Alumni in leadership

  • “This is meaningful living at its best!”

    Mentor Karl Fordemann

    “This is meaningful living at its best!”

  • “Our ambition must be to compete with the very best”

    University Donor Franz-Robert Klingan

    “Our ambition must be to compete with the very best”

    Studying Chemistry at TUM and his doctorate under the later President Wolfgang A. Herrmann are the cornerstones of Franz-Robert Klingan's career. As a university donor, he now helps to ensure that his Alma Mater can continue to confidently face the future.

  • “Pioneering work in the energy sector”

    Executive Claudia Häpp

    “Pioneering work in the energy sector”

    TUM Alumna Claudia Häpp is actively shaping the energy supply of the future. At a major power supplier, she is rolling out smart energy solutions such as smart meters and flexible electricity tariffs.

  • “I wanted to give back to TUM”

    Mentor Viktoria Leonhard

    “I wanted to give back to TUM”

    TUM Alumna Viktoria Leonhard never misses out on opportunities for further education and is always on the lookout for new projects. She has twice volunteered her experience as a TUM Mentor. Most recently, she started the Alumni Group Stuttgart. And she does all this alongside her management position at Allianz.

  • “I want to develop solutions with people”

    Consultant and Mentor Kai-Olaf Dammenhain

    “I want to develop solutions with people”

    To achieve what he wants, TUM Alumnus Kai-Olaf Dammenhain is emphasizing self-initiative. For years the management consultant has been passing on his recipe for success as a TUM mentor. For his commitment he was honored with the golden TUM pin.

  • “True strength lies within ourselves“

    Member of the Executive Board Sabrina von Nessen

    “True strength lies within ourselves“

    TUM Alumna Sabrina von Nessen is a dedicated executive with 20 years of professional experience in the Finance and IT industry. In her lectures she stresses the importance of emotional intelligence and female empowerment.

  • “I am grateful to TUM by conviction”

    IN MEMORIAM: TUM Honorary Senator and University Donor Gallus Rehm

    “I am grateful to TUM by conviction”

    TUM Alumni Gallus Rehm dedicated his life to the art of Civil Engineering with unabated curiosity and fascination. With his innovative ideas he has made a significant contribution to the reputation of his alma mater. In August 2020, Gallus Rehm passed away at the age of 95.

  • “My family has always been my counterbalance“

    Chairman of the BMW Supervisory Board Norbert Reithofer

    “My family has always been my counterbalance“

    TUM Alumni Norbert Reithofer joined BMW after his doctorate at TUM in a management position and learnt to be a manager 'on the job'. The current Chairman of the Supervisory Board has a clear idea of what makes managers and companies successful.

  • “Our buildings are medicinal”

    Architects Christine Nickl-Weller and Hans Nickl

    “Our buildings are medicinal”

    The TUM Alumni Christine Nickl-Weller and Hans Nickl are considered revolutionaries of hospital architecture. With a multifunctional research building at the TUM Campus Garching, they have now also created the best conditions for top-level research.

  • “There are so many young, talented people at TUM”

    Professor of Data Processing Klaus Diepold

    “There are so many young, talented people at TUM”

  • “TUM is characterised by a culture of support”

    Entrepreneur Catharina van Delden

    “TUM is characterised by a culture of support”

    TUM Alumna Catharina van Delden has founded a company that today is one of the leading providers of software for Agile Innovation. At TUM, she has gained confidence in her abilities.

  • “Back then it really was a struggle”

    Recycling expert Michael Heyde

    “Back then it really was a struggle”

    In the beginning, TUM Alumni Michael Heyde was less than enthusiastic about studying Mechanical Engineering. But his professors showed him which exciting research pathways the discipline offers. Today, he is an expert in the field of plastics recycling.

  • “My dream came true”

    Head of Fire Service Christian Schwarz

    “My dream came true”

    Christian Schwarz joined the voluntary fire service when he was an adolescent, and today he runs Germany’s second-biggest Fire Service. The foundations for his ambitious path to the top of Hamburg’s Fire Service were laid during his studies in Chemistry at TUM.

  • “I draw the best from different cultures”

    Top Manager Elisabetta Castiglioni

    “I draw the best from different cultures”

    After her doctorate at TUM , TUM Alumna Elisabetta Castiglioni decided against a habilitation and for a career in business. Today, the sought-after expert for digitisation has an unparalleled international career in top management.

  • “Continuous learning will always be in demand”

    Mechanical Engineer Claus von Heydebreck

    “Continuous learning will always be in demand”

  • “Natural sciences and management are an excellent combination”

    Manager Karin Thelen

    “Natural sciences and management are an excellent combination”

    TUM Alumni Karin Thelen is uniting the best of both worlds. With her scientific expertise she is driving development and innovation and she decisively contributes to the economic success of her company.

  • “Get out of your disciplinary comfort zone!”

    Marine biologist and Human geographer María José Barragán-Paladines

    “Get out of your disciplinary comfort zone!”

    María José learned the importance of interdisciplinary research while studying at TUM. She is now the Science Director of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands where she works on finding ways of reconciling human interest with nature conservation.

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