The EUSG team has a longstanding expertise in the field of strategic management planning and an excellent reputation for its sensitive and intercultural experienced interaction in highly complex, uncertain, as well as post-conflict settings.

Dr. Thomas Lehr


Managing Director

Dr. Thomas Lehr has been chairman of the Parmenides Foundation in Munich since 2007 and the Managing Director of the European School of Governance in Berlin since April 2009.

He provides policy and strategy consulting for the public sector, government authorities, universities and NGO’s. He also facilitates and supports conferences, meetings and workshops in developing scenarios and strategies to handle, monitor and control complex processes.

Dr. Louis Klein



Dr. Louis Klein is an internationally recognized expert in the field of systemic change and complex project management.

In 2010, he was awarded the Inaugural Research Prize from the International Centre for Complex Project Management. For his work in promoting systems thinking, cybernetics, and action research, he earned a seat on the board of the World Organisation for Systems and Cybernetics. He also has held a VP position with the International Society for the Systems Sciences.

Currently, Louis serves as the SIG chair for Organizational Transformation and Social Change with the ISSS. A thought leader, change agent, and author, Louis is a member of the German Association of Political Consultants. In 2015, he was named publisher/editor of agora42, a German magazine expanding the leading edges of innovative discourse at the intersection of philosophy, business, and economics.

Dr. Stephanie Plön



Dr. Stephanie Plön is a marine biologist specializing in the biology, ecology and health of whales and dolphins (cetaceans). Stephanie has studied in Germany, the UK, South Africa and New Zealand, investigating various aspects of cetacean trophic ecology, life history, population genetics, health and anatomy.

Stephanie earned her PhD in 2005 and for the past 12 years she has collaborated widely, published numerous scientific articles, supervised a number of postgraduate students and gained work experience in a natural history museum, research institute and a university. Stephanie is currently the manager of the Ocean Health group at the Earth Stewardship Research Institute (ESSRI) at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. She is the co-founder of the Ocean Health lab.

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Schröder


Senior Director

Hartmut Schröder is professor of language use and therapeutic communication at the European University Viadrina. He is director of the Steinbeis Transfer Institute for therapeutic communication and integrated health promotion of the Steinbeis University Berlin as well as member of the Senate of Economics.

He is full member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, vice president of the International Society for Natural and Cultural Healing, Managing Director of Therapeium Innovative Concepts GmbH and acknowledged expert in prevention and stress management, cultural health and corporate health responsibility.

He is dedicated to future science of the health that combines the potential of modern science with the experiences of traditional healing, in which empathy plays a key role to communicate and act.

Dipl. Math. Norman Heydenreich



Norman Heydenreich being an internationally recognized expert in the field of project management is the founder and director of the project governance Lab. He is also founder and director of the Management Academy Weimar. He is a member of the ISO technical committee TC258 Project, programme and portfolio management and its working group on project governance.

Previously he held various senior management position, e.g. as CIO of a state bank, as Director Government Relations with Microsoft and as head of public affairs with the German Association for Project Management. He was appointed as expert to the Major Projects Reform Commission of the German Federal Government. As project manager and sponsor Norman Heydenreich steered complex and large projects in corporations across various industries.

He is a writer and blogger on management and governance issues of public projects and holds various university teaching assignments on project governance.

Daniel Dick MA


Research Director

Daniel Dick is a cultural and social anthropologist, consciousness researcher and consultant for integrative systems. He studied in Austria and Switzerland, specializing in religion and consciousness studies, worldviews, cybernetics, cultural materialism and system change. He holds the Young Scientist Award of the European Meeting of Cybernetics and System Research 2016, has worked for several research institutions and co-founded the independent Consciousness Studies Academy Vienna in 2015.

Currently, he is editing a forthcoming anthology on perspectives of consciousness studies, and since 2017 he is also engaged at the European School of Governance as Research Director and Fellow of the Cultural Health Lab. His main professional efforts are characterized by the bridging of mindsets, people and cultures towards a transformative, peaceful and healthy future.

Prof. Dr. Anabel Ternès



Dr. Anabel Ternès is a serial founder, CEO and speaker focusing on digitalization, health & lifestyle. She is CEO and co-founder of CoCarrier GmbH and of the health service provider HealthMedo GmbH, which with Psychologio focuses on mental illness.

She is Managing Director of the International Institute for Sustainability Management (IISM) and holds a professorship in Communication and E-Business. Her main topics are digitalization with health trends & work 4.0, sustainable lifestyle & consumer behavior. She is volunteering for Digital Competence. She founded GetYourWings gGmbH, is a board member of NFTE Germany and a mentor at StartupTEENS.

She has many years of leadership experience in Business Development of international companies. She holds a Master of Arts, of Business Administration and of Education majoring in Psychology.

Prof. Dr. Luisa Santos



Luísa Santos is a Gulbenkian Professor at the Faculty of Human Sciences of Universidade Católica, in Lisbon, since 2016. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies, Viadrina School of Governance (2015), with a scholarship from FCT, an MA in Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art (2008), with a Gulbenkian Scholarship, and a Degree in Communication Design, Faculty of Fine Arts-University of Lisbon (2003).

Combining research with curatorial practice, her most recent activities include “There’s no knife without roses”, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2012); “Daqui parece uma montanha” , Modern Art Centre, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (2014); and “Tension and Conflict” at MAAT, Lisbon (2017).

She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Congress CSO, the Peer Reviewed Academic Publications Estúdio, Gama, Croma, and the Yearbook of Moving Image Studies published by Büchner-Verlag.

Kendra Rosencrans MS, M.Div.



Kendra Rosencrans is an award-winning former journalist, organizational researcher, and consultant specializing in complexity, constructive narratives, and systemic change. In 2017, she received the Margaret Mead Memorial Student Award from the International Society for the Systems Sciences, which recognizes work that addresses contemporary challenges within communities in ways that empower agency with integrity, imagination, and well-being. She has also served as the topic editor for the Journal of Organizational Transformation and Social Change.

Based in Seattle, Washington, USA, Kendra holds master’s degrees in journalism and religious studies. She is a trained facilitator, and is currently finishing a Ph.D. in organizational systems focusing on questions about how ingenuity may serve to foster systemic change under constrained and complex conditions. In 2017, she was appointed a fellow of the Systemic Change Lab and is on the founding editorial team for the Systemic Change journal.

Steve Raue MA



Steve Raue is a management consultant with a focus on supporting organizational transformations through change, operations and process development. His professional career is complemented by intensive research into systems practice, complexity and project management. Steve started his research career with studies in linguistics and cultural analysis. His desire for understanding communication systems brought him to engage in management consulting, where he has been working with the Systemic Excellence Group and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Throughout his career Steve has published numerous articles on systems thinking, agile management practices and cross-cultural complexity. He has co-operated with professional research bodies such as the German Project Management Association (GPM), as founder of the expert group on agile management, and as speaker on alternative project management approaches.

Dr. Friedrich Glauner



is philosopher, author and experienced manager. He lecturers at the Global Ethic Institute (Weltethos Institut) of the University of Tübingen, at the University of the German Army in Munich and at other universities on future viable business models, strategy development, business ethics, corporate cultures and values-based leadership. Alongside to his research and teaching he counsels as Managing Director of Culturalimagines corporations and organisations on future viable business development. His work is dedicated with a broad interdisciplinary background to a new mental model for our economy and business management. It replaces the economic focus on scarcity, competition, and growth with a focus on viable resource growth and added value creation cycles.

Bastian Kenn MA



Bastian Kenn studied International Relations at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and previously gained experience with United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and the African Rural Development Movement (ARDUMO). Bastian now assists in keeping the European Democracy Lab running on a day-to-basis and contributes to a variety of projects, from research to the organization of events. His main scientific interest is the identification and analysis of the most important factors for viable democracies and peaceful cohabitation in Europe and beyond.

Dr. Michael von Kutzschenbach



Michael von Kutzschenbach (PhD) is a practitioner and an academic in the field of sustainable businesses. He is an acknowledged expert in sustainability, feedback systems thinking, and organization development and provides seminars and corporate training internationally.

He is the founder of mvk – Kutzschenbach Institute for Sustainability Studies and a member of the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für System Dynamics e.V.” He has published widely on the complex challenge of managing sustainability and feedback systems thinking.

Since 2011, he is working as a senior researcher at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland at the Institute for Information Systems. His research focuses on the application of feedback systems approaches for working with complex socio-technical problems in an increasingly digital world.

Doris Bergmann MBA


Consultant/Trainer/ Project Manager

joined EUSG in 2008 as the person responsible for the Executive Education Programs for European policy training.

Since 2012 she has been working as a consultant and project manager for different projects in the field of environment, sustainability and resources. Her methodological focus lies on scenario-based strategic planning and foresight with EIDOS.

She is an EIDOS trainer and responsible for the regular Open Eidos Training courses. She studied Geography with a focus on developmental aid and regional development and has a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Benedetta Oddo


Partnership Building/ Senior Advisor

25 years of bridging lives, cultures, problems, solutions, hopes and ambitions, throughout the Arab region and the Euro-Mediterranean area.

Through market research in Egypt, workers‘ and water rights in Palestine, communities, local authorities, entrepreneurs in Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Libya, Benedetta Oddo has experienced the joy and the frustrations of a journey that has finally given her the privilege of seeing and supporting the current radical and ongoing critical changes …

No matter where or whom she was working for – the UN, Governments, NGOs, Multinationals – to her, the only driving force for holding off discouragement and fatigue has always been the people and their struggle for a better life.

Barbara Petkus BA


Office Manager EUSG office Berlin

worked mainly in the legal domain and in office administration before joining eusg in 2014. Here she takes care of the Berlin office, supports the team and contributes to a variety of IT projects.

Born in Houston, Texas, USA, Barbara attained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Orleans as well as attended a broad range of universities in France, Austria, Switzerland and Germany, mainly to learn the local languages.

She has a CELTA certificate and taught English to adults for many years.

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