Board of Directors

David Scott Zeller

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.

Daniel Albrecht

Daniel Albrecht is assigned to the executive search team and holds the rank of a Principal at the Hamburg office of BOARD CONNECT. The native “Hanseat” can convincingly refer to five years of professional experience in executive consulting. Daniel is an integral part of the Board Services team, which actively supports boards and supervisory boards in corporate governance issues, systematic evaluation of board work and prepares benchmarking studies / market analyses for board and supervisory board compensations. In the last two years he gained extensive experience in the management diagnostics (audits / assessments) to complete his advisory profile.

Nils Winkler

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 worked in the field of digital monetization, be it to generate revenue through advertising or electronic payments. Since health put a (temporary?) end to his career, higher priority goes to his family, baking, his passion of crafting American foods on a Texas size smoker and brewing beer as well as his chickens. And to the American Club, of course.

Annalee McWilliams

Annalee was born in Texas and raised in North Carolina. After a foreign exchange year brought her to Hameln in 2008, she decided to move to Germany in 2011 after completing high school. Annalee holds a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Kiel and currently works as a consultant for climate-related financial risks and sustainability topics. In her free time, she enjoys weightlifting, boxing and traveling - both to unknown destinations and back home to spend time with her family.

Björn Ogbibeni

Björn Ognibeni’s professional background includes over 15+ years as a freelance consultant and trusted advisor for numerous consulting companies, agencies and brands. His work focuses on what the digitization of our world means for the relationship of companies and their customers and how this influences the design of products and business models. Björn studied Physics and Economics at the universities of Braunschweig, Austin, TX and Göttingen. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Göttingen, Germany. During his time there, he was a fellow member of the research group “New Media” at the Institute for Marketing and Commerce.

Lindsey Bultema

Lindsey was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota where she graduated with a degree in Microbiology. Eager to learn, she moved to Berlin in 2013 for a Master’s degree in Polymer Science. Realizing the opportunities Hamburg has to offer, she started a PhD in Chemistry at UHH with the Max Planck Institute for the Structure of Dynamics of Matter. She is a former Max Planck PhDnet Spokesperson for over 5,000 doctoral researchers across Germany. When she’s not intersecting Biology, Chemistry and Physics she’s finding ways to connect people and ideas together.

Michael Böcken

Michael is attorney in his own law-firm since 1986, Kanzlei im Borselhof. He is specialized in trade law, IP law and labor law. He has a lot of experience with Clubs of different sizes - Michael was for instance in the Supervisory Board of FC St. Pauli for several years. Hamburger Abendblatt called him "Der Anwalt, dem die Rockstars vertrauen" for his work in the music industry.