The advisory board was established in 2006 to provide additional assistance to the board members. It is an institution which - unlike the annually altering board - provides support considering the club’s aims for a longer period of time.

The key tasks of the advisory board are:

  • arrange contacts in the economic sector, the advisory board is often able to operate as a „gate-opener"

  • the discussion of strategic questions with the respective board

  • outward representation of the club, especially towards public institutions like the University of Cologne an KölnAlumni

  • the activation of the alumni-network (in addition to the alumni-team)

The advisory is not a decision making institution, but rather a consultant to the respective board.Primarily because of the continuous work, which goes beyond the one year term in office of a board, the advisory board has a big Know-how, which can be useful in major decisions such as bigger financial investments.


Advisory Board 2018

Volker Ettwig chose the Stockholm School of Economics for his CEMS term abroad. After his return he became an active Club member und was member of the Student Board in 1994. Later he joined the advisory board in the same moment it was founded. In his professional life, Volker started a career in the electronis industry and currently is Head of Production at Fr. Sauter AG in Basel.                                                                                                




Jens Jonen, LL.M. was part of the board in 2003, after he spent his CEMS-semester in Rotterdam 2001 as well as one semester at the Pennstate University in the US in 2002. After having worked in different international sales and management positions in the field of Credit insurance and Factoring, he joined the Hansekontor-Group, a specialised boutique-broker in the field of Creditinsurance and Factoring as Managing Director in 2016. Besides his CEMS-Master in Management, Jens holds a Master of Law-Degree from the University Münster focused on insolvency law.



Dr. Rapahel Kübler spent his semester abroad at the HEC in Paris. Raphael is one of the founding members of the PIM & CEMS Club. He was been working on the board for several years, primarily as its treasurer. He has been working at the Deutsche Telekom AG in different executive positions for 20 years, most recently as the head of the controlling division.    




Thorsten Kräft was a member of the board in 2001 and 2002 and part of the alumni team from 2006 to 2013. He spent his terms abroad in Bergen, Norway and Jaipur, India (CEMS) as well as at the SGH in Warsaw, Poland (PIM). After having worked at accenture, Henkel and E-Plus Thorsten is now Principal at INVERTO, a specialised procurement and supply chain management consultancy based in Cologne.                                                                




Felicitas Zyber was member of the board in 2009 and 2010. She spent her CEMS term abroad at Stockholm School of Economics and participated in the Study Tour Cologne Moscow. After her graduation, Felicitas worked in auditing and started her own business in 2014.                                                                                                                        




Dirk Nawe became an active club member after having spent a semester at the London business school in 1989. Dirk has been working at KPMG for over 20 years. After becoming a certified auditor and after a secondment in Chicago, he specialized in the field of acquisition and selling of companies.                                                                                   




Michael Stangier spent his semester abroad at HEC Paris. He is one of the founders of PIM & CEMS Clubs and was also active as a board member. After several occupations in chemical industry Michael is now vice president for finance and human resources at the building material supplier Roto Frank AG since 2004.                                                                                                                                                           




Lilo Thielen belongs to the founders of the PIM & CEMS Club and was a board member in 1985 and 1986. Lilo spent her term abroad at HEC, Paris. For about 15 years she has been working as independent consultant with focus on international marketing, sales and purchasing issues. Since 2015 she has been active in conflict resolution/mediation as well.