The Wider Circle

Advisors and Domain Experts


V.V. Srinivasan

V. V. Srinivasan is an expert in the Semiconductor Technology Industry. He has industry wide expertise in the design, fabrication, and packaging of semiconductor products. He is the President/CEO of Manufacturing Networks, Inc., a Silicon Valley based company that specializes in the coordination and outsourcing of the fabrication of semiconductor-varied products. An entrepreneur at heart, he has founded many start-ups in the space of graphics software in multi media market, inventory management systems, distribution of hospital related products and roofing products and outsourcing foundry operations. Mr. Srinivasan has a background in engineering developed in India and nurtured in Texas. He runs his several businesses from his Silicon Valley office.

Chris J.Stern

Dr. Chris Stern is an internationally experienced consultant, teacher, author and lecturer. While being a faculty member and associate partner of the St. Galler Business School, he simultaneously took over the position of CEO of a major urban and private development company in Germany for restructuring. Recently, he restructured a biomedical research company and listed it on NASDAQ. Mr. Stern is principal of the Institute for Efficient Management and has developed the process of market-oriented strategy, also topic of his evolutionary web book on BizIsSimple.com. Chris is also Chairman of Chest Holding, a boutique private equity with engagements in payment processing and aviation. He holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business Administration in Zurich and a doctorate in business administration from Trinity College and University and is a commercial pilot.

Gerd Kiefer

Gerd Kiefer is an proven financial and banking expert. Mr. Kiefer was member of the board and CEO of several Savings Banks in Germany. He furthermore served as a delegate for the state of Saarland to the umpire committee of the “Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband” (German Savings Bank Association, DSGV), the umbrella organization of the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe and its more than 400 savings banks and public insurance companies in Germany. Today Mr. Kiefer runs a private network of business angels and is active as investor, in particular in renewable energy ventures.

Rolf Kaiser

Rolf Kaiser is an internationally renowned expert in the textile, garments and fashion industry. Mr. Kaiser had formerly owned a textile retail business for more than 15 years and he was for 11 years the CEO of Textil und Bekleidungs AG, a group with more than 6,000 employees worldwide active with 12 single companies. He also served 13 years as a board member of Sütex Stuttgart, a leading purchasing association for the German fashion retail industry. Rolf Kaiser is a commercial judge at the district court of Stuttgart, a member of the Executive Board of the trade association Baden-Württembergische Textilindustrie e.V., Stuttgart and a frequent guest lecturer on procurement and distribution at the University of Reutlingen.

Anja Walter

Anja Walter is an expert for Post Merger Integration, international project management, intercultural awareness and international leadership.  She worked as a consultant for Cap Gemini and Ernst & Young in Switzerland and Germany in the areas of Strategic Tax Planning, Process Redesign and national and international Software Roll-Outs. Since 2001 she is an independent Project Manager, Consultant, Coach and founder of initii Unternehmensberatung. Anja Walter studied Grammar School Teaching, Business Administration and Information Sciences at Freiburg University, Germany.