Michael is an Unreasonable Mentor. Michael has participated in 5 programs, including mentoring virtually in Fall 2020 Programs, and has advised over 64 Unreasonable companies.
As a strategist at Bayer AG I am currently concerned with strategies to improve livelihood in rural areas in Africa. In addition my assignment also covers Bayer Foundation where we are focusing on funding social innovation ecosystems and inclusive market development with social entrepreneurs in Africa. As Bayer Foundation we are fully supporting Bayer’s sustainability goals of supporting 100 million smallholder farmers in low-and-middle income countries by providing access to more innovations, knowledge as well as partnerships. In addition, Bayer will expand access to everyday health for 100 million people in underserved communities around the world.
I started my carrier as a plant physiologist and a plant biotechnologist at the University of Freiburg and at the University of Adelaide. After managing several startup companies in plant biotechnology and vegetable seeds, I worked for a German breeding company as a biotechnologist and a breeder in maize, vegetable and canola.
When joining Bayer, I worked in chemical research, global regulatory affairs, marketing and strategy development in Germany, USA and Africa.