Dr. Hajo Drees - Senior Partner
Dr. Hajo Drees, MBA, is senior partner at IPM AG and responsible for strategic customer management.
Dr. Hajo Drees studied at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA and was director at Samford University (Birmingham, Al.). From 2003 to 2009, Dr. Drees was State Secretary (Director of European Business Development) at the Ministry of Economics, Alabama USA. In his capacity, he promoted the settlement of the Mercedes plant in Tuscaloosa (Al.) He also supported the development of the international supplier network there. Among his most important settlement projects were: the ThyssenKrupp steel mill in Mobile, Alabama, the EADS (Airbus) tanker project and the A320 FAL production facility in Mobile (Al.). Dr. Drees has developed an extensive network consisting of top decision-makers from business and politics.
Tobias Schmidt - Junior Partner
Tobias Schmidt, born in 1986, is Junior Partner at the IPM. He is responsible for the design, organization and marketing of the conference format "RAILWAY FORUM Berlin". As a railway expert, he is also involved in various other projects.
Mr. Schmidt had worked in operational and strategic positions in the Deutsche Bahn AG Group in Frankfurt/Main, Berlin and Paris for five years. Due to his Deutsche Bahn background, Mr. Schmidt has extensive knowledge of the railway sector. During his academic career, Mr. Schmidt studied Business Administration (BA) and International Business and Consulting (MA) at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder, writing his thesis about "Interest Groups in the European Union". His areas of expertise are: Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Services and Organizational Management, Strategic Management and Business and Economic Interest Groups.
Tony Brandstätter - Junior Partner
Tony Brandstätter, born in 1988, is Junior Partner at the IPM. He is responsible for the design, the organization and the marketing of the conference format "AVIATION FORUM Hamburg". As an aviation expert, he is involved in various other projects.
Mr. Brandstätter began his professional career with an apprenticeship as a precision mechanics at the German Aerospace Center. Afterwards, he studied at the DLR Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems. Mr. Brandstätter earned his Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering (B.Eng.) and his Master's degree in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (MBA) at the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences. Prior to joining the IPM, Mr. Brandstätter was engaged in technology planning and development at Volkswagen.
Mathias Aumüller - Junior Partner
Mathias Aumüller, born in 1987, has been working at the IPM since 2014. As Junior Partner, he is contributing to the Volkswagen Scouting as well as to the design, organization and marketing of the conference format "Production & Logistics Forum Berlin". As an automotive expert, he is involved in various other projects.
Mr. Aumüller earned his Master’s degree on Strategic Management with focus on production and procurement at the University of Braunschweig/Wolfenbüttel (M.A.).
Prior to joining the IPM, Mr. Aumüller had worked in strategic procurement at Bentley Motors and technical procurement at Volkswagen. He gained professional experience during his dual studies working at a discount supermarket, and has deep knowledge of the B2C market.
Barbara Weingarten - Project Manager
Barbara Weingarten, born in 1972, is an innovative and results driven Project Manager for Event Development at the IPM.
Mrs. Weingarten studied at the Technical University of Berlin and holds a degree in Business Administration. She has developed her project management skills over 16 years (1998 -2014) across different areas of the exhibition industry at the Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, a leading organizer of technology-oriented trade fairs and congresses. Most recently, she was responsible for planning and organization of international conventions on topics such as electronics and microelectronics.
Friederike Hecke - Project Manager
Friederike Hecke, born in 1987, project manager, is responsible for the organization of conferences at IPM.
Ms. Hecke worked at Deutsche Messe AG and was involved in the organization of the HANOVER MESSE from 2012 to 2015. She was also responsible for the Industrial Supply fair, the Materials FORUM and the Suppliers Convention. Ms. Hecke earned her bachelor's degree in economics and the subsequent master's degree with a focus on international management at the Leibniz University of Hanover.
Silke Dettmer - Graphic Design
Silke Dettmer oversees the graphic design at IPM.
After completing her training in advertising, Mrs. Dettmer studied at the “Norddeutsche Akademie für Marketing + Kommunikation” in Hanover where she earned her communications degree.
For more than ten years, Mrs. Dettmer was responsible for project management, design, events, media planning and advertising in an advertising agency. Subsequently, she joined the marketing department of an industrial company and managed advertising and online activities. She was also writing press releases, articles and application reports on innovative RFID products. Mrs. Dettmer gained comprehensive insights of RFID, the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 and supply chain automation.
Karin Schmidtke - Executive Board Office
Karin Schmidtke, born in 1963, is Secretary of the IPMs executive board. She also manages all conference registrations and is responsible for translations as well as for editing the IPM publications.
Previously, Mrs. Schmidtke worked as a translator, translating publications on RFID, Industry 4.0, digitization and automation in production, logistics and retail. For 10 years, she was Sales Assistant at a developer and manufacturer of RFID applications. Mrs. Schmidtke studied history and philosophy at Hanover University (M.A.).
Bjoern Schwabe - Team Assistant
Bjoern Schwabe, born in 1992, has been working as a team assistant at IPM AG since 2015. In his function, he supports the team in various projects and conferences.
Bjoern Schwabe began his professional career with an apprenticeship as a bank clerk at Postbank AG. Until his studies, he worked there as a private and business consultant. In addition to his work at the IPM, Bjoern Schwabe studies business economics (B.Sc.) at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hanover. He specializes in strategic marketing, insurance management and information management / business informatics.
CARLO SCHAWARA - TEAM ASSISTANT
Carlo Schawara, born in 1994, has been working as a team assitant since 2015 at IPM AG. In his function, he supports the team in various projects and conferences. The focus of his work is set around the conference formats of „AVIATION FORUM Hamburg“ and „FUTURE MOBILITY FORUM“.
In addition to his work at IPM, Carlo Schawara studies business and economics (B.Sc.) at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hanover. He specializes in strategic marketing, human resource management and economic theory.
Matthias Galda - TEAM ASSISTANT
Matthias Galda, born in 1994, has been working as a team assitant since 2016 at IPM AG. In his function, he supports the team in various projects and conferences. The focus of his work is set around the conference formats of „ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING FORUM“, „RAILWAY FORUM Berlin“ and „CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT FORUM“.
In addition to his work at IPM, Matthias Galda studies information management at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover. He specializes in internal information structures, knowledge procurement and project management.