The keynote speakers for 2019

Experience an international line-up of speakers from academia and business practice at the first “Future of Work in Smart Industries” conference. Leading experts will be examining the topics of the future today using both classic presentations and interactive formats. Deep dive panels, best-case presentations and question & answer sessions will also create a relevance to current business practice. 

Further details will follow shortly. The list of our speakers is being continually updated.

Richard David Precht

Keynote speaker 

Philosopher and publicist

Born in Solingen in 1964, Precht studied Philosophy, German Studies and Art History in Cologne where he obtained his doctorate (Dr. phil.) in German Studies in 1994. He worked as a research assistant at the University of Cologne from 1991 to 1995. He was a research fellow at the Chicago Tribune and recipient of a scholarship at the European Center for Journalism in Berlin from 2000 to 2001. He later worked as a columnist for the magazine “Literaturen” and a moderator of the WDR radio programme “Tageszeichen”. He also discussed philosophical questions for the cultural magazine “” and was guest moderator of “Sternstunde Philosophie” on Swiss television. Precht has written numerous bestselling books and publications. He was a member of the jury for the Adolf-Grimme Prize for ten years and was a member of the jury for the Henri-Nannen Prize in 2012.

Precht has been hosting the ZDF programme “Precht” since 2012 for which he was awarded the Deutscher Fernsehpreis (German Television Award) in 2013. Precht has been Honorary Professor of Philosophy at Leuphana University Lüneburg since 2011 and also Honorary Professor for Philosophy and Aesthetics at the Hans Eisler School of Music in Berlin since 2012.


Dr. Marc Beise


Business Editor, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Born in Mainz in 1959, he has been Business Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung since 2007. He trained as a journalist with the Offenbach-Post where he was editor of the Politics, Business and News section from 1985. He later wrote for the Handelsblatt, and was Editor of Economic Policy before he left. He studied Law and Economics in Frankfurt, Lausanne and Tübingen and wrote his doctorate on the World Trade Organisation.

Beise is the author of numerous books on political and business issues.

He regularly takes part in television and radio discussions, lectures, moderations of forums and business events.