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Welcome to the Walkolution

 

 

We need a movement revolution

Sitting in chairs all day has never been part of our genomic plan, and it is very bad for our health. Movement is a basic human right and a sheer necessity for mental performance and long-term health. Walkolution exists for one reason: to fix the problem of sitting and give people a true alternative.

Leadership Team

Eric Söhngen

Eric Söhngen, M.D., Ph.D.

CO-FOUNDER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Eric built his first treadmill desk as a medical student and has since walked approximately 50 million steps while working. His main interest is to correct a fundamental mistake of our civilization - to sit all the time as it makes us unnecessarily ill, unhappy and less efficient. Eric is a board-certified physician and holds a doctorate in neuronal stem cell physiology from the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He is the author of the bestselling book Death by Sitting - why we need a movement revolution. As a mountaineer, he gets his personal dose of movement on the high mountains of our world.

Frank Ackermann

Frank Ackermann

CO-FOUNDER, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Frank joined Walkolution in the very early days of the company. He is fully committed to the company’s mission to create the next generation of healthy workspaces. As the founder and CEO of the Ackermann GmbH, a leading company in the furniture and interior design industry, with more than 13.000 m² of production area and 120 employees, Frank has created a well-established and renowned innovation hub of international scope, with iconic installations around the globe.

Katrine Broch Herrmann

Katrine Herrmann, LL.B., LL.M.

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

Katrine’s background in law and intellectual property has seen her work with some of the most exciting companies in the creative industries and technology sectors. Before Walkolution, Katrine was the COO in a London-based med-tech company. She brings her passions for health and well-being coupled with her advocacy for responsible and sustainable development and innovation. In her free time, Katrine enjoys outdoor activities incl. hiking, diving -exploring and taking delight in what the world has to offer.

Valentin Geiß

Valentin Geiss

HEAD OF ENGINEERING

Valentin supports Walkolution in the areas of marketing, engineering and business development. Before joining Walkolution, Valentin was an industrial engineer in companies such as SSI Schaefer and Endress+Hauser. Valentin´s other passions include outdoor sports, filmmaking and photography.

 

Advisory Board

 

Volker Nürnberg

Prof. Dr. Volker Nürberg

Head of Advisory Board, Partner at BDO AG

Volker Nürnberg is a Partner at the consulting and auditing company BDO. Before that he was Head of Health Management at the international consulting firm Mercer. In 2010, he was appointed Professor of Strategic Management in Health Care at the University of Nuremberg. Since then, he has taught at various national and international universities. In the press he is called "the pope of corporate health" and has already advised over 300 companies and given over 500 lectures on the topic.

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Prof. Dr. Shane O´Mara

Advisory Board Member, Neuroscientist

Shane O'Mara is Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity College Dublin and was Director of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, one of Europe’s leading research centres for neuroscience. He is also a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator and a Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford (D.Phil.); and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (FAPS). His research interests explore the brain systems supporting learning, memory, and cognition, and also the brain systems affected by stress and depression. He has published approximately 140 academic papers and has edited three academic books. His latest book is 'In Praise of Walking: The new science of how we walk and why it’s good for us', an Irish Times Top Ten best-seller. He is an ardent proponent of the need to integrate walking into every aspect of our everyday lives.

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Prof. Dr. Claudia Kardys

Advisory Board Member, Corporate Health Researcher

Claudia Kardys is Professor of Health and Social Management at the FOM University in Essen. After her sporting career as a professional tennis player, she completed training as a nurse. She went on studying Public Health with a specialization in occupational health management and obtained her PhD on the effects of physical and mental training on the cognitive and motor performance of employees. She also holds responsibility at TÜV Rheinland in occupational health and safety.