Expertise and Experience that matter

von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft

Personal advice

Von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft provides personalised strategy, communication and business advice for companies, associations and corporations. The consulting firm helps its clients position themselves in the political and economic space and communicate their concerns sustainably. When dealing with public authorities, politicians, the media and societal groups and in unique communication situations, the firm provides a reliable basis for decision-making and also offers strategic advice that lets its clients act with confidence.

Von Beust & Coll. was founded in December 2013 by Ole von Beust and the managing partner Georg Ehrmann, with locations in Hamburg, Berlin and Brussels. In January 2017, Sebastian Frevel joined the consulting firm as managing partner. In January 2020 the managing partners broadened their range of services through an acquisition and now manage operations for their clients from permanent representative offices in Brussels and Berlin.  Tessa Rodewaldt and Nikolas Hill are also now involved as partners in the firm.

Von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft relies on personal recommendations and takes on new advisory mandates only when a personal consultation by the managers or partners is guaranteed. The latter work closely with their clients and develop the right strategies together with them.

 

Political strategy and communications consultancy

The team of consultants support their clients in analysing, designing and implementing promising political strategies. The managers and partners broaden their clients’ networks and help to form new political and business relationships by personally reaching out to decision-makers at the state, national and EU level and maintaining permanent representative offices for their clients in Berlin and Brussels.

Their core business includes offering advice in unique situations and support in legislative processes, political analyses, stakeholder management and alliance-building, information procurement and the design of strategic and expedient event formats. When dealing in particular with critical situations and sensitive issues, the firm’s managers and partners offer support and advice for interactions with political stakeholder groups, NGOs and the public. For associations and alliances of interest groups, von Beust & Coll. offers comprehensive specialised operational and strategic management from foundation to branch administration from the “Capital City Office” on Unter den Linden in Berlin.

 

Business consultancy and investor assistance

Another point of focus is national and regional business consultancy and investor assistance. Analyses from von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft give clients a detailed assessment of their political, business and media environment in order to allow them to make their business decisions. Von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft support its clients by performing analyses, recommending strategies and facilitating their implementation in a number of situations, including in the run-up to setting up partnerships, establishing subsidiaries, transactions or filling top positions, location searches and forecasts concerning the feasibility of projects. Von Beust & Coll. also advise and support their clients in organising sales in the public sector. 

With its contacts in the financial sector, the firm also specialises in supporting international investors and businesses to form new business relationships and establish their presence in Germany. It assists investors in implementing public projects. Classic fields of activity for our clients include dialogue with public authorities, organising citizen participation, accompanying media relations, setting up a specific network, and accessing the relevant stakeholders.

International business consultancy is provided by von Beust & Collegen International GmbH.

 

On-site presence: Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne & Brussels

The teams at the four locations cover all consulting services for strategy processes and support in special situations, from strategic consulting to research and analysis to complete project management.

Hamburg focuses on business consultancy and investor support given by Dr Nikolas Hill, Tessa Rodewaldt and Henning Kinkhorst. They specialise in particular in the maritime sector. Dr Martin Gerig and Julia Lensing, among others, in the Berlin office focus on public affairs activities. The additional "capital city offices" on Unter den Linden are the headquarters of the associations and interest alliances represented by von Beust & Coll. The "capital city offices" are the permanent and professional representation for the clients. With Dr Michael Vesper, the firm is also represented in Cologne by a partner in North Rhine-Westphalia. In Brussels, the von Beust & Coll. consultancy firm with former EU parliamentarian Knut Fleckenstein, Matthias Spangenberg and Algara Castle has expertise in European affairs and a close network in all major European institutions, including Strasbourg and Luxembourg. The Brussels office is also available to clients as a permanent representative office, allowing them to keep abreast of the European Union’s effects on the economy.

With their years of executive and parliamentary experience, the consulting firm’s managers and partners also have a substantial network at their disposal in many German states and an understanding of regional and local structures.

 

Expertise

Consultants at von Beust & Coll. combine expert political and communicative knowledge with experience of administrative practice and specialist industry knowledge. The executive consultants are brought in for specific tasks to drive projects forward and offer their specialist knowledge to clients. The international consultancy team has proven expertise in numerous sectors: industry and trade, the maritime industry, the mobility sector (rail, road, shipping), finance, infrastructure and property, payment systems, gaming & gambling, the health sector (self-governance, medical devices) and the energy sector.

The excellent reputation and outstanding acceptance of the managers, partners and advisors at von Beust & Coll. also facilitate the independent mediation of conflicts between businesses, or between a business and the public. By acquiring a consulting firm specialising in association management, von Beust & Coll. has expanded its range of consulting services and gained the opportunity to operate a “Capital City Office” for its clients in Berlin and Brussels.

Von Beust & Coll. creates a network and an atmosphere for its clients facilitating trust-based collaboration across political and economic camps and enabling the development of promising positions. The firm is regularly engaged by alliances of interest groups and associations to handle their executive management and representation of interests.

 

Integrity

All affiliates of Beust & Coll. are required to subscribe to the values of transparency, responsibility, trust, mutual respect, democracy and the rule of law. The firm fosters a culture of integrity, both internally and with its clients. The advice and representation of interests provided by von Beust & Coll. are independent, thorough and underpinned by verified information and professional analyses. Von Beust & Coll. represents the interests of its clients to its addressees openly and transparently and is listed in the EU Transparency Register under registration number 479298022355-68. A uniform register of all stakeholders is also supported for Germany.

Von Beust & Coll. or its managers or partners are members of various organisations including the SPD Economic Forum (Wirtschaftsforum der SPD), the CDU Economic Council (Wirtschaftsrat der CDU) and Green Economic Dialogue (Grüner Wirtschaftsdialog).  Colleagues in the firm are also socially, politically and civically engaged in a wide variety of ways. They are required to avoid any potential, actual or apparent conflicts of interest or to disclose and actively manage them. The management has taken measures to ensure a strict separation between the firm’s professional activities and other political offices, mandates and functions. This includes ruling out, in writing, the giving of any professional advice where there is a potential conflict. Any conflicts that might possibly arise must also be brought to the attention of both parties so that they can be avoided in accordance with legal regulations and reporting requirements and the practices and traditions of other organisations and administrations.

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Team

  • Ole von Beust

    Founder

    Ole von Beust

    Ole von Beust

    Ole von Beust is a lawyer and founder at von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft. From 1993 to 2001 he was the parliamentary leader in the Hamburg Parliament and from 2001 to 2010 was the First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Furthermore, he was also a member of the Federal Executive of the CDU in Germany. He continues to advise the council, currently helping the Committee on the Future. He has extensive media experience. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board at KuSBau and Senior Advisor at Equity Gate. Ole von Beust is active on various supervisory boards, for example at CH2 Contorhaus Hansestadt Hamburg AG and Box Direct. He helps the Advisory Board of Varengold Wertpapierhandelsbank AG, and brings years of experience to the Sustainability Board of ECE. His detailed knowledge of political decision-making processes and his non-partisan approach to tackling problems provide him with access to the politically relevant camps.

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  • Georg Ehrmann

    Managing Partner

    Georg Ehrmann

    Georg Ehrmann

    Georg Ehrmann is a lawyer and Managing Partner at von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft. As an Executive Consultant, he supported numerous projects of Advice Partners, an international strategy consulting agency, for two years. For 13 years, Georg Ehrmann headed an international NGO that was based in Berlin and Brussels. Prior to that he was a legal advisor for a physicians' health insurance association. As an expert in UN and EU affairs and official adviser to the Federal Government, with numerous appearances before committees in the EU Parliament, Bundestag, Joint Federal Committee, and Landtag (state parliament), and as an expert in committees of inquiry, he has extensive experience in specific legislative procedures and political lobbying, especially with regards to healthcare. Through his appearances on nearly all media formats, TV, print and radio, he is also familiar with the "other" side of the fence, which is an important building block for assessing the success of public affairs measures. In addition to the implementation of interests of associations and companies, crisis prevention and communication have become two of his focal points due to his years of experience and advisory activities. He is also an assistant lecturer at the Fresenius Hochschule Hamburg.  Not only does he help clients in the healthcare industry, but he is also currently supervising an industry initiative to help implement the EU Directive Clean Power for Transport on behalf of BMVI, and is thus in regular contact with the responsible federal ministries.

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  • Sebastian Frevel

    Managing Partner

    Sebastian Frevel

    Sebastian Frevel

    Sebastian Frevel is Managing Partner of von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft. An expert in corporate and public affairs, he has been advising companies and associations since 2004 and specialises in strategic representation of interests, political business reputation and stakeholder management. Another core focus of his work is organisational consultancy for associations and companies, for example, founding of an association, establishment of a representative office in the capital and public affairs structures in corporate groups.

    Previously, he was responsible for the public affairs portfolio of Advicepartners GmbH as its Managing Director - a business consultancy for strategy and communications management in Berlin. The political scientist has been an assistant lecturer in public affairs at the Quadriga Hochschule Berlin since 2013.

    He is, among other things, a member of de'ge'pol – the German Association of Political Consultants (‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für Politikberatung e.V.’) and the Society for the Study of Structural Political Issues (‘Gesellschaft zum Studium strukturpolitischer Fragen e.V.’) as well as founder of the ‘Hintergrundkreis’ (a select behind-the-scenes discussion group involving politicians and journalists) #Kabinett.

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  • Dr. Nikolas Hill

    Partner

    Dr. Nikolas Hill

    Dr. Nikolas Hill

    Dr. Nikolas Hill is an insurance broker, legal expert and partner at the consulting company of von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft. From October 2004 to December 2005 he was an advisor to the deputy director of NDR. From 2006 until his appointment to the State Council (State Secretary), in his role as Senate Director he was Head of Planning at the Hamburg Senate Chancellery. From 15 March 2009 until the end of his service at the Hamburg Senate on January 1, 2017, Hill served in the cabinets of two mayors of Hamburg, Ole von Beust and Olaf Scholz – first as State Councillor of the Department for Culture, Sport and the Media, then of the Department for Justice and Equality. He was also the director of Hamburg’s application committee for the 2024 Olympic Games.
    During this time, his roles included chairing or being a member of several supervisory bodies in the fields of business development, media and culture:

    • Elbphilharmonie Bau KG
    • Hamburg Tourismus GmbH
    • Filmförderung Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein GmbH
    • Hamburg Kreativ GmbH
    • ZDF Fernsehrat
    • Deutschlandradio Hörfunkrat
    • Rundfunkkommission der Länder
    • Thalia Theater GmbH
    • Deutsches Schauspielhaus GmbH
    • Hamburgische Staatsoper
    • Hamburger Öffentliche Bücherhallen
    • Museum für Kunst & Gewerbe

     

    Dr. Hill also volunteers for various organisations, among others the Quadriga Hochschule in Berlin, where he is a mentor, and also serves as an advisory committee member for impct.help, on the board of trustees of the Regenbogenstiftung Hamburg, and as a member of the Wirtschaftsrat der CDU e.V. [Economic Council of the CDU].

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  • Tessa Rodewaldt

    Partner

    Tessa Rodewaldt

    Tessa Rodewaldt

    Tessa Rodewaldt (M.A., M.Sc.) is a political scientist and associate of von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft. She studied at the University of Tübingen and the University of California at Berkeley as well as at the London School of Economics.

    She entered the professional world as an advisor to a member of the British House of Commons. She has more than ten years of experience in strategic policy consulting and in working together with companies, associations and NGOs as well as with political decision-makers at the state, federal, and EU levels. Before that, she was responsible for working with international companies from the logistics and IT industries for a Berlin-based consulting agency and worked for one of the leading German healthcare companies as a lobbyist.

    She worked for one of the leading public affairs agencies in London until 2009, where she was primarily responsible for mandates from the energy, water and technology sectors. Due to her extensive consultancy work, her strengths lie mainly in the development and implementation of effective political communication programs, strategy analysis, and the establishment and management of alliances/coalitions.

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  • Dr. Michael Vesper

    Partner

    Dr. Michael Vesper

    Dr. Michael Vesper

    Dr. Michael Vesper has been a partner at von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft since 1 September 2018. He has decades of political experience and an extensive network of contacts from the worlds of politics, sport and economics. He is a founding member of the party “Die Grünen” (The Green Party) and was Chief of the party from 1983 to 1990. From 1990 to 1995 he was Parliamentary Director of the state party, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, in North Rhine Westphalia (NRW). As a member of NRW state government, Dr. Vesper led various departments between 1995 and 2005, until his final position as Minister for Urban Development, Housing, Culture and Sport. At the same time, he held the position of deputy state premier of North Rhine Westphalia under the direction of Johannes Rau, Wolfgang Clement and Peer Steinbrück. In 2006 Dr. Vesper became chairman of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), a position he retired from at the end of 2017. Since 2018 he has been President of the Direktorium für Vollblutzucht und Rennen e. V. (Association for Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing) and is involved in several associations and initiatives including his roles as chair of Freunde und Förderer der RuhrTriennale e. V. (Friends and Sponsors of the RuhrTriennale), and advisor at Bonn Academy for Research and Teaching of Practical Politics (BAPP) and the German Committee for UNICEF.

    www.michaelvesper.de

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  • Matthias Spangenberg

    Senior Consultant

    Matthias Spangenberg

    Matthias Spangenberg

    Matthias Spangenberg is Senior Consultant Public Affairs, Strategy and Communication at the consulting company von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft in Berlin and Brussels. He advises companies and associations on the development and implementation of strategies for political positioning and lobbying at EU, federal and state levels. Mr. Spangenberg possesses long-standing experience in supporting legislative processes, particularly at the European level, and is also responsible for von Beust & Coll.’s office in Brussels.

    Before joining Beust & Coll., he was Regulatory and Governmental Affairs Manager at the globally operating fintech company Paysafe Group in London. Here he played a part in permanently positioning the company in the political environment and represented the company’s interests vis-à-vis lawmakers, supervisory and regulatory authorities as well as to associations at the EU and nation state levels. In the past, Mr. Spangenberg also worked as a senior consultant for strategy and communications consultancy Advicepartners GmbH, where he helped clients from various areas represent their strategic interests.

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  • Julia Lensing

    Senior Consultant

    Julia Lensing

    Julia Lensing

    Julia Lensing is a lawyer and has been a senior consultant at the Berlin office of von Beust & Coll. since 2020. She advises associations and companies on the development and implementation of strategies for political positioning and lobbying on a federal and state level.
       
    Before joining von Beust & Coll., she worked as a company lawyer at one of the largest entertainment companies in Germany, Löwen Play GmbH. In addition, she took on the role of commissioner for politics and communication at the company, where she was responsible for the company’s political work at a federal, state and district level. The role also included helping to shape the substantive political work of the industry associations.  As part of her legal traineeship, Julia Lensing worked for the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German Parliament and for the FDP state parliamentary group in North Rhine-Westphalia. She studied law at the University of Bonn.

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  • Ralf Diemer

    Director

    Ralf Diemer

    Ralf Diemer

    Ralf Diemer is Director at the consulting company von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft in Berlin and Brussels. His field of activity is extensive, from strategic orientation for associations, position finding and communication in the public and political sphere, to international contacts in connection with trade policy.

    As an experienced expert in the automotive industry, he coordinates the activities of eFuel Alliance e.V., a platform initiated by von Beust & Coll. for the market launch of synthetic fuels, with more than 100 member companies.

    During his law degree in Tübingen, he worked in the Baden-Württemberg state parliament and in the European Parliament. He then started his professional career in Berlin as an office manager in the German Bundestag. After moving to the German Association of the Automotive Industry, he headed the Brussels branch there for ten years and then the department for Economic, Trade and Climate Protection Policy in Berlin. He was involved in numerous legislative processes on a national and European level, with a focus on climate, environmental and trade policy. Political interest and involvement in politics have always been of central importance to him.

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  • Dr. Tobias Block

    Senior Consultant

    Dr. Tobias Block

    Dr. Tobias Block

    Dr. Tobias Block is an industrial engineer and Senior Consultant Public Affairs, Strategy and Communication at the consulting company von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft in Berlin and Brussels. He is an all-rounder when it comes to technical, economic and political challenges at the interface between renewable energies and the automotive industry.

    As a technical and strategic expert he coordinates the activities of the eFuel Alliance e.V., a platform launched by Beust & Coll. with more than 100 member companies for the market ramp-up of synthetic fuels. After studying energy and environmental management at the University of Flensburg he obtained his doctorate on eFuels business models at the University of St. Gallen. Following his studies, he worked for more than five years in the technical development department of AUDI AG, including on the commissioning of the first industrial power-to-gas plant, electricity procurement concepts, and the market launch of various natural gas vehicles. As the success of synthetic fuels depends more on the political framework conditions than on technical solutions, he joined the German Association of the Automotive Industry (Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V.) in the summer of 2018 and coordinated the political activities related to renewable fuels for more than two years – initially in Berlin and later from Brussels.

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  • Dr. Anna Dietrich

    Senior Consultant

    Dr. Anna Dietrich

    Dr. Anna Dietrich

    Dr Anna Dietrich has been a senior consultant for political strategy and public affairs at von Beust und Coll. at the Berlin office since 2021. Her specialities lie in digital, mobility, and energy politics. She advises companies and associations on the development and implementation of strategies for political positioning and organises their representation of interests at the federal and state levels.

    Dr Anna Dietrich has over twelve years’ experience in the area of politics and pre-politics as well as professional expertise in stakeholder management and political profile building for leading associations of the German economy. At the Arbeitgeberverband Gesamtmetall e.V. (Federation of German Employers’ Associations in the Metal and Electrical Engineering Industries), she was responsible for almost seven years for representing political interests and the management of a political image campaign for companies in the metal and electrical engineering industries, including numerous automotive and equipment manufacturers. Most recently, she founded and was responsible for the Smart World and Artificial Intelligence departments at the German Association for the Digital Economy (BVDW). Focusing on mobility and smart city infrastructure, she represented the digital-political interests of numerous companies during their digital transformation. With comprehensive restructuring, she also increased profile building and the performance of the association.

    Many years of professional and voluntary engagement in political Berlin has enabled her to develop a broad, stable, and continuously growing network in politics, the economy and associations.

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  • Michaela Korb

    Senior Project Manager

    Michaela Korb

    Michaela Korb

    Michaela Korb has been at von Beust und Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft since 2018 as assistant to the executive management at the Hamburg office where, in her role as a senior project manager, she supports projects concerning digital parking management and the health sector. She completed her studies in business management with a specialisation in marketing in Kiel. Ms. Korb has a variety of experience working in different branches, such as the automotive, sports marketing, tourism and education sectors.

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  • Sina Schneider

    Consultant

    Sina Schneider

    Sina Schneider

    Sina Schneider (MSc) is a consultant in the fields of public affairs, strategy and communication in the Berlin office of von Beust & Coll. She advises selected clients on the development and implementation of their political strategies and on the representation of interests in legislative processes. Her work focuses on knowledge- and stakeholder management.

    She studied International Political Economy at the London School of Economics (LSE) and at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Prior to her start at von Beust & Coll., she worked in the field of Public Affairs and Communication in various countries (Malaysia, United Arab Emirates and Germany), for Daimler AG and Canon Middle East. She was also able to gather political experience by working for a Member of the German Bundestag. She is also a member of de'ge'pol COM, the Young Professionals Network of Political Consulting in Germany.

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  • Lisa Egermann

    Consultant

    Lisa Egermann

    Lisa Egermann

    Lisa Egermann (M.A.) is a consultant for public affairs, strategy and communication in the Berlin office of von Beust & Collegen, supporting selected mandates in the implementation of their political strategies.
    She studied European Studies at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) and the Metropolitan University in Prague. Before joining von Beust & Coll., Lisa Egermann worked for a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg. Prior to that, she was in charge of the scholarship programs of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the London office.

    As President of the "Network of European Women", Lisa Egermann is committed to improving the networking of women in political Berlin. The " Network of European Women " is a professional network of and for women from politics, media, NGOs and associations, which has existed for over ten years in Berlin. She is also a member of de'ge'pol COM, the Young Professionals Network of Political Consulting in Germany.

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  • Britt Sieber

    Consultant

    Britt Sieber

    Britt Sieber

    Since January 2020 Britt Sieber has been a consultant for public affairs, strategy and communication at the von Beust & Coll. Consulting Company in Berlin. She supports companies and associations in their political positioning and accompanies legislative processes at EU, federal and state level. Her main areas of expertise include environmental, transport and health policy.

    Before joining the von Beust & Coll. Consulting Company, Britt Sieber worked for Dr. Koch Consulting e. K., where she also supported clients in the development and implementation of political strategies and in legislative processes.

    Britt Sieber completed her Bachelor's degree in "European Studies" and her Master's degree in "European Governance" at the University of Osnabrück.

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  • Niklas Stilz

    Consultant

    Niklas Stilz

    Niklas Stilz

    Niklas Stilz is a public affairs consultant and joined the Berlin office of von Beust & Coll. on 1 September 2019. He advises companies and industrial alliances, especially in the field of the circular economy. His analyses help in the shift from a "throwaway society" to a responsible circular economy and the development of necessary policies.

    He studied political science and media studies at the University of Trier and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. Before joining von Beust & Coll., he worked for the ARD capital city studio and the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government, among others.

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  • Dr. Ines Lasch

    Representative of the management board

    Dr. Ines Lasch

    Dr. Ines Lasch

    Dr. Ines Lasch has been a representative of the management board at von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft in Hamburg since 2018. Since 1990 she has worked in various positions at German and Russian companies in the maritime business sector. Until the end of 2016 she worked in communication and central services at the Association of German Ship-owners (VDR). She studied Russian language and literature in Russia, is an author, professionally-trained writer for specialist publications and technical editor.

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  • Kristine Schmidt

    Representative of the management board

    Kristine Schmidt

    Kristine Schmidt

    Kristine Schmidt is a representative of the management board at the Berlin branch of consulting company von Beust & Coll. She mainly supports the activities of eFuel Alliance e.V., a platform initiated by von Beust & Coll. for the market launch of synthetic fuels, with more than 100 member companies.

    She completed her master’s degree in Political Science at the Institute for East European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. Before joining von Beust & Coll., Kristine Schmidt worked for a member of the European Commission in Brussels and for the country office of the GIZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation) in Ukraine. She has also worked in the diplomatic field. As part of the International Parliamentary Scholarship, she also gained practical experience in the German Bundestag.

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  • Daniela Hühold

    Representative of the management board

    Daniela Hühold

    Daniela Hühold

    Daniela Hühold (M.A.) is a consultant to the executive board of the consultancy firm von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft in Hamburg and provides support for the executive board on various projects.

    Before joining von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft, Daniela Hühold was employed at the office of a member of German Parliament and worked as a consultant to the FDP state faction in Lower Saxony.

    She studied law, economics and politics at Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen and at the University of Vienna.

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  • Christoph Ruck

    Representative of the management board

    Christoph Ruck

    Christoph Ruck

    Christoph Ruck is a representative of the management board at the Berlin branch of the consulting company Beust & Coll. Since 1 October 2020 he has been responsible for information procurement and analysis in food policy, consumer protection and environmental policy for clients from the retail and consumer goods industry.

    Before joining Beust & Coll. he gained practical experience in the Lower Saxony ministry of the economy and in the Public Affairs department of Coca?Cola GmbH. He studied political science at the University of Potsdam and the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

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  • Lilia Richter

    Assistant to the Executive Management

    Lilia Richter

    Lilia Richter

    Lilia Richter (M.A.) joined the consultancy firm von Beust & Coll. in 2018 as an executive assistant. She primarily organises and supports the operational day-to-day business at the Berlin office. She is also available as a contact person for the "capital city offices", a permanent representative office at the seat of government for associations she helped to establish. She completed her studies in cultural and social sciences at Viadrina European University in Frankfurt (Oder). Before joining the von Beust & Coll. consultancy firm, she worked at the German Embassy in Moscow and in the German Bundestag.

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  • Ines Ulfik

    Office Management

    Ines Ulfik

    Ines Ulfik

    Ines Ulfik has been supporting Ole von Beust's consultancy firm since 2011, particularly in the areas of accounting and office management. Furthermore, Ines Ulfik helps manage strategic alliances when dealing with questions of accounting, and has performed services for the Maritimen LNG Plattform e.V. and the smartparking-Platform e.V. (since its founding). She is a trained lawyer and notary clerk and has also worked for the law offices of von Beust Rechtsanwälte since 2008. 

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  • Valeska Meyer

    Office Management

    Valeska Meyer

    Valeska Meyer

    Valeska Meyer has been working in office management and accounting at von Beust & Coll. since 2017.

    Ms. Meyer is on hand to answer questions relating to accounting, in particular for smartparking Plattform e.V.

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  • Nicole Vogt

    Reception/Office Management

    Nicole Vogt

    Nicole Vogt

    Nicole Vogt has worked for von Beust and Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft since June 2020. Ms. Vogt is primarily responsible for reception and office management at the Hamburg location. She also supports the entire team in all organisational and administrative matters.

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Executive Consultants

  • Knut Fleckenstein

    Executive Consultant

    Knut Fleckenstein

    Knut Fleckenstein

    Knut Fleckenstein brings 10 years of expertise as a Member of the European Parliament to the advisory services of von Beust & Coll. As a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, he was responsible for international EU relations and, amongst other things, accompanied various accession negotiations with new EU member states.

    The trained banker brings with him many years of experience in business and politics. He was a member of the management of a large logistics company and a managing director of the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB). After working as Head of the Department for European Affairs and Development Cooperation in the Senate Chancellery and as Spokesman and Head of the Protocol of the Hamburg Parliament, he was elected to the European Parliament in 2009. In the EU Parliament he was active as vice chairman and foreign policy spokesman for the social democrats in the European Parliament (S&D) and was a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN). In 2019, Mr. Fleckenstein left the EU Parliament and since 01.09.2019 has been working for von Beust & Coll. International.

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  • Dr.-Ing. Hans Gätjens

    Executive Consultant

    Dr.-Ing. Hans Gätjens

    Dr.-Ing. Hans Gätjens

    Dr.-Ing. Hans Gätjens is Executive Consultant at consulting firm Beust & Coll.

    He is able to look back on an impressive career in the maritime industry. Among other things, Dr Gätjens has worked at Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft AG (HDW) as Head of Research and Development, and as Division Manager of the project department for commercial ships. He was Director of Mechanical Engineering at Germanischer Lloyd and has held positions on the management boards of MPC Münchmeyer Petersen Marine GmbH, cruise shipping company Deilmann as well as Marine Service GmbH, an engineering firm for ship technology. In addition, he as been/is on several supervisory boards.

    As of 2007, Dr Gätjens was Vice President at Bureau Veritas S.A., where he was responsible for the regions Central Europe, Russia, Finland and the Baltic states. He left on 30 June 2020 and has now decided on a career with us. He is a truly exceptional addition to our maritime advisory mandate.

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  • Nina Wesselhoefft

    Executive Consultant

    Nina Wesselhoefft

    Nina Wesselhoefft

    Nina Wesselhoefft is an Executive Consultant at von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft.

    Previously, she has worked for the German American and later for the European American Chamber of Commerce as Director of Business Development in San Francisco. She has advised German companies on establishing business in the US.

    Thereafter she has been appointed Executive Director for a US science management NGO. She established the organisation and ran the San Francisco office. She has been working closely with German corporations and government institutions during the tenure in the US.

    On returning to Germany she continued to counsel the NGO and worked as a coach for executives in newplacement settings. Her professional focus is in the area of strategy, change processes and people management. Nina Wesselhoefft is a lawyer. She is a certified systemic coach by the 'artop Institute' at the Humboldt University and successfully attended the advanced training course for labour law. She is a fellow partner of a company in the textile industry.

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  • Algara Castle

    Executive Consultant

    Algara Castle

    Algara Castle

    Algara Castle is an Executive Consultant at von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft, based in Brussels and London. With more than seven years of experience as a spokesperson in the European Parliament, she provides expertise on EU policy and regulation, communications and outreach to European decision-makers across a range of sectors.

    In her previous role as EU Affairs and Communications manager for the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) she focused on digital and media policy. She has also worked on energy and Corporate Social Responsibility issues at Lukoil in Moscow and advised clients on technology and EU digital single market legislation at a consultancy firm in London.

    Algara studied at the Otto Suhr Institute of political science in Berlin and started her career in the German Bundestag before moving to Brussels to work for the SPD delegation in the European Parliament. In 2015 she won an Alfa Fellowship in Moscow.

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  • Mahinde Abeynaike

    Executive Consultant

    Mahinde Abeynaike

    Mahinde Abeynaike

    Mahinde Abeynaike is an Executive Consultant at Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft.

    As CEO of Nauticor, Mr. Abeynaike developed a corporate start-up of the Linde group to a leading supplier of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. Prio to his time at Nauticor, Mr. Abeynaike led several M&A and business development projects in the energy and industrial gases sector on behalf of Linde. Earlier cornerstones of his career include the position of Chief Strategy Officer at a major German telecommunications infrastructure company and the strategy consultancy Roland Berger. Mr Abeynaike holds a Master of Mathematics from Johannes Gutenberg University (Diplom Mathematiker). In addition to his excellent track record in energy and infrastructure business he can rely on a long-standing expertise in mergers & acquisitions, restructuring and business development.

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