Martin Groschwald

Managing Director

Responsible for KIC & Design

Mail  martin@konzepthaus-consulting.com

Phone   +49 89 1250 190 13

LinkedIn   LinkedIn

What is your role at Konzepthaus?

I am co-founder and CEO of Konzepthaus and am excited to now also head up our recently created new division, Konzepthaus Innovation Consultancy.

What does Innovation mean to you?

Innovation is everything in the world of design. It goes far beyond the individual projects we accomplish day-to-day but has the capacity to mould the culture and behaviour of people. This is our aim: To drive innovation in teams to evolve and expand mindsets and shape the future business direction beyond product development.

What was life before Konzepthaus?

I like to challenge mindsets, so I was looking at becoming a lobbyist before I was introduced to headhunting. After starting my career in London, I moved back to my home country and together with Daniel founded Konzepthaus.

What’s the top thing on your bucket list?

To drive along the original route 66 in a vintage Aston Martin, climb Mount Fuji, visit the Superclassico at La Bombanera in Buenos Aires.  Or was I supposed to say just one….?.

Daniel Schoenfeldt

Managing Director

Responsible for Design & Digital

Mail  daniel@konzepthaus-consulting.com

Phone   +49 89 1250 190 12

LinkedIn   LinkedIn

What is your role at Konzepthaus?

I am a co-founder and Managing Director of Konzepthaus and see my role as one that helps to shape modern business solutions, through connecting talented people globally and allowing our clients to source new business partners that drive their innovation.

What three words would best describe you?

Goal driven, ambitious and always on the lookout for new opportunities.

What was life before Konzepthaus?

Originally from Germany, I moved to Manchester, UK, to study Marketing and Management.  After graduating from university, I decided to enter the recruitment industry as I was motivated by the ability to work with multinational companies and the perspective of generating value through finding the best talent for their business ambitions.

What’s your greatest ambition?

To develop Konzepthaus into the Number One global consultancy for the design industry.

Oliver Vogt

Partner - Konzepthaus Innovation Consultancy

How do you deliver on the company’s purpose of ‘accelerating the future of innovation’?

Coming from a start-up, I truly know how difficult it is to drive innovation – to find the ideal sweet spot between vision and implementation.  I have vast experience in the area of design management and forming complex, creative organisations.  Equipped with this experience, I help our business partners find ideal pathways to future proof their innovation initiatives.

What was life before Konzepthaus?

After studying product and transportation design I joined the team at BMW Advance Design. I have since worked with several suppliers, conducting projects across Europe and Russia and progressed my career into Management. The last 4 years with Byton have been a highly satisfying challenge, allowing me to work for an innovative company that transforms transportation.

What three words would best describe you?

Reflective, creative and active.

What talent may people not know you have?

Well, I am quite good at building LEGO models.

Asaf Yaacobi

Director Academy 

What is your role at Konzepthaus?

Heading up the new Konzepthaus Academy, my role is to deliver exciting, new content, skills and technology through our extensive, high-end training programs.  We aim to help upskill our clients’ teams or freelancers to develop new skills, implemented in their daily design process that accelerate the pace of their innovation.

How do you deliver on the company’s purpose of ‘accelerating the future of innovation’?

Developments in hardware and software have matured and vastly rooted themselves through different industries. Each industry has different requirements which result in powerful solutions; however, those can be hidden to other almost parallel industries, and inaccessible to the mainstream users.  We are committed to accelerating the future of innovation, by democratizing the access to those solutions through offering training content that shares the knowledge across multiple fields.

What would be your personal motto?

“You start as fast as you can, and very slowly you increase the pace”.

What other exciting things have you done in your life?

Bouldering for fun.

Florian Teufel  

Senior Associate - Konzepthaus Innovation Consultancy

What is your role at Konzepthaus?

As a consultant within Konzepthaus, the purpose of my role is to deliver customer-orientated results that achieve our partners’ business objectives.  To do this, I like to draw upon my skills of analytical thinking, a methodical way of working, and the use of my own initiative to challenge existing norms and offer creative solutions.

What was life before Konzepthaus?

I studied a bachelor’s and master’s degree, with a focus on business administration and international management, in 4 different countries.  Following graduation, I was part of the team responsible for designing the corporate strategy for Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

Who has been the biggest influence in your life and why?

The simplicity of my 3-year-old nephew’s view of the world.

Can you name a talent, that not everyone knows about you?

I can whistle through my tooth gap!

Moritz Hausel

Associate - Konzepthaus Innovation Consultancy

What is your role at Konzepthaus?

I am an associate with the Konzepthaus Innovation Consultancy team. Together with our clients, we help focus and sharpen targets to future-proof the businesses we work together with. An integral part of what I do is deliver automotive market insights to help identify where our clients could enhance performance and support them in addressing these areas with our unique consultative approach.

Konzepthaus’ purpose is to accelerate the future of innovation? Why do you think this is important, and how does your role help make this happen?

Our job at KIC is to identify problems before they are present, causing us to think of solutions instead of barriers. In this way, we can break through barriers to growth, helping to move Companies forward in their innovation process.

What was life before Konzepthaus?

After completing my master’s, I had the opportunity to work for Porsche in Dubai, within the Network Development Department. An exciting role that managed the importer and dealer network of the Middle East, Africa and India regions. This role strengthened my thirst for knowledge and appreciation of the innovation process across different regions and cultures.

Who has been the biggest influence in your life and why?

My family. I know I can always go to them for the best advice and support. They have given me such strength to grow into the person I am today.

Chakil Soobratty

Recruitment Manager

What is your role at Konzepthaus?

As a recruitment consultant and heading up our UK office, my role will be twofold; to work closely with our mobility clients and spearhead our expansion in the UK market.

But fundamentally, my role involves consulting and finding strategic recruitment solutions for our client’s needs to ultimately connect them with the best design talent from our global connections.

How do you deliver on the company’s purpose of ‘accelerating the future of innovation’?

I strongly believe that we need to continue learning, be open, adopt new ideas from within our industry, or others and be humble enough to accept that there is always room for improvement. With this approach, I remain inquisitive and passionate about adopting new working practices which I believe play a role in driving change and innovation in what I do.

What would be a top career highlight for you?

I have been privileged to work with new start-ups, building and shaping their design teams which has the result of influencing the wider Company through their people.

What other exciting things have you done in your life?

With a passion for travel and food, I’ve been lucky enough to step foot on and eat my way around the world, visiting almost every continent, apart from Antarctica, but then I don’t have a taste for penguins.

Laura Nightingale

Recruitment Consultant

What is your role at Konzepthaus? 

Recruitment consulting for design is my primary focus: getting to know our clients and forming new ones, understanding changes taking place in the industry, and, of course, finding people their dream roles. The challenge of thinking differently and searching out new ways of working is paramount to my role and one that excites me. 

How do you deliver on the company’s purpose of ‘accelerating the future of innovation’? 

Innovation is fascinatingIts the lifeblood of progress and can be consistently found across all time, in every corner of humanity. For Konzepthaus, supporting the acceleration of this, via the recruitment framework, allows for talented individuals to have the creative space for their visions to be realisedLike the janitor who played his part putting man on the moon, we play our part in the development of life-changing products.  

Can you name a talent, that not everyone knows about you? 

I’m highly skilled at making mashed potato and quite a decent cellist.  The trick is not to combine the two and forget which implement I have in hand. 

Who has been the biggest influence in your life and why? 

My grandmother. Her stoicism and brilliant mind never failed to inspire or shock.  

Kevin Muckel

Principal Recruitment Consultant

What is your role at Konzepthaus?

As a recruiter here at Konzepthaus Digital, I try to build a bridge between the wishes of our partners and our jobseekers.  I believe that we have the opportunity to drive innovation in digital design by always finding the best fitting candidates for the position.

Konzepthaus’ vision is of a world where the power of innovation shapes a better future. What does a better future look like to you?

I see a future where technical evolution will simplify people’s lives, through creating usability, which is understandable, intuitive, and which people will integrate into their lives in a natural way.

Who has been the biggest influence in your life and why?

Every person has a journey that you can learn from when you listen carefully.  Every struggle or inconvenience can be an important lesson that you can profit from if you take the time to reflect upon them.

What other exciting things have you done in your life?

Watched the sunrise in Angkor Wat and explored the lively cities of Bangkok and Ho Chi Min which opened my eyes and reshaped my view on life.

Samuel Lottner

Principal Recruitment Consultant

What is your role at Konzepthaus?

As a recruiter on the digital team, I am always striving to find standout, creative talent for the design teams of my business partners. Fostering long term partnerships allows me to truly understand the industries and people I work with, and the needs of my business partners’. I also enjoy hosting the podcast Moodboard by Konzepthaus, to deliver inspiration and connect people through shared knowledge.

How do you deliver on the company’s purpose of ‘accelerating the future of innovation’?

We deliver innovation by choosing the right talent, placing only the most creative people who challenge what they know, to allow them to truly innovate the process of design.  We accelerate innovation by facilitating the sharing of knowledge from aligned industries through our podcast series. It can challenge people’s mindsets and provide new ways of approaching design.

What three words would you use to describe yourself?

Enthusiastic, communicative, positive.

How do you want people to remember you?

I want to be remembered for my positivity, openness to everyone and authenticity.

Dilek Tahri

Recruitment Consultant

What is your role at Konzepthaus?

As a recruitment consultant for Konzepthaus Digital, I intend to connect people in long-term partnerships by understanding the needs of our clients and candidates, to find outstanding talents for our business partners.

What was life before Konzepthaus?

Before Konzepthaus, I taught German as a foreign language. Through this, I met many lovely people from all over the world and found it extremely fulfilling to support my students in realizing their ambitions. It was a great intercultural experience for me.

Konzepthaus’ vision is of a world where the power of innovation shapes a better future. What does a better future look like to you?

For me, a better future would simplify, widen, and beautify our individual lives and horizons through innovation and artistic expression.

What three words would best describe you?

Reliable, ambitious, honest

Henry Schmidt

Recruitment Consultant

What is your role at Konzepthaus?

As a consultant in the digital team of Konzepthaus, I have a client base consisting of high-performance companies at the forefront of innovation in UI/UX, for which I seek out the right talent to fill the gaps in their design teams.  Within this function, my role encompasses many HR topics, from search, identification, assessment, and ultimately facilitating the hire of design talent for all different levels of roles in the digital design industry. 

How do you deliver on the company’s purpose of ‘accelerating the future of innovation’? 

Our clients create the future for how customers will experience products or services leveraging enhancements in technology and inter-connectivity.  Digital design fuels this innovation.   Our deep understanding of the design process helps shape the future, by providing the very best fit of talent for key roles so that you can deliver against your innovation goals. 

What three words would best describe you? 

Motivated, creative, strategic 

What would be your personal motto? 

First come, first surf (served)… at least when it comes to waves. 

 

Mehrdad Haghighi

Junior Brand Manager

What is your role at Konzepthaus?

My role as media designer sees me creating all visual elements in support of our marketing content plan, video production, and editing of our innovative podcasts.  Within such a dynamic company, I regularly draw upon my ability to multi-task and ‘jack of all trades’ skills.

How do you deliver on the company’s purpose of ‘accelerating the future of innovation’?

To me, the goal of life is to improve things.  Innovation is the key to this process. My aim here at Konzepthaus is to communicate our innovations in the most effective, visual way and make people see things from a different angle.

Who has been the biggest influence in your life and why?

My uncle, since he taught me to be compassionate and still a strong and competitive person.

What other exciting things have you done in your life?

In 2003, after wanting to help the victims of the earthquake in Bam (Iran), I played the Santur (an Iranian musical instrument) in front of 250 people.  We raised more than 10,000 Euro.

Angelika Starostenkova

ACCOUNTANT

What is your role at Konzepthaus?

As an Accountant with Konzepthaus, I use my best skill; the ability to keep calm even if there is a fire!

How do you deliver on the company’s purpose of ‘accelerating the future of innovation’?

To accelerate the future of innovation for our business partners, I believe we need to also be innovative. To this end, I approach my role with an open mind to try new things without the fear of falling.

What would be a top career highlight for you?

I think the best thing about my career is that I have been able to gain a breadth of experience across many industries, from real estate to hospitality for example.

Who is someone you admire, and why?

I would have to say Elon Musk, for all the things that he has invented to innovate life now as we know it and in the future.

Balu

CEO (CHIEF ENTERTAINMENT OFFICER)

What is your role at Konzepthaus?

My title is CEO (Chief Entertainment Officer) or Office Dog, but frankly, I also play a serious role in sweeping up the floor and keeping it food-free.

How do you deliver on the company’s purpose of ‘accelerating the future of innovation’?

Well I very much like to dream of chasing cars, is that what you mean about accelerating? Sorry, these are big words for a 6-month-old.

What are the best skills you bring to your job?

Enthusiastic, sweet, and very good at relieving stress.

What was your dream job when you were little?

Garbage collector

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