Dr. Cornelius Boersch
Dr. Cornelius Boersch (“Conny”) is the founder of Mountain Partners AG and has been a passionate entrepreneur, investor and founder of numerous technology companies for the past 25 years. Cornelius Boersch founded his first company during his studies, has developed it into the smart card broker and RFID-producer ACG AG and successfully floated it on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in 1999. Subsequently, Conny Boersch initiated the development of further RFID-based companies, such as Smartrac (IPO’d in 2006), Identiv (NASDAQ-listed since 2006) and recently the cashless payment systems providers Sandpiper Digital Payments. With the founding of MP, Conny dedicated himself to the development of internet and technology companies. Conny is the “European Business Angel of the Year 2009” and currently one of the most active and well-recognized Business Angels in Europe, whose investments are co-financed by the European Investment Fund. He studied at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Duisburg in Essen.
During his career, Theodor Prümm has focused on sales and marketing and worked for several multinational enterprises. As a business angel, he was one of the first investors in the smart card broker and RFID producer ACG AG. Theodor Prümm helped in building the enterprise to a stock-listed group of companies with more than 600 employees. Today, Theodor Prümm is a well-known expert on the chip market. He studied social and business sciences at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Daniel S. Wenzel
Daniel is the co-founder of Mountain Partners AG and has built MP together with Conny since 2005. Before the foundation of Mountain Partners, Daniel was CEO of Conny’s private family office. Prior to that, Daniel initiated the corporate office of Smart Card Brokers and RFID manufacturer ACG AG and was in charge of strategy projects, M&A transactions and financings. At the beginning of his career, he worked at Dresdner Bank in Latin America, at BNP Paribas and at Bain & Company. Daniel studied Business Administration at WHU Koblenz – Otto Beisheim School of Management, at Helsinki School of Economics and at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez in Chile. Daniel Wenzel is Honorary Consul of the Republic of Chile in Switzerland.
Michael is the Chairman and Founder of Polar Light Ventures Ltd., an investment firm based in Switzerland which is focusing on early stage ventures. Previously he was the Managing Director of Dhabi Holdings PJSC, the investment company of senior members of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi. Michael Buchen joined Dhabi Holdings from Mubadala Development Company PJSC where he worked in the Special Situations Team. Before Mubadala, he worked for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Europe, China and the Middle East. Michael currently serves or previously served on the Board of directors and Advisory Boards of a number of companies in the Venture Capital, Tech, Financial Services, Food & Beverage, Energy and Telecom sector. He holds a Master of Science in Business Management from the University of Muenster in Germany.
Nina B. Shapiro
Nina Shapiro has over 30 years of comprehensive global experience in international finance and business development, including senior leadership and operating positions at the World Bank and its private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation. She has worked extensively with senior government and banking officials to open domestic markets such as China, Brazil and the U.A.E. In 2010, Nina Shapiro received the Euroweek Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the capital markets. After retiring from the World Bank in 2011, she has taken on a full-time role as a corporate and advisory board member. Nina Shapiro holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Manfred Rietzler is an entrepreneur and investor in several innovative fields, including RFID, computer vision, robotics, renewable energies and clean water. In addition, he is an expert in strategic business analysis and planning, business case modeling, product design and project management in the field of information technology. He is currently also a member of the Supervisory Board of Smartrac N.V. In 2011, he founded Intec Solar Ltd. and Aczept Technology Ltd. and has since been the chairman of their Boards of Directors. In 2001, he previously founded the Smartrac Group, the world leader in the development as well as manufacturing of RFID transponders, and served as its CEO until 2006. Manfred Rietzler studied at the Technical University Munich and holds a Master in General Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Hari Sven Krishnan
Dr. Hari Sven Krishnan is the CEO of Heilpflanzenwohl AG, an innovative consumer healthcare company located in Switzerland. Previously, he has been for several years the COO of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group and Member of the executive Board. In particular, his responsibilities included the strategic and operational development of the digital business of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group. A focal point thereby was the internationalization of the media group. Previously, Dr. Krishnan worked in different divisions at ProSiebenSat.1, including SevenVentures, the venture capital arm of the media company, as well as the management board division Digital & Adjacent. After his studies and doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Krishnan worked at McKinsey & Company as a consultant as well as in the pharmaceutical industry at Hoechst and Novartis, where he held several CEO and executive positions in the U.S., Europe and emerging markets.
Hajo Riesenbeck is Managing Director at the Riesenbeck-IC GmbH, serves on the Board of Trustees of the NGO Welthungerhilfe and represents the Republic of Austria in North-Rhine-Westphalia as its Honorary Consul. He was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of GfK SE from 2005 to 2008. From 2003 until founding Riesenbeck-IC in 2009, and in addition to his client work, he was also responsible for the external and internal communication of McKinsey & Company globally. Having started his career at Unilever, Hajo Riesenbeck joined McKinsey in 1979. Back then, he primarily worked in the consumer goods and retail sector, which he led from 1986 to 1993 in Germany. Concurrently, he built the functional Marketing & Sales Practice in Europe and successfully led it to its present importance. Hajo Riesenbeck studied economics in Münster and graduated as Diplom Kaufmann.
Dr. Patrick Stach
For more than 25 years, Dr. Patrick Stach has been a self-employed lawyer and consults a number of Swiss companies. Moreover, he is active in several advisory boards in Switzerland. Mountain Partners and Dr. Patrick Stach have been working together very closely and successfully for many years. He studied at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, where he also obtained his Ph.D.
Prof. Dr. Tobias Kollmann
Prof. Dr. Tobias Kollmann holds the Chair for E-Business and E-Entrepreneurship at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Since 1996, he focuses on scientific questions concerning the topics Internet, E-Business and E-Commerce. As co-founder of AutoScout24, he was among the pioneers of the German internet startup scene. Over the last ten years, he financed numerous startups in the Net Economy as a Business Angel and was elected as the “Business Angel of the Year 2012” by the Business Angel Netzwerk Deutschland e.V. In 2013, he became a core member of the Advisory Board “Young Digital Economy” of the BMWi and was elected as its chairman. Since 2014, he has been commissioner for the Digital Economy of North Rhine-Westphalia and was voted into the Board of Directors at Klöckner & Co. SE in 2015.