German-American Business Council of Boston, Inc.
Emily Westhoven took on her duties as Executive Director of GABC in May 2018, bringing her extensive knowledge of both the German and American cultures to this position.
A native of Germany and a public relations professional by training, she has been living and working in the Boston area since 1996. After working at and for PR agencies in Boston for a number of years, she has been serving most recently as a representative for Baden-Württemberg International. She joined the school committee of the German Saturday School Boston in 2008, chairing the committee for four years until 2017. Currently, she serves as an advisor and non-voting member to the Board of Trustees of the German International School Boston.
Emily graduated with the equivalent of a M.S. in marketing communications (Gesellschafts- und Wirtschaftskommunikation) from the University of Arts, Berlin. Her move to Boston came via California where she completed an international Marketing Certificate Program at the University of Berkeley (Extension). She is fluent in both German and English and also speaks French, which she honed during a year of training and internships in Brussels.
Bodo Liesenfeld is the Managing Partner of Liesenfeld International GmbH, a private investment enterprise. For nearly 30 years he was the CEO and Chairman of the German-based Rohde & Liesenfeld, an international air and sea freight forwarding group with a global presence. He is the Honorary Representative of the City of Hamburg to the Northeast of the U.S. and he has been serving as Chairman of the German Latin America Business Association since 2006. He came to Boston as a Fellow at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (2009-2010) and since then has made Boston his primary home while still maintaining a presence in his hometown of Hamburg. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute; a Member of the International Advisory Board of the Business School IAE in Buenos Aires; a Founding and Presidium Member of the Council of the German American Conference at Harvard e.V., and a Member of the Curatorship of the Protestant Entrepreneur Association in Germany.
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.
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.
Strategic Partnership and Outreach Manager
The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Anneke Kramm, PhD, is working as Strategic Partnership and Outreach Manager for the Cancer Cell Line Factory at The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. She serves as the key liaison in collaborations between scientists, clinicians, funders, and patients.
Anneke is a native German and earned her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from the University of Oxford, UK.
She is a member of the GABC Board of Directors, founding member of GABC's Young Professionals group, and sits on the YP's Steering Committee. Drawing on her experience as both mentee and mentor in the past, she is the driving force behind GABC's new Mentoring Program.
Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds
Susan G. L. Glovsky is a Principal in the Boston office of Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds. A patent attorney, Susan represents science and technology companies in all facets of invention enforcement and protection from the courtroom to the Patent Office. Susan works with clients to achieve their goals in patent, trademark, trade dress, and trade secret matters. Her experience covers a broad spectrum of technologies and industries, including biotechnology, chemistry, electrical, mechanical, green technology, ecommerce, medical devices, and consumer products.
Susan has wide-ranging experience representing national and international clients enforcing patents and defending against patent infringement actions through means tailored to the particular business and circumstances. Susan handles patent disputes in courts throughout the country and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She has tried cases to juries, judges, and arbitrators, and she is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Neutrals. Her experience handling contested matters before the Patent Office as a Registered Patent Attorney for more than three decades enables her to develop and carry out effective strategies in interrelated courtroom and Patent Office proceedings. Susan is equally adept at pursuing and defending against enforcement actions in the trademark realm.
Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
Erik Dilger is a Managing Director 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 17 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.
Leslie Griffin is principal of Boston-based Allinea LLC, which provides strategic communications, trade policy, and global government relations support to companies and business organizations.
Leslie was previously Senior Vice President for International Public Policy for UPS, Vice President for International Governmental Affairs for New York Life Insurance Company and Managing Director for Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She also served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman and CEO of New York Life International.
Leslie taught and studied in Nanjing, China and is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. She serves on the boards of WorldBoston and Bunker Hill Community College and was the 2017-2018 president of Women in International Trade, the Washington, DC-based association representing over 700 trade professionals.
She holds an M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College.
Vice President, Head of Medical Affairs and Clinical Development
Jan Hartmann, M.D. is Vice President, Head of Medical Affairs at Haemonetics, a global leader in blood management solutions, where he has global responsibility for medical affairs, clinical development, academic partnerships, and medical safety. Previously, Dr. Hartmann spent nearly a decade at McKinsey & Company where he most recently served as Associate Partner in the Global Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Practice. He received his M.D. from the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg in Germany. Additionally, Dr. Hartmann was a research scientist in the Department of Cell Biology at Yale University School of Medicine and a scholar of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (“Studienstiftung”).
CEO & Co-Founder
Uli Mittermaier is a serial technology entrepreneur and angel investor. Currently he is Co-Founder and CEO of Appsulate, a Boston-based cyber security software company. Previously he was Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, at Intralinks, a leading provider of cloud-based content collaboration solutions. Uli joined Intralinks through the acquisition of docTrackr, a venture-backed cloud security company he co-founded. Prior to that he was co-founder and CFO at Munich-based Brainloop, a software-as-a-service provider of secure document workspaces. Uli started his career at Netscape Communications. He attended Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, graduating with a master in business administration and computer sciences, as well as Harvard University.
Senior Consultant, Strategy & Program Leadership
Cornelia Kroeger has more than 12 years of experience in biomedical research and strategic startup consulting. In her new role at Halloran Consulting as a Senior Consultant for Strategy & Program Leadership she leverages her passion for translational research and problem solving associated with the commercialization of new technologies and drug targets.
Prior to joining Halloran, Cornelia was the Program Director for the strategic startup consultancy ACI, which focuses on the translation and scalability of European life science business models to the US market. Within this context she evaluated a diverse set of emerging companies across different life science industries. In collaboration with leading experts she coached companies on their organizational structures, building U.S. regulatory and market access strategies and how to design U.S. operational strategies.
Cornelia was a postdoctoral fellow at the Whitehead Institute at MIT in the laboratory of Prof. Robert Weinberg, focused on tumor heterogeneity and cancer stem cells. She received her doctoral degree from Bonn University in developmental cell biology after obtaining her Biology Diploma at Heidelberg University.