Dr. Willms Buhse is one of Europe’s leading innovative thinkers. His distinct professional capability is the appropriation and interweaving of ideas and stimuli. This is reflected in his curriculum vitae: colorful, engaged with new ideas and global in scope. And not just in Europe: at Harvard and MIT, even in Beverly Hills, Tokyo and Korea – his ideas and insights have sparked enthusiasm with many global listeners all over the world.
The World Wide Web – Right from the Start
Willms Buhse was named director of the first innovative Internet project at the University of Hannover. Passion for the Net caught fire, and the digital world captured his attention: a world which grew by the hour and continually offered new and unexpected potential.
From Silicon Valley to Senior Management
Today, Buhse relays his pioneering internet experience to CEOs and executive boards through his consulting activity. His experience rests on a foundation of university study including advanced degrees in economics and engineering, the founding of his company doubleYUU and several extended stays in the USA – the center of innovative vision for IT and the Web. In Silicon Valley he worked with Shawn Fanning on Napster and transformed the music industry. Commerce and entertainment on billions of mobile phones is based on a worldwide standard, which Buhse co-invented as Vice Chair. He worked on digital leadership with the German chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as top managers like Daimler’s Dieter Zetsche or Deutsche Telekom’s René Obermann.
Along with his team he is currently endeavoring to accomplish his vision to “make work a better place” for the digital era. Buhse assimilates what he hears, reads and sees. Innovation rivets him. He has developed a particular passion for the potential offered by Enterprise 2.0: The interactive Web. He senses that a revolution is underway. The digital world fundamentally transforms our personal and professional lives. He has comprehended this, and given birth to Leadership 2.0. It brings the innovation of Silicon Valley to international senior management.
Input Stimulus -> Birth and Development of an Idea -> Innovation Delivered
Buhse’s enthusiasm is infectious. He has worked as senior executive with CoreMedia (partly owned by Deutsche Telekom, Germany’s largest telecommunications firm), Bertelsmann (global media company), Roland Berger & Partner (a strategic consultancy). Today, he is a best-selling author, facilitator and consultant. He understands how to assist people with the development of ideas and innovative ventures – always using his toolkit of immense creativity and humor.
His motto: Don’t just inform, transform – passionately place information where it is most productive. For this reason, he is a celebrated speaker. In Europe, North America, Asia and Australia he has performed in front of more than 100,000 listeners.
Research and Knowledge Base
Dr. Buhse has teaching positions at the Hamburg School of Business Administration; he lectures at Harvard, MIT and elite universities in Berlin, Munich and Hamburg. With his most recent company he became a Harvard-case study for Enterprise 2.0 and leadership – where he was also elected by the employees in a democratic process to his executive position. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including the bestseller “Enterprise 2.0 – the Art of Letting Go”. His values of openness, transparency and networking are practiced by Dr. Buhse himself. Thanks to these he is always able to find new solution patterns to old problems.
From Engineering to Social Media Pioneer
Willms Buhse studied engineering, economics and wrote his PhD thesis on music in the digital age. In Germany he is considered the Social Media Pioneer and even Ashton Kutcher congratulated him via Twitter on the birth of his son Ben. He blogs for corporations like Daimler and Deutsche Telekom as well as for media blogs like Wirtschaftswoche. The media constantly cites him on the subject of Leadership 2.0.
Team Player and Family Man
Buhse has been trainer of a basketball team in Germany and a soccer team during his time in New York. He enjoys going for walks along Hamburg’s Elbe River with his family and his Labrador.
Winner of the IT Start-up contest from McKinsey, Stern and the Sparkassen
Finalist CODIE-Award for innovative product development in New York
Winner as “Best Innovator” by A.T. Kearney
Finalist of the “Convergators’ Award” in Munich
Appointments to Program Committees and Advisory Boards
- DMS Expo Cologne
- IBM Lotus DNUG Conference
- Enterprise 2.0 Summit
- Münchner Kreis
- Business & Innovation
- WM 2011 Innsbruck
- Initiator & Juror LIDA – Leadership in the Digital Age Award
- Advisory board: Netzwerk Medien & Wirtschaft
- Advisory board: Medienwirtschaftsgipfel Niedersachsen
- Juror Connect Innovation Award