After studying economics of forestry and timber products and earning his PhD in timber chemistry at the University of Hamburg, Dr. Schroeder entered the international timber trading business. After founding and successfully selling an own timber trading firm to a renown German corporation, Dr. Schroeder worked for 10 years for one of the world leading strategy consultancies, eventually serving as member of the board. In the year of 2000, he established his own strategy consultancy. In his 25-years-career as a strategy consultant, he has advised the top management of numerous DAX30 and Dow Jones companies and has accompanied several M&A transactions. Currently, Dr. Schroeder is active in several businesses in relation to treatment of wooden residues and bio plastics.