We develop future opportunity
We know that excellent team members are always looking for new challenges and better methods in order to boost their personal and professional development. So where would they be better off than in one of Europe’s leading future institutes, the 2b AHEAD ThinkTank? Here where the team spirit takes our staff forward and motivates them to showcase their skills in new projects.
Currently more than 50 of these excellent minds share our coworking space to develop events, trend studies, innovation processes, and scenarios for the living and working environments of the future. Constantly mingling through the free choice of workspaces, trend researchers and strategy consultants take inspiration from event managers and customer experience experts – and vice versa! – and actively seek out enriching exchange with freelancers, student staff, and interns.
Everything will be different in the future. And the future will be great!
Yes, we think laterally here. We have the courage to break rules – even our own – and we constantly attack our familiar ways of thinking and acting. This isn’t something for everyone, but it is the best environment for sensation seekers and out-of-the-box thinkers who have understood that the future happens through constant change. With the right people on board, we can pull off the coup of seeing through the familiar and acting disruptively … and coming much closer to the future than is possible by conventional approaches.
Sven Gábor Jánszky / Chairman
Sven Gábor Jánszky is the founder and Chairman of the 2b AHEAD ThinkTank. With his numerous trend analyses on the living-, working-, and consumer worlds of the future and his management books “Rule Breakers – How the People Think Whose Ideas Are Changing the World” and “2020 – How We’ll Live in the Future,” Sven has emerged as the spokesperson for the lateral thinkers and innovators in German business. As a consultant, he coaches managers and companies and also leads and presides over creative processes for the development of future-oriented products and business models.
Sven is a sought-after interview expert in Germany’s leading business media, and he is a frequently-booked keynote speaker for strategy conferences and congresses. On his initiative, cutting-edge business innovators and top managers have met regularly in the "Rulebreaker Society" since 2013. Members share in the conviction that key innovations in business and society can be achieved by purposefully breaking conventional rules.
Sven lives with his wife and three children in a small village between Berlin and Leipzig. In 1988, he was East Germany's Vice Youth Team Champion in chess. He has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro twice, and recently ran his 19th marathon.
Jan Berger / CEO
Jan Berger heads the 2b AHEAD ThinkTank as Managing Director. He is responsible for the institute's business operations and growth strategy. Jan is the chief contact person for all customers and partners of the 2b AHEAD ThinkTank.
The trained historian and expert in Slavic Studies has spent many years across several continents. He has held a number of leadership positions in international companies, including a major Danish group and a prize-winning fintech startup. During this time, Jan successfully managed projects in Mexico, South Africa, Great Britain, Italy, the Czech Republic, France, Russia, and the US.
Jan lives with his wife and two children in Berlin. A favorite hobby of his is working on his house on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast. In 2015, Jan went even further - and higher - abroad when he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
Michael Carl / Managing Director
Michael Carl is Managing Director Research & Consulting at the 2b AHEAD ThinkTank, where he heads the think tank's Research and Studies Department. He is responsible for the methodical and content-related conception of the institute's future-oriented studies; he also supports the implementation of the studies themselves and heads the ThinkTank's strategy processes for the development of individualized, customer-specific future studies.
Michael is a sought-after keynote speaker for trend- and future-related topics. After completing his studies in Theology in Germany and Great Britain, Michael worked in journalism, where he was employed by various public and private radio stations as editor and program host. After several years as personal advisor to the radio director for the German network ARD, Michael moved to the field of research. His first task in this field was the establishment of the strategic office for Berlin-Brandenburg Radio. As the head of this office, Michael was responsible for major structural, strategic and HR projects. Additionally, he was employed as an independent consultant for strategic and organizational development. There, Michael's areas of focus lay in the media and finance sectors and in the commerce and IT industries. His passions are music and his personal literature blog.
Holding degrees in Theology and Journalism, Michael spent many years working for German TV giant ARD, where he worked directly with an ARD radio director, established the strategy department for an ARD operation, and oversaw major structural, strategic, and HR projects.
In his role as Managing Director Research & Consulting, Michael also heads the scientific development of the 2b AHEAD ThinkTank's picture of the future, the institute's conceptual "big picture" of technological and social developments over the coming years that serves as the foundation for all of it's strategic processes. He is also a sought-after keynote speaker on trend and future topics.
Michael lives with his wife and two children in Berlin. Along with the professional analysis of the future, his other passions are music and his literature blog.