Laudatory speakers

Prof. Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt

Technical University of Munich

Prof. da Conceição-Heldt holds the Chair of European and Global Governance at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

Besides her expertise in international organizations, European integration, global economic governance, her research covers two-level games, negotiation analysis, accountability in the digital age, and disruptions in politics and technology.

She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin) and habilitated at the Humboldt University of Berlin (HU Berlin). She held different appointments at the Technical University of Dresden, the FU Berlin, the HU Berlin, the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, the European University Institute in Florence (EUI), and at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).

From 2016 to 2021, she was the reform rector of the Hochschule für Politik München and (founding) dean of the TUM School of Governance. She is the author of over 35 peer-reviewed journal articles, four monographs, and several books.

Prof. da Conceição-Heldt received several awards and grants including a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (2012).

Dr. Rolf Nagel

MVP Management GmbH

Dr. Rolf Nagel is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Munich Venture Partners (MVP). He has been active in the venture capital business since 1993. MVP has supported leading companies such as Sonnen (acquired by Shell), Relayr (MunichRE), and Greencom (Enphase).

He worked at the Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt before moving to Star Ventures and to MVP. He serves on several corporate Boards of Directors including European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and the alliance “Land-Innovation-Lausitz) (LIL) of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), an initiative in research and development for resource-efficient farming systems, drought-stress-resistant crops, and bio-based plastics. 

He is also a member of the jury of the Start-up Competition of the German Energy Agency (DENA).

Dr. Nagel completed a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) at the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany, a doctorate in Business Economics at the University of Cologne, and a scholarship at MIT Sloan School of Management in the (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), USA.