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 received the Inaugural Research Price of the International Centre for Complex Project Management. Promoting system thinking, cybernetics and action research he earned a seat on the board of the World Organisation for Systems and Cybernetics as well as VP with the International Society for the Systems Sciences.

Currently he holds its SIG chair for Organisational Transformation and Social Change. In 2003 he became a member of the German Association of Political Consultants and in 2015 he joint agora42, a german magazine on philosophy, business and economics, as publisher/editor.

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.

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


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.

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


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.

Doris Bergmann


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).

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