Simon is an interdisciplinary PhD candidate in Engineering at the University of Cambridge and researches novel trends in business ecosystems and the digitalization of industry under the supervision of Dr Florian Urmetzer. He aims to connect the fields management, politics and engineering with a research focus on strategic alliances, platforms and ecosystems, funded by an EPSRC studentship of the University of Cambridge's School of Technology. A former scholar of the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation, he holds a BSc and MSc in Management & Technology from TUM, as well as a BA in Political Science from LMU. In 2019, he studied the MPhil Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management at the University of Cambridge. His MPhil dissertation modelled the development of an industrial policy for artificial intelligence under the supervision of Dr Eoin O’Sullivan at the Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy.
In the past, he gained work experience in industry and technology with Siemens, Airbus and BMW, as well as policy with the Munich Security Conference, the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Finance. During his studies, he showed extensive voluntary engagement as long-time Chairman of the TUM Speakers Series and was selected for DLD Media’s “50 for Future” class of 2020 for participation in the DLD conference. He is a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper Community and Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the TUM Speakers Series.