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 23 April 2020.
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 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.
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.
Since retiring in May 2017, he offers consultancy services.
Eberhard joined the German Australian Business Council in 2005. Within the GABC Board he is responsible for the finances (treasurer) and events in Munich.
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. André continues to live in Frankfurt with his wife, Tonya.
André is Deputy Chair for Frankfurt and looks after government and corporate contacts.
Dr. Robert Harrison is managing partner of the law firm Sonnenberg Harrison Partnerschaft mbB in Munich and Paris. He holds Australian, UK and German nationalities and was brought up in the UK.
Rob has a B.A. (Hons.) in Physics from Oxford University and a M.Sc. in Solid State Physics from Sheffield University in the UK. Rob later obtained his Ph.D. 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.
Rob works with innovative companies and startups funded by venture capital and private equity to maximise the value of their intellectual property rights.
Rob has several (advisory) board membership with innovative companies, such as Paper and Plastic GmbH from Dresden, Flying Health Incubator (Berlin) and Spinex (Oxford, UK).
Rob has established technology licensing strategies in Europe, Asia and Australasia.
Rob looks after the policy matters of the Business Council.
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.
Sonic Healthcare is the largest Australian employer in Europe, with approx. 12,000 staff based in its medical laboratories across Germany, Switzerland, the UK, Benelux and Ireland.
Evangelos is the Deputy Chair for Berlin and looks after events in Berlin as well as corporate liaison matters.
Kiki Loukas has been Marketing Manager Continental Europe at Tourism Australia since January 2013. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the strategic communication for Tourism Australia in Continental Europe.
She worked for Qantas and Singapore Airlines and has 18 year of aviation experience in the field of sales, marketing, e-commerce, corporate and crisis communication and operational management of a region.
Kiki holds a Master Degree in Marketing/Communication.
She joined the Board of the German Australian Business Council in 2018 and is responsible for the Board’s communication strategy.
Daniel is a Senior Associate in M&A advisory at PwC Germany with more than 7 years of financial advisory experience, including the last 3 years advising on both Asian and European transactions. Prior to joining PwC Germany, Daniel worked as an Associate at PwC Australia in the Infrastructure Lead Advisory and Tax & Legal teams.
Daniel is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CAANZ) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University. He originates from Melbourne, Australia.
Daniel joined the German Australian Business Council at the beginning of 2020 and leads the Next Generation initiative.
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.
Elisabeth is the Deputy Chair for Munich and looks after the corporate strategy of the Business Council.
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, having worked in her field for around 20 years. Sabine also heads up Squire Patton Boggs’ Australian Desk in Germany.
Sabine’s association with Australia goes back more than 25 years. In addition to her German law degree, 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 over 20 years, joining the board in 2010. Sabine has held the Chair for eight years, which predominantly involves corporate and international liaison and raising the profile of the German Australian Business Council, demonstrated in two interviews with Deutsche Welle last year.
Malte Schudlich is Programme Manager for the Bachelor of Science Study Programme at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. He is also external evaluator for the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Programme of the European Union for vocational education and training.
He was 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, where he 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, on strategies for media integration, creative writing 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.
For the Business Council, Malte has co-responsibility for events in Frankfurt and the overall event strategy.
Peirui is Director, Europe and Asia with Business Events Sydney (BESydney), a not-for-profit bidding organization funded by the NSW government and local stakeholders to secure global business meetings for Sydney and NSW. Peirui has over 15 years’ of global experience including working for the Singapore government in strategy consulting, account management and business development.
Peirui has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor in Business Administration (Hospitality) from Michigan State University.
Peirui joined the Board of the German Australian Business Council in 2016 and oversees its portfolio of events.
David joined Austrade in August 2017, as Senior Investment Manager covering FDI on Resources & Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Services and Technology and Defence. From June 2018, to May 2020 David directed the Australian Landing Pad in Berlin, transforming this into the Australian Landing Pad Program for Europe connecting Australian start and scale ups with business partners, customers and investors across Europe. In June 2020 David returned to FDI promotion in the role of Investment Director, facilitating business connections and investments in the areas of energy and resources, with a particular focus on future Hydrogen, Critical Minerals and the Circular Economy.
Prior to joining Austrade, David worked for the UK’s Department for International Trade and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office based at the British Embassy in Berlin and the Consulate- General in Munich and for the private sector.
David holds degrees in Business Administration, Psychology and Public Management and is a native speaker of German and English.
David joined the Board of the German Australian Business Council in 2018; from 2016-2018 he was part of the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany (BCCG) Berlin-Brandenburg Regional Board. For the Business Council, he looks after events in Berlin.
Dalibor Vukadin completed his focal point of International Economics at the La Trobe University in Bundoora (Victoria, Australia) in 2003 and holds a Diploma in Economic Sciences. Throughout the years, Dalibor Vukadin remained connected to the La Trobe University and has been appointed as an International Alumni Ambassador.
Dalibor Vukadin also studied Spanish at the Universidad Politécnica de Valéncia (Spain) and obtained the Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera, issued by the the Instituto Cervantes in Madrid.
On the professional side, he has been working in the financial industry since 2012. Back in 2005 he completed a traineeship at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (France) - Directorate General of Social Cohesion.
Dali joined the German Australian Business Council in 2015 and has been on the board since 2019. He looks after events in Munich and co-leads the academic and research initiative of the Business Council.
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 and looks after events in Berlin.
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Sabine Pittrof (Chair)
GABC BOARD MEMBER CONTACT DETAILS
Eberhard Goihl (Treasurer, Event Management Munich), Munich
Andre Haermeyer (Deputy Chair, Liaison with government entities), Frankfurt
Robert Harrison (Policy Development, Corporate Contacts and Events Munich), Munich
Evangelos Kotsopoulos (Corporate Roundtable. Events Berlin), Berlin
Kiki Loukas (Events Frankfurt, Communications), Frankfurt
Daniel Maccarrone (Next Gen Events), Frankfurt
Elisabeth Opie (Deputy Chair, Chief Strategy Officer), Munich
Sabine Pittrof (Chair, Corporate Contacts, Liaison with Patrons, Liaison with International Group, Legal), Frankfurt
Malte Schudlich (Events Frankfurt), Frankfurt
Peirui Tan (Events Frankfurt), Frankfurt
David Urry (Events Berlin), Berlin
Dalibor Vukadin (Events Munich), Munich
Simone Wienhausen (Event Management and Corporate Contacts Berlin), Berlin