Gunnar Graef is affiliate Professor for Strategy, Innovation and Entrepeneurship at ESCP Europe. He graduated from ENA Ecole Nationale d’Administration in France (Promotion Marc Bloch) and from ESCP Europe (MIM Paris-Oxford-Berlin). He is also an Engineer (Dipl.-Ing.). He studied Industrial Engineering at Technische Universität Berlin in Germany and at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China and is specialised in production technologies and innovation. He is also fellow the executive leadership program of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He his
Professor Graef is Chairman and Partner of Graef & Company, an European Venture Creation and Consulting firm specialized in the ICT, Media and Service sector with companies in Europe (France and Germany) and Asia (Singapore).
Gunnar Graef co-founded his first tec-start-up together with some friends which became the first aggregator for mobile multimedia content in France. He sold the company to the Japanese INDEX Corporation to form Index Multimedia in Europe in 2005. Professor Graef is co-founder, business angel and non-executive director of more than a dozen innovative companies in France, Germany and Singapore.
After a professional career as strategy consultant at Arthur D. Little Inc. in Germany and in France, Gunnar Graef held various senior management positions in industry at Deutsche Post DHL. As executive vice president, he contributed actively to the international development and growth. The group became the leading communications & logistics provider in the world. Gunnar Graef was also special advisor of the Chairman and CEO of Deutsche Post and became later member of the executive board of Deutsche Post’s historical mail division with an annual turnover of over 14bn€ and 140000 employees. At DHL Global Mail, he was Chief Strategy Officer, Director Business Development and CEO for France, Asia Pacific and the Emerging Markets.
Gunnar Graef is also co-initiator of numerous discussion forums and social think tanks such as “Trust & Politics” which is financed by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Berlin. Professor Graef is also Senior Advisor of betterplace.org.