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Dr.-Ing. Dirk Bernhard

Board of Directors
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Dr.-Ing. Dirk Bernhard

Board of Directors
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Dr.-Ing. Dirk Bernhard has been a member of the Executive Board of INU – Innovative University AG since January 2022.

As the sole director of the state-recognized “INU – Innovative University of Applied Sciences”, he is responsible for the management of the university as Chancellor, which he also represents externally. As CDO (Chief Digital Officer), he is also responsible for all digital matters relating to the administrative and academic online operations of the innovative INU.

From the beginning of 2018 until the end of 2021, Dr. Bernhard worked at 3P Assistant GmbH and AachenInstitut GmbH as a management and IT consultant with a focus on education and higher education. His core tasks included interim management projects in the IT and development sector of various companies, with a focus on education. The focus was primarily on business intelligence projects and process optimization in various companies of the COGNOS Group, which includes the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences and the Ludwig Fresenius Schools as well as a number of other well-known national and international educational institutions.

Prior to this, he worked as a management consultant and authorized signatory at Bronk & Company GmbH from 2014 to 2017. In addition to IT management, his activities there focused primarily on consulting mandates in the areas of business intelligence for dimensioning production, process optimization and simulation of production processes as well as university administration programs in the education sector.

Dr. Bernhard can also look back on many years of experience as a university lecturer in the fields of computer science, SAP and project management. Between 2011 and 2014, he also managed the cross-location introduction of a Salesforce-based sales platform at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences and other educational institutions in the COGNOS Group as Head of IT. This also included the migration of various legacy systems and the centralized introduction of a uniform university administration and student platform for all Fresenius University locations.

After his engineering studies and parallel to his doctorate (Dr.-Ing.) at RWTH Aachen University, he worked from 1995 to 1999 as a research assistant and group leader at the Foundry Institute of RWTH Aachen University. This was followed by various professional positions from 1999 to 2011, including at DaimlerChrysler AG at the Ulm Research Center and PSI Metals Non Ferrous GmbH, before he turned his attention increasingly to the education sector.

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Prof. Dr.
Christian Dries

Founding President of INU and Professor of Psychology
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Prof. Dr.
Christian Dries

Founding President of INU – Innovative University of Applied Sciences and Professor of Personnel & Organisational Psychology 
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In addition to his role as founding president of INU and professor in the psychology and business psychology degree programs, Prof. Dr. Christian Dries is managing partner of the Cologne Institute for Management Consulting and president of the Society for Applied Business Psychology (GWPs).

After studying psychology and economics at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, he completed his doctorate in 2001 on the subject of “Boss or bossess? The influence of gender on the experience and behavior of employees”.

In teaching, Christian Dries’ focus is therefore on personnel marketing & recruiting, personnel development and leadership and coaching.

In his research, he deals with feedback systems in organizations, competency models and the “dark triad of personality”.

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Prof. Dr. Marcus Pradel

Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Prof. Dr. Marcus Pradel

Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Since September 2021, Prof. Dr. Pradel has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of INU – Innovative University AG, which is the sponsor of INU – Innovative University of Applied Sciences. He is also a designated member of the INU University Council.

Previously, he was a member of the Supervisory Board (from mid-2018 to April 2022) of COGNOS AG, where he was appointed as a member of the Executive Board from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2017. In the period between the termination of his Executive Board mandate and the assumption of his Supervisory Board mandate, he continued to actively support COGNOS AG in an advisory capacity. As a member of the board of COGNOS AG, he was responsible in particular for the Management & Design department as well as for the Business Development and Internationalization departments. In his advisory role, he has primarily been involved in various strategic development projects of the Group.

Dr. Markus Wollweber

Supervisory Board member

Dr. Markus Wollweber

Supervisory Board member

Dr. jur. Markus Wollweber has been a member of the Supervisory Board of INU – Innovative University AG since September 2021.

He has been a partner at Streck Mack Schwedhelm Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Partnerschaft mbB in Cologne since 2010, where he works as a lawyer specializing in tax law. After graduating with a degree in finance from the Fachhochschule für Steuern und Finanzen in Nordkirchen, he studied law in Greifswald and Cologne, completing his studies with the 2nd state examination and a doctorate in law. Dr. Wollweber was admitted to the bar in 2006.

In addition to his work as a lawyer, he has been active for many years as a specialist author of numerous legal publications and specialist articles as well as a regular speaker and expert on tax and legal topics.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hauke Müller-Späth

Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hauke
Müller-Späth

Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Müller-Späth is co-founder of INU – Innovative University AG, as sponsor of INU – Innovative University of Applied Sciences.

He also acted as a founding board member of the AG until the end of 2021 and then moved to the supervisory board of the parent company as deputy chairman and designated member of the INU University Council from January 2022.

After completing his doctorate at RWTH Aachen University, he worked as an entrepreneur, shareholder and entrepreneur in the fields of materials development and plant engineering worldwide. Since 2008, his focus has shifted to management consulting with a focus on M&A and strategy consulting as well as business development. Parallel to his professional activities, he has many years of teaching experience and has been increasingly active in the field of higher education for many years.

Building on his many years of teaching activities in the key areas of “Change and Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship” as well as “Quality Management” and “Business Mathematics” at various universities and educational institutions, Mr. Müller-Späth was appointed professor at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences in 2007. In addition to his part-time teaching activities, he developed various internationalization strategies for a large educational institution and implemented a large number of international educational cooperations and exchange programs in this context. In addition, Mr. Müller-Späth has been involved in the field of start-ups for many years, in particular by supporting young company founders from the business idea to the implementation of the business concept in all steps towards self-employment.

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Prof. Dr. Eckehard Krah

Lecturer
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Prof. Dr.
Eckehard Krah

Professor of International Business Administration
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Prof. Dr.rer.pol. Eckehard Krah is Professor of General Business Administration at INU and teaches Fundamentals of Business Administration, Microeconomics, External and Internal Accounting, and Digital Marketing and Business Models.

As a constant point of contact, he accompanies students digitally and personally through their studies until they successfully complete their degree. In addition to teaching the course content, activating and motivating communication with the students plays an important role for Mr. Krah for the future learning and study success of the students.

Previously, Mr. Krah gained extensive experience in teaching and student support as Academic Director at EC Europa Campus in Frankfurt/M., Mannheim and Karlsruhe.

Prior to his teaching activities, Mr. Krah worked in a company for innovation technology. In this context, he worked with international partners to develop prototypes for a self-sufficient water treatment plant for use in regions with little drinking water. Following this activity, Mr. Krah completed his doctorate at the University of Siegen at the Chair of Innovation and Competence Management on the topic of “Dialogue-oriented product design: more inventive – more cooperative – more sustainable”. Since 2020, Mr. Krah has been working on a second dissertation in London on the topic of persuasive stakeholder communication in crisis situations. Mr. Krah is also active as an author and editor.

Professor Krah is honorary chairman of the Anneliese and Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Waldemar Wittmann in Königstein (Ts.), Frankfurt/M., Burbach (Siegerl.) as well as President of the Jung-Stilling-Gesellschaft e.V. Siegen and member of numerous societies and associations for the promotion of literature and culture.

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Dr. Ute Gartzen-Wiegand

Vice Founding President and Professor of International Business Administration
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Prof. Dr.
Ute Gartzen-Wiegand

Vice President of INU and Professor of International Business Administration
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Prof. Dr. Ute Gartzen-Wiegand is Vice President of INU – Innovative University of Applied Sciences. As Professor of International Business Administration, she teaches Agile Project Management at INU.

Prof. Dr. Gartzen-Wiegand completed her doctorate at the renowned Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) at RWTH Aachen University under Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh after completing her degree in business administration at RWTH Aachen University and a subsequent master’s degree with a focus on finance at Hult Business School in London. As a research assistant, she was involved in teaching, research and several industrial consulting projects at the Chair of Production Systems.
Since 2009, she has supported the establishment of “RWTH Aachen Campus GmbH”, which is responsible for the development of cross-research and cross-industry networking and close cooperation between science and industry in a total of 16 research clusters covering an area of over 800,000m² on site.
After completing her doctorate at RWTH Aachen University in the field of university-related research clusters, Ms. Gartzen-Wiegand was responsible for economic development as a working group leader for the Aachen city region. In this area, she initiated and was responsible for various regional and interregional funding projects on the topic of technology and innovation transfer.
In 2016, she was appointed Professor of Industrial Management at the European University of Applied Sciences (EUFH). The EUFH was acquired by the Klett Group in 2016 and merged with the Cologne Business School (CBS) in 2022.
In addition to her teaching activities as a professor, Dr. Gartzen-Wiegand was particularly involved in the development of the Aachen location of EUFH, where she was head of the university’s fastest-growing degree program. Parallel to her activities at EUFH, she also held other teaching positions at RWTH Aachen, FH Aachen and RFH Cologne.

At INU, Prof. Dr. Gartzen-Wiegand teaches “Agile Project Management” in the “International Business Administration” course.

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Dr. habil. Philipp E. Otto

Business Psychology
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Prof. Dr. habil.
Philipp E. Otto

Business Psychology
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After graduating from the Free University of Berlin, Philipp Otto worked for Decision Technologies in London in the field of financial services. He completed his doctorate on cognitive finance strategies at University College London in 2007 and qualified as a lecturer in economics in 2017.

He held a two-year visiting professorship in methodology at the Brandenburg Medical School in 2020 and has been working on an EU research project on digital and agile leadership at the Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg since 2022.

His research focuses on cognitive processes and social preferences. Further interests of his research activities lie in the areas of allocation markets, price negotiations, decision heuristics and strategy choice. His publications have appeared internationally in journals such as the Journal of Socio-Economics, Journal of Experimental Economics, Journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology, European Accounting Review, Review of Economic Design, Economica, International Journal of Game Theory and the Journal of Economic Psychology.

At the INU, Dr. habil. Philipp E. Otto will head the “Business Psychology” course from the winter semester 2023/24 and teach courses in methodology, among other things.

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Prof. Dr. Malte Albrecht

Lecturer
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Prof. Dr.
Malte Albrecht

Professor of Psychology
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Dr. Malte Albrecht completed his doctorate in psychology at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn in cooperation with BASF SE under Prof. Dr. D. Memmert at the DSHS Cologne.

As part of his doctorate, he supervised the reorganization of operational qualification at the headquarters of BASF SE in Ludwigshafen from 2011-2013. Since 2014, he has worked as a consultant for INEOS GmbH in Cologne, among others in the chemical industry.
After completing his doctorate at the DSHS Cologne in the field of work and organizational psychology, Dr. Albrecht worked as a consultant in industrial projects.
In 2016, Dr. Albrecht became a lecturer at the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, where he took over the management of the part-time business psychology course. Parallel to his work at the university, he worked for the Skip Institute as Scientific Director for virtual reality projects.

Since 2022, he has gained a wide range of experience in the areas of management training and assessment centers as a senior consultant for a medium-sized management consultancy.

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Anja Gaugigl

Research assistant
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Anja
Gaugigl

Research Associate
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Anja Gaugigl has been a research associate at INU since February 2023.
She studied psychology at the Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg. She also completed her master’s degree there in 2022. She focused on topics of personnel development, leadership and health in the workplace.

Rebekka Heck

Assistant to the Board of Directors / Business Development
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Rebekka
Heck

Assistant to the Board of Directors / Business Development
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Dominik Nussbaum

IT Management
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Dominik
Nußbaum

IT Management / Development [email protected]

Sonja Schleppinghoff

Marketing
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Sonja
Schleppinghoff

Lukas Appel

Student Advisor and Application Management
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Lukas
Appel

Student Advisor and Application Management
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Calogero
Müller

Video and Media Production
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Gero
Müller

Video and Media Production
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Abel Zere

Head of Prospect and Applicant Management
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Abel
Zere

Head of Prospect and Applicant Management
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Dr. Ariane
Köster

Head of Marketing
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Dr. Ariane
Köster

Head of Marketing
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