Bianca Schmitz is a program director at ESMT Berlin and has been one of the founding directors of the Hidden Champions Institute (HCI).
She is also responsible for establishing new international alliances with other business schools, institutions and networks, such as the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM).
Her research has been published in journals such as Industrial Marketing Management and Journal of Family Business Management. Beyond academic research, Bianca has published a number of case studies and managerial articles on hidden champions and digital transformation.
Her teaching focus lies on agile methods and innovation, bringing digital innovation to market, business models, success factors of hidden champions, and cultural implications of innovations.
She has been trained in Design Thinking by Hasso Plattner Institute and is a certified SCRUM Product Owner.
She studied Regional Sciences of Latin America at the University of Cologne and finished with a diploma. Her focus was on economics and the Spanish language.
Bianca worked for three years at the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS), a non-profit organization based in Cologne, Germany, with branches throughout the world. Bianca’s international profile is supplemented by two-years of work experience in Spain.