Our Senior Advisors complement and support our consulting team with their extensive experience and network in matters of family business governance and succession topics as well as particular sector expertise.
Afterward, Andreas Gräf joined the global management consultancy Egon Zehnder, where – over 25 years – he focused on clients in the Consumer Goods and Retail sector. As a Partner, he led the firm’s Dusseldorf office for several years, managed the Consumer and Retail Practice in Germany, and was member of several international practice groups. His special focus was on advising Family Businesses and owners at the interface of management and ownership. He worked on many leadership and succession challenges in management and boards, management appraisals, potential analysis, and the development of executives and organisations. As an advisor, he also drew upon his training as a Systemic Coach.
Today, Andreas is working as an independent Consultant, Coach and Mentor.
Dr. Alexander Koeberle-Schmid
His work is based on the premise that conflict in family businesses is the norm. His goal is therefore to promote understanding among the parties involved, in order to support them in finding common solutions to conflicts – or to develop strategies and structures to prevent conflict from arising in the first place. Therefore, the focus of his work is the conscientious guidance of families in developing solutions that all parties can agree on, so that they can orient themselves in the same direction and find harmony. Alexander Koeberle-Schmid acts from personal experience and incorporates it into every case individually. This helps him to develop sustainable strategies with the families and to help them avoid future conflicts.
Since 2005, he has advised family businesses and entrepreneurial families as an ownership strategy consultant, mediator (BM ©), and family business coach (ICF), with tenures at KPMG and PwC as well as INTES Academy for Family Businesses, with which he continues to collaborate today. He is the author of eight books and numerous studies on the topics of succession, leadership, and conflict resolution.
Davy has close to 30 years of successful track record running businesses in Asia Pacific, covering markets in China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. He has held various positions including the VP of Information Business at Citicorp, GM Far East at GTECH Corporation, and Global Partner/Singapore and MD at Egon Zehnder. While at Egon Zehnder, Davy recruited hundreds of CEOs and executives for multinational and Asian corporations, for some of them he also led management appraisals and board consulting projects.
Since 2011, Davy has served on the Boards of companies listed on NASDAQ, HKEX and SGX in sectors such as IT solutions & services, real estate investment and consumer goods & retail, as well as charities and education institutions such as Make-A-Wish Foundation Singapore and United World College of Southeast Asia. His Board responsibilities have been in chairing their nominating & remuneration committees and/or as their lead independent directors. He has also advised the business owners or majority shareholders of these companies in building leadership bench strength, succession planning as well as talent management and leadership development.
With over 20 years of experience working with families in business, family offices, and foundations, Lise has become a recognized expert in her field. Her career includes leadership roles at renowned institutions such as IMD Global Family Business Center, INSEAD Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise, and EY. Throughout her career, Lise has achieved notable recognition, including being named a Top-100 Global Family Business Influencer in 2020 and 2022 by Family Capital and earning a place in the Family Business Hall of Fame in 2022 by Family Business United.
Lise’s expertise spans a wide range of areas, from family business governance and succession planning to family office management and education for family members and teams. Her holistic approach to family business dynamics sets her apart in the field. Lise has built a global network and has collaborated with leading institutions, business schools, universities, and advisory firms to advance the field of family business. Her work includes setting up family business competence centers, managing awards and prizes, and organizing international events and retreats.