The overwhelming feedback from our first two mentoring rounds encouraged United Europe and its partner Schwarz & Pfeiffer Executive Advisory Partners to continue the programme with new mentees and mentors. The mentorship between young leaders and experienced executives promises an exchange between generations and offers the opportunity for individuals to tap into the knowledge of those with more experience than themselves and learn faster than they would on their own. It’s also an opportunity to grow their network across the European continent and connect with leaders rather than only with their peers.
Career, megatrends, the future of Europe, multilateral and global issues are to be discussed in the exchanges. It will also be an opportunity for the mentees to discuss a project they have been working on or they have a particular interest in. The previous cohort has focused on China, supply chain, Europe’s foreign policy interests, digital health, mobility, the taxonomy, the digital euro, Africa, hydrogen and the energy price crisis.
How to become a United Europe Advocate?
Each year, United Europe corporate and individual members have the opportunity to nominate candidates or apply to the program. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee and matched. Finally, a new cohort of Mentors and Mentees will be working together. You have to be a member of United Europe to participate in the program.
If you are interested in participating in the program, please contact us by email at .
Who are the mentees?
Nominated young professionals from corporate and individual members and former participants of Advocacy Seminars: 28-40 year old professionals with a corporate, policy or media background.
Mentoring takes place in 1:1 conversations via Zoom/telephone or in-person approximately 2 to 4 hours per month.
Who are the mentors?
Active members of United Europe and C-Suite Executives.
Andreas Föller, founder and managing partner of Comites, is a German executive consultant. He is on the board of curators of the Bavarian „EliteAkademie“ and a freelance lecturer in the field of business ethics at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.
HR professional in large organisations and scaled up start-ups, she particularly focuses on transformation and change management, from digital transformations to mergers and acquisitions.
Steffen Kampeter, member of the German Bundestag from 1990 until 2016 and former Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Finance, currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA).
Senior Fellow Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Vice President International Institute for Peace in Vienna, former United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. Member of United Europe.
Ingrid Maass is Managing Partner at ‘acrossabridge.com’, Board Member IABG GmbH, Strategic advisor, long time executive in project organizations, passionate about people, excellence, technology & high growth environments.
Founder of Senior Strategists and Managing Director of Sieber Advisors, Rainer Ohler has been an international manager and communicator for nearly 25 years. His focus is on strategy and optimization of stakeholder relations, especially in large projects, crises and reputation issues. Rainer Ohler is a Munich registered lawyer.
Steve Price is a retired Head of Unit of the European Commission. Over 33 years he climbed the ladder from Assistant to Administrator to Head of Unit. For the last 20 years of his career, he managed large teams and, as such, recognizes the challenges involved in managing people but also the potential of this source of, often untapped, potential.
Dr. Michael Rupp is Head of Sector regarding Connectivity and the Green Deal in the European Commission. From 2015 to 2018 he was Head of Section for migration, border management and justice reform in the EU Delegation in Turkey.
Former CEO of Heineken, chairman of the supervisory board of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport until 2017. He is currently a non-executive board member of Intertrust Holding NV and of Hunter Douglas NV and Vice President of United Europe.
Executive mentor, management consultant, former member of the Board of Management for Human Resources and Labor Director of Adam Opel GmbH; various leading positions in employer and trade associations.
Prof Dr Paul Timmers is research associate at the University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute, professor at KU Leuven and European University Cyprus, senior advisor at EPC – the European Policy Centre – Brussels, President of the Supervisory Board Estonian eGovernance Academy, member of the EU Cyber Direct Advisory Board on cyber diplomacy, research fellow of CERRE a regulatory think tank, and CEO of iivii.
Paul van Son has been active for more than 40 years in supervisory boards, executive boards and in operations management positions in the international energy business. In the last 20 years, he has been a driving force in the energy transition in Europe, West Asia and Africa.
Koen runs an advisory business working with a number of infrastructure investment companies as well as with non profit organisations in the capacity of (start-up) investor, strategic advisor, executive mentor and independent board member.