Leadership team

Prof. Christoph Braunschweig, Professor Dr. (State University of Economics in Yekaterinburg)

Scientific Director, Dean of Economic Sciences

As a former student listener of Friedrich A. von Hayek, he himself is now a pronounced representative of the “Austrian School of Economics”, which is also expressed in his numerous publications (including 15 specialist and non-fiction books as well as specialist articles in, among others, in Harvard Business Manager, Handelsblatt, Frankfurter Zeitung, Gabler-Magazin, Focus, Welt am Sonntag, Lebensmittel-Zeitung, Bau-Woche, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Rheinischer Merkur, Frank & Frei Magazin, Deutsches Ärzteblatt etc.) Current book publication: “Die Kreditgeldwirtschaft”, Gabler Springer Verlag. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Prof. Dieter E. Franke, Dipl. Ing.

Prorector, Faculty director of mathematics und statistics

Studied mathematics at the University of Cologne with a minor in business administration, followed by studies in communications engineering at the Technical University of Cologne (TH Köln), graduating with a diploma.

1991 foundation of the repetitorium “franke-rep” for students of business administration, economics, mathematics and law. 1999 foundation of new-virtual-learning AG, board member for production & technology, development of the 1st Online Academy for students with over 500 online teaching units for law, business studies & economics, 2006-2010 acceptance of various teaching assignments, e.g. at the TH-Köln and the Journalism School of Cologne, 2010 foundation of the Open School of Ethical Entrepreneurship.

Since April 2018, he has contributed his excellent expertise to HIBS as prorector and head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Prof. Hildegard M. Franke, Ass. Jur.

Didactic Director, Dean of Consciousness and Transformation

Tailoring knowledge to specific target groups and imparting it in a sustainable manner is a task that Mrs Franke dedicated herself to during her law studies in Cologne, and for a good 30 years in her own revision course and the online academy she implemented together with her husband, as well as within the framework of the European Entrepreneur Academy she founded out of the Club of Europe.

Since 2004 she has been working mainly as a coach and trainer in personal development: Supporting people to recognise their potential, their path and to walk free of burdens and blockages. Her credo: mindfulness and awareness in all areas and situations of life.

At HIBS, she integrates Consciousness both as a module in all business degree programmes and as an independent Master of Arts in Consciousness and Transformation programme, which can be entered as of the summer of 2021.

Currently, certified trainings are offered in the areas of personality development and Consciousness in Leadership.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Wehrlin

Head of Department Leader and Entrepreneurship

Ulrich Wehrlin studied economics at the University of Freiburg i. Br. During his studies he attended the lectures of Prof. Dr. Erich Hoppmann, who had been the successor to the Hayek Chair. As a retired university lecturer in England, Prof. Dr. Wehrlin is now mainly responsible for his numerous academic publications and continues to develop teaching materials (business administration and economics – each with a different focus, e.g. start-up management, health care management, simultaneous management, etc.) for the university sector.

Prof. Christoph Reinicke

Head of Department Human Resources Management and Health Care

Christoph Reinicke was previously personnel manager at the Kaufhof Group (Cologne), as well as chairman of the board of a company health insurance fund. He also acted as the sole chairman of Bad Neuenahr AG. As the founder and board member of @home eG, he is responsible for e-health projects in Germany and China. In an honorary capacity, he served as the founding board member and treasurer of the Innonet Health Economy association initiated by the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Economics. He is also an honorary lecturer at the Vienna University of Technology (Department of Project Development and Project Management in the Health Care Industry) and holds aprofessorshipat the Hayek University (Hayek Academy Cyprus/Hayek Int. Business School) in the fields of health care and human resource management since 2018.

In Rudolf Haufe Verlag, Munich 2007, he co-authored the reference book: Die Künstlersozialabgabe.

Dr. rer. oec. soc. Joe Weingarten

Prof. of Lecture an der H.I.B.S., Cyprus

Member of the German Bundestag

until 2019: Head of Division 4 Innovation and Technology

Ministry of Economics, Transport, Agriculture and Viticulture Rhineland-Palatinate, Principal

until 2010: Head of the Coordination Office for Business Aid and Employment Security at the Ministry of Economy, Transport, Agriculture and Viticulture

until 2007: Manager of the Project Development Company of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate Ltd.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Business & Innovation Center Kaiserslautern GmbH as well as the Technology Centres Koblenz and Ludwigshafen, the Institute for Surface Analysis GmbH and the Technology Institute for Metal and Engineering GmbH.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Research Institute for Mineral and Metallic Materials, Gemstones/Precious Metals GmbH

Member of the Administrative Council of the Provinzial Rheinland-Versicherung, Dusseldorf

Medal of Merit of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

Prof. of Lecture an der H.I.B.S., Cyprus


Numerous professional publications

Dr. jur. Bernd Nachbaur

Head of the Department Commercial Law

Dr. jur. Bernd Nachbaur studied law at the Karl Franzens University in Graz and completed his studies with a doctorate in law. After working at the court, he acted as a legal advisor and finally as a manager of several branches of industry in the service of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. He publishes among others in the blog “wirtschaftswunder.at”. For the political party sector, he has drafted policy papers on economic policy.

WP Dr. W. Schmidt, Salzburg

Head of Department Classical Business Studies

Dr. W. Schmidt worked as an auditor and trustee in Austria and has since become a management consultant.

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Becker

Head of Department Intercultural

For Professor Ulrike Becker, intercultural exchange is a matter of course. A six-month residency in the southern European region provides an opportunity to experience the problems of the “euro” and “national debt” with one’s own eyes on site and the ability to evaluate them against the background of knowledge of history, culture and mentality analyses.

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hans Peter Klein

Subject Advisor Didactics and Science Evaluation

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hans Peter Klein has held the Chair for the Didactics of Biological Sciences at the University of Frankfurt a. M. since 2001. He has been President of the Society for Didactics of Biological Sciences since 2006. Furthermore, he is co-founder and managing director of the Society for Education and Knowledge. His main areas of research and teaching are: Knowledge transfer, conception and evaluation of learning situations, development and evaluation of mobile teaching-learning situations, multimedia learning and e-learning, Bologna expertise, educational standards, core curricula, competence orientation. He is one of the most profiled critics of the developments in education since PISA and Bolognaunder the dictates of the economisation of education. Hans Peter Klein is a sought-after interview partner and author of numerous publications (books and professional articles – mainly in the FAZ). He advises politic and business as well as educational institutions.

Dipl.-Kfm., Dipl.-Vw. Dr. Rer. Pol. Stephan Bannas

Head of the Tax Department

Dr. Stephan Bannas founded Steuerlehrgänge Dr. Bannas in 1989 as one of Germany’s largest providers of courses to prepare for the tax consultant state examination. The concept of in-service preparation developed by him (Saturday courses, evening/Saturday courses, KombiPlus courses, Master’s courses, distance learning courses, exam presentation courses, crash courses, case revision courses, exam correspondence course) has so far prepared more than 10,000 candidates for the written and oral exams.

Prof. Dr. Azim Causevic, MBA, Doctor of Philosophy

Head of Department Construction Industry and Civil Engineering

Prof. Azim Causevic, MBA has been the Head of the Department of Construction Industry and Civil Engineering at HIBS since 2020.

Taken from his vita:

State Certified Structural engineering technician – Surveyor for Construction Technology (BDSH certified) –Construction Engineer TÜV Akademie Austria –Certification according to DIN 17024 – Revit/BIM Management, ORCA AVA, SJ AVA, Allplan Nemetschek –Official Partner of Realdaten-Zentrum München (RZM) – Deputy Chairman District Saar Federal Association for Higher Professions – Bachelor of Applied Oec. (BA) – Vienna International Studies – Master of Business Administration, University of Applied Sciences Burgenland –EEG/CIU studies for DBA – Ph.D. Studies at the IIC University of Technology – Prof. of Lect. H.I.B.S. Cyp. Ltd. – CEO der Building World Wilde Ltd. UK – CEO arcofel UG, Saarbrücken



– mybirthy Patentamt 2016

– Likelynow 2019


Prof. Dipl.-Kfm., Qualified Business Lawyer Detlef Martin van Dongen LL.M., MBA, DBA

Dipl.-Kfm., Qualified Business Lawyer Detlef Martin van Dongen LL.M., MBA, DBA is one of the lecturers of the H.I.B.S. Cyp. since the beginning of 2021.

The trained physiotherapist and industrial management assistant first completed his studies in economics, then in business law and finally in law. After several management positions in the social sector, he now acts as a legal guardian for several local court districts in Berlin.

With his profound knowledge and experience in the interface area of economics and social affairs, he now complements the professorial staff of the H.I.B.S. in a very important position.

His dissertation focuses on corporate and staff management in institutions from the care sector.