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

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
Chief Commercial Officer 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

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

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
Chief Executive Officer Hoffmann Group SE & Chairman Bundesvereinigung Logistik (BVL)

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

Constantin von Oesterreich
Former Chief Executive Officer at HSH Nordbank

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. Arno Balzer
Editor and Publisher of Bilanz Deutschland Wirtschaftsmagazin GmbH

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. Markus Krebber
Chief Financial Officer at RWE AG

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

Tom Schmitt
Member of the Board of Management and Chief Commercial Officer at Schenker AG

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

Thomas Geisel
Lord Mayor of Düsseldorf

Ivan Hodac
President and Founder of The Aspen Institute Central Europe

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

Ralf Christian
Chief Executive Officer Division Energy Management at Siemens AG

Dr. Martin Jager
Former Managing Director at H&F Group

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

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

Dr. Achim Dünnwald
Chief Executive Officer DHL Parcel at Deutsche Post DHL

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

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

Rüdiger Lentz
Director Aspen Institute Germany

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

Ute Wolf
Chief Financial Officer at Evonik Industries 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

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

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

Karin Sonnenmoser
Executive Board Member and Chief Financial Officer at Zumtobel Group AG

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

Katharina Schüller
Founder and Managing Director of STAT-UP Statistical Consulting & Data Science GmbH

Cajus Steinhauer
Founder and Chief Executive Officer at MEAJET GmbH

Dr. Edeltraud Leibrock
Former Member of the Executive Board of KfW

Friedrich von Boeselager
Chief Digital Officer Advisory at MHP Management- und IT-Beratung GmbH – A Porsche Company

Dr. Andreas Poensgen
Managing Partner at Turgot-Ventures AG

Sebastian Siebrecht
Chess Grand Master

Klaus Kandt
Police Commissioner of Berlin

Tanja Dreilich
Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer at Kirchhoff Group

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

Dr. Matthias Afting
Chief Executive Officer at COGNOS AG

Stefan Stülpnagel
Managing Director at BHT Hygienetechnik GmbH

Nicola Sievers
Founding Partner at Inner Circle Consultant

Dr. Christina Afting Director at Deekeling Arndt Advisors in Communication GmbH | Dr. Michael Baer Divisional Head Klaus Murmann Fellowship Program at Foundation of German Business (SDW) | Dr. Stefan Bartz Latham & Watkins LLP | Dr. Christoph A. Baus Global Vice Chair Ligitation and Trial at Latham & Watkins LLP | Ulrich Blessing Chief Executive Officer at LB GmbH | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 Kielmannsegg 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. Hajo Hessabi Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board at DAK Gesundheit | Dr. Jens Hühn Machine Learning and Big Data Entrepreneur | 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 | 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 | 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 | Özcan Mutlu Member of the German Bundestag | Kreske Nickelsen General Partner and Chief Executive Officer at Joint Polish Investment Fund | Dr. Alexander Ploghaus Owner and Managing Director at PRINCIPIA MENTIS | Prof. Hermann Requardt Former Chief Executive Officer at Siemens Healthcare | Dr. Stefan Ruile Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Autonomous Capital AG | Dr. Harald Selzner Partner at Latham & Watkins LLP | Alexander Sixt Vice President Account and Service Management at Lufthansa Systems | 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’ | Dr. Franziska Thomas International Strategic Consulting | 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 | Richard von Rheinbaben Member of the Executive Board at mediantis AG | Dr. Sebastian Wiesemann Executive Senior Physician at Universitätsklinikum Freiburg


„Prodesse et Delectare“ is the motto of the Summer Academy. Besides the official formats used during the Summer Academy – keynotes, group sessions, panel discussions 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 YOUNG TITANS Day 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.


The Summer Academy YOUNG TITANS offers you a unique experience. It is a pro bono initiative. Thanks to our sponsors you will receive a scholarship that covers the cost of the Summer Academy (apart from your travelling expenses) if your application is successful. The application period lasts from February until the end of March 2018 (Deadline: 31st of March, 23:59h).
This year the Summer Academy takes place from 5th to 7th July 2018 at the Oderberger Hotel in Berlin.

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

The application period for the Summer Academy YOUNG TITANS 2018 has expired. Applicants have been contacted about the outcome of their application in the beginning of May.

Information on the application for the Summer Academy YOUNG TITANS 2019 will be available on this website, once this year’s academy has taken place.

Should you have any questions in the meantime, please contact our team via info@young-titans.com

We are at your side! If you have any questions concerning your application, feel free to send us an E-Mail.


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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

“Why did I found the Summer Academy YOUNG TITANS? The answer is very simple: it’s a matter of the heart. As a young student, I participated in many summer academies of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. These were fantastic. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to make these experiences; and this sense of gratitude inspired me to establish the Summer Academy YOUNG TITANS. I wish to give young students and professionals from all backgrounds an opportunity to progress in life, to meet new friends and to have fun.”

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.

Initiator Dr. Janina Johannsen



Dr. Janina Johannsen is senior partner at The Huehn Initiative GmbH, an executive consulting boutique firm providing strategic advice to Supervisory Board Members, CEOs and Senior Executive Officers. Before, she was managing director of the strategic HR advisory company GS Consult GmbH. During her previous career, she has focused on different dimensions of power and influence management, having worked with NATO, the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the Security and Defence Division of the Airbus Group.
She studied Political Science, History and German Literature at the University of Hamburg and the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a PhD in History (Civil-military Crisis Management).
Her studies were supported by the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation and the Volkswagen Foundation.
Janina Johannsen is initiator of the “Summer Academy YOUNG TITANS“, the “Club of TITANS – Roundtable for Young CEOs, Executives, Board Members and Owner“ as well as of the “Club of DIGITAL TITANS – Global CEO & CDO Roundtable“.