The Stern Stewart Institute is a think tank and social entrepreneur.
Thinking business, economics, politics and technology with key leaders.
Acting as an entrepreneur and empowering people in Africa.
The Stern Stewart Institute has a long and successful track record of initiating, financing, managing and owning projects in Africa. Members of The Stern Stewart Institute actively contribute to the advancement of each project – including extended assignments on-site.
We have constructed 8 schools such as the Lycée Moderne de l’Amitié for 850 girls or the spectacular Lycée Schorge. Teaching 5,000 women to read and write and enabling 5,000 women to start a vegetable garden – every year. Producing 150 tons of honey with 3,000 farmers. We invest our own money and count on the support of friends. All work by us is done honorary and 0% of all funds are used for administration.
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With a desire to connect leaders in business, politics and technology and to debate controversial ideas, Markus Pertl has founded the Stern Stewart Institute.
To create impact beyond the business world, he spearheaded the Institute’s entrepreneurial and educational initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa for more than twenty years.
Markus is also member of the executive advisory board of WORLD.MINDS.
Gerhard Nenning has co-founded The Stern Stewart Institute.
As Executive Director, he shapes the Institute’s yearly agenda of dialogue with leaders in business, politics, and science. He is also the publisher and chief editor of the periodical, the Institute’s biannual magazine.
In Burkina Faso, Gerhard is fostering entrepreneurship by initiating the Institute‘s craftmanship program – a modular vocational training for young Burkinabe. The students are trained in theory sessions as well as on site, acquiring all skills to work as electricians.
Susanne Pertl is executive director of the Stern Stewart Institute and the founder of Lycée Schorge in Koudougou as well as the founder and president of the Burkina Institute of Technology.
Her vision is to provide state-of-the-art education for the most committed and enthusiastic young women and men of Burkina Faso. She aims to build future generations of young leaders and professionals in Burkina Faso. More entrepreneurs lead to more opportunity, more economic growth, and more prosperity for everyone.
Susanne Klatten is an entrepreneur and member of the supervisory boards of ALTANA AG and BMW AG. With her investment company SKion, she strengthens European companies as drivers of innovation. In 2016, Susanne launched the SKala initiative, which supports around 100 non-profit organisations nationwide, that demonstrably achieve a great social impact. Susanne is founder of the UnternehmerTUM, with more than 50 high-growth technology start-ups each year the leading center for innovation and business creation in Europe. Susanne’s Foundation Nantesbuch Kunst & Natur brings people together through art and raises awareness for soil protection and biodiversity.
Benedikt Franke is Chief Operating Officer of the Munich Security Conference and also Managing Director of the Munich Security Conference Foundation. Through the MSC, Benedikt brings together international leaders, heads of state, and ministers as well as leading representatives from business, media, research and civil society. The MSC provides a platform for diplomatic initiatives and approaches to address the world's most pressing security threats.
Prior, he worked as a Special Assistant to former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Laureate Kofi Annan.
He is a non-executive board member of the Stern Stewart Institute, bringing not only his own insights but political thought leadership to the annual summit.
Daniela Schwarzer is a renowned expert and advisor on European and international affairs. She currently is Member of the Executive Board of Bertelsmann Stiftung. From 2021-2023 Daniela worked for the Open Society Foundations in Europe and Central Asia as Executive Director. Prior to that, she was director of the German Council on Foreign Relations (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, DGAP). She is a non-executive board member of BNP Paribas and Covivio and sits on the boards of several non-profit organisations including the Institut Jacques Delors. Her work focuses on the future of Europe in political, socio-economic and security terms, the future of the international order, political and financial risk, as well as leadership and organizational change.
John Defterios is a non-executive board member of The Stern Stewart Institute. His savvy moderation of the annual summit has ensured a truly open dialogue between business, politics, and science for over ten years.
Recently retired as CNN Business' Emerging Markets Editor and Anchor, John is veteran, award winning journalist and economic analyst with more than 35 years of experience at CNN, Reuters and PBS Television in the United States. He was a World Economic Forum media leader from 1995-2021, a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Arab World and is a WEF Energy Fellow.
Rolf Dobelli is a novelist, nonfiction writer, and entrepreneur. With his keen eye for human psychology, decision-making, and the mechanisms of success, Dobelli offers a fresh perspective to illuminate the complexities of the modern world. He is the founder of the WORLD.MINDS community, an exclusive invitation-only community of the world’s most famous thinkers, scientists, artists and entrepreneurs.