Senior Vice President
Charlie Cameron is a seasoned business professional at Cooley LLP with two decades of helping technology companies in all industries on their growth and financing strategies. He serves as a Senior Vice President of Business Development and is resident in Cooley’s Boston office. Charlie’s background includes over 20 years of management consulting, strategy, and marketing experience. This includes extensive consulting, board work, mentoring and coaching with early-stage, venture-backed, and Fortune 500 firms. Having worked in over 20 countries, including being based in Geneva, Switzerland and spending significant time in Russia and Asia, he brings a global perspective to business, marketing and entrepreneurship. He has been an executive Panelist, IMD, Switzerland, for the World Competitiveness Yearbook, from 2003 to the present. He has built an extensive network of entrepreneurs, VCs, angel groups, bankers, lawyers and accountants. Charlie is also the Founder & Managing Director of Hub Angels Investment Group.
Vice President Operations
J. R. Bechtle & Company
Tom Kennedy joined J.R. Bechtle & Co. in 1996, and today manages the company’s Boston office. In his capacity as a Director of the firm, he manages projects and directs the research groups for the firm’s clients throughout the Northeast, Southeast, and Latin America. J.R. Bechtle & Co. is a leading American executive recruiting firm. From offices in Boston, Chicago, and Miami, it serves its clients throughout Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, and other South American markets. Its clients are primarily headquartered in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, and come from a broad spectrum of industries. They include firms producing capital equipment, industrial components, high-end consumer goods, and complex life-science products, and are generally the leaders in their respective fields.
Following his undergraduate studies, Tom worked in the transport and market research departments of Prognos AG, an economic and social research institute in Basel, Switzerland, and later in supply planning and forecasting for a major energy utility in New England. After earning an undergraduate degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, with studies abroad in Economics and History at the University in Freiburg i. Br., and German Language and Literature at the university in Weimar (at the time in East Germany), he completed his M.A. Degree in Energy and Environmental Studies at Boston University. In his last year of high school Tom was also an exchange student at the Christophorusschule in Altensteig, in Germany’s Black Forest region.
Whitehead Institute, MIT
Dr. Cornelia Kröger is a Postdoc researcher, analyzing the influence of the tumor micro-environment on tumor progression and cancer stem cell formation.
German-American Business Council of Boston, Inc.
Marian LeMay took on her duties as Executive Director of GABC in 2008, following a temporary post at the Goethe Institute Boston.
She earned her BA in Psychology, with minors in Studio Art & German at American University in Washington, DC, a city which until 2004, she called home. For two years, she lived in Munich, attending the Ludwig Maximillian Universitat, and working at Kunsthandlung Koestler, a renowned art gallery. She has traveled extensively through Europe and Australia, and for almost two decades, held art-related positions in cultural organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Washington DC Capital Childrens' Museum, and an artist studio in London, where she lived for a year. Prior to moving to Boston, she held the position of Central Division Administrative Liaison at Legg Mason (now SmithBarney MorganStanley).
She is a first generation American, born in Maryland of German parents, and raised bilingually in a German household.
Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
Erik Dilger is a Senior Manager at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP in Boston and plays a central role in leading and overseeing initiatives. He is known for his ability to establish a vision, marshal the necessary resources, and execute operations to achieve results.
For over 15 years, Erik has provided Audit and Forensic & Dispute Accounting Services to clients. He has worked with the leadership of Deloitte to incorporate forensics into their audit approach in response to SAS 99 and the Sarbanes Oxley act and has been trained in tactical behavior assessment and strategic interviewing methods for purposes of eliciting information during forensic investigations. He has been a guest speaker at multiple Universities and professional associations, and has been an adjunct professor at Northeastern University since 2004 where he instructs multiple Fraud and Investigative Accounting classes.
Mr. Dilger received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Delaware and his education included minors in Economics and German. He is active in community service and has acted as the Deloitte FAS Boston United Way Chair since 2003. Erik is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the National Ski Patrol.
Bodo Liesenfeld is the CEO of Liesenfeld International GmbH, and a former Fellow of the Weatherhead Center (2009/2010). He is Chairman of the Board of Menck Windows, manufacturers of fine German engineered windows and doors.
Originating from Hamburg, Germany where he was for nearly 30 years the CEO and Chairman of a privately held transportation and logistics enterprise with global presence, he moved to Boston mid 2009. He became involved in transatlantic relations by building bridges between Massachusetts and Boston and the City State of Hamburg in the fields of Urban Development and Energy Efficiency. He was appointed Hamburg Ambassador, representing Hamburg in the North East of the US.
Traveling in and working with Latin America since the mid 70s made him President of the German Latin America Association since 2006. He represents the German business sector in all countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including institutional involvement between both regions. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Business School of Universidad Austral in Buenos Aires.
Mr. Liesenfeld is also a member of the curatorship of the German Association of Christian Entrepreneurs and represents this organization in its global umbrella association UNIAPAC. He also holds various board functions.
VP Finance & Operations
nora systems, Inc.
Heri Sontgerath is the VP Finance & Operations for nora systems, Inc., the leading manufacturer of resilient rubber flooring solutions. Heri is responsible for accounting/controlling, logistics, HR, IT, and facilities. Prior to nora, Heri worked as CFO at Plansee USA LLC for 15 years.
Heri holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Aachen University of Applied Sciences, a MBA from Pforzheim University and an MS in Finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the former Chairman of the school committee of the German Saturday School Boston. The school, founded in 1874 and part of the Boylston Schul-Verein (“German Club”), offers German language education to students from Preschool to grade 10.
VP Strategic Procurement
Siemens Energy Management US / Can
Michael Haueisen is Vice President Strategic Procurement for Siemens Energy Management US / Can. Michael was born and raised in Germany and came to Boston in 2003 due to job relocation with his company OSRAM, one of the two largest global lighting companies headquartered in Munich, Germany. The US entity is OSRAM SYLVANIA located in Wilmington, Mass. He is currently based in the Boston area.
Prior to his current roll Michael worked as Senior Director of Global Procurement North America for OSRAM SYLVANIA in Danvers, MA. He is now Vice President of Strategic Procurement for Siemens Energy Management US / Canada.
Siemens was founded by German Werner von Siemens in 1847. Today it is the largest Europe-based electronics and electrical engineering company. With 360,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of approximately $120 billion in fiscal 2011. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $20 billion and employs approximately 60,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Michael received his Master in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University Munich, and also holds a Master of Economics from the University of Augsburg.
Deputy Consul General
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
Helmut Landes is the Deputy Consul General at the German Consulate General Boston. He joined the German Foreign Service in 1976. Besides various assignments at the Foreign Office in Berlin, his previous overseas postings have been at the German Embassies in Guatemala, Turkey, Algeria, Spain and Pakistan. As Head of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Northern Afghanistan he was in charge of coordinating Germany´s reconstruction program. During his career he has also been involved in national and international security policy initiatives. Helmut Landes is currently Deputy Consul General for the New England States at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Boston.
The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Anneke Kramm, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Associate at The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard where she is the biological lead of a multidisciplinary project team aiming to discover small molecules against chromatin oncology targets. Anneke is a native German, working in collaboration with German Pharma. She earned her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from the University of Oxford, UK.
Anneke is a founding member of GABC's new Young Professionals Group and sits on the group's Steering Committee. Drawing on her experience as both mentee and mentor in the past, she is the driving force behind GABC's new Mentorship Program.