OAV Young Leaders

The platform for prospective leaders interested in Asia

The OAV Young Leaders Programme is made up of a team of young experts drawn from our member companies. The programme aims to develop a network that can facilitate the mutual exchange of information about our Asian markets, alongside deepening the expertise we already possess.

The OAV Young Leaders, formerly OAV Juniors, was founded in 2001 in Hamburg. Initially comprising around 20 members, the network has evolved over recent years into an interdisciplinary and international network with more that 300 members in Germany and the Asia-Pacific region.

OAV Young Leaders participating in a workshop during the 5th Annual Conference

Events

  • Regular exchanges of information regarding current issues in the form of seminars and workshops with Asia experts
  • Roundtables with high-profile figures from the OAV network
  • The Annual Young Leaders Conference as the central networking event and Young Leaders Annual General Meeting
  • Visits to OAV member companies
  • Regular regional business lunches

Pictures of the last OAV Young Leaders Annual Conference at Porsche can be found here.

Priority topics with objectives

  • Business opportunities and risks in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Intercultural problems with business partners from the region
  • The formation of an international network with Asia as its focus
  • Solutions to and assistance with concrete policy issues in the Asia-Pacific region

Admission criteria

  • The company is an OAV member
  • Interest in Asia
  • At most 40 years old at the time of admission

The OAV Young Leaders Programme is a further service on offer to our member companies. Registration of one or more Young Leaders therefore entails no extra costs.

Spokesperson for the OAV Young Leaders Programme

The OAV main office is supported by the Young Leaders co-spokespersons and regional spokespersons.

Young Leaders spokesperson

Rainer Grünauer
Head of Product Lines TruLaser/TruLaser Tube, TRUMPF Mechanical Tools GmbH+Co. KG
Rainer.Gruenauer@de.TRUMPF.com

Rainer Grünauer has many years of experience in the sale of capital goods that require technical explanation in Asian countries.  After training as a bank clerk at a regional Sparkasse, he studied at the technical business management at the Esslingen Technical College (Fachhochschule Esslingen). 

During his studies he gained experience of the Asian cultural area selling TRUMPF electronic and pneumatic tools as an intern with TRUMPF Singapore.

After his diploma thesis – which he completed at TRUMPF in Ditzingen – and graduating with an MBA FH, he started working for the TRUMPF Mechanical Tools department as a project manager in foreign trade, and also supported subsidiary companies in Singapore and Poland. From 2005 onwards he was also responsible for the Indian market and played a decisive role in the construction of a TRUMPF subsidiary company in India.

As Regional Manager for East Asia and India in the TRUMPF international sales department, from 2011 onwards he and his team were responsible for all sales strategies for the TRUMPF national subsidiaries in India, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and China.

In 2013 he took on the role as Head of Sales of TRUMPF electronic tools and boosted the department's sales in Asia.

Since 2015 Mr Grünauer has been responsible for the production lines for 2D laser machines and pipe cutter plants as part of development efforts made by the mechanical tools department. In this role his tasks include, among others, product management, with the aim of ensuring the success of each individual product across its entire life cycle.

Mr Grünauer has been a member of OAV since mid-2011, and has been Regional Representative for Baden-Württemberg since the end of 2012. At last year's OAV Young Leaders Annual Conference in Berlin he lead a workshop entitled 'Constructing Subsidiaries in Asia'. 

Since 1 January 2016 he has, alongside Dr Markus Rasner, acted as speaker for the OAV Young Leaders, both former OAV Juniors.

Markus Rasner
Lawyer and Partner at Oppenhoff & Partner
markus.rasner@oppenhoff.eu

Dr Markus Rasner, expert in M&A and corporate law, has been, alongside Rainer Grünauer, speaker for the OAV Young Leaders since 1 January 2016. Dr Markus Rasner has been an active and dedicated OAV member since 2012 and since January 2013 has been Regional Representative for the OAV Young Leaders in Hessen.

Dr Markus Rasner has many years of expertise in the comprehensive support of M&A projects. He advises entrepreneurs and decision makers on transaction plans, in particular acquisitions, public takeovers, private equity investments, restructuring and transnational joint ventures. Since working for a leading partnership in Singapore in 2008/09, Dr Markus Rasner has advised more businesses on German-Asian business dealings, above all advising German companies' investing in the ASEAN region and China, as well as Asian investors in Europe. He is member of the ASEAN desk and China desk at Oppenhoff & Partner, one of the leading independent German corporate law firms.

At the OAV Young Leaders Annual Conference in 2013, Dr Markus Rasner moderated the forum for 'Current Developments and Opportunities in the Asian Automobile Market' and lead the workshop on 'M&A in the ASEAN Economic Community – Lessons Learned' in 2014. He continues to maintain strong connections in Singapore and is a member of the Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (SGC). In addition, he is a member of  the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) and co-initiator of the German Malaysian Round Table (GMRT).

Regional spokesperson

Rainer Grünauer
Head of Product Lines TruLaser/TruLaser Tube, TRUMPF Mechanical Tools GmbH+Co. KG
Rainer.Gruenauer@de.TRUMPF.com

Rainer Grünauer has many years of experience in the sale of capital goods that require technical explanation in Asian countries.  After training as a bank clerk at a regional Sparkasse, he studied at the technical business management at the Esslingen Technical College (Fachhochschule Esslingen). 

During his studies he gained experience of the Asian cultural area selling TRUMPF electronic and pneumatic tools as an intern with TRUMPF Singapore.

After his diploma thesis – which he completed at TRUMPF in Ditzingen – and graduating with an MBA FH, he started working for the TRUMPF Mechanical Tools department as a project manager in foreign trade, and also supported subsidiary companies in Singapore and Poland. From 2005 onwards he was also responsible for the Indian market and played a decisive role in the construction of a TRUMPF subsidiary company in India.

As Regional Manager for East Asia and India in the TRUMPF international sales department, from 2011 onwards he and his team were responsible for all sales strategies for the TRUMPF national subsidiaries in India, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and China.

In 2013 he took on the role as Head of Sales of TRUMPF electronic tools and boosted the department's sales in Asia.

Since 2015 Mr Grünauer has been responsible for the production lines for 2D laser machines and pipe cutter plants as part of development efforts made by the mechanical tools department. In this role his tasks include, among others, product management, with the aim of ensuring the success of each individual product across its entire life cycle.

Mr Grünauer has been a member of OAV since mid-2011, and has been Regional Representative for Baden-Württemberg since the end of 2012. At last year's OAV Young Leaders Annual Conference in Berlin he lead a workshop entitled 'Constructing Subsidiaries in Asia'. 

Since 1 January 2016 he has, alongside Dr Markus Rasner, acted as speaker for the OAV Young Leaders, both former OAV Juniors.

Rainer Grünauer is married and has three children.  

Martina Maciejewski-Hofmann
Owner of Your success in India
info@success-in-india.com

Since March 2017 I am OAV Young Leaders regional spokesperson for Bavaria. I applied for this position besides my professional interest, because I passionately like to bring people together and to entertain them, and also I love to organise events!

In 1975 I was born in Regensburg with the proper portion of cordiality and assertiveness and a behavior very down-to-earth.
For tourism management studies I moved to Munich. During my studies, I was already able to express my organisational and network talents as a spokeswoman of a student residence and as a leader of study-groups and a theater group founded on my own.

After graduation, I also had the opportunity to realise my affinity for the event organisation in the professional field. As exhibition manager and exhibition director at Messe München, I was responsible for the planning, organisation and execution of trade fairs and congresses in Germany and India.

My role as an intermediary between the cultures of Germany and India, I have now continued since 2012 as owner of my company Your Success in India in Munich. We are supporting German companies on their way into the Indian market enthusiastically. With a pragmatic approach, we are directly ensuring that the cooperation between German and Indian companies works out effectively.

I am happy to bring Young Leaders in Bavaria closer together. I would like us to get to know each other better, and to share our expertise in a professional and personal way. To support the OAV in the organisation of seminars and roundtables I find very enriching.
And as I find the saying "The best business deals will be completed at the bar" true and correct, my business events will always have a touch of socialising in a cheerful round ... To this effect, I am looking forward to meeting you!

Markus Rasner

Lawyer and Partner at Oppenhof & Parner
markus.rasner@oppenhoff.eu

Dr Markus Rasner, expert in M&A and corporate law, has been, alongside Rainer Grünauer, speaker for the OAV Young Leaders since 1 January 2016. Dr Markus Rasner has been an active and dedicated OAV member since 2012 and since January 2013 has been Regional Representative for the OAV Young Leaders in Hessen.

Dr Markus Rasner has many years of expertise in the comprehensive support of M&A projects. He adviser entrepreneurs and decision makers on transaction plans, in particular acquisitions, public takeovers, private equity investments, restructuring and transnational joint ventures. Since working for a leading partnership in Singapore in 2008/09, Dr Markus Rasner has advised more businesses on German-Asian business dealings, above all advising German companies' investing in the ASEAN region and China, as well as Asian investors in Europe. He is member of the ASEAN desk and China desk at Oppenhoff & Partner, on of the leading independent German corporate law firms.

At the OAV Young Leaders Annual Conference in 2013, Dr Markus Rasner moderated the forum for 'Current Developments and Opportunities in the Asian Automobile Market' and lead the workshop on 'M&A in the ASEAN Economic Community – Lessons Learned' in 2014. He continues to maintain strong connections in Singapore and is a member of the Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (SGC). In addition, he is a member of  the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) and co-initiator of the German Malaysian Round Table (GMRT).

Alexander Oldenburg

More informations are coming soon.

Katja Neumüller
Lawyer, Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
katya.neumueller@luther-lawfirm.com 

Katja Neumüller has been the North Rhine-Westphalia regional representative of the OAV Young Leaders since May 2015. Before then she had already been an active OAV member for many years. Katja Neumüller is a lawyer in the Cologne office of Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH and supports companies in their transnational transactions, focusing on the Asia-Pacific region. Her areas of expertise lie in advising on outbound and inbound M&A transactions, joint ventures, and corporate restructuring within a concern.

Katja Neumüller has spent many years of her life working and living abroad, such as in Singapore and Shanghai, among others. 'It is not only due the different legal frameworks in operation in individual Asian countries that new challenges continue to arise, but also because intercultural exchange across borders makes the Asia-Pacific region so exciting. The OAV Young Leaders offer an exceptional platform for sharing this sort of experience of Asia,' says Katja Neumüller. Katja Neumüller would like to share her expertise and personal interest in Asia with the OAV Young leaders and continue to expand the regional network in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Patrick Heid
Lawyer and Partner at GvW Graf von Westphalen
p.heid@sh.gvw.com 

Patrick Heid is a lawyer and partner at GvW Graf von Westphalen – one of the largest independent corporate law firms in Germany – and has headed its projects in China since 2010. He specialises in advising German and European medium-sized companies and concerns with business start-ups, M&A transactions, as well as local legal issues and strategic issues concerning operative business in China. He additionally advises Chinese investors on acquisitions in Germany. As Head of the GvW Subsidiary in Shanghai, he is responsible for the day-to-day management of the subsidiary, as well as its continued expansion.

After studying law in Cologne, Paris and Berlin, Patrick Heid spent one year studying Chinese at the Mandarin Training Centre in Taipei and worked for many years afterwards as an M&A lawyer for a leading American firm in Frankfurt and Beijing. Since 2010 he has lived and worked in Shanghai. He has had more that 15 years of experience working in or with China, speaks fluent Chinese and is a regular speaker at conferences discussing Chinese law and investment. 

Patrick Heid has been an active member of OAV for many years and is the regional representative for Shanghai, the first Young Leaders Regional Group outside Germany. He is thrilled by the newly created network comprising of Young Leaders who have been sent to China: 'With the creation of the Shanghai Regional Group we now have a forum on the ground in which we can discuss openly the typical challenges working in China can entail, such as leading multicultural teams, managing the expectations of the main office in Germany, or the question of how to remain on the business radar back in Germany when stationed abroad.

Patrick Heid is married and has two sons.

More informations are coming soon.