Board of Directors

David Scott Zeller

President
Born in New York, raised in Southern California, David is fluent in Spanish, German, English and Portuguese and conversant in Italian and French. He holds a degree in physics from the Claremont Colleges. For the past 20 years he has worked in the area of international business development and communications.

Petra Vorsteher

Vice President
Petra has been living in Silicon Valley since 1981 and has 25 + years of business experience in the US, Europe and Asia. A pioneer in the mobile industry, she is one of the first women globally to co- found a mobile company in 2005 and under her leadership, Smaato has become one of the largest mobile companies in the world.

Birgit Eckstorff

Treasurer
Born, raised and educated in Hamburg, Birgit worked for an international fashion and lifestyle company as Chief Financial Officer and Human Resources Director for some 40 years. In her roles, she was responsible for the German and Austrian subsidiaries. In 2015 she reached the retirement age, stepping back from all positions.

Laura Langford

Secretary
Laura has been living in Hamburg since August, 2014. She received her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in New York. After working for 12 years at Unicredit in New York, she joined Bankhaus Lampe as a managing director in Düsseldorf and served as CFO/COO for Caplantic GmbH. In 2014, she moved to Hamburg working for a new subsidiary of Bankhaus Lampe KG, CEE Fund Advisory (CEEFA). In January, 2016, Laura left CEEFA to travel and concentrate on creative projects. Laura enjoys skiing, bike riding and science fiction. She has a 21-year-old daughter who recently graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans and is currently working as a teacher in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Ulrike von Criegern

Director
Born in 1965 in Lübeck, Germany, Ulrike studied law in Hamburg and Freiburg. After finishing her doctoral thesis on European and international law at Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative and Private International Law in Hamburg, she worked for a London-based law firm, focusing her legal practice on the shipping sector, and for a Hamburg-based law firm specializing in commercial law.

Robert Müller

Director
Robert worked in Indonesia for a Hamburg-based export company for 3.5 years. In 2006, he left his employer to further his education and moved to the United States. He graduated with a BBA in International Business with minors in economics, finance and management, and completed the Executive MBA program at Wichita State University. He currently works as consultant for a company in the financial service sector.

Dr. Götz Triebel

Director
Born in Lübeck, Götz was educated at Johanneum zu Lübeck as well as King’s School Canterbury, Great Britain. Götz speaks English and German as well as a little French. He studied law at the Universities of Marburg, Lausanne (Switzerland) and Würzburg, where he graduated in 1997. He completed a legal master programme (LL.M.) at the University of Cambridge – Magdalene College, Great Britain (2000) and received a doctorate from the University of Mainz (2002). For over 10 years he has worked as an attorney in the area of corporate law and mergers & acquisitions. In his spare time Götz enjoys his three daughters and plays the piano.

Nils Winkler

Director
Born in Kiel, Germany Nils has lived in both Germany and the US and built up businesses and organizations in Europe, North America and Asia. He is a true „digital native“, based upon a former career in Journalism. Nils works in the field of digital monetization, be it to generate revenue through advertising or electronic payments. But higher priority goes to his family, his vintage cars and his passion of crafting American foods on a Texas size smoker and brewing beer.

Richmond Lordson

Head of Digital Service
Born in Ghana, to a Canadian father and Ghanaian mother, Richmond holds an Associate degree in Electronics and Bachlor of arts in Communication Design. As UX designer and front-end developer for web and mobile application with more than 15 years of professional experience. He's very passionate about designing interface while taking into consideration the latest UX trends and techniques and help companies create memorable experiences through user centered design.