Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

The Professional Skills lecturers

Winter semester 23/24

Professional skills are taught by professionals from the practice, experienced coaches and HPI professors and staff. Whether entrepreneurship, communication management or legal issues - they are all experts in their respective fields and contribute their knowledge and experience to the interdisciplinary teaching at HPI.

Dr. Anselm Brandi-Dohrn (Photo: BOETTICHER Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB)

Dr. Anselm Brandi-Dohrn

...is a partner in the field of IT and Intellectual Property law at von BOETTICHER Rechtsanwälte in Berlin. He advises companies in the IT and high-tech industry in- and outside of court with a focus on contract and license negotiations.

  • Course: IT-Law
  • Quote: “After more than 25 years in the field of contract negotiation and drafting, it is high-time to pass this knowledge on to the next generation…”
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Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Tobias Braun (Photo: HWR Berlin)

Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Tobias Braun

...is a professor of human resources and organization at the HWR Berlin. He is an author on topics of strategic management, organizational design and performance management. As a guest lecturer, he teaches at the European University Viadrina, among others.

  • Course: Business Simulation Strategic Management
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HPI School of Design Thinking

The HPI School of Design Thinking (D-School)

…offers an additional program with an innovative approach. In small, multidisciplinary teams, students from different departments develop innovative and people-centered solutions for complex problems. During the  process, they are in close contact with project partners from companies, NGOs and political institutions.

  • Course: Basic Track in Design Thinking, Advanced Track in Design Thinking, Wayfinder: Self- and Leadership Development, Global Design Thinking-Workshop
  • Contact (Elisabeth Höpner)
Robert Dabitz (Photo: Business Simulation Games | Business Schools & Corporate Trainings | Strategy, Disruption, Digital Transformation)

Robert Dabitz

...is that managing director at BerlinSim GmbH. He has years of experience as a project manager in the scientific field and works as an organizational consultant in well-known German companies. He is a trainer and coach for executives in the financial industry and a lecturer for management.

  • Course: Business Simulation Strategic Management
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Karsten Drath

Karsten Drath

...is an entrepreneur, coach, author and passionate cyclist. The focus of his research is on how individuals, teams and organizations can deal with crises more effectively.

  • Course: Leading Yourself and Others in a Virtual World, Power and Power Misuse in Organizations
  • Quote: “When something happens, the only thing in your power is your attitude toward it. It is not the things that disturb us, but our interpretation of their significance. Things and people are not what we wish them to be nor are they what they seem to be. They are what they are.” – Epictetus…
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HPI School of Entrepreneurship (E-School)

HPI School of Entrepreneurship (E-School)

...initiates formats for start-up-oriented idea generation, offers numerous practical teachings and supports you from the development of the first ideas to the kick-off of your start-up. The E-School is designed to inspire, motivate, support and practically educate you on your way to founding.

  • Quote: “E matters. Let’s make a difference and be entrepreneurs…“
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Rea Eldem (Photo: James Brooks)

Rea Eldem

...is the founder and managing director of IN-VISIBLE and the management consultant with specifications on equal work culture. Her mission is to make academic knowledge in the field of cultural studies and feminist theory accessible, tangible and useful. With IN-VISIBLE BERLIN she advises companies on gender and diversity strategies.

  • Course: Diversity within the Learning and Working Environment
  • Quote: "Confronting oneself with one's own privileges, biases, and prejudice perspectives of others is an indispensable part of a sustainable education for students."
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Dr. Franziska Frank (Photo: Uwe Klössing, werdewelt)

Dr. Franziska Frank

… is author, Visiting Lecturer at ESMT Berlin. She researches, publishes and teaches on all things related to successful influencing: Humility, Rules of Influencing, Leadership, Decision Making and Negotiation.

  • Course: Managing stakeholders – The psychology and neuroscience of successfully influencing others
  • Quote: "Start Where You Are. Use What You Have. Do What You Can."
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Dr. Thilo Hagendorff (Photo: Private)

Dr. Thilo Hagendorff

...is an expert in applied ethics, especially technology and AI. He is the author of several non-fiction books as well as a project leader. He works in the Cluster of Excellence "Machine Learning: New Perspectives for Science" at the University of Tübingen.

  • Course: Ethical Questions in the Context of Data Engineering and Machine Learning
  • Course: “In my research I am particularly interested in how considerations of AI ethics can be applied practically…”
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Michael Karl Heidemann (Photo: Tanja Bolte)

Michael Karl Heidemann

…coaches leaders and accompanies organizations in developing their corporate culture for over 30 years. He develops his insides and assumptions at the interface between theory and practice.

  • Course: Leadership Skills - About the Hard Impact of Soft Skills
  • Quote: ”Even in a digitized working world, personalities are needed who can provide orientation as managers. You need to find out what is important for that for yourself – but you should start in time.”
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Pascal Heymann (Photo: Private)

Pascal Heymann

... is a presentation coach, speechwriter, and new lecturer at HPI. As the founder of berlinspeaking.com, he empowers leaders, academics, and aspiring speakers to communicate their ideas confidently, generate interest in innovative products, and present technically complex content with a WOW factor.

  • Course: Give Presentations like a Pro: Skillfull Communication of Expertise
  • Quote: "There are no boring topics or speakers. Everything and everyone has the potential to inspire!"
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Prof. Dr. Eric Kearney (Photo: Privat)

Prof. Dr. Eric Kearney

…is a professor for leadership, organization and human resources at the University of Potsdam. His research focus is leadership and teamwork. His articles were published in leading international journals.

  • Course: Management Essentials
  • Quote: ”I investigate how leadership supports collaboration between people so that challenges in organizations and the society can be mastered.”
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Dr. Dennis-Kenji Kipker (Photo: Private)

Dr. Dennis-Kenji Kipker

… is Professor of IT Security Law at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences and Visiting Professor at the private Riga Graduate School of Law in Latvia, founded by the Soros Foundation. Here he conducts research on topics at the intersection of law and technology in cybersecurity, corporate strategy, and digital resilience in the context of global crises, with a research focus particularly on Chinese IT law. Kipker is an advisor to the German Federal Government and the European Commission.

  • Course: Ethics, Law and Compliance
  • Quote: “Good AI is ethically responsible AI that is aligned with the needs and values of involved stakeholders.”
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Dr. Martin Krengel

Dr. Martin Krengel

...is the author of 11 guidebooks on learning, time management and motivation. He founded the online course platform Studienstrategie.de. Krengel completed two different courses of study in 5 countries and earned his doctorate in the field of motivation, decision-making and learning psychology.

  • Course: Leaning Strategies & Time Management: Golden Rules for Motivation, Focus and Effectiveness
  • Zitat: "He who stops getting better, stops being good…“ 
Dr. Jana Leidenfrost (Photo: Det Kempke)

Dr. Jana Leidenfrost

...accompanies individuals, teams and organizations in transition situations on questions of leadership and the development of potential. She favors a holistic way of working that integrates both scientific principles and practical work with body and mind.

  • Course: Intrapersonal & Interpersonal Skills (In German)
  • Quote: “I am interested in professional mastery and leadership. That is because seeing matured personalities work with heart and mind in scientific, technical or entrepreneurial responsibilities is a fulfilment of purpose to me.”
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Monika Menz (Photo: reuschlaw Legal Consultants)

Monika Menz

...is, among other things, a lawyer and specialist in information technology law. As an expert in information technology, data protection and IT security law, her research focuses particularly on the international aspects of these regulatory matters. 

  • Course: IT-Law
  • Quote: "I have always been passionate about all topics related to law and innovation. This is also reflected in my research interests and my daily work. In particular, I focus on disruptive technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain and AI and their regulation in a national and international context."
Dr. Sharon Nemeth (Photo: private)

Dr. Sharon Nemeth

…is a translator, copyeditor and lecturer at Hasso Plattner Institute. Her translation work includes a number of eminent HPI publications. In her work as a teacher, she takes a personal interest in addressing the language needs of her students in their academic and professional environments. 

  • Course: Academic Writing for Science (Engl. Level 3)
  • Quote: “It is my privilege to work with HPI students in addressing their real-life writing challenges, and thus removing at least some of the obstacles to writing well in English. With what they learn, students should ideally have a source to draw on for language support now and in the future.”
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Prof. Dr. Anne Paschke (Photo: private)

Prof. Dr. Anne Paschke

...is a professor of public law, technology law and the law of digitalization, as well as executive director of the Institute of Law at the Technical University of Braunschweig. In her research, she specializes in legal issues in digitization, in the areas of data use and data protection, e-commerce, e-government e-health and media.

  • Course: Legal issues of "Data Engineering" (In German)
  • Quote: „Data asceticism no longer exists – therefore the practiced informational autonomy is more important than ever.”
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Prof. Dr. Robert Ranisch

Prof. Dr. Robert Ranisch

...is an assistant professor of medical ethics with a focus on digitalization at the Faculty of Health Sciences Brandenburg, University of Potsdam. In his research and teaching, he is dedicated to various fields of ethics in the sciences, at the interface of technology, society and politics.

  • Course: Introduction to Ethics for Computer Scientists
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Prof. Dr. Falk Uebernickel

Prof. Dr. Falk Uebernickel

…is professor for design thinking and innovation research at HPI. Together with his team, he explores methods and procedures of how the adaption and integration of human-centered design and design thinking in companies lead to sustainable business innovations. A special focus lies on software-driven products, processes and service innovations.

  • Course: Introduction to Economics I, Global Team-Based Innovation I
  • Quote: “Human-centered design is essential for developing software and sustainable digital innovations.”
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Dr. Julia von Thienen

Dr. Julia von Thienen

...has been working at HPI since 2008. Her research focuses on design thinking as an approach to creativity, collaboration and innovation. Since 2018, she has been building a research group on neurodesign, which focuses intensively on the biological basis of creativity, collaboration and innovation in design thinking research and teaching.

  • Course: Design Thinking for Digital Engineering, Sonic Thinking - Methods of Working with Sound, Neurodesign Lecture - Fostering Human-Nature Empathy through Digital Innovation, Master Thesis Class
  • Quote: "In the courses, you design and concuct your own creative IT project. The classes offer process and community support to help you realize your vision."
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Dr. Johannes Wolf (Photo: Private)

Dr. Johannes Wolf

… studied and received his PhD at the Hasso Plattner Institute and has many years of experience with process optimization and quality assurance through his work in academic self-administration and in the accreditation of study programs. He works as a project manager in the Public Sector of the IT service provider msg systems ag, where he leads complex software development projects for customers from the federal administration.

  • Course: Project Management and Team Work
  • Quote: ”Careful planning and good communication can make many things in life easier. But plans must be put into action to fulfill their purpose.”
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