Simon-Kucher & Partners
Georg has more than 25 years of consulting experience in the service sector (telecommunications, transportation/logistics, travel and hospitality, B2B services, etc.) and the automotive industry.
He is well-known as a personal consultant and coach. His key specialty is pricing transformation. He has conducted many global pricing transformation programs for large multinational companies.
Georg joined Simon-Kucher just three years after its foundation and became a partner in 1990. Together with the founders and the other partners, he has helped Simon-Kucher to grow from a small German consultancy into a global consulting firm with approx. 980 associates and offices in 23 countries. During his more than 25 years with Simon-Kucher, Georg has taken on several leadership positions: member of the Board, head of the firm’s activities in telecommunications, logistics, travel and hospitality and the automotive practice, CFO and CEO.
Georg holds a Master’s degree in business administration (Diplom-Kaufmann) and a PhD from the University of Bielefeld. He also studied and conducted research as a visiting scholar at the Stanford Business School.
Georg is the (co-) author of books and numerous articles on strategic business issues, sales and pricing. His latest book Monetizing Innovation: How Smart Companies Design the Product Around the Price was published by Wiley in May 2016
European Institute for Industrial Leadership
Cabinet of Commissioner Navracsics (Education)
He is now a member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Navracsics. He is in charge of education and follows among other issues the Europe 2020 strategy and the Education and Training 2020 Framework, the Skills Agenda (including entrepreneurship) and the role of education in tackling radicalisation.
He is an invited professor at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. Married, two children.
Director Skills Policy at European Commission
Prior to joining DG Employment, he served as Director in Directorate General CONNECT and Senior Advisor to the Director General of DG INFSO. Experienced also in non-EU environment, Detlef Eckert was Director in Microsoft and worked for the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Federal State of Bremen (Germany).
Born in Germany, Detlef Eckert graduated from the University of Siegen with a degree in Economics. He also obtained a Doctorate in Economics from the same university.
EU Government Affairs Manager
Keynote – Closing Ceremony
Chief Sustainability Officer
Richard sits on the Steering Committee of the Oxford University
Business Economics Programme (OUBEP) as well as a Board member of the Tongji University Sustainability Development Council. He is also an advisor to the Board of the European Institute for Industrial Leadership (EIIL) and a member of both the European Chemical Association’s (CEFIC) Sustainability Council and the Editorial Board of Reed Business International's chemical magazine ICIS Chemical Business.
Motivational Speech – Magna Moment
Peak Performance Speaker
Although Hélio haven't been part of a JE himself because his university didn't have one in place, he fell in love with the concept, ideology and values of JADE. Now that he is living in Europe, he is always trying to combine his corporate speaking trips with the opportunity to speak to the local JEs in whatever city he is in.
Hélio is a firm believer in JADE's philosophy of "learn by doing" and his presentation will reflect that. Come to his presentation ready to move, participate and have fun. This won't be a sit-and-listen type of presentation, it will be an experience.
Closing Speech – Closing Ceremony