Deutsches Aktieninstitut’s management team
The driving force
As Executive Member of the Board, Christine Bortenlänger has been responsible for leadership and strategic orientation of Deutsches Aktieninstitut since 2012. She is in constant exchange with our Presidential Board and Executive Committee. In addition, she is the face of Deutsches Aktieninstitut vis-à-vis the media.
With passion for capital markets, she studied business management with a banking focus in Munich and wrote her doctoral thesis on automation of stock markets.
A native of Munich, she tops up her energy during the morning run with her dog along the banks of Isar or Main, in relaxed get-togethers with family and friends or during walks in the hills.
As Deputy Managing Director, Rhinelander Franz-Josef Leven coordinates the work of Deutsches Aktieninstitut’s offices and represents the Executive Member of the Board.
After studying economics and receiving a doctorate from the University of Cologne, in 1989 he joined the predecessor organisation Arbeitskreis Aktie e.V. and has since shared ups and downs of the capital market at first hand.
Franz-Josef Leven lectures at Goethe-University Frankfurt’s University of the Third Age and the University of Liechtenstein.
In his free time, he is involved with charitable organisations Malteser Hilfsdienst and Lions.
The Deutsches Aktieninstitut team
The route to the dream job
Uta-Bettina von Altenbockum has worked with Deutsches Aktieninstitut since 2006.
With a doctorate in law, she followed a varied route before landing in communication: after a bank apprenticeship and study, first job with Schwerin Savings Bank followed by a period abroad in Sweden, with us she turned her hand to the European Company Statute and MiFID. In addition, she took charge of our Finanzplatz-Magazin publication with great commitment.
In 2012 she became Head of Press and Public Relations, since March 2020 she has been Head of Communication. Alongside this, she works on Deutsches Aktieninstitut’s sustainability team.
The mother of three almost adult children is an enthusiastic reader of crime novels and thrillers. For her, holidays always mean sea, and she still has ties to Berlin.
An economist by training, multitasking with Deutsches Aktieninstitut
In addition to the specialist work for our management, Svenja Balonier is responsible for the all-round support of our member companies. Furthermore, the economist provides support for a wide range of capital market projects.
Svenja Balonier studied international relations and management in Regensburg, and economics in Mainz.
And even outside Deutsches Aktieninstitut, the networker is happy to talk about money – preferably with women who (want to) take their finances in their own hands.
Her favourite hobbies, running and her campervan Walter, keep her balanced.
Passion for people and numbers
When the topic at Deutsches Aktieninstitut is money, all roads lead to Claudia Brehm:
Having studied logistics, she joined our administrative staff in 2000. In 2003, she additionally took on the book-keeping function and discovered her flair for financial matters.
She has also been the mastermind behind Deutsches Aktieninstitut’s changes of premises since.
Moreover, Claudia Brehm is responsible for the organisation of our working group meetings.
Her passion is serving people. For her, the well-being of all guests and employees is a personal concern.
Committed lawyer and passionate sustainability expert
After an intermission setting up the Brussels Representation of the Foundation for Family Businesses and Politics, Jan Bremer again heads the EU-Liaison Office of Deutsches Aktieninstitut since August 2022. A lawyer by profession, he served in this function already for almost ten years prior to his two-year term as Head of the Legal Affairs department in Frankfurt.
Alongside scrutinising German and European legislative initiatives, inter alia in the areas of company law, corporate governance and capital market law, he is primarily active around the issues of sustainability and corporate compliance.
Jan Bremer studied law in Constance and Stellenbosch/South Africa. He likes to spend his free time on art and culture in Brussels.
Early bird who catches the worm
As Assistant to Christine Bortenlänger, Alexandra Claas’s most important task is looking after the Board and Executive Committee in every aspect.
An early riser, she also takes care of HR administration and member support as well as organisation of our annual and autumn receptions. She always has a willing ear, even when things are figuratively on fire.
After a commercial training with Hoechst and periods working with Celanese and SGL Carbon, she joined our team in 2014.
A native of Kelkheim, she relaxes in the gym and when mountain biking or walking in the nearby Taunus hills.
A pizza digitale per favore!
Donato Di Dio has been in charge of everything digital at Deutsches Aktieninstitut since 2018 – whether it be for blockchain, digital securities or cryptocurrencies. Looking towards the future, he is also very interested in the theme of retirement provision.
Donato Di Dio studied political sciences and sociology in Frankfurt as well as governance and public policy at the Technical University of Darmstadt. His focus was first and foremost on policy communication and European policy.
Outside Deutsches Aktieninstitut, Donato Di Dio can regularly be found on Frankfurt’s football pitches – as trainer or goalkeeper – or playing e-sports in virtual arenas.
Mother of the database
Elisenda Fàbrega came to us as events manager in 2013 – taking care of addresses was almost a sideline.
After the introduction of our CRM, Elisenda Fàbrega concentrated all her attention on database management in 2016.
The well organised Catalan who always has a smile on her face is happy to pass on her wide knowledge to new colleagues.
Elisenda Fàbrega is currently on parental leave.
Regulation expert with a sense of humour
As head of this specialist area, Gerrit Fey analysis fundamental questions surrounding capital markets.
He analyses and comments on transparency and conduct obligations of listed companies as well as the impact of capital market rules on the availability of instruments for management of companies’ interest-rate, exchange and raw-material risks.
The tools of his trade can be traced back to his studies and doctoral work at the University of Marburg with a focus on monetary, currency and institutional economics.
In his free time, Gerrit Fey most enjoys sitting on his mountain bike or putting on his walking boots.
Jovana Folkens has been organising our conferences and major events, planning them with specialist colleagues and drawing up checklists since 2016. In addition, she supports Claudia Brehm with accounts and finance.
She always produces a comprehensive no-worries package so that advisers and participants can concentrate on the matter in hand.
Jovana Folkens studied business administration in Mannheim with a focus on trade fair, congress and event management.
Once everything on the checklist has been ticked, she regularly plays volleyball or cooks with great passion for friends and family.
Brings clarity to complex topics
Formulating positions on sustainable finance, writing new texts for our Kurvenlage and taking a stance on the latest Brexit developments – Jessica Göres engages in the capital market policy debate around these topics.
She has been adding to the strength of our communication and sustainability teams since 2019.
After studying politics and economics in St Gallen, Jessica Göres first worked in Brussels before coming to Frankfurt.
She particularly values the international atmosphere of Germany’s metropolis on the Main, an aspect which manifests itself in many different ways.
Specialist for layer 8 problems
Tino Gottschalk has been reinforcing our IT team in the Frankfurt office since May 2019. As IT system administrator, he supports in particular the technical back- and front-end with a focus on modernisation and progress into the digital era.
Tino Gottschalk studied for his diploma at SRH Heidelberg. He built up extensive practical experience with Lawo AG, 3iMedia GmbH and Dataforce Verlagsgesellschaft für Business Informationen mbH.
In his free time, he enjoys riding downhill with the mountain bike and travels to the earth’s most romantic places.
So that our message gets through
Mariya Grozdanova has been working at Deutsches Aktieninstitut since 2020. She supports the team with database management and ensures that we always reach our discussion partners with job title and address.
Mariya Grozdanova completed her business management studies at Saarland University. She then worked as an assistant in the area of HR consulting for ten years before diving into database management with us.
Whether taking a breath of fresh air in the countryside, baking with her daughter or enjoying a good book together – she always loves to spend her free time with her family.
Good governance is her thing
Cordula Heldt has been responsible for corporate governance and company law with us since 2005. In addition, she heads activities relating to Regierungskommission Deutscher Corporate Governance Kodex – the government commission on the code for which we provide the secretariat.
She studied law in Frankfurt and Milan. She became familiar with the Federal Constitutional Court during her legal internship. With her doctoral thesis, she laid the foundations for the legal theory work which is indispensable for activities in a think tank.
Her practical experiences, for example as a member of supervisory boards, have complemented her professional know-how.
Outside the office she is an artist.
The thoroughbred lawyer
Sven Erwin Hemeling can deploy his passion for law and capital markets to the full in his work as head of primary market law with Deutsches Aktieninstitut, in conjunction with our member companies.
The lawyer, working with us since 2016, deals first and foremost with prospectus law, virtual general assemblies, the shareholder rights directive and similar capital market themes.
He had previously passed both legal examinations at the University of Tübingen with a focus on corporate organisation and finance.
The friendly voice of Deutsches Aktieninstitut
As the guardian of receptions, Ilona Hix has been the face and voice of Deutsches Aktieninstitut since 1999.
As assistant to Franz-Josef Leven, she deals with management of the Deputy Managing Director’s appointments, prepares the organisational aspect of speeches and ensures good order in documents and at the workplace.
In addition, she supports the head of the Berlin office since 2020.
Each morning anew, Ilona Hix enjoys supporting our team wherever things are getting hot.
In private, she loves table football and other games with friends.
Birgit Homburger follows for us political developments in Berlin. After graduating with a diploma in administrative sciences from the University of Constance, she started her professional career in the SME sector.
In 1990 she was elected to the German Bundestag, of which she was member until 2013. In this period, she held a series of leadership positions, inter alia as chair of the FDP political group from 2009 to 2011.
She was then active as associate partner at an international HR consultancy before taking over as head of our Berlin office.
In her free time, she finds pleasure in her garden and orchard, and enjoys making trips through the dreamlike landscape of the Hegau region.
Loves good solutions
As head of IT and digital, Petra Kachel is responsible for Deutsches Aktieninstitut’s IT infrastructure.
With her passion for solving problems, the trained economist quickly got a handle not only on substantive but also on technical tasks after she arrived at Deutsches Aktieninstitut in 1998.
As special advisor to a member of the Bundestag, she had previously learnt about the political side of shares and the capital market.
A native of Frankfurt, she likes to spend her free time with family and friends, and enjoys being on a climbing wall or bicycle.
Researcher for shares
Shares as a financing instrument, as employee capital participation, in retirement provision and bank advisory services, or tax framework conditions which promote share ownership – the themes which Norbert Kuhn takes care of for us have no end.
Furthermore, the economist and political scientist is concerned with the wide range of regulatory initiatives which influence companies’ risk management instruments or payment flows.
Norbert Kuhn studied in Marburg, earned a doctorate and has worked with Deutsches Aktieninstitut since 2006.
In his free time, he likes to be outdoors on a bicycle saddle, on water or on foot.
Communicator for shares
Writing texts, dealing with requests from the press and monitoring political reporting: Martin Möhring has been working with us in communication since 2019.
The native of Lower Saxony is also active on social media channels. His goal is to inspire enthusiasm for shares and strong capital markets.
He studied political, media and administrative sciences majoring in public affairs and political economy in Trier, Karlstad (Sweden) and Potsdam.
Outside Deutsches Aktieninstitut, the buy-and-hold investor relaxes with sport, enjoys a good book and twangs on his guitar.
Events are her passion
Timnit Mulugeta has added strength to the event and database teams since September 2019, ensuring that our conferences unfold smoothly and that the database is well organised.
In addition, she has been supporting our EU liaison office since 2020.
The range of her responsibilities, be it preparation and follow-up of events or their organisation on the spot, offers her a valued variety at the workplace.
Timnit Mulugeta graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in business and event management in London.
In her free time she likes to attend festivals and spend time with family and friends.
Interpreter in Berlin’s political tumult
As Public Affairs Manager to our Berlin office, Renz Peter Ringsleben organises a close dialogue between business and policy-makers.
He has collected public affairs experiences working on behalf of the Federal Ministry for family affairs and as press spokesman for young entrepreneurs’ association Die Jungen Unternehmer.
Renz Peter Ringsleben studied political communication at the University of Amsterdam and economics and philosophy at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.
In his free time he plays on the wing for Berlin’s Freizeitfußball club and enjoys both theatre and the region’s lake landscape.
Creative capital market lawyer
Claudia Royé has been looking after our capital market law topics since 2002. Her experience and her knowledge feeds not only into legislative processes, she is also an important pillar of the Regierungskommission Deutscher Corporate Governance Kodex secretariat.
A doctor at law, a particular hobby horse of hers is the design and management of events and working groups. On this point, she helps to develop new formats.
Claudia Royé studied in Mainz and London, she carried out her legal traineeship in Frankfurt.
She recuperates from her multifaceted workload with walking the dog, horse-riding and yoga.
Deep diving and distance running
Klaus-Dieter Sohn has been Head of Legal Department at Deutsches Aktieninstitut since May 2022. He was previously Head of Economic Policy at the Foundation for Family Businesses and Politics in Berlin.
Before moving into the world of policy-making, the fully qualified lawyer spent twelve years with the German Army in a range of staff positions. Following this, he helped set up the Centre for European Policy in Freiburg.
Klaus-Dieter Sohn enjoys every opportunity to come home to the Kaiserstuhl region of Germany with its excellent cuisine. In sports, his passion is distance running and diving in faraway waters.
Loves numbers and mountains
Nico Zimmermann has been an enrichment to our team since 2018.
As a colleague in the Frankfurt office, he is involved with Regierungskommission Deutscher Corporate Governance Kodex as well as dealing with capital market law issues.
Nico Zimmermann studied economics and management in Mainz. His focus was on financial markets and accounting.
After work he likes to play a game of streetball or puts on his jogging shoes.
Whenever it works out, he sets off for the Alps in order to recharge his batteries and test his own limits.