HSBA Business Talks

Discussions on current economic challenges

Jana Tolle

Welcome to the new event series "HSBA Business Talks"

Prof. Dr. Insa Sjurts, President of HSBA, and Prof. Dr. Max Johns, Vice President for Research and International Affairs of HSBA, will interview top decision-makers from our cooperation companies. They will discuss current economic challenges with their guests, will talk about the cooperation with HSBA and highlight personal aspects of their guests’ careers and interests.

Previous Business Talks

HSBA Business Talk with Joachim Pawlik, CEO of Pawlik Consultants

Tuesday, 19 April 2022 , 6:00 p.m.

How do you prepare for your career in a time of unprecedented transformation? What distinguishes managers who actively shape the future - and what is important in doing so? These are the questions addressed by Joachim Pawlik, ex-professional athlete and one of the leading consultants when it comes to the performance of managers and the development of individual potential.  

Joachim Pawlik is CEO of the PAWLIK Group, an international consultancy for systemic human resources and organisational development as well as HR consulting and digital consulting. More than 300 consultants and employees at 15 locations accompany clients worldwide in their challenges and help them to implement their plans with an integrative, systemic and thus unique consulting approach. Through ventures and investments in innovative service providers, the PAWLIK Group is constantly expanding its range of services for the challenges of digital change.  

Before Joachim Pawlik founded his consultancy in Hamburg in 1996, he was a professional footballer for FC St. Pauli. After his active time at the club, he took over the office of vice-president at the second-division club from 2014 to 2020. With the PAWLIK Group, he has organised the annual Pawlik Congress since 2002, at which prominent speakers such as Edward Snowden, Alena Buyx, Bob Geldorf or Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman speak. The Hamburg native is also a book author and speaker at numerous events.  

The PAWLIK Group is a long-standing cooperation partner of the HSBA and trains students in various Bachelor's and Master's programmes together with the HSBA.  

You are welcome to register here for our Business Talk with Joachim Pawlik. We are looking forward to seeing you at the talk! 

Please note that the event will be held in German.

HSBA Business Talk with Cord Wöhlke, Managing Partner, Iwan Budnikowsky GmbH & Co. KG

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 , 5:00 p.m.

After graduating from school, Cord Wöhlke completed an apprenticeship at Sparkasse Bremen. After his father married the daughter of the company's founder, Iwan Budnikowsky, in his second marriage, he joined Budnikowsky in 1970, took over the management in 1979 and expanded the company to become the market leader in the greater Hamburg area.

Cord Wöhlke is also socially and politically active. As a promoter of integration and education, he is a recipient of the Cross of Merit on Ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Budnikowsky was founded in 1912 by Iwan Budnikowsky as a bandagist's shop in Harburg. Today, the company has more than 180 stores, making it the largest drugstore in the Hamburg metropolitan region. In 2017, BUDNI entered into a cooperation with EDEKA to expand across Germany. As a result, Budnikowsky opened stores in Berlin, Mannheim and Bamberg, among others. Today, the company is managed by Cord Wöhlke, his son Christoph Wöhlke and Carsten Neumann.

Iwan Budnikowsky GmbH & Co.KG is strongly committed to sustainability and diversity. The assortment includes a wide range of organic products and natural cosmetics. Each store sponsors a social project in the immediate vicinity. BUDNIANER HILFE e.V. supports projects for children and young people.

Since the founding of the university in 2004, Budnikowsky has been a committed cooperation partner and, together with the HSBA, trains students in the dual bachelor's degree program in Business Administration (BWL).

Please register here for our Business Talk with Cord Wöhlke. We are looking forward to your participation.

The event will be held in German.

Information for Bachelor students: As this event is part of the electives (General Studies), you will receive 0.08 credits for your degree. 

HSBA Business Talk with Silke Grimm, CFO and member of the Board of Management, Euler Hermes Deutschland

7 September 2021, 5:00 p.m.

As a market leader, how do you manage digital and cultural transformation in parallel with operational challenges? This is one of the most important questions Silke Grimm deals with on a daily basis. As CFO and member of the Board of Management of the credit insurer Euler Hermes Deutschland, she plays a key role in the changes with which the Allianz subsidiary is making itself fit for the future.

The challenges are many: customer needs are changing. Digitalization is changing the way we interact with clients and enabling new ways of assessing risk using machine learning and AI. Corporate culture is changing dramatically - away from suits, ties and paper files to sneakers, agile working, a "Duz" culture and flat hierarchies. A new generation of young university graduates expects more sustainability and a contemporary, flexible working environment from attractive employers. This is one of the reasons why Euler Hermes moved from its 80s high-rise to a brand new office in Hamburg-Bahrenfeld last year. Open space, clean desk policies and creative spaces were new territory for many employees, as was working from a home office, which has become the new normal for insurance companies since the start of the pandemic.
How can such extensive transformations be successfully managed? What role does the "run and change" principle play in this? 

Silke Grimm, who studied at HSBA's predecessor institution and is a member of the HSBA's Board of Trustees, will talk about this, among other things, at the HSBA Business Talk on October 27.

HSBA Business Talk with Alexander Birken, CEO, Otto Group

7 September 2021, 5:00 p.m.

Alexander Birken has been Chairman of the Executive Board of the Otto Group since January 2017. Previously, as Group Executive Board member, he was responsible for the strategic development of various companies such as the Baur Group, the Schwab Group, the Witt Group and the Otto Group Russia. Alexander Birken studied business administration at the Hamburg Business Academy and is Chairman of the HSBA Board of Trustees.

The Otto Group is a globally active trading and services group with 30 major groups of companies in more than 30 countries in Europe, North and South America and Asia. The group companies and businesses belonging to the Otto Group regularly win awards for customer orientation, sustainability or as an employer.

Since the university was founded in 2004, the Otto Group has been a committed cooperation partner and, together with HSBA, trains students in the dual Bachelor's degree programme Business Administration.

HSBA Business Talk with Angela Titzrath, Chairwoman of the Executive Board of HHLA

30 June 2021 – 5:00 p.m.

Angela Titzrath studied economics and Romance philology at the Ruhr University in Bochum. She started her career at Mercedes Benz in Rome. She then held various top management positions in the Daimler Group and at Deutsche Post. Since 2017 she has been Chairwoman of the Executive Board at HHLA.

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is a leading European port and transport logistics group and a cooperative venture of HSBA. Since HSBA was founded in 2004, HHLA has been training students on HSBA’s dual Bachelor's degree course Logistics Management. HHLA is also involved in various HSBA committees.

We are also pleased to announce our next guest: Alexander Birken, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Otto Group. The date will follow shortly.

Please register for our kick-off event with Angela Titzrath. We look forward to your participation.

Please note that the event will be held in German.