"Politics is all about hard work over the long haul."
Max Weber, German sociologist and political economist
"The Corporate Diplomats" (TCD) was formed for the purpose of building bridges between business enterprises and their socio-economic market environment, their stakeholders. Long-lasting bridges of this sort are built upon the foundation of trustworthy, customized communication on specific political topics.
Political and public authorities, customers and civil society as well as the scientific community play an increasingly influential role in the future development of companies and institutions, while media outlets and social networks function as critical mediators and drivers, impacting the face of socio-political opinions.
In view of growing (decision making) complexity, it is more important than ever for companies and institutions to recognize the overall situation – the big picture – they find themselves at an early stage and even to anticipate upcoming circumstances with the help of trust-based, targeted dialogue strategy. These strategies, focused on ongoing knowledge exchange and anticipatory learning, need to be sustainable in order to support and secure long-term success.
For example, in the case of statutory regulation processes, strategic elements include:
building up trust between internal/external experts and decision makers,
promoting the early awareness of key topics and potential hindrances (internally and externally),
reducing complexity in the process of preparing critical, reliable information and legitimate proposals,
creating strategic and operational “insight value-add” among the stakeholders,
accelerating the company’s / institution’s ability to anticipate general societal and political development through proactive knowledge transfer.
It would be my pleasure to accompany and consult you, your company or your institution personally or with experienced, competent partners from my select network.
Let’s construct functional bridges together.
For more than 14 years Ekkart Kaske, as a corporate diplomat, has been focusing on Government Affairs and Public Policy activities of global players in the banking and insurance sector (Dresdner Bank, Allianz, Zurich). In his most recent corporate role he served as Head of Government & Industry Affairs of the Zurich Group in Germany with direct information line to the Country CEO. Since mid 2017 he is as Executive Director and board member in charge of developing further a European non-profit association.
Earlier in his career he worked for nearly 10 years in the Operations area of financial services companies – thereof four in leading positions in China. At a telematics start-up he was able to gain further experience in Business Development.
Through strategic issue & stakeholder management he supports board members and top management by identifying regulatory and reputational opportunities & risks early on while reducing complexity. He analyzes economic, digital and socio-political developments and trends in Germany, Europe and beyond. In the framework of cross-functional and cross-national projects, topics like cyber risk, demographic change, telematics, digitalization, consumer/data protection, old age provision and long-term investments are holistically assessed, leading to the prioritization and promotion of key issues.
Following his apprenticeship as a banker at Deutsche Bank, he obtained a diploma in Business Economics from the University of Bayreuth. During his Executive MBA at Kellogg School of Management (Chicago) in cooperation with WHU (Vallendar), he focused on Political Risk Management and Government Relations. In 2018 he was „Open Course Design Thinking“ trained at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam.
Expert meetings / workshops, events, moderation
Catalyst for innovation & change management
Holistic organizational development
'Health check' for sectors, companies, products
Ethical business practice & regulation
Business ethics due dilligence (preventative compliance)
Moderation of situational analysis
Communication & positioning strategies
Political environment analysis
Regulatory process analysis
Project & issue management
Local representation of interests
Early perception (radar screen, research)
Risk analysis (prioritization, dynamics)
Communication ("one voice", position papers)
Engagement (dialogue, coalition building)
Prevention (cultural change & learning)
„Mr. Kaske executed the consulting project very professionally. The overall result even exceeded the expectations. In particular to mention, his competencies in terms of methods and facilitation, as well as his interdisciplinary thinking skills and ability to structure complex relationships clearly. “
German Actuarial Society (Birgit Kaiser, Managing Director)
„Your ability to apply your expertise and perspective rooted in the private economy to the increasingly important field of IT / cyber security for the OSCE participating states contributed greatly to the event’s success. “
Federal Foreign Office (Karsten Geier, Head of Coordinating Staff Cyber Foreign Policy)
„Ekkart Kaske has significantly contributed to the professionalization of Zurich’s public policy activities and to increase visibility of our company in the European public policy arena. His wide range of insurance know-how, his thorough experience in stakeholder and issue management and his proactive and positive attitude made him a valuable partner for all management levels.“
Zurich Insurance Group (Arno Wicki, former Head Government & Industry Affairs Europe)
„Mr. Kaske rapidly became familiar with all aspects of his new area of responsibility at the Allianz Representative Office. He is skilled in communicating political and complex relationships in a structured way.“
Allianz SE (Dr. Sighart Nehring, former Direktor Allianz SE and Head of Berlin Representative Office; former Ministerial Director at Federal Chancellors Office – Head of Economic and Fiscal Department)
The Corporate Diplomats - Ekkart Kaske
Phone: +49 (0)30 79786732
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