Prof. Dr. Heinz Riesenhuber, Chairman of the Advisory Board
Prof. Riesenhuber served as Member of the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) from 1976 to 2017. He is still acting President of the German Parliamentary Society (Deutsche Parlamentarische Gesellschaft). From 1982 to 1993 he served as Minister of Scientific Research and Technology. Before, he held several management positions in the German Metallgesellschaft AG, formerly one of Germany’s largest industrial conglomerates with over 20,000 employees and revenues exceeding US$10 billion, specializing in mining, specialty chemicals and commodity trading. Riesenhuber served as Director on the Boards of EVOTEC (as Chairman), Henkel, Altana and Mannesmann.
Carl-Peter Forster started his career at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant. After four years there, he joined BMW in Munich, where he became a member of the Executive Board in 1999 as head of global manufacturing. In 2001, he joined the European division of General Motors and became Managing Director of Opel and Vice President of GM Europe. In 2006 he became CEO and President of GM Europe and joined the parent company’s Global Automotive Strategy Board. After leaving General Motors, he became Group CEO at Tata Motors, where he was responsible for the Jaguar and Land Rover brands. In 2013, he joined the Boards of Geely Automotive Holdings and Volvo Cars. He is also Chairman of the London Taxi Company (LTC), the maker of London’s trademark black cabs, owned by Geely. LTC and Volvo are fully committed to purely building electric vehicles.
Prof. Jens Gutzmer
Prof. Gutzmer is the Founding Director of the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology and Professor of Economic Geology and Petrology at the Department of Mineralogy, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany. As coordinator and founding CEO he was involved in 2014 and 2015 setting up the EIT Raw Materials, an EU-funded Knowledge and Innovation Community that has become the world’s leading partnership for innovation and education in the raw materials sector.
Norbert Steiner acted as CEO of the German MDAX company K+S Aktiengesellschaft from 2007 to 2017, the largest mining company in Germany. Amongst other topics, he was responsible for Corporate Development, Governance, Risk, and the Business Units Salt, Potash and Magnesium Products. K+S had revenues from 2013 to 2015 between €3.8 billion and €4.2 billion, operating earnings (EBIT) through the same period between €640 and €780 million and almost 15,000 employees worldwide, thereof 10,000 in Germany. The company was a member of the German DAX 30 index until March 2016. Steiner led the extension of the salt business, to become the leading producer in Europe in 2004; and via the acquisition of the largest salt company of South America in 2006, finally becoming the leading salt producer globally by acquiring Morton Salt in USA/Canada. In 2017, Steiner and K+S completed the Canadian potash project “Legacy”, the biggest single investment (€3.1 billion) within K+S’s history.