StrategySummit 24@WHU

May 16th 2024, WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, Campus Düsseldorf

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After the successful StrategySummit in 2023, we are looking forward to welcoming you again on the
16th of may 2024 @ WHU.

More details will follow soon.

Your hosts

One thing is certain in these uncertain times: hope is not a strategy. As hosts of the podcast and authors of the book of the same name, it is therefore a special desire of ours to enable strategy makers to share their practical experiences. In this way, we can debunk the myth of strategy and provide inspiration on how to win with strategic work in these times. For this reason, we look forward to welcoming you to our first StrategySummit at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management in Düsseldorf. In addition to exciting keynotes, panel discussions and workshops, the focus of this unique event will be on the exchange with you and the strategy community.We look forward to seeing you!

Christian Underwood (CEO StrategyFrame®)
& Prof. Dr. Jürgen Weigand (Chairholder of the Institute for Industrial Organization, WHU)

Hosts & Authors of HOPE IS NOT A STRATEGY


WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, Düsseldorf Campus

Erkrather Str. 224a,
40233 Düsseldorf

This was the StrategySummit 2023

Hope is not a strategy in uncertain times

1 day, 15 top speakers, 130 strategy makers.

Boost your strategy knowledge for these challenging times. Get impulses from real strategy makers from the practice for your business life. Learn about the latest digital tools in strategy. Exchange ideas with other strategy makers at eye level.

Our Speakers 2023

Steffen Bersch


Hans-Martin Hellebrand

CEO, badenova

Carmelo Lo Porto


Mirko Mondan

CEO, Dorfner Holding

Marius Gabriel Bucur

Chief Strategy Officer, Viega

Daniela Weiss

Senior Vice President, Corporate Business Process Management, GEA Group 

Stefanie Sumfleth

Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Technical Product bonprix 

Roman Gaida

Head of Division CNC EMEA, Mitsubishi Electric Europe

Frederick Barth

CEO, Global Entrepreneurship Centre

Prof. Dr. Arno Lammerts

Senior Vice President, Cedura

Daniel Theobald

Director Banking and Capital Markets, PWC Luxembourg

Prof. Dr. Martin Prause

Co-Founder, XinBlue

Oliver core

CPLO, StrategyFrame®

Sasha Dongowski

CEO, Cedura

Martin Kundt



09:00 - 09:30

Check-In / Registration

09:30 - 10:00


Prof. Jürgen Weigand (WHU Chair of Industrial Organization) & Christian Underwood (StrategyFrame)

10:00 - 10:45


AI in Business: The Future of Strategy Making?!

Carmelo Lo Porto, CEO, NIFTEE

10:45 - 11:00

Coffee break 

11:00 - 12:00

Panel 1

Strategyzing in 2023

Hans-Martin Hellebrand (badenova), Mirko Mondan (Dorfner), Marius Gabriel Bucur (Viega), Roman Gaida (Mitsubishi Electric Europe)

12:00 - 12:30

Panel 2

Digital Strategy Tools I - Panel

Prof. Arno Lammerts (Cedura), Prof. Martin Prause (Xinblue), Oliver Kern (StrategyFrame), Martin Kundt (Know How)

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch break 

12:40 - 14:00
3 workshops
4 sessions
á 20min 


Digital Strategy Tools II - Workshops

1. market intelligence system | Sabine Roettgen (Jenoptik) & Sascha Dongowski, Connor Haugrund (Cedura)
2. business simulations | Prof. Martin Prause (Xinblue)
3. strategy platform | Oliver Kern (StrategyFrame) & Martin Kundt (Know How)

14:00 - 14:30


Leading leading organizations: People, processes, systems

 Daniela Weiss (GEA Group)

14:30 - 15:30

Panel 3

Is Your Sustainability Strategy Baked-In?

Stefanie Sumfleth (bonprix), Friedrich Barth (GEC), Daniel Theobald (PwC)

15:30 - 15:45

Coffee break

15:45 - 16:45

Fireside chat

Strategy Journey of SSI Schaefer Group 

Steffen Bersch (SSI Schäfer) & Christian Underwood

16:45 - 17:00

Remarks and Closure

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Weigand & Christian Underwood

from 17:00


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