Alumni Graduates Association Network of Former Fellow Stu


Frederika Hoffmann

HSBA Alumni Association

Our time at the university provides us with knowledge for our profession and colleagues, with whom we have spent this important time in our lives. People with whom we will always have this in common and therefore friends who accompany us throughout our lives. The HSBA Alumni Association is the bond that binds all former students of HSBA and the "Wirtschaftsakademie Hamburg" into a worldwide network. HSBA alumni exchange ideas, celebrate, expand their horizons, help each other and support their alma mater, in which the club has an eight percent stake.

Each member enriches our connection and all former students are welcome in the

"Home of Friends" – Friendship is an integral part of the HSBA Alumni Association.

As friends, we all participate in network meetings and share our knowledge with friends and students. Membership is straightforward and cheap - sign up right here or contact Judith Heise

Why not also visit our platform? Visit here:  alumni platform

Via Facebook we communicate all important information and invite you to our events. You can find the Facebook page here: Facebook page

XING mainly is used for the professional exchange. Here it is easy to stay on track with everyones career path. You can find the XING page here: XING page

Members of the HSBA Alumni Association

Membership Benefits

The HSBA Alumni Association organises events for members twice a year: these are the Alumni Homecoming Event over the rooftops of Hamburg in the summertime (always the last Saturday of June) and the Alumni Christmas Event at the end of December.

The association also provides its members with an online register of members that includes members’ contact details as well as information on master’s degrees, job offers and other activities.

The annual membership fee is EUR 20.

Membership benefits at a glance:

  • Free access to the HSBA Alumni register of members 
  • Invitations to interesting political and business events 
  • Invitation to the annual Alumni Homecoming Event and Alumni Christmas Event 
  • Networking at relaxed social gatherings in the heart of Hamburg 
  • Valuable professional and personal contacts
  • 25 % discount on HSBA's MBA and Executive Education offerings

Board Member of HSBA Alumni Association

The alumni board management comprises members from all years of graduation and manages the association. It meets once every quarter to organise the activities and events and develop the association going forward. Management would be delighted to hear your suggestions and ideas for the future of the association!

Current overview of HSBA Alumni Association Board Members as elected on 24th June 2017

  • Chairman of the Board: Svenja Köster | HSBA '07
  • Co-Chairman of the Board: Minou Tikrani | WAH '82
  • Co-Chariman of the Board: Dr. Uve Samuels | HSBA
  • Member of the Board: Hauke Welp | HSBA '09
  • Member of the Board: Stefanie Lübke-Dreyer / WAH 91
  • Member of the Board: Dr. Alexander Neunzig | HSBA
  • Member of the Board: Tonda Oberbacher | WAH '88
  • Member of the Board: Mats Brandt | HSBA '15

Manni, the mouse for strategic shopping 


The Haspa branch of the future radiates a living room atmosphere. The basic idea behind it: the customer should feel at home. Now the concept is to be transferred to all Haspa branches. At the roll-out, Svenja Köster is working at full speed. She has always set a target in mind: "A light branch may be closed during conversion for a maximum of seven days." An ambitious goal that suits Svenja Köster. When asked where she would like to be in five years, she answers spontaneously: "at the top - the purchasing management."

Her conviction that she should not be afraid to think big is also evident in her commitment as chairwoman of the Alumni Association. She wants to use the HSBA alumni to generate new ideas in design thinking workshops, develop a new mission statement and develop the Alumni Association into a valuable network partner. In addition, she strives to eventually all in the Alumni Assocication duzen. This would mean that the members of the HSBA Alumni Association, for example, would say "Alexander" to Otto Group CEO, because Alexander Birken is also a member of the HSBA alumni association.

"My time at the Business Academy had a strong influence on me, today I feel very attached to the HSBA", says Minou Tikrani and is therefore on the board of the HSBA Alumni Association responsible for the former students of the Business Academy Hamburg, or WAH for short. Their mission is to ensure that their membership number WAH-001 is followed by many more, currently there are 30 WAH students - "with about 1000 graduates, there is still room for improvement". The 1982 graduate sees the HSBA Alumni Association literally as "Home of Friends": "It starts with the fact that we all know each other and ends with the fact that we support each other. In between are fun, exchange, memories and insights."

Minou Tikrani studied architecture at the Business Academy after completing his dual studies. After graduating, she still hadn't had enough and completed an apprenticeship as a journalist at the Axel Springer School of Journalism. After five years at Hamburger Abendblatt, she founded Konstruktiv PR-Beratungsgesellschaft mbH in 1992 and has been managing partner of the agency for acceptance communication ever since.

Today Minou Tikrani is strongly committed to the education of young people: as a member of the Education Committee of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, as a mentor at the HSBA, in the board of trustees of the HSBA and in the Association of Friends and Sponsors of the HSBA. Why is her education so important? "I see it as the key to most of the problems we have, for the future of mankind and because I have two daughters.

As financial controller and accountant at Beiersdorf AG, Hamburg's only DAX company, Mats' main tasks include interim and annual reporting for the consumer goods manufacturer. A widely networked network in the global corporate functions, but also with financial colleagues all over the world, is of great importance in mastering these tasks. Report generation and reporting require a permanent exchange with internal and external stakeholders. This is one of the reasons why he appreciates the large network that students at HSBA already develop during their studies. Maintaining and expanding this and the community is the motivation for Mats' commitment to the board of the Alumni Association:   
"During my studies at HSBA, I learned one thing: the student community is the most valuable asset and a unique selling point of our university. That's why, together with newly found friends, I have worked intensively on the further development of this community and actively participated in numerous events, study trips and sports events. It is important to me to keep the community together even after the active study time". 
The tasks of Mats on the board of the Alumni Association therefore include the integration of new alumni, yearly meetings for the cohesion of the community and other events.

Hello from Canada – Stefanie is a new member of the board. After her time at Holstenwall she went to Japan. With a scholarship from Carl Duisburg Centren and the EU Commission, she spent six years in Tokyo learning about Asian culture and studying International Management at Sophia University. After an adventurous stay of two years in Cambodia, she returned to the Hanseatic city, where she studied presentation technology and media presentation. In addition, Stefanie is a graduate of the International Journalism Centre of the Danube University Krems in Austria and, according to the title, an academic expert on TV journalism. The versatile journalist has also worked as a presenter for 15 years. In 2013 Stefanie was selected for the mentoring program of the German Journalists' Association. Since September 2018 Stefanie is part of the renowned "Fellowship in Global Journalism" program of the renowned MUNK School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto in Canada. In addition to her involvement in TV, she also produces magazine articles and reports for radio and moderates at conferences, trade fairs and events. She is also happy to advise her clients on the conception of event formats and to contribute her experience in cross-media marketing. Since January 2019 Stefanie is also digital ambassador to Toronto for Hamburg@work. What others say:

Im Netzwerk zum Erfolg

Als Controller einer mittelständischen Hamburger Ratingagentur mit zwei weltweit agierenden Großkonzernen als Gesellschafter merkt Hauke jeden Tag aufs Neue, wie hilfreich ein funktionierendes Netzwerk ist. Sei es durch einen fachlichen Austausch mit Kollegen in ähnlichen Positionen oder die Möglichkeit, interdisziplinär über Problemstellungen zu grübeln und innovative Lösungen zu finden. Mit den richtigen Toolslässt sich noch jeder Elefant zu einer Mücke machen. Und sollte dem mal nicht so sein, lässt sich so ein Elefant zumindest bedeutend leichter schultern, wenn noch ein paar Hände mit anpacken.

Aus diesem Grund engagiert sich Hauke im Bereich der Mitgliederkoordination und -kommunikation und kümmert sich um den Auftritt der Alumni Association in den sozialen Netzwerken sowie um das hauseigene Alumni Portal. Die Alumni Association soll sich zu einer festen Anlaufstelle für Absolventen unserer Hochschule etablieren, in der man jederzeit auf seiner Suche nach Kontakten, Sparringspartnern oder Empfehlungen fündig wird. Denn unter Freunden sollte man doch immer eine Hand zur Hilfe offen haben.

Good Old Days

The HSBA Alumni Association organises events for members twice a year: these are the Alumni Homecoming Event over the rooftops of Hamburg in the summertime (always the last Saturday of June) and the Alumni Christmas Event at the end of December. Also interesting events are organised such as a presentation on "Trade in disruptive change - seven theses of successful transformation" by CEO of the Otto Group Alexander Birken. These are always special events!