As an expert panel with complementary know-how in financial, economic, political and social issues, the Advisory Board of the Aquila Group advises the management on strategic issues related to the company's business orientation and management as well as on sustainability topics.
Chris Hitchen has been a member of Aquila Group’s Advisory Board since July 2018. He started his career in 1986 as a principal consulting actuary and investment consultant at Aon Hewitt. Between 1998 and 2017, Hitchen was first the CIO then CEO of the UK Railways Pension Scheme. He also chaired the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) and was the first investment committee chair at NEST, a national DC pension scheme. Hitchen is Chair of the Border to Coast Pensions Partnership and also the independent chair of the scheme committees for two industrywide housing association pension schemes. He is a Board member of the Toronto-based International Centre for Pensions Management (ICPM), and for the Investor Forum, which promotes strategic dialogue between companies and investors.
Dr. Olaf Huth has been a member of the Advisory Board of Aquila Group since 2016. He started his professional career at HSBC Trinkaus in 1985, becoming the CEO of the firm’s former subsidiary in Switzerland, having held various other positions within the group. Back in Düsseldorf, he assumed responsibility for the firm’s corporate customer business in 1998 as a member of the extended management board and was appointed to the circle of personally liable partners in 2001. Since 2002, Dr. Huth has been responsible for the group’s wealth management and private banking business. In 2006, he became a member of the management board; since 2013 he has been a member of the advisory board.
Martin Keller joined the Advisory Board of Aquila Group in January 2017. His former roles include Global Head of Hedge Fund Investments at Deutsche Bank in London and Global Head, Prime Brokerage at UBS Warburg in Zurich and New York. He is also a former head of the institutional business of the British investment company, Man Group. In 2011, he became Head of Asset Management at Credit Suisse for the EMEA region. He also led the asset management company Aventicum Capital, a joint venture between Credit Suisse and Qatar Holdings, until 2016. In September 2017, Martin Keller became the CEO of the Swiss private bank Falcon.
An emeritus professor of systems management, Prof. Dennis Meadows has been a member of Aquila Group's Advisory Board since 2010. As a former director of the Institute for Politics and Social Research at the University of New Hampshire, he is a father of the sustainability movement. He became internationally recognised as the co-author of the study "Limits to Growth", which was commissioned by the Club of Rome, and explores the consequences of a rapidly growing world population and the depletion of natural resources. Professor Meadows holds a doctorate in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management and has been awarded four honorary degrees.
Dr. Herbert Walter has been a member of the Advisory Board of Aquila Group since 2010. He started his professional career at Deutsche Bank in Munich in 1983, where he became the general manager of the bank’s private and corporate client business and a member of the group executive committee in 2002, having previously held several other positions. In 2003, Dr. Walter became Chairman at Dresdner Bank in Frankfurt and, at the same time, a member of the management board of Allianz in Munich. Since 2009, he has been working as a freelance consultant and holds positions on the supervisory boards of several German and international companies, including ERGO Group and the Portuguese bank CDG.
Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Aquila Group since 2019. The world-renowned climate researcher was one of the first to call for timely and sustainable measures against global warming, above all by moving away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. After research stays abroad at the University of California, he was Professor at the Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences at the University of Oldenburg from 1989 to 1993. From 2001 to 2005 he headed the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the UK. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber is Director Emeritus of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, which he founded in 1992. He was Chairman of the German Advisory Council on Global Change and has been a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for many years.
Dr. Klaus Naumann has been a member of the advisory board of Aquila Group since June 2019. In 1991, Klaus was appointed the youngest ever Inspector General of the Bundeswehr – Germany’s armed forces. In this role, he was responsible, inter alia, for the reorganisation and reduction of the Bundeswehr, as well as its internal conversion from home defence to deployments within the framework of UN. From February 1996 to May 1999, Klaus Naumann was Chairman of the Military Committee of NATO. After retiring, he took on a number of volunteer duties. In Germany, this included presidencies of the Clausewitz Society and the German-British Officers Association. Internationally, Klaus has worked as a member of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS), which promotes the concept of “Responsibility to Protect”, and as a member of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. He has also been a member of the Supervisory Board of Chorus AG since 2017.