Bastian Backer

Bastian serves as Director and CEO of the International Business Management Institute (IBMI) in Berlin, Germany. He co-founded the institute in 2017. Within the Management Board, he is responsible for the formulation, implementation and evaluation of the institute’s strategic focus.

Work Experience:

since 2017International Business Management Institute (IBMI)
Founder & Director
2016 – 2018init AG für digitale Kommunikation
Strategy Consultant



2013 – 2015Harvard University, USA
Master: General Management
2011 – 2014University of Potsdam, Germany
Master: Public Policy & Management
2012University of Oslo, Norway
Exchange program
2011University of Sheffield, UK
Exchange program
2007 – 2011University of Konstanz, Germany
Bachelor: Politics and Administration


Postgraduate Training:

2020University of Oxford, UK
Oxford Strategic Innovation Program
2019University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Sustainable Development
2018University of Virginia, USA
Digital Transformation
2015Harvard University, USA
Strategic Management Program
2013University of Potsdam, Germany
Project Management


Selection of Projects:

2014German Research Foundation (DFG), Bonn/Hamburg
Process and Risk Analysis
2013German Embassy London
Optimization of HR Selection Process
2013Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Berlin
Position on European Youth Employment Initiative
2012German Parliament, Berlin
Fixing of State Resources for Political Parties
2009Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Berlin
Evaluation of German Federalism Reform


Memberships and Support:

  • Impact Hub Berlin
    Catalyst for social innovation
  • Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
    Political party with focus on ecological, economic, and social sustainability
  • Amnesty International (AI)
    Global movement for human rights
  • European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)
    Organization dedicated to enforcing civil and human rights worldwide


“If we truly want to improve the world, we have to combine our economic knowledge with sustainability, social justice, good governance and new technologies. Our strongest weapon to change the world for the better is education.”