Team

Managing Partners

Dr Ansgar Tietmeyer

Managing Partner

Before launching twp Berlin, Ansgar was a partner with Berlin Global Advisors, advising clients from the financial services industry. For many years, he had been Deutsche Bank’s Head of Public Affairs, and the bank’s representative in Brussels. Ansgar holds a number of honorary assignments, not least as President of WPCD – one of Berlin’s most outstanding fora for political dialogue.

Dr Michael Wolgast

Managing Partner

Before launching twp Berlin, Michael was a partner with Berlin Global Advisors, advising clients from the financial services industry. Earlier, Michael has worked in Government & Public Affairs at Moody’s and as the chief economist for the trade association of German insurers (GDV) and later the German Savings Banks Association (DSGV).

Core Team

Julius Niemann

Senior Analyst

Julius joined twp Berlin after taking his M.Sc. in Political Science and Political Economy at the London School of Economics, and after working for a corporate communications consultancy in Munich and in Berlin. He also holds a B.Sc. in Economics from Freie Universität Berlin.

Karen Sturm

Consultant

Karen joined twp Berlin after working for the Council of the European Union in Brussels and before that in a public relations consultancy in Berlin. She holds an MA in European Public Affairs from Maastricht and, as part of her studies, was at the University of Surrey (UK).

Per Grünert

Analyst

Per joined twp Berlin after taking his B.A. in Political Science and Economics at Münster. Earlier, he worked for BDEW, the German Association of Energy and Water Industries, in Berlin and in sales and marketing for a large German electricity utility.

Max Lindemann

Analyst

Max is combining working for twp Berlin while pursuing his undergraduate studies in Economics at Freie Universität Berlin. Max was educated at the Nelson Mandela School, a diverse and inclusive international school in Berlin, where he took his bilingual Abitur in 2019.

Jan Maximilian Michael

Special Project/ IT-Support

Max has recently taken up a new role as a researcher at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW). Prior to that, he was a full-time consultant with twp Berlin. Max studied Economics at Mannheim and at Tsinghua University Beijing and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Humboldt University.

Senior Advisors

Bettina von Oesterreich

Hamburg/ Frankfurt

With more than 35 years of industry experience, Bettina, Managing Partner of BVO Consult, is a seasoned expert in M&A, transformation and strategic re-positioning of financial firms. She currently serves on the Supervisory Board of a number of European companies. Prior to founding BVO Consult in 2011, Bettina has held a variety of senior executive positions in global financial institutions.

Bradley L Kading

Washington DC

Brad has retired from his position as President of ABIR (Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers) in December 2017, after a long career in advocacy on Capitol Hill and in international relations. Prior to joining ABIR, Brad had been working for the Reinsurance Association of America and the Alliance of American Insurers.

Nigel D Phipps

London

In March 2019, Nigel retired from his position at Moody’s as Managing Director Government & Public Affairs, managing the company’s global public policy engagement, and Country Manager for the UK. Prior to joining Moody’s in 2005, Nigel had worked at the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA), as well as for NatWest Markets and Barclays International.

Dr Ronald Weichert

Frankfurt

Now an independent consultant, Ronald has spent most of his career with Deutsche Bank where he has held senior positions in the bank’s communications department, working as one of their press officers. Before joining Deutsche Bank, Ronald had at the time been involved in promoting the German stock exchanges and the launch of Deutsche Börse AG.

Prof Dr Wilfried Bernhardt

Berlin

A trained lawyer, Wilfried is active in many fora in the academic world and as an independent consultant, focusing on the digitization of the German judiciary and public administration. Earlier, in his “regular” career, he has been a top civil servant, serving both in the Federal Ministry of Justice and then as a State Secretary in the State of Saxony.