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Ralf Lippold

Vanguard at XPRIZE

Dresden Area, Germany
Information Technology and Services
  1. XPRIZE,
  2. HTxA - High Tech x Agency (currently pre-founding stage)
  1. Semicon Europa 2012,
  2. SEMICON Europa 2011,
  3. Amplify Festival 2011 c/o AMP
  1. Deloitte University
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40 years experience in solving complex process challenges with given technology, and resources. Passionate promoter, and implementor of lean thinking, system dynamics, abundance, opera, and ballet.

Providing professional advice on improving, and designing business processes in various environments (automotive, service, rail logistics, crisis management).

Being a strategic technology advisor, moving from a laser-focused view to a broad-angled space view making sense of weak signals that impact your business area.



– Present (2 months)Dresden & Web

Official XPRIZE Vanguard promoting, and supporting the most recently announced XPRIZE Global Learning Prize,

To follow the global conversation (especially on Twitter):

Co-Founder & Digital Communication Evangelist

HTxA - High Tech x Agency (currently pre-founding stage)
– Present (3 years 2 months)Dresden Area, Germany

Digital communication & marketing agency helping customers to bring full value of fast communication tools. Especially focused on accelerating the conversation and knowledge flow at tech conferences.

Tech Blogger

Semicon Europa 2012
(1 month)Dresden Area, Germany

Accredited member of the press - spreading the word about hight tech, emerging technologies such as plastic electronics via the Web - established first Twitter activity around SEMICON Europa.

Blogger in Residence

SEMICON Europa 2011
(1 month)Dresden & World

Cross-connecting the field of semiconductors with adjacent and not so obvious business fields, also reaching out via various social media channels globally using my personal multi-disciplinary networks.

Blogger in Residence

Amplify Festival 2011 c/o AMP
(1 month)

Actively facilitate the outreach of the Amplify Festival 2011 beyond Australia in European areas and a wide range of communities in which I am embodied. Intention is to co-create a better future together based on understanding of emerging technologies and its implications on human behavior, especially in the business context.

Process Consultant

(3 years)Dresden Area, Germany

Business Strategy Consultant within the field of Lean Management, and System Dynamics, enabling clients to perceive, understand, and act upon current, and uprising challenges with the resources at hand.

Member of Staff

2. World Culture Forum Dresden
(1 month)Dresden Area, Germany

General organizing staff, and Twitter journalist at 2nd World Culture Forum,

Process Specialist Logistics

(5 years 1 month)BMW Plant Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

Created and developed business and logistics processes around the production processes in order to achieve given production, quality and time goals in close cooperation with other departments involved. Closely worked in the intersecting fields of production control, vehicle distribution, and internal logistics.

Teaching new IT systems, and implementation into existing work processes has been also largely part of the duty. Plantwide keyuser for several production-related & logistics IT systems.

Established the current vehicle distribution processes at BMW Plant Leipzig.

Integrated and monitored a third-party logistics provider doing the operational vehicle distribution.

Analyzed and optimized business processes in close cooperation with logistics provider and other relevant departments.

Project Leader

QAD Qualifizierungs- und Arbeitsförderungsgesellschaft mbH
(4 months)Dresden, Germany

Directed and coached a team of 14 team members in order to give active help to persons concerned by the flooding of the river Elbe in Dresden, Germany, 2002.

Initiated new fields within the scope of the general help efforts (e.g. integration of Palm handhelds to ease communication in the field)

Negotiated actively with companies, city councils and helpers to obtain help

IT Coordinator

Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe AG
(7 months)Dresden Area, Germany

Co-ordinated and consulted as an IT-Coordinator departments concerning the software development in order to achieve a lean company-wide software system environment.

Quality Manager & Marketing Specialist

Kombiverkehr Deutsche Gesellschaft für kombinierten Güterverkehr mbH Co. KG
(3 years 5 months)Frankfurt Am Main Area, Germany

Worked as a quality manager for the roll-out of the container-tracking system CESAR ( to lead customers.

Analyzed internal business and logistics processes and initiated improvements.

Coordinated the computer system installation at the intermodal (rail-road) terminal at BASF Ludwigshafen/Rhein.


Bridging Across Boundaries Technologies(Link)

May 2012

Coverage of the 2nd IEEE Time Technology Machine #IEEETTM that took place in Dresden, heart of what is Europe's most thriving, diverse, and high technology region.

Honors & Awards

Sächsischer Fluthelferorder

Bundesrepublik Deutschland / Freistaat Sachsen

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Blogger & Performing Arts Evangelist

Sächsische Staatsoper Semperoper Dresden
– Present (4 years 2 months)Arts and Culture

Promotor, blogger, and connector in favor for Semperoper Dresden, its performances, and singers, dancers.

In October 2011 I initiated the to build up strong connections with audiences around the globe.

Since autumn 2010 writing reviews on opera, and ballet performances at Semperoper -

Opportunities Ralf is looking for:

Causes Ralf cares about:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Education
  • Science and Technology

Organizations Ralf supports:

  • Society for Organizational Learning
  • Lean Enterprise Institute
  • Singularity University
  • System Dynamics Society, Inc.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Management

  • Business Dynamics: MIT's Approach to Diagnosing, and Solving Complex Business Problems

Independent Coursework

  • Lean LaunchPad (Udacity EP245)
  • Design Thinking (Stanford University)
  • Technology Entrepreneurship Part 1 (Stanford University)
  • Foundations for Leadership (SoL)

Jyväskylän yliopisto

  • IGNITION 2009 - 5-Day Leadership Workshop


Logistics Direct Flow Rate (Automotive)(Link)

In order to visualize the "real" flow of produced automobiles in the production line an automatic algorithm to distinguish cars with only planned actions (like analyzing, testing, and such) and others where certain issues were surfaced, and made it necessary for rework, extra analysis or such.

This is then used to dig deeper into possible root causes that caused the delay.

The project was covered, and supported by several colleagues from different departments on the shop floor, and supporting departments.

Team members:
  • Ralf Lippold,
  • Maria Zurhake,
  • Tom Genenz,
  • Axel Dötsch,
  • Alpay Uguz

Free of charge rail travel for flood recover helpers

Due to rising interest of national, and international help I convinced the headquarter of German Railway (Deutsche Bahn AG) to support train rides for helpers who wanted to come to Dresden in order to help, this happened in close co-operation with the City of Dresden.

Team members:

Container tracking & tracing system(Link)

Software business development, and user experience improvement, coupled with general process improvement

Team members:

HTxA - HighTechxAgency(Link)

– Present

Intent of the project is to market Dresden as one of the major art & technology hotspots through social networks across the globe.

Team members:

LockSchuppen - FutureLab2056 - SingularAcademy - CollabSpace(Link)

– Present

More background on what is the driving force, and intent:

Team members:

Lean Startup Machine - Unlocking for Dresden(Link)

Project to accelerate discipline crossing entrepreneurship in the City of Dresden supported by Lean Startup Machine.

Team members:


– Present

A monthly meeting (1st Monday of the month) of people passionately dedicated to shape the future of Dresden in a positive way.

Next OpenCoffeeClubDresden: Monday, 3rd December, 2012, 6pm-8pm ( for Details)

Team members:


– Present

First Twitter-based Semperoper,, fan account - dedicated to last Semperoper Intendant Dr. Ulrike Hessler (who died 2012)

Team members:


Build a knowledge-sharing bridge between Athens and Dresden to help Greek entrepreneurs develop their start-up business through crowdfunding and global networking.

Team members:


  1. English

    Full professional proficiency
  2. French

    Elementary proficiency
  3. Spanish

    Elementary proficiency
  4. German

    Native or bilingual proficiency


  • Lean Thinking
  • Project Facilitation
  • Systems Thinking
  • Knowledge Management
  • Enterprise 2.0
  • Open Innovation
  • Social Networking
  • Innovation Consulting
  • Process Consultation
  • Future Trends
  • Kaizen Facilitation
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Social Media
  • Teaching Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Organizational Design
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Social Networking...
  • Process Consulting
  • Project Management
  • Start-ups
  • Process Improvement
  • Kaizen
  • Strategy
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Business Strategy
  • Business Intelligence
  • Leadership
  • Innovation Management
  • Integration
  • Management Consulting
  • Cross-functional Team...
  • Business Process
  • Strategic Consulting
  • Business Transformation
  • System Dynamics
  • Social Media Strategist
  • Business Process...
  • Program Management
  • Consulting
  • Business Modeling
  • Process Engineering
  • Change Management
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Deloitte University

Statement of Accomplishment (MOOC), Additive Manufacturing

3D opportunity: The course on additive manufacturing for business leaders

Aimed at a general business audience, the course provides an overview of a wide range of additive manufacturing technologies and offers a framework to help learners understand the business implications of additive manufacturing.

Stanford University

Online Courses provided by Udacity/ NovoEd, Design Thinking, Lean Thinking, Entreprenership

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

-, Masters Degree in System Dynamics

Started a Masters Degree in System Dynamics at WPI in Fall 2008.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Management

Certificate, Executive Business Dynamics Workshop

More on the program here:

Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden

Master, Business Administration

- Production Management
- Project and Innovation Management
- Information Management Systems
- Strategic Management and Organization

Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

none, Economics

- International Economics Relationships
- Business Financing
- Accounting

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Bachelor, Economics

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