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Meet-Up: Female Science Talents

Siemens, Falling Walls Foundation | Annika Hauptvogel, Sicco Lehmann-Brauns, Ilaria Carrara Cagni, Tanvi Sharma, Abir Haddad

Our networking event cordially hosts female leaders of today and female high potentials from academia, industry, and start-up scene exclusively selected and brought together by Female Science Talents. In an intimate and familiar atmosphere, the young female science talents will enjoy the chance of networking and getting insights into a leading tech driven company. We truly believe that the opportunity to get acquainted with the life experience of their role models and established leaders in science and industry will inspire them and open a broad new perspective on their work and career.

The leaders of today will take part in our networking event and share their own work and career story in personal conversations to help each of our champions to break through the ‘glass ceiling’ in academia and industry.

Sponsored by Siemens.


Annika Hauptvogel has been Head of Technology and Innovation Management at Siemens since June 2021. In this function she is responsible for the strategy of Siemens Technology. She reports directly to the CTO of Siemens AG.

Annika Hauptvogel began her career at Siemens Mobility GmbH in 2015. In her former position she was responsible for the development of digital services for rail systems.

Annika Hauptvogel holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Munich and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from RWTH Aachen University.

Dr. Sicco Lehmann-Brauns is Senior Director Research and Innovation Policy in Technology and Innovation Management at Siemens AG, where he works on topics related to innovation systems, data economy, artificial intelligence and new digital business models. He is currently chair of the ZVEI working group “Data Economy and Artificial Intelligence”, co-chair of the BDI working group “Data Economy” and member of the expert group of the “Zukunftsrat” of the German Federal Government. Currently, he is very passionate about the Industrial Metaverse and it’s opportunities to increase productivity and sustainability at the same time. Sicco has professional experience in various functions in technology and innovation management, science-based policy consulting as well as in technology and science management. Before joining Siemens AG, he held leading positions at the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) and the Max Planck Society, among others. He studied philosophy of science and is a lecturer at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR) where he teaches open innovation strategies and digital business models.

Ilaria manages strategic research and innovation partnerships with universities, tech incubators, academic startups as well as talents at Siemens Technology. Her focus is on open innovation and sustainability with a growth mindset. Within Siemens she drives Intrapreneurship with all businesses. In her free time, Ilaria teaches ‘intercultural communication’ at several universities in Bavaria. As mother of three boys and coach, she believes in balance between family and professional endeavors.

Tanvi Sharma is a seasoned data strategist and technology expert with a multi-disciplinary professional background spanning data science consulting, digital marketing, sustainability, and climate science. Her versatile career showcases her adaptability and proficiency in wearing multiple hats. This has enabled her creativity in identifying connections and synthesizing knowledge from various disciplines towards a bigger picture and impact.
As a Sustainability Data Projects Engineer, Tanvi is currently leading the Siemens wide initiative – Life Cycle Assessment Center of Competence (LCA CoC) responsible for accelerating environmental product declarations. Prior to joining Siemens, she worked as a Data Engineer on the EU Initiative – Destination Earth at Alfred-Wegener-Institute, with an army of scientists trying to build a highly accurate (<5km resolution) digital model of earth on a global scale which can better predict climate change. Tanvi holds two bachelor’s degrees – Business Administration and Environmental Informatics along with a master’s degree in International Marketing and Management.

Abir Haddad

Institute for Legal Transformation

Dr. Abir Haddad was born in Baghdad, Iraq and immigrated to Germany at the age of 12. Abir studied law in Tübingen and received her doctorate from the faculty of international private law at the University of Cologne. During her doctorate, she worked on comparative law in different languages with research stays in various countries. The fascination for legal concepts and dogmatics has led her to combine comparative law and futurism and to look into the future of law to develop innovative solutions to challenges such as climate change and emerging technologies.

I want our global society to overcome the reactive and slow patterns of law-making to meet the needs of tomorrow’s challenges instead. I want this, because we need to be prepared for the challenges science is predicting in order to conquer them successfully. I can do this because I have been living and experiencing different systems and legal cultures and I fell in love with finding creative solutions for these problems and moreover I enjoy supporting people creating solutions out of the box. 


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Radialsystem – Ship
Holzmarktstraße 33
Berlin, 10243

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