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.
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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 is personally involved in several initiatives to boost economic independence in Africa, including a literacy campaign, two schools and an agricultural center in Burkina Faso, as well as a business academy/ incubator in Ghana. Most recently, Markus has launched the Burkina Institute of Technology.
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 an executive board member 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.
Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger is the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference. He was Germany‘s deputy foreign minister from 1998 to 2001 and in the following years its ambassador to Washington and London. As one of the most influential political advisors within the EU, he drafted and led the negotiations on Eastern Ukraine on behalf of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
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.
John Deterios 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.
John is CNN’s Emerging Markets Editor and Anchor. He is a World Economic Forum media leader and member of the Global Agenda Council on the Arab World.
Christian is a seriel entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder of Apeiron Investment Group, his family office and merchant banking business. Apeiron focuses on Financial Services (especially fintech and crypto assets), Technology, Life Sciences, Media & Entertainment and Real Estate. He also founded ATAI Life Sciences, a biotech company that leverages a decentralized, technology- and data-driven platform model to serve millions of people suffering with mental health disorders.
Christian is a non-executive board member of the Stern Stewart Institute, being a true asset to the Institute being a radical visionary and truly independent thinking mind.