Senior Partner, Global Co-Head of Aerospace & Defence, Roland Berger GmbH
Manfred is a Senior Partner of Roland Berger and has been with the firm since 1998. He currently serves as Co-Head of Roland Berger's Global Aerospace & Defence Practice and Managing Partner of the Hamburg office.
Before joining Roland Berger, Manfred worked 8 years in high tech industries where he held various management positions in marketing and sales and international business development.
Since joining Roland Berger, Manfred has advised companies in the Industrial Products and Services sector with a particular focus on Aerospace & Defence. His clients include primes, leading suppliers, airlines, MROs, investment funds and governments. He has also conducted cross-industry initiatives and studies on new mobility concepts, e.g. Urban Air Mobility.
His areas of expertise include new business development, business and go-to-market strategy, organization, program management/ recovery, large cross-border transformation and performance improvement projects as well as M&A opportunity identification and transnational integration projects.
Driven by increasing urbanization, the worsening bane of road congestion and new advances in aircraft technology and electric propulsion, the time has now come for Urban Air Mobility as a new industry. We believe that technology and regulation will soon be mature enough to launch the first piloted Urban Air Mobility routes based on eVTOL. The key challenge now for drone manufacturers, operators and cites alike is to derive viable business models and to get public acceptance to bring first eVTOLs into operational service. Against this background different use cases for Urban Air Mobility as well as the hurdles that need to be overcome to launch a sustainable commercial service will be discussed.