We know startups. And we understand corporations. Our team combines years of Lufthansa experience with substantial startup expertise. We hire specialists who understand how to build digital business models and invest in startups as a Group, and who know all the biggest names in the travel technology field. Finally, we are Lufthansa, and enjoy close ties with the Lufthansa Group – thanks, in part, to the connections nurtured by our coworkers with past experience there.
The Team

Gleb Tritus

Managing Director
Responsible for the development of the Lufthansa Innovation Hub, and for maintaining its
foothold in the tech ecosystem.

Professional experience: Tech entrepreneur and angel investor with a passion for e-commerce and online marketing, CEO of various startups

Dr. Christian Langer

Chief Digital Officer Lufthansa Group, Managing Director Lufthansa Innovation Hub
Heads the digital transformation of the Lufthansa Group, and places Lufthansa Innovation Hub topics on the Group’s digital agenda.

Professional experience: Head of digital transformation at Lufthansa since 2017, 10+ years at Lufthansa Technik, founder of two startups

Henning Bublies

Director Venture Development
Responsible for all Venture Development activities – from inhouse-developed digital services to strategic partnerships with startups.

Professional experience: Managing Director at Orange Games Germany, Managing Director & CEO at Plinga GmbH

Fabio Brait

Head of Business Development Asia
Growing our footprint in the dynamic Travel & Mobility Tech ecosystems of Asia. Is also the captain of an A320.

Professional experience: 16 years of airline experience; including strategy and business development at Lufthansa and pilot for Lufthansa and Germanwings

Sascha Günther

Senior Venture Development Manager
Targets venture capital and the development of platform business models.

Professional experience: Investment manager at the venture capital firm Project A Ventures, several years of management consulting experience.

Kristian Weymar

Senior Venture Development Manager
Develops and validates new digital services. Currently focuses on innovative pricing models in the airline industry.

Professional experience: Business development at Zalando, strategy consulting and portfolio/investment management at various financial firms

René Braun

Senior Venture Development Manager
Develops new business models and helps strengthening the ties to the startup ecosystem. Currently reinvents loyalty in the mobility sector.

Professional experience: Digitization manager of the open innovation platform Beyond1435 and strategic consultant of the managing board at Bombardier

Niklas Weidmann

Venture Development Manager
Focuses on KI-based business models, drives the product development of our loyalty app RYDES.

Professional experience: Business Development Manager at Amorelie

Bas Bouten

Venture Development Manager
Develops new digital business models and takes care of the monetization strategies of our ventures.

Professional experience: Venture Development Manager at Venture Capitalist Project-A Ventures and Manager Corporate Development with focus on M&A/Growth at Amorelie

Dan Kreibich

Venture Development Manager
Develops new digital business models. His current focus is on digital solutions that make travel more sustainable. Our expert for offsetting solutions and Sustainable Aviation Fuel.

Professional experience: Business development at Flightright, controlling and cockpit capacity planning experience at Lufthansa

Aylin Ceylan

Venture Development Manager
Assists with the creation of platform business models and oversees the development of Lufthansa Open API.

Professional experience: Project management in the healthcare industry, corporate development at Bertelsmann, positions at various startups

Björn Müller

Investment Manager
Targets venture capital and develops digital solutions for business travelers.

Professional experience: Venture Capital Associate at Paua Ventures, Rocket Internet and management consulting experience

Stefan Nothelfer

Director Partnerships
Establishes partnerships around digital business models between startups, leading tech companies, and the Lufthansa Group.

Professional experience: innovation management, research and aviation, at the Center for Digital Technology & Management (CDTM), Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Porsche Consulting, Pudong Airport, and Lufthansa Technik

Constanze Quirin

Transformation Manager
Transfers our findings, ways of thinking and methods from the tech world into the Lufthansa Group and develops and executes formats, trainings and events for this purpose.

Professional experience: project management in an international IT consultancy as well as for a telecommunications company, online marketing in a start-up environment

Christina Walke

Head of Communications
Responsible for all communication at the Innovation Hub – an expert in brand, press, and product communication.

Professional experience: Strategic brand and marketing campaign development at leading creative agencies and a Munich-based travel startup

Valerie Nebe

Communications Manager
Responsible for our content and social media channels and supports with events and PR of the Innovation Hub

Professional experience: Corporate communications and PR at ZEIT Verlagsgruppe

Tino Klähne

Senior Strategic Designer
Provides for a continuous flow of ideas, and consistently pushes team members to put themselves in travelers’ shoes.

Professional experience: Design strategy and product development at international design studios

Nina Klementz

Junior Strategic Designer
Methodically supports the creative finding and systematic development of new business models.

Professional experience: Data and product management for a digital platform in the education sector, online marketing, and event management

Lennart Dobravsky

Director Research & Intelligence
Responsible for running the Innovation Hub’s research activities, screening the global travel-tech scene, and evaluating important developments for the Lufthansa Group.

Professional experience: Market research analyst at Bain & Company, previous marketing experience in consumer goods and media rights

Oswin Ruiz Krüger

Junior Research & Intelligence Analyst
Supports all data-driven research activities of the Innovation Hub, analyzes developments in the global Travel & Mobility Tech ecosystem.

Professional experience: Operations in a Berlin-based startup, experience at strategy consultancies and a private equity fund

Christine Lappen

Executive Assistant
Acts as the go-to person for administrative procedures at the Lufthansa Innovation Hub, and supports the executive board.

Professional experience: Marketing, PR, and business development at a corporate finance consulting firm, consultant at a PR agency

Vera Herkenrath

Human Resources Manager
Responsible for all topics along the employee lifecycle, takes care of the professional growth of the entire team.

Professional experience: HR Business Partner at a Berlin e-commerce company

Louisa Witte

Human Resources Manager
Manages the job application process at the Innovation Hub.

Professional experience: Assistant to the management team of a design firm

Fabrice Diedrich

Junior Graphic Designer
Visualizes our research products and develops the design of our prototypes, designer of our RYDES App.

Professional experience: Freelance Designer with experience in product-, brand- und app-design

Anika Zukal

Team Assistant
Supports the team in all administrative and organizational matters.

Professional experience: Flight Attendant at Air Berlin, Office Manager at a marketing agency