Welcome to the Summer Academy YOUNG TITANS.

The SUMMER ACADEMY YOUNG TITANS is a unique experience, where the world’s most promising young talents meet the leaders of our time. Unlike other events of its kind, this academy facilitates dialogue on equal footing between scholars and mentors in an exclusive yet informal atmosphere.

As a pro bono initiative, all SUMMER ACADEMY YOUNG TITANS mentors voluntarily dedicate their time to fostering our scholars’ development. With significantly more honorary mentors than scholars, the academy is unique throughout the world.

One-on-one sessions with top-class leaders and discussions in small groups ensure a personal and open exchange at both private and professional levels. By developing innovative approaches to the most pressing social issues alongside leading figures from all fields, our scholars are equipped with a responsible and strongly proactive concept of leadership that will allow them to create change on their own in the future.


The world needs leaders. People who question things, who have visions and who inspire others. The first step to becoming such a leader is to become aware of one’s personality, including one’s strengths as well one’s rough edges. Only then authentic and responsible leadership is possible. At the Summer Academy YOUNG TITANS young people meet completely different types of leaders, who all have found their own individual path in their professional and personal lives. But they have one thing in common: they are successful in what they do. They wish to encourage young people to do things in their own way. All mentors support the Summer Academy on a pro-bono basis.

The Summer Academy YOUNG TITANS considers itself to be an innovative, democratic, ideology-free platform, enabling dialog between international honorary mentors from all areas of society and students and young professionals.

While previous academies in 2013 and 2014 were limited to active or former top managers from the worlds of business and economy, in the recent years we expanded the leadership concept to include political, social, intellectual, cultural, media and spiritual leadership. We are convinced that we can only shape the future of our society in a sustainable and reasonable manner if we look beyond the economic sector to the entire reality of our society. Where do we want to go? What is most important to us? Besides the practical, immediate career-related topics, those questions are also discussed during the Summer Academy.

Honorary Mentors


We would like to thank the following Honorary Mentors for their outstanding contribution to the Summer Academy YOUNG TITANS:

Hilmar Kopper
Former Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Deutsche Bank AG

Dr. Theodor Weimer
Chief Executive Officer at Deutsche Börse AG

Dieter Rickert
Germany’s Leading Executive Search Consultant

Leonhard Fischer
Member of the Board of Directors at Glencore PLC

Dr. Anna Herrhausen
Executive Director at Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft

Oliver Kahn
Titan, Entrepreneur & Founder

Tina Müller
Chief Executive Officer at Douglas Holding AG

Dr. Alexander Dibelius
Managing Partner and Head of Germany at CVC Capital Partners

Kai Diekmann
Entrepreneur & Former Editor-in-Chief at BILD

Dr. Mathias Döpfner
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Axel Springer SE

Brigitte Zypries
Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy

Martin Herrmann
Member of the Executive Board at Innogy SE

Dr. Wulf Bernotat
Former Chief Executive Officer at E.ON SE

Stefan Beck
Chief Information Officer at BASF SE

Sabine Eckhardt
Board Member Sales and Marketing at ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Dr. Richard Hausmann
Chief Executive Officer at Elekta AG

Dr. Rolf Martin Schmitz
Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer at RWE AG

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Pöllath
Chairman at Beiersdorf AG

Klaus-Peter Müller
Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Commerzbank AG

Tony Firmin
Chief Operating Officer at Hapag-Lloyd AG

Susanne Klöß
Member of the Board of Management at Deutsche Postbank AG

Joachim Drees
Chief Executive Officer at MAN SE

Kent Logsdon
Charge D´Affaires ad interim at US Embassy to the Federal Republic of Germany

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hemel
Former Chief Executive Officer Hartmann AG & Founder and Director at Institute for Social Strategies

Prof. Dr. Robert Blackburn
Chairman and President at Bundesvereinigung Logistik International e.V.

Grazia Vittadini
Chief Technology Officer at Airbus SE

Frank Notz
General Manager at Festo Vertrieb GmbH & Co.KG

Dirk Niebel
Former Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

Jan Brecht
Chief Information Officer at Daimler AG

Dr. Wolfgang Büchele
Chief Executive Officer at M+W Group GmbH

Dr. Friedrich von Bohlen
Managing Partner at dievini Hopp BioTech holding GmbH & Co.KG

Constantin von Oesterreich
Former Chief Executive Officer at HSH Nordbank

Thomas Sattelberger
Member of the German Bundestag

Johann Jungwirth
Chief Digital Officer at Volkswagen AG

Vincent Dessain
Executive Director at Harvard Business School Europe Research Center

Bettina von Oesterreich
Managing Partner and Founder of BVO Consult

Dr. Christian Ossig
Chief Executive at Association of German Banks

Oliver Burkhard
Member of the Executive Board at thyssenkrupp AG

Andreas Krebs
Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Shareholder Council at Merz GmbH & Co. KGaA

Harald Christ
Former Chairman of the Board of Management of ERGO Beratung und Vertrieb AG

Dr. Johannes Wechsler
Managing Director at MediaMarktSaturn IT Solutions GmbH

Dr. Markus Krebber
Chief Financial Officer at RWE AG

Dr. Martha Boeckenfeld
Member of the Board of Directors at UniCredit

Tom Schmitt
Des. Chief Executive Officer at Forward Air

Dr. Thomas Book
Member of the Executive Board at Deutsche Börse AG

John B. Emerson
Former Ambassador of the United States of America to the Federal Republic of Germany

Dr. Annabella Bassler
Chief Financial Officer at Ringier AG

Thomas Geisel
Lord Mayor of Düsseldorf

Ivan Hodac
President and Founder of The Aspen Institute Central Europe

Dr. Frithjof Netzer
Chief Digital Officer at BASF SE

H.E. Pietro Benassi
Italian Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany

Dr. Hajo Hessabi
Deputy Chief Executive Officer at DAK-Gesundheit

Johannes Singhammer
Former Vice President of the German Bundestag

Dr. Michael Kerkloh
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board at Flughafen München GmbH

Dr. Heike Hanagarth
Member of the Supervisory Board at LANXESS AG and Former Member of the Management Board at Deutsche Bahn AG

Franz Peter Weber
Chief Financial Officer at The Mobility House

Dr. Kai-Uwe Seidenfuss
Deputy Managing Director at Lei Shing Hong Limited

Dr. Dorothee Achenbach
Black Label Art Consultancy & Services

Frank Lucaßen
Executive Vice President and Managing Director at Fresenius Kabi Deutschland GmbH

Dr. Achim Dünnwald
Chief Operating Officer Royal Mail Group

Dr. Volker Kefer
Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Vossloh AG

Christopher Delbrück
Chief Financial Officer at Uniper SE

Dr. Thorsten Müller
Senior Vice President Corporate Innovation OSRAM Licht AG

Dr. Hans-Jörg Stotz
Senior Vice President IoT Strategy and Innovation at SAP SE

Dr. Michael Kemmer
Former General Manager and Member of the Executive Board at Federal Association of German Banks e.V.

Dr. Christian Bruch
Member of the Executive Board at Linde Group

Dr. Christian Schmeichel
Chief Operating Officer Global Human Resources at SAP SE

Dr. Martin Hölz
Chief Information Officer at thyssenkrupp AG

Rüdiger Lentz
Director Aspen Institute Germany

Prof. Dr. Utz-Hellmuth Felcht
Former Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Deutsche Bahn AG

Sandeep Sen
Group Chief Information Officer at Linde Group

Dr. Claudia Schlossberger
Former Member of the Executive Board at Carlsberg Group

Ute Wolf
Chief Financial Officer at Evonik Industries AG

Matthias Graulich
Member of the Executive Board at Eurex Clearing AG

Dr. Jochen Schmitz
Corporate Vice President Accounting, Reporting and Controlling at Siemens AG

Prof. Dr. Jörg Debatin
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at GE Healthcare

Pierre Bauer
Chief Financial Officer Windpower Offshore at Siemens Gamesa

Rainer Schmückle
Member of the Board of Directors at Autoneum Holding AG

Alf Henryk Wulf
Chief Executive Officer at GE Power AG

Alexandra Schwarz
Member of the Management Board of Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH

Dietmar Heinrich
Chief Financial Officer at Schaeffler Group

Ulrich Blessing
Chief Executive Officer at Löhr Beteiligung GmbH

Dirk Jan de With
Chief Procurement Officer at Covestro AG

Dr. Marcus Schoenenberg
Head of Global Procurement Trucks & Buses at Daimler AG

Dr. Hans-Peter Fischer
Head of Volkswagen Management Association e.V.

Dr. Karsten Danielmeier
Senior Vice President Global R&D at Covestro AG

Dr. Andreas Opfermann
Chief Executive Officer AGA at Linde Group

Reinhard Vogt
Executive Vice President and Member of the Board at Sartorius AG

Jan Peter Nonnenkamp
Chancellor of University of Witten/Herdecke

Dr. Tosja Zywietz
Chief Executive Officer at Rosenberger Hochfrequenztechnik GmbH

Dr. Eberhard Kurz
Senior Advisor and Former Chief Information Officer at Deutsche Bahn AG

Tim Dawidowsky
Chief Executive Officer Large Drives at Siemens AG

Christian Richter
Founding Partner at Computer Rock GmbH

Dr. Nari Kahle
Program Lead Digital Social Innovation xStarters at Volkswagen AG

Wojciech Moranda
Chess Grandmaster

Andreas Rettig
Managing Director at Fußball-Club St. Pauli v. 1910 e.V.

Dr. Susanne Mortensen
Former Member of the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science, and Arts

Cajus Steinhauer
Founder and Chief Executive Officer at MEAJET GmbH

Dr. Edeltraud Leibrock
Senior Partner at The Huehn Initiative GmbH

Dr. Andreas Poensgen
Managing Partner at Turgot-Ventures AG

Sebastian Siebrecht
Chess Grand Master

Klaus Kandt
Former Police Commissioner of Berlin

Prof. Dr. Christoph Herborn
Medical Director of Asklepios Kliniken Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

Dr. Matthias Afting
Chief Executive Officer at COGNOS AG

Dr. Christina Afting Director at Deekeling Arndt Advisors in Communication GmbH | Daniel Angeli Senior Vice President at BASF SE | Dr. Michael Baer Divisional Head Klaus Murmann Fellowship Program at Foundation of German Business (SDW) | Dr. Arno Balzer Publisher at BILANZ Deutschland Wirtschaftsmagazin | Dr. Stefan Bartz Latham & Watkins LLP | Dr. Christoph A. Baus Global Vice Chair Ligitation and Trial at Latham & Watkins LLP | Dr. Yves Bock General Counsel Division Energy Management at Siemens AG | Christoph Böhmer Operating Partner at ArchiMed | Björn Böhning Director of the Senate Chancellery of the Federal State of Berlin | Olaf Borkers Chief Financial Officer at Deutsche EuroShop AG | Dr. Harald Borner Board Member at Sophus Ltd. UK | Christoph Bornschein Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Thorben, Lucie und die gelbe Gefahr GmbH | Falk Bothe Director Digital Transformation Office at Volkswagen AG | Horst Brammer Former Chargé d’Affaires a.i. at the South African Embassy to the Federal Republic of Germany | Prof. Dr. Helge Braun Minister of State to the Federal Chancellery | Ulrich Busch African Entrepreneur at getINNOtized GmbH | Ralf Christian Chief Executive Officer at Siemens Division Energy Management | Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Clemens Co-Founder at Pen&Paper UG & Co.KG | Dr. Alexandra Cordes Head of Strategic IP Initiatives at SAP SE | Prof. Dr. Daniela Cornelius Professor at the Department of Engineering and Management at the University of Applied Sciences Munich | Dalia Das Former Vice President Education Group at Bertelsmann SE | Dr. Karamba Diaby Member of the German Bundestag | Dr. Dorothee Dohrn Partner at CAPITALENT GmbH | Tanja Dreilich Managing Director and Group Chief Financial Officer at Kirchhoff Ecotec GmbH | Dr. Jochen Duelli Senior Advisor Private Equity Sector | Katja Dürrfeld Senior Vice President Corporate Audit & Data Protection at Continental AG | Rainer Effinger Managing Director at NORD Holding Unternehmensbeteiligungsgesellschaft mbH | Dr. Steffen Elbert Owner of Dr. Steffen Elbert Executive Leadership Development | Heinz Felbermair Artist and Author of ’40 Titans’ | Alexandra Fraatz Owner of Happy Souvenirs | Pablo Garcia-Berdoy y Cerez Former Spanish Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany | Mareike Geiling Co-Founder and Project Manager at Flüchtlinge Willkommen/ Refugees Welcome | Thomas Geitner Non Executive Director at Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH | Dr. Wolfram Gerdes Member of the Executive Board at Kirchliche Zusatzversorgungskasse Rheinland-Westfalen | Marie Gervais-Vidricaire Canadian Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany | Anabel Gonzales Senior Director ‘Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice’ at Global World Bank Group | Matthias Graf von Kielmansegg Head of Department at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research | Dr. Joachim Gripp Former Chief Executive Officer at Maredo Restaurants Holding | Michael Grosse-Brömer Chief Whip of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag | Tobias Gubitz Director Brand Strategy and Marketing Communications at Adam Opel AG | Manuel J. Hartung Editor and Publisher of ZEIT CAMPUS and ZEIT GERMANY | Kristin Hegner-Cordes Member of the Supervisory Board at SHW AG | Elisabeth Heid Director Berlin Office at KONU Llc. | Dr. Jens Hühn Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Huehn Solutions GmbH | Dr. Martin Jager Former Managing Director at H&F Group | Prof. Dr. Stephan A. Jansen Head of Center Philanthropy and Civil Society at Karlshochschule International University | Dr. Ute Jatzek Division Manager at Bundesdruckerei GmbH | Prof. Dr. Andrea Kindermann Professor for Digital Transformation at Quadriga University of Applied Science | Christian Kluth Lecturer | Prof. Dr. Susanne Knorre Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Knorre-Consulting | Dr. Markus Krall Managing Director at Frankfurt goetzpartners Corporate Finance GmbH | Hartmut Kremling Vodafone Ambassador | Ivo Kai Kuhnt Managing Director at Langenscheidt GmbH & Co.KG | Dr Kai Kunze Managing Director at Kapius GmbH | Harry Lammich Chief Information Officer at PHOENIX Group | Martin Limbeck Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Limbeck Group | Helena Linder-Jess Commander of a German Warship and Staff Officer at Bundeswehr | Dr. Joachim Lohse Senator for Environment, Construction and Traffic at City of Bremen | Kirsten Lühmann Member of the German Bundestag | Markus Maczey Chief Creative Officer at Plan.Net Gruppe für digitale Kommunikation GmbH & Co. KG | Peter John Mahrenholz Founder and Partner at Das 18te Kamel & Komplizen GmbH | Waldemar Maj President of Harvard Club of Poland | Sarah Majorczyk Head of Department Life & Science at BILD | Dr. Ralph Marquardt Vice President at MSI Academy | Frank Mattern Former Managing Partner German Office at McKinsey & Company | Jonas Mehrhoff Director Global Performance Program at DB Schenker | Thomas Middelhoff Author | Özcan Mutlu Member of the German Bundestag | Kreske Nickelsen General Partner and Chief Executive Officer at Joint Polish Investment Fund | Marc Niefer Head of Customer Service and Parts Mercedes-Benz Vans at Daimler AG | Prof. Dr. Torsten Oletzky Professor at Institut für Versicherungswesen (ivwKöln) | Dr. Alexander Ploghaus Founder and Managing Director at PRINCIPIA MENTIS GmbH | Dr. Jürgen Reinert Chief Technology Officer & Chief Operating Officer SMA Solar Technology AG | Prof. Dr. Hermann Requardt Former Chief Executive Officer at Siemens Healthcare | Gabriele Rittinghaus Managing Director at bdp GmbH | Dr. Stefan Ruile Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Autonomous Capital AG | Katharina Schüller Founder and Managing Director at Stat-Up Statistical Consulting & Data Science GmbH | Dr. Harald Selzner Partner at Latham & Watkins LLP | Nicola Sievers Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Inner Circle Consultants | Alexander Sixt Vice President Account and Service Management at Lufthansa Systems | Karin Sonnenmoser Supervisory Board Member at Vivantes – Netzwerk für Gesundheit GmbH & Schweizer Electronic AG | Prof. Dr. Christian Stamov Rossnagel Professor for Organizational Behavior at Jacobs University Bremen | Georgia Stegmann Founder and Managing Director at Stegmann Consulting GmbH | Judith Steinhoff Global Head of Human Resources and Managing Director at HSH Nordbank AG | Dr. Daniel Stelter Founder of ‘beyond the obvious’ | Stefan Stülpnagel Health Care Entrepreneur and Investor at MTC MedTechCircle | Dr. Franziska Thomas International Strategic Consulting | Jan Timmermann Business Development Manager at Vonovia SE | Angela Titzrath Chairwoman of the Executive Board at Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG | Katja Urbatsch Founder and Chief Executive Officer at ArbeiterKind.de | Dr. Martin van Gemmeren Founder and Managing Director at MvG Unternehmensberatung | Uli Veigel Founder at Uli Veigel Brand Consultancy | Dr. Julia Verliden Member of the German Bundestag | Ralf Vögele Vice President for Human Resources Energy Management at Siemens AG | Dr. Carsten Voigtländer Consultant | Friedrich von Boeselager Management Coach & Senior Manager at MHP Management- und IT-Beratung GmbH | Richard von Rheinbaben Member of the Executive Board at mediantis AG | Dr. Sebastian Wiesemann Executive Senior Physician at Universitätsklinikum Freiburg | Andreas Zetzsche Advisor to the Board at innogy


We highly appreciate the support of our sponsors.


„Prodesse et Delectare“ is the motto of the Summer Academy. Besides the official formats used during the Summer Academy – Spotlights, Group Sessions, Lions’ Boxes and One-on-one sessions – we explicitly attach great importance on having fun, i.e. during our annual Summer Academy Party. In addition, we pursue the philosophy of binding together the Summer Academy’s scholarship holders over the long-term. Our alumni activities like the regular meetings of the various YOUNG TITANS regional groups or our Flying Classrooms assure that links are maintained, and a valuable network is created.



Our scholars come from the world’s leading universities like Oxford, Harvard, MIT, LSE, Cambridge, Yale, or Science Po. More than 137 universities in 30 countries contribute to the academic excellence of our scholarship holders.

Besides their academic achievements, our scholars dedicate their time to promote social progress through holding multiple leadership roles in volunteering projects – among others as Members of the German Olympic Society’s Youth Committee, UN Youth Representatives, Founder of various social Start-Ups, Presidents of University Societies, and Student Parliaments as well as Honorary Mentors for pupil and fellow students.

Given their leadership potential as well as academic excellence, all our scholars have received various scholarships from all major German and international Scholarship Foundations as well as different private Foundations. Furthermore, they have been awarded multiple prizes including the Rotary Club University Award, the Young Women in Public Affairs Award, National Awards in ‘Jugend Musiziert’ (Youth Musicians) and ‘Jugend forscht’ (Youth Researches), Silver Medals from the International Conference of Young Scientists, Transatlantic Dialog Awards, Awards in the federal Philosophical Essay competition and many more.


As a pro bono initiative, the Summer Academy YOUNG TITANS offers you a unique experience. Thanks to our sponsors you will receive a scholarship if your application is successful.

The next Summer Academy will presumably take place in summer 2022.

You will receive feedback on your admission in early 2022.

We are looking forward to your applications!

You should apply if you

  • can prove excellent performance in your studies, school and/or profession (e.g. through grades, scholarships, awards), regardless of your field of studies
  • show an exceptionally high degree of social commitment
  • have an exceptionally high degree of emotional and social intelligence
  • wish to take part in open debate and accept other pluralistic views
  • wish to take on responsibility in various forms
  • wish to meet other talented young people with whom you can work on joint projects
  • wish to have a possibly unique experience that offers you decisive insights for your future professional path
  • are at least 18 years old

Apply now!



The Summer Academy YOUNG TITANS sees itself as an incubator for future young leaders and traditionally takes place in Berlin. Our scholars – high potentials from all over the world – meet, listen to and are coached by leading CEOs, executives, politicians and socialites.

Initiator Dr. Markus Hühn



Born in 1968, studied Natural Sciences in Marburg, Germany, and Cambridge, England. Received scholarships, e.g. from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI). Initially, he worked with top-tier strategy consulting firms (The Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Company). In 2002, he set up his own consulting boutique firm, offering consulting services to CEOs, senior executive officers and supervisory board members. Dr Hühn is the initiator of the “Round Table for Young CEOs and Executives” (Young CEO- und Vorstands-Roundtable), the “Club of Titans – CEOs, Chairperson and Owners” (Club of Titans – Vorstände, Aufsichtsräte und Eigentümer) and other innovative dialogue formats for the most renowned business leaders.