Prof. Volkmar Liebig, Managing Partner and CSO, was 1979 to 2000 and 2005 to 2012 full professor at the Ulm University of Applied Sciences with focus on Business Administration for Engineers and Entrepreneurship. For eight years he led the Transfer Centres for Technical Advice and for Microelectronics Ulm of the Steinbeis Foundation for Economic Support, Stuttgart. During this period Professor Liebig developed simulation software and business games for team communication and decisions, a self-testing software for entrepreneurs, a secure communication concept at workplaces in a high-risk environments and a system for environmental report assessments. He was a member of the steering committee of the study commission for didactics at universities of applied sciences in Baden-Württemberg. From 2000 to 2005 he was granted a sabbatical to act as Managing Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. After retirement as professor he became a board member of avesco Financial Services AG. After the development of the E²SE© method to measure the holistic sustainability he became Managing Partner and Chief Scientific Officer of Sustainability Intelligence in 2013.
Professor Liebig was chairman of the research advisory board of the Institute for Middle-class Research (Institut für Mittelstandsforschung) (IfM) in Bonn, is a member of the selection committee “Challenge Entrepreneurship” of the Foundation of the German Economy (Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft) (sdw), Berlin, and a member of the selection committee of the business plan competitions “StartUp” and Nordbayern.
Jan-Oliver Suer studied European Studies and Public Policy in Maastricht and Aix-en-Provence. After consultancy missions for UNICEF, ILO, European Anti-Fraud Office and others, he was in charge of the management at Karsparov Chess Foundation Europe. Since May 2015 Jan Suer has been working as the Operational Manager of Sustainability Intelligence, where he is responsible for HR, financial planning and procurement. As a part of the management team Jan Suer supports the directors in questions of strategic planning, investor relations and product development. Jan Suer speaks German and English at an excellent level and has a comprehensive understanding of French, Dutch and Italian.
Franziska Ihle (birth name Fischer) holds a Master’s Degree in Sustainability Economics and Management from the University of Oldenburg and a B.A. from HWR Berlin. Having worked at BIOTRONIK’s corporate group accounting, the consultancy ecco ecology + communication as well as a transdisciplinary research project on global sustainable phosphorus management, she joined Sustainability Intelligence as Junior Analyst in April 2015. Franziska is responsible for rating companies on sustainability as well as our internal sustainability management. She is fluent in German and English and has basic knowledge in French. Her passion for green and social entrepreneurship further lead to co-founding the initiative NachDenkstatt.