Dr. Christian Liedtke is a Mechanical Engineer by education. He is currently the Head of Strategic Alliances for one of the world’s largest manufacturers of industrial robots, the KUKA AG in Augsburg, Germany. Before joining KUKA in 2017, he was the CEO of a small consulting company, opexco GmbH, located close to Augsburg, Germany, for almost four years. Prior to that, he acted as COO of a medium-sized consulting company, MR Plan, in Donauwoerth, Germany, for two years. Before turning towards consulting, Christian worked as a Vice President of Operations in production and plant management for two companies for a combined eight years – Viscom AG in Hanover, Germany and Heye International GmbH located in Obernkirchen, Germany. Prior to his career in the industry and subsequent to his studies, he spent four years as a research assistant and general manager of a collaborative research center at the University of Hanover in Germany, where he also received his Ph.D.