Hendrik Löffler


Hendrik Florian Löffler is member of the executive board of the Funk Group and managing director of Funk Risk Consulting GmbH.

He has been dealing with subjects in the area of risk management for the last 15 years. The focus of his activities lies in the advice and guidance of companies regarding optimisation and implementation of risk management systems.

Hendrik Löffler studied business administration at the Berufsakademie Stuttgart where he completed his MBA (“Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg”, University of Cooperative Education) with a specific focus on insurance industry and strategic management.

From 1995 until 2002 he worked as a key account and project manager for a prestigious Anglo-American industrial insurer in Munich and Stuttgart.

Hendrik Löffler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer at conferences, seminars and training events as well as a senior lecturer at universities and academic institutions. He regularly contributes to specialist articles in the field of risk management.


Stefanie Hillegaart

(Vice Chairman)

Stefanie Hillegaart studied economics at the Université Paris Dauphine (Bachelor) followed by postgraduate studies of business management in Oxford, Madrid and Paris at the ESCP/EAP.

As an associate of a London consultancy firm she advised multinational pharmaceutical companies on their marketing investments. The main focus of her consultancy work was the development and implementation of specific evaluation models that enable companies to plan, assess and transfer information and data into sustained and more adequate processes. Following this, a Hamburg consultancy firm assigned Stefanie Hillegaart to drive forward and implement their internationalisation strategy.

During the winter semester 2012/2013 she was employed by the HAW (“Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften”, Hamburg, Applied Science School) as a lecturer in international marketing. Furthermore, she was involved in a project of adult education and social integration of long-term unemployed.

Stefanie Hillegaart is a board member of the French School association in Hamburg.

Dr. Frank Hennings


Dr. Frank Hennings studied Law at the University of Hamburg. In 1998 he completed the first, three years later the second state exam.

Besides, in 2001 he did a doctorate with Prof. Dr. Michael Köhler at the University of Hamburg on a topic at the interface of Civil Law and Criminal Law including aspects of the Philosophy of Law (“Teleological reduction of fraud due to the victim’s co-responsibility – with special consideration of investment fraud and onbatining credit by false pretences”, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, 2002).

Currently Dr. Frank Hennings is in charge of Human Resources, Law and Compliance at the Funk Gruppe in Hamburg. Amongst other things he is responsible for legal risk protection and corporate compliance as well as professional advanced training and continuing education. Before joining the Funk Gruppe he worked for a well-known international law firm.

Dr. Leberecht Funk

(President of the Foundation’s Advisory Board)

Growing up in a multi-generation entrepreneurial family rich of tradition (today the Funk Group) my own professional career path was clearly pre-occupied: humanistic school education, university studies in economics at Free Universitiy in Berlin, London School of Economics and final diploma (Dipl. rer. pol.) of the University of Hamburg. In between a 9 months apprenticeship with the Guardian Insurance Company in London, Liverpool and Manchester and finishing my academic studies as a post graduate student qualifying for PhD in economics (Dr. rer. pol.) at Hamburg University and thereafter joining the family business in Hamburg being challenged by a great variety of innovative tasks.

Besides varying responsibilities, for example for specific lines of insurances and business production tasks at Funk, my main contribution and professional activities focused on the building of the Group’s “Internationality” and Risk Consulting Services adding to our traditional transactional abilities. As Partner and Funk Family representative it was also my complex duty to initiate and accompany early enough the transition from one generation to the next. From numerous honorary engagements in Advisory Boards and non-profit organizations my involvement as President of the German Insurance Broker Association (VDVM) for 10 years probably qualifies most to be mentioned.

Dr. Hans-Georg Jenssen

(Foundation Council)

Dr. Hans-Georg Jenssen *(1956) studied law in Hamburg where he received his doctorate in 1989 (thesis titled „European c-insurance – a contribution to freedom of service in Europe“). Before becoming CEO of Verband Deutscher Versicherungsmakler e.V: he had senior positions at Hamburg-Mannheimer Insurance from 1992 to 1997 (head of Legal Department and Chief Department Manager HR and Social Management) and worked at the Hamburg based law firm Segelken & Suchopar from 1988-1992, at the Hanseatische Oberlandesgericht Hamburg (Higher Regional Court) from 1984 – 1988 and the Institute for Insurance Science from 1983-1987.

Prof. Dr. Peter Maas


Peter Maas is a Professor of Business Administration with a focus on Service Management and Insurance at the School of Management of the University of St. Gallen. He also acts as a Member of the Executive Board of the Institute of Insurance Economics (I.VW-HSG) in St. Gallen and is the Academic Director of the Global Executive MBA in Financial Services and Insurance which is provided by three international universities. Prof. Maas studied Management and Economic Psychology and received his PhD from the University of Cologne.

Besides his academic background for many years he gathered practical experiences with one of the leading  German banks and as a Senior Consultant at a big international consultancy company. His current research interests focus on Customer Value Management, New Business Models, FinTechs/InsurTechs, Customer Access Points and Intermediaries, and Trends in Financial Services Markets. Prof. Maas is a regular key note speaker at management conferences and executive development programs and coached several international Financial Services Companies. He is also the author of numerous scientific journal articles and practice oriented books. The latest one is 2050 Megatrends, Everyday Worlds, Future Markets which deals with the changing role of customers in future market environments where industry boundaries become obsolete.