Inauguration: July 1, 2013
Faculty chairs represent the research agenda of a faculty member. If you would be interested in funding a chair, please see the "support link" further down on this page.
The Ingrid and Manfred Gentz Chair in Business and Society is the first privately funded chair at ESMT. Manfred Gentz was a member of the Board of Management at Daimler until 2004 and played a central role in the founding of ESMT. With the financing of this chair, Ingrid and Manfred Gentz support research contributing to a value-based framework for decision-making.
Inauguration: February 6, 2019
The chair’s mission is to develop relevant scientific knowledge to help leaders act competently and responsibly in the face of an increasingly knowledge-based, interconnected, and innovation-driven society. At the center of the Chair’s research and teaching is the role of trust-based networks as conduits of individual and organizational effectiveness.
The Michael Diekmann Chair in Management Science honors the former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the ESMT Foundation.
Inauguration: June 15, 2016
Mr. Diekmann was the chairman of the ESMT Foundation from 2007 to 2015, during which time he was also the CEO at Allianz SE. It was a period of rapid and continuous growth for ESMT with some important milestones being international accreditations and the right to grant PhDs.
The Michael Diekmann Chair in Management Science aims to consolidate the interconnectedness of sustainability and profitability. It focuses on the development and application of concepts to solve managerial issues. With interdisciplinary approaches, the chair supports companies in making sustainable decisions.
The President's Chair at ESMT Berlin was introduced in 2019 to recognize outstanding scholarly work of individual faculty members.
Inauguration: December 1, 2019
The first holder is Francis de Véricourt. In the last five years, he taught in all our degree programs, in the PhD program, and in over 10 different open and customized executive education programs. His average evaluations never went below 1.3 on a German scale, and he is one of the few faculty members who actually received a 1.0 evaluation in an executive education program. He has repeatedly (eight times in the last five years) received the Mario Rese Best Teacher Award from the MIM, MBA, and Executive MBA classes (14 times in the last five years), as well as the President’s Honor Roll for Teaching Excellence. Furthermore, Francis received the Best Teacher Award from the MIM class 2017-2019.
Since 2015, Francis has published six A/A+ journal articles, and another two A/A+ are accepted and forthcoming.