Dirk Knauer

Dirk Knauer
  1. Tell us who you are!

    I love nature, sailing, flying, music, philosophy. I like to enjoy life. And I like interesting projects in situations of change and innovation. This always implies the working together with interesting people in interesting times (Like the Bayer-Schering-Merger in 2006).

  2. Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!

    I am not a career guy and I don’t think in terms like “career steps” – I am interested in further developing or inventing new business models, navigating through digital transformation and managing information as a resource. I am looking out for interesting engagements. So I had the opportunity to experience some exciting projects as interim manager like a major merger, a corporate restructuring or a dedicated information management role in the course of digital transformation

  3. What makes you successful in life/current job?

    I would rather ask what activities are giving me satisfaction. If satisfying activities means being successful, I must say that I use to combine my talents and broad interests to find solutions for managing change and developing the business. This implies my philosophical studies as well as my mechanical engineering and economics background, but also my private interests of flying and making music.

  4. What skills, experiences or incidences helped you to get you to where you are today? What hindered?

    I am a free thinker, trying new ways and have fun. This gives you freedom on the one hand side but it means heavy head wind on the other, mostly from career oriented opportunistic men and social networks that have grown in a firm for a long time.

  5. What can you offer your 1World Mentee?

    Fun, open exchange.

  6. What are your aspirations for your 1World Mentee?

    To be able to assess the value of career targets and to identify their inner strength and capability to succeed with their own business model.

  7. Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?

    I cannot imagine such a glass ceiling. But as we currently see, stupidity is growing rapidly in society and maybe has been around for some time… so maybe also a glass ceiling.