Professor, Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, Mannheim, Germany and Independent Management Consultant Stephan is Professor at Mannheim University, where he teaches undergraduates and graduates in management of innovation and technology, ecosystem and platform development and general management.
His research is focused on how to design, create and operate virtual innovation players. He is director of the international program in engineering and management and as part of this drives international cooperation with industrial and academic research partners.
Stephan is also an independent management consultant focusing on strategic innovation management and business development. He is dedicated to creating value with individual people and organizations in an effort to make them more successful at creating profitable growth from innovation.
Stephan is currently designing and implementing an integrated digital innovation management tool for BASF SE where he used to develop and run strategic innovation management for the Division Nutrition & Health.
Before this he held positions in R&D, Business Development, Strategic Planning & Controlling and Business Management at BASF SE.
Stephan holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics from EMBL, Heidelberg and University of Ulm and Master degrees in Physics and Economics from the University of Heidelberg. He is also an Honorary Professor at University of Ulm, Germany.