Born in 1980 in Giessen, Germany, Manuel obtained his education at the Technical University Ilmenau and the Federal University of Santa Catharina (UFSC), Brazil. He holds a diploma in industrial engineering and a post-graduate diploma in Advanced Management from the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin.His career at Siemens spans over a decade from 2004. Until 2014, Manuel worked across different functions with Siemens Management Consulting (SMC). His role at SMC - part of the company’s Corporate Strategy Department - focused on strategy implementation projects across Siemens’ businesses globally. As Vice President, Manuel took on auditing and stabilization of project business in the power generation and transmission businesses as well as reorganization, restructuring and M&A activities.His project experience extended to localization projects in the UAE’spower generation sector, establishing a factory for Medium Voltage Equipment in India’s Medium Voltage Distribution, as well as developing strategies how to excel growth in emerging economies. In his capacity as a leader in the SMC team, Manuel was responsible for recruiting, people development and staff disposition, including the alignment with governing bodies and Germany’s workers council. In mid-2014, Manuel took on the position of Senior Vice President of Business Development at the company’s Middle East headquarters in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Since then, he has been driving Strategy and Business Development for Siemens in the UAE and all countries reporting to it, from Libya in the West to Pakistan in the East. As Head of the Executive Office, Manuel is responsible for the coordination of all activities that involve the CEO in internal and external affairs. In addition, he is a member of Siemens’ Global Sales Excellence Advisory Committee and Director at Siemens Pakistan Engineering Company Ltd. in Karachi.