Our advisory board

About our advisory board

The Advisory Board of Duisburg Business & Innovation GmbH (DBI) was founded on November 11, 2021 with 18 members from business, science and administration. Today, it comprises 19 members who were personally appointed for a term of three years.

As a strategic body, it is a source of ideas and impetus for new projects as well as a network that brings in and bundles the competencies, experience, contacts and expertise of the individual members. It is also an ambassador and alliance for the economic development of a strong Duisburg in order to strengthen the interface between business and science. The Advisory Board also acts as a corrective to the work and course of the DBI.

Chairman of the Advisory Board is Bernhard Osburg, CEO of thyssenkrupp steel Europe. His deputy is Dr. Stefan Dietzfelbinger, Managing Director of the Lower Rhine Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

The members

Marcel Abel

Managing Director

Jones Lang LaSalle SE

Prof. Dr. Barbara Albert


University of Duisburg-Essen

Markus Bangen

Chairman of the Board

duisport - Duisburger Hafen AG

Thomas Diederichs

Spokesman of the Executive Board

Volksbank Rhein-Ruhr e.G.

Dr. Stefan Dietzfelbinger

Chief Executive

Niederrheinischen Industrie- und Handelskammer Duisburg-Wesel-Kleve

Reiner Eckhardt


Caramba Chemicals Group

Dr. Florian Funck

Chief Financial Officer

Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH

Prof. Dr. Anton Grabmeier


Fraunhofer Institut für Mikroelektronische Schaltungen u. Systeme IMS

Ulrich Grillo

Chairman of the Board

Grillo-Werke AG

Lothar Hellmann


Venn GmbH und Vorstand der Kreishandwerkerschaft Duisburg

Heidrun Hövelmann

Managing Partner

RheinfelsQuellen H. Hövelmann GmbH & Co. KG

Guido Kerkhoff

Chief Executive Officer

Klöckner & Co SE

Dr. Marcus Korthäuer

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Unternehmerverbandsgruppe e.V.

Geschäftsführer ESPERA-WERKE GmbH

Bernhard Osburg

Chairman of the Executive Board (CEO)

thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG

Peter Vinnemeier

Managing Partner

Monkfish Equity GmbH

Angelika Wagner

Regional Managing Director

Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund Region Niederrhein

Ingo Wald


KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH

Frank Wittig


Wittig GmbH, sowie stellvertretender Vorsitzender Wirtschaft für Duisburg e.V.