Janina Kugel – Keynote Speaker

Non-Executive Board Member and Advisor | Member of the Board of Trustees

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Specialist Subjects

  • The Digital Transformation of HR: Cutting through the hype to deliver real business value
  • Change nothing, and nothing will change: Why we need to rethink leadership
  • Unleashing the Power of Diversity


  • English


Janina Kugel is the “most prominent German manager” according to SPIEGEL. For many years, Janina Kugel was the secret superstar (BILD: “Star Manager”) of Siemens AG as Chief Human Resources Officer of the company. She gave the company “a young, cool image on the cutting edge” (FAZ).

Janina started her career as a management consultant at Accenture. During this period, she worked for international companies throughout Europe and the United States, mainly focusing on process reengineering, restructuring and organisational design.

After moving into industrial organisations, she held several management and leadership positions at Siemens in the areas of Business Strategy and Human Resources. At Osram Lighting Janina served as Chief Human Resources Officer, where she had global responsibility for Human Resources, Executive Development and Diversity. From 2015 until 2020 she was Chief Human Resources Officer and a member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG with global responsibility for Human Resources, including the areas of Diversity, Learning and Education, Social Innovation, and Environmental Protection, Health Management and Safety (EHS).

Janina holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Mainz, Germany, and the University of Verona, Italy.

Janina Kugel serves as Non-Executive Board Member of Konecranes Oyj, Finland, and as Member of the Supervisory Boards of tour operator TUI AG and pension guaranty association PSVaG. From 2001 until 2020, Kugel held various roles at the German industrial concern Siemens AG, most recently as Chief Human Resources Officer and a Member of the Managing Board, responsible for human resources worldwide, including diversity, education and training, social innovations as well as environmental protection, health management and safety.

Before that, she held various leadership positions at Siemens and Osram Licht AG in the areas of human resources and strategy in Germany, China and Italy. Kugel is an active supporter of numerous national and international diversity initiatives. She holds a master’s degree in Economics from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany and the Università di Verona in Italy.

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