Former Board Members

Johannes Haas
General Manager, DZ BANK AG London Branch

Microsoft Word - GBF profile JHH v10092015.docxJohannes Haas has been General Manager of London Branch since July 2014. He joined DZ BANK in 1988 and has held senior positions in Frankfurt, Dublin, New York, and Singapore. He has extensive banking experience including corporate finance, capital markets, risk management, business development as well as private banking.

He holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is an alumnus of Pforzheim University.

He has been elected as a Councillor of the German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce.

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DZ BANK AG is the fourth largest bank in Germany by asset size and the central institution for more than 900 co-operative banks and their 12,000 branch offices.

Within the co-operative financial network, one of Germany’s largest private sector financial service organisations, DZ BANK functions both as a central institution and as a corporate and investment bank.

The DZ BANK Group includes Union Investment Group, an asset management company; Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall, a building society; DG HYP, a provider of commercial real estate finance; R+V Versicherung, an insurance company; TeamBank, a provider of consumer finance; DVB Bank, a transportation finance bank; and various other specialised institutions.

DZ BANK AG London Branch has been established since October 1981. The main focus of the Branch includes Structured Finance and Treasury activities as well as servicing German corporates in the United Kingdom.

Former Board Members

Dr Steffen Hoffmann
President, Bosch UK

Steffen Hoffmann was appointed as the new President of Robert Bosch Ltd as of April 1, 2015.

With 23 years experience at Bosch, Steffen will be involved in many different aspects of the Bosch business in the UK. His position will cover two main areas of responsibilities: overseeing the overall Bosch UK business as the President of Robert Bosch Ltd, and regional co-ordination of finance and administration for all Bosch entities in the UK.

Steffen began his career in 1992 in Germany at Robert Bosch GmbH as a management trainee and went on to hold several executive commercial roles in different countries, including Germany, Japan and South Africa.

Before taking over his current position in the UK, Steffen was the Managing Director of Robert Bosch, Southern Africa, as well as the Head of the Automotive (Original Equipment) Business in those countries, holding the positions from late 2009 until December 2014.

Steffen is married and has a 15-year-old daughter. He is passionate about cars and is a keen golfer.

Career stages in the Bosch Group

Management Trainee, Blaichach Plant, Immenstadt, Germany

Section Manager Controlling, Nippon ABS Ltd., Yokosuka, Japan

Department Manager Accounting & Finance, Bosch Telecom GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany

Department Manager Corporate Planning, Bosch Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

Senior Vice President Finance & Administration, Diesel & Gasoline Division, Bosch Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

Plant Manager, Hildesheim plant, Hildesheim, Germany

Managing Director, Robert Bosch (Pty.) Ltd., Midrand, South Africa

President, Robert Bosch Ltd, United Kingdom

Robert Bosch Ltd:

In the UK, Bosch is a leading global supplier of technology and services and has been present since 1898, when Robert Bosch opened the company’s first office outside Germany. Every one of the Bosch Group’s business sectors has a presence in the UK: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. Bosch operates in the UK as Robert Bosch Limited and employs almost 4,000 associates across 42 sites. In 2013, Bosch generated revenues in the UK of 2.1 billion euros.


Former Board Members

Philip Mallinckrodt, Schroders

Philip Mallinckrodt is a Director of Schroders plc, an international investment management firm.  The firm has 41 offices in 27 countries and manages in excess of £400 billion in assets.  He was an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston from 1985 to 1994.  He joined Schroders in 1994 and served in a number of executive management roles in investment banking, asset management and wealth management. He was a member of the firm’s Management Committee from March 2002 until March 2017 and served as Group Head of Wealth Management from 2006 to May 2016.

He is a member of the International Advisory Council of the Brookings Institution, and a trustee of the Schroder Foundation, the Mallinckrodt Foundation and the German YMCA in London.  He is also Vice President of the German British Forum.

Mr. Mallinckrodt holds a M.A. in Modern History from the University of Oxford.  He lives in London with his wife and two sons and has dual British and German nationality.

Former Board Members

Richard Carter, Head UK/Ireland, BASF

Richard John Carter was born in Wakefield, United Kingdom, in 1962, and studied Economics and Business Administration at the Manchester Business School, United Kingdom, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden, Fachhochschule Reutlingen, Germany and Middlesex University, United Kingdom.





1984 – 1985 Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Germany

1986 – 1988 Bayer Taipei, Taiwan

1988 – 1989 Product Manager, Fine Chemicals, BASF SE, Germany

1989 – 1990, Project Manager, BASF Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1990 – 1994, Marketing Manager Chemical Intermediates, BASF SE, Germany

1994 – 1996, Sales Manager, Germany, Chemical Intermediates, BASF SE, Germany

1996 – 1998, Managing Director BASF Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal

1998 – 2003, Global Procurement Chemicals / Basic Products, BASF SE, Germany

2003 – 2007 Procurement North America, BASF Corporation, New Jersey, USA

2008 – 2015 Vice President Global Key Account Management Europe, BASF SE, Germany

2016   Managing Director/Country Cluster Head UK/Ireland, BASF plc




Former Board Members

Oliver Lawson, Investment Manager, Augusta Ventures


Oliver Lawson is an investment manager at Augusta Ventures.

He was formerly a senior associate at law firm Stevens & Bolton LLP. A Modern Languages graduate of Worcester College, Oxford in French and German, he spent three years (including 18 months in Brussels) as a pan-European investor relations consultant for large and mid-cap US and European companies including Compaq, P&G and DaimlerChrysler (as it then was). He qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and joined Stevens & Bolton in 2008, becoming a senior associate in 2013.

Oliver acts predominantly in high value commercial litigation and arbitration matters for a range of corporate and individual clients. He has particular interest in and experience of IT, engineering and aviation disputes, as well as litigation arising in insolvency. Recent cases include an international arbitration under ICC rules pursuant to a sale of goods contract in the oil and gas industry (much of which work was in German) and an international IT dispute involving the supply of consulting, hardware and managed services in the retail industry.

An avowed technophile, Oliver takes great interest in the potential applications for the use of technology in society, commerce and the law. As well as being a board member of the GBF, he is a member of the Society of Computers and Law (and part of its Technology Futures Group) and an associate member of R3, the insolvency professionals’ association. He has responsibility for maintaining Stevens & Bolton’s relationships with its international partner firms in Germany, Switzerland and Africa and has spent time on secondment with Menold Bezler in Stuttgart. Away from work, he sings in Stevens & Bolton’s office choir and enjoys family life, golf and photography.


Stevens & Bolton LLP is a Top 100 law firm operating from a single office in Guildford, Surrey and is Legal Business’s 2016 National / Regional Firm of the Year. Recommended in 24 specialist practice areas by the leading independent legal directories and identified by Chambers & Partners as a National Leader outside London for Corporate/M&A, Intellectual Property and Litigation, the firm delivers excellence beyond the City and one of the best client experiences while maintaining a great culture.

Former Board Members

Dr Denis MacShane, Avisa Partners

Dr Denis MacShane is one of the UK’s most prominent pro-European political campaigners and commentators. He was Tony Blair’s Minister of Europe, personal envoy to Europe, and UK delegate to the Council of Europe and a Labour MP for 18 years.

His 2015 book “Brexit: How Britain Will Leave Europe” is widely referred to as a “Cassandra style” analysis of deep-rooted British Euroscepticism. His warnings that Brexit would happen were ignored by the UK establishment.  His new book “Brexit No Exit. How In the End Britain Won’t Leave Europe” argues that Brexit should be seen as a plural not singular concept and while leaving the EU Treaty may have to happen Britain can keep economic and other links with Europe.

Denis was born in Glasgow and educated at Oxford (MA) and London universities (PhD).

He started his career as a BBC reporter. Before becoming an MP, he worked for the international trade union movement promoting trade union rights and wrote books on the steel industry as well as on global political issues.

He is now senior Adviser at Avisa Partners in Brussels and writes regularly on EU policy and politics for UK, US and European media outlets including Handelsblatt, the Independent, Politico, EurActiv, Libération and the Guardian.

Denis has four adult children and has won a prize as the fastest British MP on skis in annual Davos ski race between UK and Swiss parliamentarians.

Former Board Members

Professor William Paterson OBE
Aston University

Willie-PatersonProfessor William E Paterson is Honorary Professor of German and European Politics at Aston University.

Previously he held chairs at Warwick, Edinburgh and Birmingham universities. Co-founder of ‘German Politics’, he  also co-edited the ’Journal of Common Market Studies’. Shortly after German unity he delivered the eulogies for Willy Brandt and Helmut Kohl at their honorary doctoral ceremonies in Warwick and Edinburgh respectively.

He has authored, co-authored or co-edited 27 books and published over 160 articles. Professor Paterson is very active in German-UK relations. He succeeded Lord Hurd of Westwell as chairman of the German British Forum (2005-2013) and has been a director of the Koenigswinter Conference since 1996.

Professor Paterson was awarded an OBE by the United Kingdom Government in 1999 and a Bundesverdienstkreuz  1te Klasse in 1998. He has been honoured for lifetime achievement in political science, the study of German politics  and EU Studies by the relevant professional associations.

Former Board Members

Thomas Kielinger OBE, Journalist and Author

Kielinger-webThomas Kielinger, M.A., OBE is an author and journalist who for many years has served as UK correspondent for the German national daily DIE WELT, after earlier-on reporting from the US between 1977 – 1985. He became subsequently editor-in-chief of the national weekly “Rheinischer Merkur”. In the 1960s he taught for three years as Lektor at the German Department of the University of South Wales and Monmouthshire in Cardiff.

Kielinger’s books testify to his abiding interest in Anglo-German history: “Die Kreuzung und der Kreisverkehr” (also available in English: “Crossroads and Roundabouts. Junctions in German-British Relations”) 1997; “Großbritannien”, a country portrait as part of a series called “Die Deutschen und ihre Nachbarn” / The Germans and Their Neighbours, 2009; a Life of “Elizabeth II. – Das Leben der Queen”, 2011, as well as a highly-acclaimed biography “Winston Churchill – Der späte Held”, 2014, which also exists in an audio version; a Polish and Danish translation are to appear shortly.

In March 2016, the updated and enlarged edition of the 2009 title, a portrait of Great Britain, came out as “Kleine Geschichte Großbritanniens” (A Short History of Great Britain). His books are published by C. H. Beck, Munich.

For his contributions to Anglo-German relations he was awarded an Honorary OBE in 1995 as well as the German Order of Merit, in 2001. Both Cardiff University and Queen Mary of London awarded him an Honorary Fellowship in 2016. He is a frequent contributor to German and British radio and TV programmes.

Kielinger was born in Danzig, modern-day Gdańsk, in 1940. He is married with four children.


Former Board Members

Christian Kiock, British Chamber of Commerce in Germany

Christian is the chairman of the UK Regional Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany (BCCG). Christian has been involved with the BCCG since 2012 and became chairman of the London-based UK Regional Committee in 2015.

Christian studied business administration in Berlin, Vienna and Birmingham and moved to the UK in 2013.

In 2004 he started his own company with his partner Guido which has since evolved to become 2K Business Intelligence Solutions – an IT consulting company with offices in Berlin and the UK.

Christian also set up various other companies along the way both in Germany and the UK and was responsible for the German market entry of a UK based franchised consulting company.

He has helped organise numerous events and is especially interested in furthering the intercultural and economic ties between the UK and Germany.

2K Business Intelligence Solutions

2K develops business intelligence solutions that help companies and organisations to get transparency across their relevant data to make better decisions and to automate cumbersome planning and forecasting processes.

Another key area of expertise are predictive and advanced analytics that complement the planning and forecasting solutions as well as give companies deeper insight to their data. Examples of this are gaining a better understanding of customer behaviour and requirements, forecasting more accurately or being able to predict demand for products or production materials more precisely.

Former Board Members

Antonia Wunnerlich, University College London

Antonia Wunnerlich is a student of Modern Languages (combination German and Russian) at University College London (UCL). Born in Brussels to Anglo-German parents, she completed her Baccalaureate at the European School of Brussels in 2015.

At UCL, she has been an active member of the UCL German Society committee, having been voted First Year Representative 2015-2016 and Summit Executive 2016-2017.  As Summit Executive, Antonia organised the UCL German Society’s Summit 2017 entitled ‘Crossroads: Anglo-German Relations in the Wake of the European Crisis’, a two-day platform for politicians, economists, academics and students to discuss the state and future of Anglo-German and European relations in the light of Brexit.

In June 2017, Antonia participated in the Young Königswinter Conference in Berlin with working groups focusing on the UK and EU in a post-Brexit Europe, on economic stability, and on safety and security. Antonia has also undertaken internships at the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI) representation to the EU in Brussels and at the Karl Hofer Gesellschaft of the Universität der Künste in Berlin.