Senior Advisor, Allianz X
Since 2013, Sebastian has built up the Allianz Digital Accelerator in Munich, which is now known as Allianz X. Allianz X makes significant investments into game changing, technology-driven business ideas and startups. Our main investment areas are Mobility, Property & Wealth, Health, Future of Work, Data Intelligence and Cybersecurity. In addition to providing financial resources, Allianz X serves as the entry point to unlock the trusted brand, distribution power and financial services of the Allianz Group. It also offers strategic expertise and potentially operational expert resources in the areas of product development, marketing & sales and IT development. Allianz X is one of the key pillars of the Digital Transformation strategy of Allianz Group.
In addition to his role at Allianz, Sebastian is majority shareholder and chairman at CommerceBoard, an early stage e-commerce software company. He also has made angel investments and is an active mentor to several startup companies in Germany, the UK and Israel.
In 2008, Sebastian founded an online retailing startup with Rocket Internet and Holtzbrinck Ventures as early stage investors; he successfully exited from this venture in 2012. Sebastian started his work life in 2003 as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he focused on FMCG/Packaged Goods as well as Marketing & Sales topics. Before that, he studied Business Administration in Vallendar (WHU), Los Angeles and Toulouse and holds a PhD in Behavioral Psychology from FU Berlin. Sebastian lives in Berlin, is married and has two sons.