Dr. Marc Egger worked as CTO for the management consultancy firm Galaxy Advisors LLC, Cambridge. He received his PhD at the Department of Information Systems and Information Management at Cologne University, and is an acknowledged expert in the fields of social network analysis and data mining.
André Lang's expertise covers ten years of experience in management and product development. He was working successfully on the foundation of start-ups and on the development of scientific and technical software products. André Lang's software is used by the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, the EADS TWD GmbH, the Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy Dahlgreen Division, as well as several other customers world-wide.
Prof. Dr. Franziska Völckner is professor and Head of the Department of Marketing and Brand Management at Cologne University since 2007. As visiting scholar, she studied at the Australian Graduate School of Management, Sydney (2002, 2004, 2005), the University of Technology, Sydney (2008) and at Waikato Management School, New Zeeland (2009). Her focus in research comprises the fields of brand management, social media, as well as market and consumer research.
Detlef Schoder is professor and Head of the Department of Information Systems and Information Management at Cologne University since 2003. He was working as a visiting scholar at Stanford University, the University of California and at MIT in Cambridge, USA. From 2001 to 2003, he held the chair for electronic business at the Wissenschaftlichen Hochschule für Unternehmensführung (WHU) - Otto-Beisheim-Hochschule in Vallendar. Furthermore, he gives counsel to the European Commission regarding research projects within the realms of "Information Society Technology (IST) Program".
Kai Fischbach is professor and Head of the Department of Information Systems in particular social networks at the Bamberg University, Germany. He is also associate director of the Center for Applied Social Network Analysis (CASNA) in Cologne. His areas of expertise include the analysis of communication networks and the design of efficient information exchanges. Dr. Fischbach studied Mathematics and Social Science at the University of Siegen, Germany. From 2001 to 2003 he was research assistant at the Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management (Germany), where he received his PhD. As visiting scholar, he undertook research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, and Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Dr. Sonja Gensler works at the Institute for Value-Based Marketing at University of Münster, Germany. She studied and obtained a doctorate at Frankfurt University. Her dissertation discussed the modeling of heterogeneous consumer preferences. Later on, she became vice director at the e-finance lab for the cluster "Customer Management in a Multichannel Environment" in Frankfurt. She was working as a visiting scholar at Columbia Business School, New York. Before she took up the job as assistant at Groning University, Dr. Sonja Gensler worked as an assistant at VU University, Amsterdam.