermeyer was Victoria’s Commissioner to Europe at The Victorian Government Business Office in Frankfurt from February 2009 until February 2012. He was responsible for advancing Victoria’s economic interests through trade and investment, developing closer links between Victoria and European businesses, promoting closer cultural links and scientific collaboration between Australia and Europe. From 1992 to 2008 André was a member of the Parliament of Victoria where he held several Ministerial portfolios including Manufacturing and Export, Financial Services, Small Business, Police and Emergency Services, and Corrections. During his long parliamentary career André served on numerous Cabinet and Parliamentary Committees including Investment Support, Economic Development, Security and Emergencies, Social Development, Communications (Deputy Chair), Ministerial Council on Road Safety, Public Bodies Review and the Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee. André holds qualifications in Commerce and Political Science from the University of Melbourne and the University of Technology in Sydney. Andre continues to live in Frankfurt with his wife, Tonya.

Robert Harrison

Robert Harrison

Board Member, Munich

Dr. Robert Harrison is a partner with the 24IP law firm in Munich and Paris. He holds a B.A. in Physics from Oxford University and a M.Sc. in Solid State Physics from Sheffield University in the UK. Rob later obtained his doctorate in Electronic Engineering with a thesis in the field of Indium Arsenide Phosphide Antinomide. He worked for the European Patent Office as an examiner before joining the intellectual property department of IBM where he trained as a German, and European Patent and Trademark Attorney. Rob was European IP Counsel for W.L.Gore & Associates from 1995 until 2001. He works with companies funded by venture capital and private equity to maximise the value of their intellectual property rights. He has completed pre-investment freedom-to-operate studies and post-investment invention spotting reviews. Rob has established technology licensing infringement enforcement strategies in Europe, Asia and Australasia.

Evangelos Kotsopoulos

Evangelos Kotsopoulos

Board Member, Berlin

Evangelos relocated from Sydney to Berlin in late 2010 and is the CEO of Sonic Healthcare Continental Europe and Sonic Healthcare Germany. Before relocating to Germany to establish a new Sonic head-office, he spent several years working in Sonic Healthcare´s Sydney head-office as Business Development Director. Prior to joining Sonic Healthcare, Evangelos had a career in investment banking with J.P.Morgan´s healthcare investment banking team in New York, London and Sydney. He has a background in economics and finance with a degree from the University of Hamburg and spent an Honours year at Sydney University.

Elisabeth Opie

Elisabeth Opie

Board Member, Munich

Elisabeth Opie is an international technology lawyer based in Munich, undertaking international policy work, transactions, and dispute resolution with technology-centric companies. Prior to this, Elisabeth was the inaugural Global Research Alliance Fellow, a role supported primarily by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and Germany’s Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Elisabeth holds a Master of Laws (International Trade/Intellectual Property) and a Master of Commercial Law, and previously held the positions of Deputy General Counsel, Acting General Counsel and Board Executive Secretary of CSIRO. Over the past 20 years, Elisabeth has also undertaken voluntary work with the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law and has held Board roles for organisations focusing on international trade and international commercial arbitration. Elisabeth is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sabine Pittrof

Sabine Pittrof

Board Member, Frankfurt

Sabine Pittrof is a partner at international law firm Squire Patton Boggs. Sabine specialises in mergers and acquisitions and corporate law with an industry focus on renewable energies. Sabine also heads up Squire Patton Boggs’ Australian Desk in Germany. Sabine’s association with Australia goes back more than 25 years. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales in Sydney; her PhD thesis focused on Australian constitutional law. In 1997, she established DeAN - Deutsch-Australisches Netzwerk e.V., the German-Australian Alumni Association. Sabine has been a member
of the German Australian Business Council for 20 years, joining the board in 2010. Sabine has been the Chair for five years which predominantly involves corporate and international liaison and raising the profile of the German Australian Business Council.

Malte Schudlich

Malte Schudlich

Board Member, Frankfurt

Malte Schudlich is Project Coordinator and Research Assistant at the Institute of English and American Studies and the Academy for Educational Research and Teacher Education at Goethe University, Frankfurt. He has initiated and coordinated several European Union Strategic Partnerships, and local project and events. His research and teaching focus is on concepts of individual cultural plurality, and on strategies for media integration and project management in the field of education. Malte received his M.A. in New Anglophone Literatures & Cultures, American History, and Political Science from Goethe University Frankfurt.

Malte was president of the Australian Football League Germany from 1999 to 2011 and the Frankfurt Football Club e.V. from 1995 to 2011. He has been a member of the Essendon Football Club since 1995.

Simone Wienhausen

Simone Wienhausen

Board Member, Berlin

Simone is working for Siemens Medium Voltage and Systems and is based in Berlin. Her profession started more than 20 Years ago at Siemens Berlin. She has worked in several functions such as product management, purchasing, engineering and is now Head of Quality Management and Global Customer Care for the Business Unit. She studied mechanical engineering in Osnabrück and got an MBA in Cambridge, GB. Simone joined the German Australian Business Council in 2012.

CONTACT

Membership and general enquiries: info@gabc.eu

We encourage you to contact any members of our Board if you have any specific questions.

EVENTS

Eberhard Goihl (Events Munich)
eberhard.goihl@gabc.eu

Peirui Tan (Events Frankfurt)
peirui.tan@gabc.eu

Simone Wienhausen (Events Berlin)
simone.wienhausen@gabc.eu

FINANCE

Eberhard Goihl
­eberhard.goihl@gabc.eu

BERLIN

Claas de Boer
claas.deboer@gabc.eu

FRANKFURT

Sabine Pittrof  (Chair)
sabine.pittrof@gabc.eu

MUNICH

Robert Harrison
robert.harrison@gabc.eu

GABC BOARD MEMBER CONTACT DETAILS

Sergej Bukovac (Events Frankfurt, Airline and Tourism Industry), Frankfurt

sergej.bukovac@gabc.edu

Claas de Boer (Events Management Berlin, Support Legal), Berlin
claas.deboer@gabc.eu

Eberhard Goihl (Treasurer, Event Management Munich), Munich ­
eberhard.goihl@gabc.eu

Andre Haermeyer (Deputy Chair, Liaison with government entities), Frankfurt ­
andre.haermeyer@gabc.eu

Robert Harrison (Policy Development, Corporate Contacts and Events Munich), Munich ­
robert.harrison@gabc.eu

Evangelos Kotsopoulos (Corporate Roundtable. Events Berlin), Berlin
evangelos.kotsopoulos@gabc.eu

Matthew Meyerink (Website, Events Frankfurt), Frankfurt
matthew.meyerink@gabc.eu

Elisabeth Opie (Deputy Chair, Chief Strategy Officer), Munich ­
elisabeth.opie@gabc.eu

Sabine Pittrof (Chair, Corporate Contacts, Liaison with Patrons, Liaison with International Group, Legal), Frankfurt ­
sabine.pittrof@gabc.eu

Peirui Tan (Events Frankfurt), Frankfurt
peirui.tan@gabc.eu

Melanie Toepfer (Events Munich), Munich
melanie.toepfer@gabc.eu

Simone Wienhausen (Event Management and Corporate Contacts Berlin), Berlin ­
simone.wienhausen@gabc.eu

Jarmila Zaricka (Events Frankfurt), Frankfurt
jarmila.zaricka@gabc.eu