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 and his trend books “2020,” “2025,” and “The Recruiting Dilemma,” he has significantly shaped the future strategies of numerous industries over the last ten years. With his management books “Rulebreakers – How the People Think Whose Ideas Are Changing the World” and “2020 – The Redefinition of Values,” Sven has emerged as the spokesperson for the lateral thinkers and innovators in German Business.
As a consultant, he coaches executive managers and develops strategies and business models.
Sven is a sought-after interview expert in Germany’s leading business media, and 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 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 Champion in team chess. Sven has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro twice and recently ran his 19 marathon.
Jan Berger / CEO
Jan Berger heads the 2b AHEAD ThinkTank as CEO. He is responsible for the institute's growth strategy, new business, and marketing. 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 real estate group and a prize-winning fintech startup.
Jan has also 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 Jan's is working on his house on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast.
David Blazek / COO
As COO of the 2b AHEAD ThinkTank, David Blazek translates the strategic decisions into the company. The development and expansion of the operative fields of activity as well as the coordination in the project business are the focus of his activities.
After studying law at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, he was responsible for the management of the branches of a marketing and sales company in Australia and Switzerland, followed by the management of his own companies in the operational and strategic consulting environment of the healthcare sector. As Senior Business Development Manager of the world's largest non-profit organization in the healthcare IT sector, he established and expanded its analytics division internationally.
In his function as COO of an Israeli-Belgian HealthTec company, he was responsible for the operational development of an international, multicultural start-up before joining 2b AHEAD. David's current focus is on the entire value chain of a well-functioning company, from operational management, sales and marketing to strategic development support.
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Futurists in Residence
Michael Carl / Futurist in Residence
Michael Carl is Futurist in Residence of the 2b AHEAD ThinkTank. He is the author of numerous studies, trend analyses and several books of the ThinkTank; his trend analyses appear regularly. Numerous media regularly make use of his expertise. His research and publications focus on the image of the human being in a digitalized future.
The studied theologian and journalist worked for ARD for many years. He was a journalist and presenter, personal advisor to an ARD radio director, built up the strategy department of an ARD institute and was responsible for major structural, strategy and HR projects. In his function as Futurist in Residence Michael Carl also works on the scientific further development of the common vision of the future of the 2b AHEAD ThinkTank. At the same time, he is a sought-after keynote speaker on trend and future topics.
Michael Carl has three children and lives in Leipzig. In addition to his professional analysis of the future and his interest in change strategies, his passion is music and his health blog.
Lior Zaks / Senior Consultant - Innovation and DLT / Futurist in Residence
Lior Zaks has been an early adopter and ambassador of virtual currencies and distributed ledger technologies since 2010 and researches monetary theories and crypto currencies at Tel-Aviv University.
He has also worked as a Strategic Business Developer for a major blockchain supply chain lead project, is a consultant on other top blockchain projects and is a sought-after speaker as a proven expert with broad practical experience in an innovative future industry.
Most importantly, Lior has a deep technological background acquired as a lieutenant colonel in the J6/C4I & Cyber Defense Directorate of Israel Defense Forces and also has extensive legal experience as a lawyer for several of Israel's top ten law firms.
Lior is an out of the box thinker that has a passion for value creation - for significant changes that lead to a sustainable and valuable growth.