Bastian Backer

President and CEO

Bastian Backer serves as President of the International Business Management Institute (IBMI) in Berlin. He was appointed as Board Chairman and confirmed in office by the Board of Directors in 2018. Backer’s responsibility as president includes the formulation, implementation and evaluation of the institute’s strategic focus.


since 2019 European Center for Innovation and Sustainability (E_CIS)
Managing Director
since 2018 International Business Management Institute (IBMI)
President, CEO
since 2018 Berlin Innovation Network
Supervisory Board Member
2016 – 2018 init AG für digitale Kommunikation
Strategy Consultant



2013 – 2015 Harvard University, USA
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 Duke University, USA
Sustainable Management Program
2019 University of Oxford, UK
Artificial Intelligence
2019 University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Sustainable Development
2018 Stanford University, USA
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
2016 APMG International, Germany
Project Management
2015 Harvard University, USA
Strategic Management


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



  • Impact Hub Berlin
    Catalyst for social innovation
  • Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
    Political party with focus on ecological, economic, and social sustainability
  • Amnesty International
    Global movement for human rights


“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.”