Professor Hans-Jörg Schmidt-Trenz serves chambers of industry and commerce and industry associations at COMPANYLINKS.
He currently holds various positions on business-related committees. He has been a Member of the Board of Trustees for HASPA Hamburger Sparkasse for two decades. He is also a member of the board of directors at Baloise AG, the Swiss parent company of Basler Versicherungs AG, and a member of the advisory board for the Hanse Merkur Insurance Group. He also plays an important role in the worldwide network of chambers of industry and commerce. He is a member of the General Council and Executive Committee of the INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE in Paris, is Chairman of the Working Group of CEOs of European Chambers of Industry and Commerce, and a representative and consultant for the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.
Professor Schmidt-Trenz is the Founding President of the HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration (since 2004) and holds a professorial chair in Economics at the University of Hamburg (since 2008). He has been an Associate Professor at Saarland University since 2000. He completed his degree in Economics there and at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. His academic interests focus on international economic relations, the economics of the third sector, and economic analysis of law.
Professor Schmidt-Trenz was Chief Executive of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce from 1996 to 2017. During this time he was a member of the supervisory boards of Flughafen Hamburg GmbH and Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, a member of the board of the Northern Chamber of Industry and Commerce (from 2000) and a member of the broadcasting board of Norddeutscher Rundfunk (until 2013). Prior to that he was Managing Director of the Karlsruhe Chamber of Industry and Commerce from 1988 to 1995, a capacity in which he oversaw facilities such as the Technologiefabrik Karlsruhe, the first entrepreneur-oriented technology centre in Germany.
What he likes about COMPANYLINKS: Instead of taking an attitude of ‘we just have to’, what we do here is highly effective: we provide rapid, on-target, systematic matching results to those looking to invest in medium-sized companies. Many people, especially in business development institutions, have been eagerly awaiting this.