Burkhard Schwenker is Chairman of the Advisory Council at Roland Berger and holds a seat of the Supervisory Boards of several companies. He studied Mathematics and Business Administration and started his career at PWA AG. After completing his Ph.D., he joined Roland Berger in 1989, was first appointed to the company's Global Executive Committee in 1998 and served as CEO and Chairman of the strategy consultancy until 2015.
Burkhard Schwenker is a recognized author who regularly writes books and articles on strategy, management and economic policy. He teaches strategic management at the Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL), where he is also Academic Co-Director of HHL's Center for Scenario Planning. He held a seat on the Board of the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB) and is currently Deputy Chairman of VHB – Board of Friends e.V. He is also a member of the University Council at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg.
In addition to his professional and academic work, Burkhard Schwenker takes an active role in numerous sociopolitical institutions and foundations. For instance, he is Deputy Chairman of Atlantik-Brücke e.V., member of the Board of Trustees of the ZEIT Foundation, member of the Senate of Germany's National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) and Chairman of the Board of Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.