Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Volker Grienitz

Born in 1971

Apprenticeship with Abitur
Communications electronics

Study Economics
University of Paderborn

Doctorate in Technology
Management with
Scenario technology
University of Paderborn

Habilitation Systems
Engineering through
Scenario technology
University of Siegen

Professor for Digitalisation
in Society & Technology
Wismar University of
Applied Sciences


UNITY AG, Paderborn

Head of Competence Centre Strategic Consulting / Innovation- & Technology Management

  • Consulting of small medium sized companies and international large corporates
  • Focus: Automotive industry, aviation, mechanical and plant engineering, insurance companies
  • Preparation of technology and future studies for companies, professional organisations and social institutions
Universität Siegen

Junior professor of Industrial Engineering

  • Numerous industrial projects with SMEs and global companies with a focus on the automotive supply industry
  • Application and foundation of the “Automotive Centre Südwestfalen” as a pre-competitive cooperation platform
BENTELER Automobiltechnik GmbH, Paderborn

Head of Department Innovation with Foresight / Start-up Management / Feasibility Studies

  • International team in Germany and Spain
  • Development of trend books and market pull & technology push deep-dives on topics such as electromobility, battery technologies, hydrogen systems in cars, alternative drives, additive manufacturing technologies
  • Development of a corporate start-up from a project house – BENTELER Electric Drive System, now HOLON
  • Registration of 9 patents in the field of electromobility
  • Development of start-up ecosystem
Neue Mobilität Paderborn e.V., Paderborn

Managing Director

  • Individualisation of mobility/local public transport taking into account energy and digitalisation
  • Members: Municipalities, districts, companies

Selected project experience:

  • Structured business model development (including complementary new business) based on blue & red ocean competition analyses based on existing competences and success factors
  • Realignment of innovation department (product portfolio, research controlling, organisational structure)
  • Digitalisation projects in production / administration / research and development

Advisory boards & committees:

  • Advisory board member – ILH – Institute for Hybrid Lightweight Systems, University of Paderborn
  • FAT – Research Association of the VDA – German Association of the Automotive Industry — Advisory Board Member
  • VDA / FIF – Research and Innovation and Funding Policy – Roadmap Creation