Welcome to HAE DACH
Our DACH chapter was setup in 2018 with the mission to connect entrepreneurial Harvard alumni and affiliates across the regions of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Throughout the year, we put together a series of informal networking events in different DACH cities, as well as fun ad-hoc meetups.
Whether you happen to travel through, have a general interest in the region or are based here: join us! Joining is free and open to all alumni. It will put you on the mailing list to receive updates on events via the local mailing list as well as the global HAE newsletter that invites to all events beyond our chapter and allows you to connect during your travels.
CHAPTER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Just like our club, our team us spread across the DACH in Berlin, Vienna and Zurich. We are enthusiasts in entrepreneurship covering everything from academics to building and running start-ups in the region.
Currently based in Zurich, Katrin has been in the start-up world since 2013, latest in fintech, where she spearheaded marketing and business design. Her focus is on building human-centered operations to enable teams and create meaningful businesses with an impact. Previously, she spent 6 months volunteering in Latin America, and held business positions in finance at Citi in London and Tokyo and at BCG in New York. Originally from Germany, Katrin has lived and worked abroad for 17+ years in Europe, Asia, the USA and Latin America.
Born and raised in Switzerland, Clemens has now settled in Germany to build a new venture to revolutionize the outpatient care market. Prior to that, he spent 7 years as the Founder & CEO of SaferTaxi, a pre-Uber taxi app with 150 employees, several mergers and funding rounds under his belt and presence in six Latin American countries. His passion lies with technology as an enabler to human productivity and connection. Clemens also has several years of business experience in M&A at Lehman Brothers and PE/VC at Summit Partners in London.
Home between Vienna and Berlin, Christoph has been an entrepreneur for the past ten years, working at the interface between technology and journalism. His current startup, NewsTech, is building a unique technology based on AI to monitor and summarize global information 24/7. Before that, he co-founded and led a digital news company, which was acquired by Swedish media house Bonnier in 2015. Previously, he co-founded an online drugstore, was a spokesperson of two Austrian Federal Ministers of Economic Affairs and a consultant for New York City-based PR-firm Ketchum.
Anchored in Zurich, Shira is the founder of Cyverse, a cyber-security firm which provides solutions made in Israel to corporations globally. Shira was previously part of the Israeli 8200 Elite Technology Unit of the Intelligence, and held business management positions at Teva Pharmaceuticals and Julius Baer. She has won several awards, is member of the Board of the Weizman Institute and a global young leader at the WEF.
Based in Zurich, Anaëlle is a Consultant with Simon-Kucher & Partners, focusing on pricing strategy. Since 2012, she has been involved with the PASDB Association as a Project Coordinator for projects in Myanmar around education, micro-finance and access to water. At Harvard, she was a research fellow with a focus on social entrepreneurship themes and has been an active part of the start-up scene in Zurich.
With his anchor in Zurich, Matthias is pursuing his MSc in Strategic Management at HEC Paris as well as a placement with Convergence Partners AG, a venture capital and PE shop in Zug that focused on deeptech EU-China Cross-border investments. His experience has focused on venture funding and business development over the past years.
EVENTS & PARTNERSHIPS
Working and living in Zurich, Hana is a strategy and sales executive at C-Level, a Top-Manager Community in Switzerland that connects and educates renowned top execs in Switzerland across all functionalities of the top 400 firms in the country. Her experience lies in entrepreneurial management and design/communication strategies within the international culture, education and financial sector. Hana is also a board member at “We Shape Tech”, a network for greater diversity and inclusion in technology and innovation.
A docent at the Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland, Katharina is on an Erwin-Schrödinger-Fellowship. She has been a visiting scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and is also a visiting researcher at the ETH Zürich. She holds a PhD in Social and Economic Sciences from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. She is the owner of the Austrian enterprise Research and Innovation Management GmbH, which is engaged in interdisciplinary European research and innovation projects (e.g. HORIZON2020 projects). As a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on assessing the investment potential of SMEs, she was engaged in boosting the investment readiness of innovative SMEs in Europe. Her research is dedicated to entrepreneurship.