Frank‐Peter Ritsche (ProjectTeam, Düsseldorf)
Frank-Peter Ritsche has 25 years of experience in EPC projects world-wide. He is certified PMP® since 2005 and holds a mechanical engineering degree from the Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany). He held both operational project management and strategic positions covering the engineering, procurement and construction of conventional and nuclear power plants as well as in the chemical industry, with globally operating companies such as SIEMENS, FRAMATOME, AREVA and THYSSENKRUPP. He gained his on-site experience with major projects in Taiwan, Spain, Slovakia, Japan, Singapore, Finland and Egypt. He is currently active as responsible project director for large chemical EPC projects. Mr. Ritsche is founder of the “ProjectTeam® Global Experts Network”, the editor of the “Project Management Handbook for EPC” and based in Duesseldorf.
Reinhard Wagner (TIBA, Munich)
Reinhard Wagner has been active for more than 30 years in the field of project- related leadership, in such diverse sectors as Air Defense, Automotive Engineering, and Machinery, as well as various not-for-profit organizations. As a Certified Projects Director (IPMA Level A), he has proven experience in managing projects, programmes and project portfolios in complex and dynamic contexts. For more than 15 years, he has been actively involved in the development of project, programme and portfolio management standards, for example as Convenor of the ISO 21500 “Guidance on Project Management” and the ISO 21503 “Guidance on Programme Management”. Reinhard Wagner is Past President of IPMA and Chairman of the Council, Honorary Chairman of GPM (the German Project Management Association), as well as Managing Director of Tiba Managementberatung GmbH.
Till H. Balser (TIBA, Munich)
Project management already appealed to the economics graduate during his degree studies. Till H. Balser has been a pioneer and campaigner on the topic of project management in Germany for 35 years. Over time he became increasingly aware that PM performance cannot be improved by using software alone. Considering this he developed his systemic overall approach to PM, known as the "four-axis cross". This approach recognizes the introduction/ optimization of PM in companies as an integrative process made up of organizational development, qualification/staff development, method and process standardization and technological support. With TIBA he has established an institute that provides expert advice, training and support for all issues relating to project management.
Thorsten Helmich (maexpartners, Düsseldorf)
Thorsten Helmich is a consultant with management experience. After working for several years in the power plant industry for numerous heavy machinery and plant manufacturers, he went on as a consultant to develop new strategies, optimize business processes in EPC business, design and implement global engineering organizations. Most recently, he has focused on and plant modularization site management.
Core consulting activities: Strategy and business development, organizational development, value engineering, innovation and technology management
Industries: Chemical plant engineering, power plant construction, metallurgy, shipbuilding, energy supply, infrastructure Projects
Experience: 16 years in consulting, 5 years in industry (Development, Project and Product Management Plant Manufacturing and Automation Technology), Dipl.-Ing. RWTH Aachen, MBA Bradford
Patrik Schlemmer (maexpartners, Düsseldorf)
Patrik Schlemmer is an experienced manager with long-term industry experience in the aviation, automotive and electronics industry. He held senior positions as Quality Director Europe at an US based Automotive supplier, Sales & Marketing Manager of a leading global electronic component distributor as well as Managing Director of an aircraft cabin equipment manufacturer. His professional focus is on the global Aerospace Industry and Digital Transformation of its value chain. Besides this his consulting experience also includes the integration of management systems (IMS) within the EPC business.
Mark Steinkamp (M8 International, Erlangen)
Mark Steinkamp is a consultant, coach and conflict management specialist. Building on his early career experiences in large infrastructure projects, he has as CFO led a number of global businesses in power generation, transmission and in airport logistics. For nearly a decade he is consulting for EPC’s and other global players on good project management and leadership. He has extensive international and intercultural experience, especially in M&A and MBO projects, speaks English, German and French. Originally trained in Finance he holds a Coaching and Consulting for Change Masters from INSEAD, a Mediation certificate and a degree in Adjudication.
Anke Fischer (M8 International, Erlangen)
Anke is a highly experienced Executive Manager with more than 16 years’ experience as CFO / Managing Director with focus on General Management, Finance and Controlling in different production companies. Her focus industries are steel and plant engineering. In combination with her knowledge and ability to analyze, introduce or adapt state of the art process tools she achieved sustainable efforts when restructuring and realigning companies by initially stabilizing financials and cost basis and subsequently establishing new business plans based on growth and customer orientation. As a decisive and assertive international top manager she has a passion for good leadership and development as well as motivation of people and organizations. She always wants to know the story behind the numbers.
Günter Menden (M8 International, Erlangen)
Guenter holds a master degree in electrical engineering and worked for more than 40 years in this field worldwide. Based on his early experience in managing major projects in infrastructure and communication intelligence he has as CEO led a number of global businesses in industrial services, airport logistics and infrastructure projects. At last for more than 5 years he worked – initially engaged as the crisis manager for a huge still mill complex and later on as a member of the board of this company- in Brazil. Having lived for almost 20 years in the Middle East and more than 5 years in South America he has extraordinary inter cultural experience.
Wolfgang Bigott (Bigott Consulting, Erlangen)
Wolfgang Bigott is an internationally highly experienced (HR) Executive Manager with 30 years business background. He focused on strategic redirection of business and HR structures towards business challenges and changes over decades. Successful communications as well as operational transformation of complex changes together with managers and employees were an integral part always. Wolfgang has a broad background along complete value chains in diverse industries, in particular in plant engineering and construction. In numerous situations he successfully organized solution oriented leadership and collaboration as an executive, project manager, coach, mentor and mediator. Wolfgang helps companies organizing complex changes towards sustainable business successes. At M8International he is covering Human Resources and Competency Management aspects.
Kenneth Henderson (Henderson Consulting, Melbourne)
Ken has extensive international consulting experience working for corporations including Siemens, thyssenkrupp and Toshiba in the fields of asset/ maintenance management strategy and execution, outsourcing of maintenance in large industrial organizations based on performance-based contracts, and project management. He worked 35 years in the pulp and paper industry, steel industry and mining in Australia and internationally. Ken returned to Melbourne after 7 years of international work to take up a position assisting GHD Advisory to develop the Asset Management business across the GHD organization in the areas of industry, energy & resources and infrastructure & defense.
Dr. Bernhard D. Valnion (Institute Innovation & Market Success)
For 20 years, Bernhard D. Valnion, Ph.D. has been editor-in-chief with special interest magazines reporting on engineering IT and the digital transformation journey. He is the founder and president of Institute for Innovation and Market Success, which publishes d1g1tal AGENDA magazine and its special insert CAPITAL PROJECT, reporting exclusively on successful IT and project processing strategies for the large manufacturing plant industries. In 1998, Valnion finished his Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics at the University of Munich, Germany
Marc Artmeyer (maexpartners, Düsseldorf)
Marc Artmeyer has vast management experience in manufacturing; as a consultant, he develops new strategies and optimizes business processes in plant manufacturing for numerous machinery and plant manufacturers. His most recent focus was on competitive analysis, production systems and optimization of maintenance processes as well as the potentials of Industry 4.0. Furthermore, he is conducting consulting activities in the field strategy, product development, technology evaluation, operational excellence and benchmarking in engineering and manufacturing industry.
ProjectTeam® is editor of the „Project Management Handbook for EPC“ and maintains a „Global Experts Network“ of cooperation- and licensing partners in the field of project management consulting and support for the EPC of industrial plants. ProjectTeam® in cooperation with its partners world-wide has started a training- and certification program for Project Managers in EPC, the „EPCP® - EPC Professional“.
The core competence of Tiba is the introduction and optimization of Project Management. Through its management, consulting and training services, Tiba has supported leading companies worldwide since 1989 whose business success largely depends on the quality of their Project Management. With its experts and partners, Tiba ranks among the top consulting firms for Project Management in Germany.
We are experienced consultants with industrial backgrounds as well as a large network of specialists. We support multinationals and small and medium-sized businesses worldwide. Services are holistic in approach: from process optimization to radical reductions in cycle times and turnaround to digitization and Industry 4.0. We also actively support implementation and assist your team with operational realization.
We are a project management consultancy, a team of crisis proven executives. We help leaders assess new and critical projects. We identify levers for action like critical path or interface management. We coach the implementation. We cover engineering, finance and legal aspects. We are psychologically informed and make the unconscious transparent. We help you reaching where you want to go.
d1g1tal AGENDA addresses the culture of (digital) entrepreneurship and thus promoting all types of engineering-driven innovation. In addition to a website and an app, a quarterly publication, educational services, (case) studies, and consulting in the form of communication project development around subjects of digitalization are offered.