Jan KallmorgenCEO and Founder
Dierk BrandenburgManaging Partner
Lisa HeimannHead of Legal
Matthias HieberSenior Consultant
Jan is BGA’s Founder and CEO combining a background in finance, foreign policy and international public affairs. He advises clients on complex investment situations and transactions and has a strong transatlantic focus.
He has worked at Goldman Sachs, the German Council on Foreign Relations, the European Group for Investor Protection, Bohnen Kallmorgen & Partner and the global public affairs firm Interel Group. Jan is also founder & chairman of the non-profit think tank Atlantic Initiative and a regular speaker at international conferences and universities. See him in action
Before Fidelity, he worked for Deutsche Bank in London and as Deputy Head of Credit Risk for the BIS in Basel, where he advised central banks and regulators on bank capital and risk management.
Gunnar was Managing Director and Co-Head of HSBC Global Banking, Coverage and Client Management for EMEA. He joined HSBC from Barclays Capital, preceded by Credit Suisse, where he was a Managing Director working with European and closely held US clients. Gunnar has advised on cross-border mandates in the Middle East, Africa, India, Europe and the US.
Gunnar began his career with The Boston Consulting Group in Munich. In 1984, he joined First Boston Corporation in New York. In 1995 he rejoined First Boston Corporation in London (Credit Suisse) from Dillon, Read & Co. in New York
Lieutenant General (Retired) Ben Hodges is a BGA Partner and is a former Infantry Lieutenant in Germany. He commanded Infantry units at the Company, Battalion and Brigade levels as the 101st Airborne Division and in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He also served in an operational assignment as Director of Operations, Regional Command South, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Lieutenant General (Retired) Hodges has also served in a variety of Joint and Army Staff positions to include Tactic Instructor at the Infantry School; Chief of Plans, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea; Aide-de-Camp to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe; Army Congressional Liaison Officer; Task Force Senior Observer-Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, LA: Coalition/Joint – 3 (CJ3) of Multi-National Corps-Iraq in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; Chief of Staff, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg; and Director of the Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell on the Joint Staff, Chief of Legislative Liaison for the United States Army, and Commander, NATO Allied Land Command. His last Military assignment was as Commander, United States Army Europe from 2014 to 2017.
Lieutenant General (Retired) Hodges currently holds the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis.
Ben graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned in the Infantry.
James has 30 years of finance/capital markets experience, establishing and running investment banking, ECM and fund management platforms in both the US and Europe. James started his career in London and moved to New York in the early 1980s.
After Merrill Lynch and Swiss Bank, James moved to Deutsche Bank as Head of Equity North America, board member of Deutsche Bank Securities and DB Global Equity Management and CEO of DB’s NYSE listed Funds family/US based asset management business. In 1997 James moved to Paris as CEO of Hambrecht and Quist Euromarkets and then co-founded Augusta and Co – a London/Frankfurt based merchant bank specialising in structured finance.
James is a Partner at The Principal Alliance (TPA), an adjunct Professor at IE Business School in Madrid and President of Factum Foundation.
His experience spans countries such as Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Jordan, Yemen, Tunisia and the Gulf States, where he consulted with leading politicians for many years. After his diplomatic career, Ambassador Chrobog served as Chairman of the BMW Foundations Herbert Quandt from 2013 to 2015 and was a board member of MAN Ferro Stahl.
Matthias is also member of several professional networks, including the Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale (IHEDN), the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).
Noah is a Political Risk Analyst at BGA. Before joining BGA, he was the Clara O’Donnell Fellow at the Centre for European Reform in London. He previously worked as a parliamentary assistant in the Bundestag.
He is also a freelance journalist and translator whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Euractiv, and the New Statesman, among others. Noah is currently an editor at Berlin Policy Journal within the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).
Noah studied Political Science at the University of Michigan and received a Master’s degree in History and International Relations from the London School of Economics. He is a dual American/British citizen and speaks fluent German.
Geopolitics & Policy
Andreas BeckmannBerlin & Brussels
German Luis BucetaMadrid
Chester CrockerWashington, DC
Andrew FrankNew York
Magnus Alexander WiedFrankfurt
Todd WilliamsonNew York
Rudolf Georg Adam serves as an Advisor to BGA. As a former German diplomat and security analyst, he began his diplomatic career in 1976 when he joined the German Foreign Service. Following his service as Second Secretary in Singapore and First Secretary in Beijing, he was speechwriter for German President Richard von Weizsäcker in Bonn, political counselor at the German Embassy in Moscow and worked in the Planning Staff at the German Foreign Office in Bonn.
In 1995, he became director of global disarmament and arms control in the Foreign Office and in 1998 European correspondent (EU foreign relations, since 1999 including security and defence policy). In 2001, he became vice president of the Federal Intelligence Service. From 2004 to 2008 he was president of the Federal College for Security Policy.
In 2008 he became the German Deputy Chief of Mission in Moscow and in 2011, he held the same position in London. He retired in 2014 after a year as Chargé d’Affairs at the German Embassy London. He is currently an external lecturer at the Bundeswehr University, Munich, and president of CSASC.
He holds a BA, MA and D.Phil. in Modern History from the University of Oxford.
Before, he served as Ambassador at Large for security issues. From 1995 to 1998, he was Ambassador in Georgia and Head of Division East-Central Europe; in a former position, he served as Private Secretary to State Ministers Möllemann and Schaefer at the Foreign Office. At an earlier stage, he worked in Moscow, Baghdad, and the German OECD Mission in Paris.
Sir Richard's Bio
Forces, operational command and control, information systems and communications, logistics, medical support, and advanced education and training across the Armed Forces.
His military career includes leadership from Captain to General on military operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan – often as part of US-led coalitions.
Andreas has a combined 30 years of work experience. He served for two years as an officer cadet in the German Army, and worked more than 14 years in the academic field as research and teaching assistant in the area of applied political science. Moreover, Andreas has a record of active engagement in German party politics, including several years in party and (local level) public offices.
Joachim Bitterlich is a BGA Advisor and was Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to NATO and Spain. Before holding these roles, he was the Foreign and Security Policy Advisor to Chancellor Helmut Kohl, working primarily on European Integration Policy.
Entering the Federal Foreign Service in 1976, he also held posts in Algeria and Brussels. From 1993 to 1998 he was Head of the Chancellery’s department for Foreign, Security, and Development Policy. More recently, he was Executive Vice President International Affairs of Veolia Environment in Paris, where he was responsible for the German market.
German Luis Buceta
He started his professional career 27 years ago at Axel Springer and has worked in international media, holding executive and board positions at companies like Publigroupe, Havas and Burda. He works closely with BGA partners on numerous projects. His main areas of expertise include policy matters in Spain as well as media advisory in the Adtech ecosystem.
He was chairman and member of the board of the United States Institute for Peace between 1992 and 2011 in Washington, DC. He is also a founding member of the Global Leadership Foundation and a member of the World Bank’s Independent Advisory Board on governance and corruption.
Andrew is a BGA Advisor in New York and President of KARV Communications. Andrew has long-standing experience in crisis communications, public affairs and media skills. Prior to founding KARV Communications, Andrew held positions at Strategy XXI Partners and Kreab Gavin Anderson, including Managing Partner. From 1992-1997 he was a political appointee in the Clinton Administration, including Managing Director of the United States Information Agency’s New York Foreign Press Center. He also was Senior Advisor for Communications to the Director of U.S.I.A beginning in January 1993.
Andrew graduated from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. and studied at Syracuse University’s London Centre. He is a former Adjunct Professor of Crisis Communications at Fordham University Graduate School of Business. He has been a guest lecturer at seveal prestigious Universitities, including Columbia University and American University.
During his diplomatic career Michael Gerdts held positions at the U.N. Missions in Geneva and New York, and served as Deputy Head of the Department for Global Issues, the United Nations, Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid and as the Head of Department for Communication, Public Relations and Media of the German Foreign Office in Berlin.
Since 2015, he is also an adjunct faculty member of the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. From 2008 to 2016, he served as Director of GIZ AgenZ, an in-house consultancy of “Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit” (GIZ, German Development Cooperation). Between 2003 and 2007, he was the Director for International Programs of the “Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius ZEIT Foundation” in Hamburg. Before his stint at the ZEIT Foundation, Oliver Gnad was research assistant at the Chair for Contemporary History at the Goethe University in Frankfurt and at the Chair for Political Science at the Ruhr University Bochum.
He is the author of several books and articles on the Cold War, the German party system, sustainable development as well as foreign and security policy issues. He holds a doctoral degree in contemporary history from Goethe University Frankfurt.
Parag Khanna serves as an Advisor to BGA. He is a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author. Parag is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a boutique geostrategic advisory firm, and Co-Founder & CEO of Factotum, a leading content branding agency.
Parag’s latest book is Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State (2017). He is author of a trilogy of books on the future of world order beginning with The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), followed by How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), and concluding with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016). He is also co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012). In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.”
He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has traveled to more than 100 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
Ioannis has also established a strong presence in the think-tank community. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Director of the Hellenic Centre for European Studies (EKEM), the Greek Foreign Ministry’s institute responsible for drafting policy proposals related to European policy issues. Prior to this, he was a Research Fellow at the International Center for Black Sea Studies, focusing on energy security issues.
Marek specialises in designing and implementing strategic communications and lobbying campaigns for major US, UK and European multinationals in Poland, and advising on their political strategy in the Central European region as a whole.
Richard is a strategic and policy development adviser with extensive experience throughout Africa. He provides analysis on politics, security and economics in sub-Saharan Africa to regional and international public and private sector actors. As an experienced mediator, Richard also advises on the development of political and security strategies to resolve disputes and facilitate political and economic processes. Richard continues to assist investors in Africa in the development of commercial strategies in high-risk environments.
A former managing director for a leading risk management consultancy and a regular military officer with elite forces, Richard has held multiple senior leadership and management appointments over a 30-year career. He is currently an adviser to a UK government department on African strategy development.
Patrick has a unique mixture of experience in law enforcement, military and the front office institutional side of investment banking. He remains a Reserve Army Officer and was appointed MBE for Services to Policing in 2014 through support provided to the City of London Police in their function as national lead for fraud investigations. In banking he worked as an equity trader, sales person and sales trader after graduating from Worcester College, Oxford in 1989 and has extensive experience in the trading and managing of asset classes and working across Europe with a multi jurisdictional client base. He is a fluent German speaker and has worked in Germany, France, Switzerland, Ireland and the UK in his 26 year career in banking.
Patrick was a Trustee Director of the national Fraud Advisory Panel from 2011 to 2015 and is a member of the UK Institute of Directors.
Prior to joining the Obama administration, Ms. Smith served as the director of the CSIS Europe Program and the Initiative for a Renewed Transatlantic Partnership, where she led the Center’s research and program activities on U.S.-European political, security, and economic relations.
Hans W. Vriens is an Advisor to BGA and is managing partner of Vriens & Partners Pte Ltd. Hans has lived and worked in Asia since 1990, during which time he has been counsel to clients on many of the region’s most sensitive issues. A regular political commentator, he is often asked to provide background briefings to visiting executives to help them better understand political, economic, cultural and business developments in the region.
Prior to establishing V&P, Hans was Vice Chairman, Asia at APCO Worldwide overseeing the expansion of the firm in Southeast Asia. Before this he established and served as Managing Director of the Indonesia practice for six years, and prior to this was a political economist at the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy in Hong Kong. He earlier practiced law at Clifford Chance and was the Asia correspondent for a leading Dutch financial and economic daily. In 1995, he was elected president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong, then the largest in the world.
Prior to that, she was a senior consultant at the Hill and Knowlton Strategies, a US-based international PR firm, on Chinese companies going abroad, following a decade-long journalism career at Xinhua News Agency based in China, the Philippines and the United States, consecutively.
Magnus Alexander Wied
Magnus Alexander Wied is a Senior Advisor for Public Policy and Industry Relations based in Frankfurt, Germany. Mr. Wied brings 15 years of business development, strategic communications and corporate innovation experience in a variety of industries. In the beginning of his career, Mr. Wied applied his legal & psychology study at law firms and government institutions, before pivoting to take on more media & public relations roles. In 2011, he left the specialty chemicals maker Huntsman Corporation, where he led the Global Communications and Public Affairs department and focused on the digital and tech sectors. Mr. Wied leads his company Magnus Associates, where he was involved in the setup and marketing of next47, the independent investment arm of Siemens.
Mr. Wied is a registered lawyer in Germany and holds an LL.M from Stellenbosch University, in Stellenbosch, South Africa. In addition to his native German, he is fluent in English and can communicate in French and Italian.
From 2011-2015 he was a member of the global government relations & public policy team at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and from 2009 – 2011, he was a presidential appointee in the Obama administration with the Office of Congressional Relations (OCR) and the Rural Development Agency at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). During this period, he also worked on the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers. On Capitol Hill, Todd served as a legislative assistant in the office of Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-4) covering financial services, education, and budget policy.
Finance & Commercial
Robert LacoursiereNew York
Splitting his time between Berlin, London and Cairo he remains an advisory director at Morgan Stanley and is also an Independent board member of Apex International Energy and a Member of the Board of Advisors of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.
Dominik has worked exclusively for family companies and specialises in Value Investing with a focus on execution. He has been active in the fields of shipping, private equity and real estate.
Dominik holds MBA degrees from Columbia Business School (Beta Gamma Sigma) in New York, London Business School (Distinction) and a Master of Science from Cass Business School in London.
As alumnus of the World Young Leader Forum and two Europe-Asia Young Leader Forums Dominik has, in combination with his Alma Mater, an international and diverse network. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and the Institute of Logistics and Transport (both London) and has a completed apprenticeship as a Shipping Merchant.
Away from the business arena, he has been actively involved for several years with „Die Komplizen“, which offers a charitable mentoring service for high school students.
Prior to BGA, Helmut was a partner of the international communications consulting firm CNC and held various management positions at Deutsche Bank in Germany and the UK.
Prior to Paulson, he covered US Mortgage & Specialty Finance as a widely-respected sell-side equity research analyst at Banc of America Securities. He was the first sell-side analyst to downgrade companies to sell ratings on the basis of an impending mortgage credit crisis.
Previous to that, Robert was Head of Financial Strategy at Capital One, leading the team charged with ascertaining acquisition opportunities to aid the firm’s transformation to diversified consumer bank. He covered U.S. mid-cap banks at Lehman Brothers where he had also been the Head of Latin American Equity Research.
Prior to Lehman Brothers, Robert headed the Latin American Financial Institutions Equity Research Group at Bear Stearns as well as at Santander Securities. Before his time on the sell side, Robert worked at the Bank of Nova Scotia involved with the bank acquisitions in Latin America.
A member of the federal Presidium of the Economic Council (Wirtschaftsrat der CDU) and the council’s Hamburg chairman, Henneke uniquely combines in-depth financial knowledge with a strong political network and extensive advocacy experience. Furthermore Henneke is the Chairman of the Executive Board of Joachim-Herz-Stiftung, one of Germany’s largest charitable foundations.
Thomas is a member of the Commission on Growth and Innovation of the German CDU’s Economic Council and is a member of the Advisory Board of the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. He is an active investor in the small to mid-cap space and holds a number of board and advisory positions.
He has worked for Jardine Fleming, UBS and Nomura in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, Turkey and Japan, where he obtained an International Graduate Diploma from Kyoto University’s Engineering Faculty. He also advised governments on privatisation and economic liberalisation options.
He speaks Japanese, Arabic and Dutch in addition to English. He is an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Dr. Ansgar Tietmeyer is a BGA advisors and Member of the Executive Committee of the Maleki Corporate Group in Frankfurt.
He has more than 20 years of professional experience in banking and the financial, sector including management functions in the area of strategic positioning and representation of companies in the realm of politics, media and society – nationally and internationally, as well as in government & regulatory affairs. He was responsible for the dialogue with national and European politics, most recently as Head of Public Affairs at Deutsche Bank, and refers to career stops with the bank in Paris, Brussels and Berlin.
His areas of specialization include finance, political communication, agenda setting, advocacy in politics and regulation, and advising on political processes and networks, both at national and EU level. He’s specialized in European financial policy and has lasting experiences in German-franco relations.
Based in Berlin, he is responsible for public affairs, government relations and strategic positioning for the Maleki Corporate Group.
BGA vetted and contracted more than 200 subject matter experts worldwide working hand-in-hand with the team to provide research, intelligence and access on the ground in all G20 countries and frontier markets.