Prof. Dr. Habil. Günther Strunk

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Prof. Dr. habil. Günther Strunk is the director of the Hamburg Insitute of Family Owned Business (HIF) since February 2011.

Prof. Dr. Strunk studied Business Administration in Bochum and Berlin (Dipl.-Kfm.). At the same time he completed an apprenticeship “Kaufmann der Grundstücks- und Wohnungswirtschaft” and a trainee programme at the Veba corporation (today E.ON). Posts in the UK and South Korea as well as the completion of a Phd in the field of international business taxation and the habilitation followed. From 1999 to 2005 Prof. Dr. Strunk worked as a university professor at the Illmenau University of Technology, Thüringen. Between September 2005 and July 2011 he worked at the Lübeck University of Applied Sciences and has been a managing director and tax advisor at the Strunk Kolaschnik Partnership from 2005 to 2015. Since June 2014 Prof. Dr. Strunk is a visiting Professor at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg for Management and regional Entrepreneurship. Sine 2015 he is a Partner and tax advisor at BWLS Bieg Wilke Lohse Stoffersen.


Prof. Dr. Strunk is the author of a large number of publications about national and international tax law and also the leading editor of a commentary about double tax agreement law as well as a regular speaker at national and international seminars.

Prof. Dr. habil. Stefan Prigge

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Since October 2008 Prof. Dr. habil Stefan Prigge has been Professor of Business Administration with the focus on Finance and Accounting at the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA). He is the course director of the M.A. programme Global Management and Governance and the M.B.A. programme Business Administration and Honorable Leadership.

After his studies in Economics at Hamburg University Prof. Dr. Prigge worked as a Research Assistant (Wiss. Assistent) at the Institut für Geld- und Kapitalverkehr at Hamburg University where he completed a Phd with a thesis on the subjects Central Bank, Stock Market Crashes, and Systemic Risk (in German). He has been involved with the topic corporate governance since 1995. He worked as a Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Foreign Private and Private International Law, Hamburg, before returning to the Institut für Geld- und Kapitalverkehr where he completed his habilitation, Venia Legendi for Business Administration with the subject of the Habilitationsschrift (second book): Corporate Governance Structures of German Corporations. An Empirical Analysis (in German).

Dr. Maike Braun

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Since the summer of 2012 Maike Braun has been a cooperating partner of the Hamburg Institute of Family Owned Businesses (HIF).


Maike Braun studied biology at Heidelberg (Germany), San Diego (UCSD) and in Cambridge (England). She received her PhD in physiology from Cambridge University in 1989. She worked for two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt am Main, before she joined McKinsey & Company as a consultant. There, she worked mainly in the automotive & assembly industry and developed a functional expertise in innovation and technology management as well as knowledge management.


Since 2002 she works as an independent management consultant with focus on organizational development and change management and as mediator in commercial and workplace disputes.

Meike Siemen

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Since summer 2012 Meike Siemen has been a cooperating partner of the Hamburg Institute of Family Owned Business (HIF).

Meike Siemen completed her journalistic trainee program at Radio Schleswig-Holstein. A co-hosting position at the morning show of Radio NORA followed, before she started working for Australia’s national radio network dmg radio in the brand and marketing department. Back in Germany Meike Siemen worked as a freelancer and addressed herself to several sales and networking projects. As a member of the management team she then was responsible for organizational development and sales in a real estate company with nationwide operations.


Since 2009 she has been self-employed as business mediator and systemic consultant. She accompanies and moderates communication processes (e.g. succession) within companies and helps managers to resolve conflicts by enhancing their conversational skills and cooperative behavior.


Fabian Bähr

Fabian Bähr worked as junior researcher and doctoral candidate in the research area of „Family Owned Business“ of the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) between May 2012 and October 2015. He has studied and graduated in both - Applied Cultural Studies (M.A.) and Business Administration (diploma) at the Leuphana University of Lueneburg.

Furthermore he has been working at KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft in Hamburg since November 2009. 

His main research interest includes the effectiveness of internal control and management structures of family owned businesses in the context of expectations of the main company stakeholders. In his doctoral thesis, he carried out an analysis of the terms and conditions for a successful implementation of a corporate governance concept in family owned businesses and the related impacts for business outcomes.

Sara M. Hildenbrand

Sara Mercedes Hildenbrand has been working as a Project Assistant at the Hamburg Institute of Family Owned Business (HIF) since February 2014.


She mainly focused on the organization of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) annual conference which took place in Hamburg in 2015.

Henrik Harms



Henrik Harms started to work as junior researcher and doctoral candidate of the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) in February 2012. He was part of the research area „Family Owned Business“. In the context of his dissertation he especially concentrates on the effects of employees trust on the performance of family owned business.

Henrik Harms successfully completed a bachelor’s programme in „Politics & Eonomics“ at the University of Muenster as well as a master’s programme in „International Economics“ at the Universities of Goettingen and Stellenbosch (South Africa).

His research interest focuses, along with institutional and labour market economics, especially on the evaluation of instruments of economic policy.