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



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


Postgraduate Training:

2020 University of Oxford, UK
Strategic Innovation Program
2019 University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Sustainable Development
2018 University of Virginia, US
Digital Transformation
2015 Harvard University, US
Strategic Management Program


Selection of Projects:

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