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Executive Team and Board

Emily Westhoven | Executive Director

Emily Westhoven took on her duties as Executive Director of GABC in May 2018, bringing her extensive knowledge of 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 several years, she has served 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 is an advisor and non-voting member to the Board of Trustees of the German International School Boston.


Jan Hartmann, MD | President

Chief Medical Officer
Haemonetics

Jan Hartmann, M.D. is Chief Medical Officer 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”).


Michael Haueisen | Vice President

Head of Procurement Relations
Zeconomy

Michael Haueisen is Head of Procurement Relations at Zeconomy, a technology platform that aligns the “procure-to-pay” processes among corporate buyers, sellers and institutional funders.

Previously, he worked for many years for Siemens, most recently as Vice President Strategic Project Procurement for Siemens Smart Infrastructure Canada and Latin America. In this role Michael focused on global sourcing and strategic supplier management in order to mitigate risk and maximize the process efficiency and productivity. Prior to that role Michael worked as global procurement head for SIEMENS Water Technology as well as Senior Director of Global Procurement North America for OSRAM SYLVANIA.

Michael is a German native who came to Boston in 2003 due to job relocation with OSRAM SYLVANIA. He received his Master in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University Munich, and also holds a Master of Economics from the University of Augsburg.


Angelo Moesslang, Ph.D. | Treasurer

Managing Director SphingoTec

Angelo Moesslang is Managing Director of SphingoTec, a Venture Capital backed start-up company that develops and markets innovative in vitro diagnostic tests for novel and proprietary blood-based protein biomarkers, based in Berlin and San Diego.

Angelo began his professional career as executive assistant to the Chairman of the Management Board of the Fresenius Group. Subsequently he spend 20 years with Fresenius Medical Care, the global leader in dialysis care, in investor relations, business development and senior finance functions in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the United States, most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Fresenius Medical Care North America, Boston. Following his tenure at Fresenius he served as Chief Executive Officer of InGeneron, a clinical stage medical device company in Houston and as Chief Financial Officer of Meggle, a global leader in lactose based excipients for the pharmaceutical industry.

Angelo graduated in economics from the Ludwigs-Maximilians University Munich and completed his doctorate at the University of Stuttgart Hohenheim. He and his wife live in Boston and Munich.


Alexander Adam | Secretary

Principal
Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds

Alex is a Principal at the intellectual property law firm Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds where he advises significant universities, small and medium businesses, and start-ups on U.S. and international patent strategy.
Alex is a highly experienced scientist turned patent attorney specializing in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in medical devices, biotechnology, life sciences, computer systems, electronics, imaging software, control systems, mechanical devices, telecommunications, and clean energy. He has experience in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, patent litigation, due diligence, and providing invalidity and non-infringement opinions.
As a Ph.D. scientist, Alex worked at Boston University’s NeuroMuscular Research Center as a research assistant professor and co-supervisor in the Motor Unit Laboratory. He developed technical expertise in biosignal detection and analysis, sensor design, biomechanics, and digital signal processing. His doctoral work in biomedical engineering explored the neural regulation of human muscle activity through in-vivo recordings and mathematical modeling. Alex grew up in Germany and moved to Boston to attend university on an athletic scholarship.


Mridul Agrawal, MD | Director

President and Co-Founder
iuvando Health

Mridul Agrawal is a physician, scientist, and healthcare entrepreneur dedicated to advancing the care for cancer patients. He is President and Co-Founder of iuvando Health, a Germany-based digital health and precision oncology startup that enables patients to access innovative treatments within clinical trials. Prior, Mridul was a research fellow at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard with a focus on blood cancer. Mridul studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore), University of Zurich, and Heidelberg University, where he graduated with a doctorate degree. He also obtained a master’s degree in Health Economics from Heidelberg University. Mridul has been honored with multiple highly prestigious national and international awards both in his role as a physician-scientist and entrepreneur.


Simon Alfano | Director

Associate Partner McKinsey & Company

Dr. Simon Alfano is an Associate Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Boston Office. He is advising pharmaceutical and biotech organizations on how to bring innovative therapies to patients with a high unmet need, with a focus on rare diseases, cell & gene therapies and rare oncology. Simon has worked over the last 15+ years with organizations along the entire healthcare value chain in 10+ countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia before re-locating to Boston in 2019. Simon, a German native, lives with his wife and four children in Newton, Massachusetts.

Prior to joining McKinsey & Company, Simon founded the AI-based capital market communication start-up TonalityTech GmbH. Simon started his career at GE Healthcare, where he worked in Germany, the UK and Singapore.

Simon holds a Dr. rer. pol. in Information Systems from the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg. Additionally, he was a visiting researcher at Concordia University in Montreal and the University of Zurich. He was scholar of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (“Studienstiftung”).


Thorben Beckmann | Director

Area Sales Manager
SCHLENK Metal Foils

Thorben is Area Sales Manager of SCHLENK Metal Foils for the Americas and active in the battery community to support the development of next-generation cell and EV technologies. He also serves as Area Sales Manager of SCHLENK Metallic Pigments for Mexico. He graduated from the University of Applied Sciences of Karlsruhe where he earned his M.Sc. and B.Sc. in International Management. Thorben served as Co-Chair of the GABC YP Steering Committee from February 2020 to February 2022.


Jobina Gonsalves | Director

Senior Vice President, HR (Region Americas) TÜV SÜD

Jobina is an experienced and passionate Global HR Leader with over 20 years of Human Capital management experience in Asia, Europe and Americas. Jobina completed her Bachelor’s in Science from Mumbai University and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and another in Human Capital Management from Management Development Institute of Singapore. She has also recently completed the Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) Program from the Wharton School of Business. Jobina is a Certified Strengths Finder Coach and holds the GPHR (Global Professional in HR) and SHRM-SCP (Senior HR Professional) certifications.

Jobina grew up in Mumbai, India and then lived in Singapore for 18 years before moving to Boston few years ago with her family. She enjoys cooking, entertaining and spending time with nature.


Bodo Liesenfeld | Director

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 has served 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). Since then, he 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.


Stephanie Oestreich, Ph.D. | Director

Chief Business Officer
Galecto

Stephanie Oestreich is Chief Business Officer at Galecto and serves on the board of drug investment and development company Orange Grove Bio. Previously she was Vice President at cell therapy company Mnemo Therapeutics heading up operations and alliance management, a Venture Partner at RA Capital, and Executive Vice President at Evotec where she built up its North American investment arm and started an incubator with Samsara BioCapital. She also worked as International Business Leader at F. Roche Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., and for Novartis in Business Development and Commercial in different geographies and therapeutic areas, where she built teams and successfully launched six drugs in immunology and oncology. Stephanie conducted the research for her Ph.D. in biochemistry in the lab of a Nobel Prize winner at Harvard Medical School and obtained an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.


John Tesoro | Director

President & CEO
DEKRA Americas

John B. Tesoro is currently President and CEO of DEKRA Americas, one of the world’s leading safety solutions providers. John is a seasoned technology CEO with a successful track-record of producing above-market growth and strategic value creation with a collaborative, deliberate, process-oriented approach. Previously, John was President & CEO and of TÜV SÜD America, Inc., and a member of the Global TÜV SÜD AG Leadership Council. Prior to his role with TÜV SÜD America, Inc., Mr. Tesoro held several technology senior leadership positions, most recently with an operating company in the Fortive Corporation, a recent Danaher Corporation spin-off. This was preceded by an accomplished tenure in technology investment banking, during which he provided strategic advisory services to leading global companies. He started his career with a test and measurement company, GenRad (now part of Teradyne) in technical marketing and sales. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Mr. Tesoro holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, in Finance from the University of Rochester – William E. Simon School of Business.


 

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