Benjamin Sekowski

Benjamin Sekowski

Berlin, Germany
Member since January 24, 2019
As a product owner and project lead for several blue-chip clients, Benjamin has launched products such as a customer service chatbot, a connected-car solution, and an industrial IoT analytics suite. Within these projects, he's led interdisciplinary teams which were distributed across several countries. He is passionate about working at the interface of emerging technologies and challenging business environments.
Benjamin is now available for hire
Project Highlights
Expertise
  • Agile
  • Agile Coaching
  • Business Development
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • New Market Entry
  • Product Management
  • Route to Market
Education
Employment
  • Founder and Product Management Consultant
    2013 - PRESENT
    Digital:Convergence
    • Consulted at the design and establishment of a company builder at Körber Digital.
    • Completed a product launch of a B2C chatbot at Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe.
    • Conducted a market study on a smart insurance platform at Volkswagen.
    • Consulted on a connected car project at Volkswagen.
    • Consulted on a data lake project at Munich Re.
    • Realized a smart home product launch at ERGO Digital.
    • Conducted an enterprise architecture management project at DHL.
    • Conducted a social media excellence project at Audi.
  • Business Analyst
    2015 - 2016
    IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft
    • Performed all relevant activities in the venture capital deal chain from deal sourcing to portfolio company sales processes.
    • Built a strong network in the German start-up ecosystem.
    • Modeled business cases and derived enterprise valuation with various methods such as DCF.
    • Negotiated term sheets and structured deals >1 million EUR.
    • Performed due diligence activities on buy-side as well as sell-side.
  • Business Development Intrn
    2013 - 2013
    DuPoint Chile
    • Analyzed South American markets for market entry opportunities and modeled opportunity size.
    • Assisted in various sales and account management activities.
    • Explored adjacent market segments for diversification.
  • IT Consulting Working Student
    2012 - 2012
    KPMG
    • Consulted clients with regard to their IT and enterprise architecture governance.
    • Contributed to white papers about cloud computing architectures.
    • Analyzed clients total costs of ownership of technology choices.
  • IT Consultant Intern
    2011 - 2012
    Deloitte
    • Conducted risk management assessments of blue-chip clients.
    • Assessed cloud computing infrastructures for vulnerabilities and performed penetration testing activities.
    • Implemented IT controls according to leading frameworks such as COBIT.
    • Performed fraud detection audits.
    • Advised clients with regard to emergent cybersecurity threats.
  • R&D Intern
    2010 - 2011
    Fraunhofer Institute
    • Researched and monitored the coating process of mechanical components with ultra-hard, amorphous carbon layers.
    • Assisted in conducting experiments in various domains of industrial technologies.
Project History
  • Körber Digital: Establishing of a Company Builder for Industrial IoT
    Product owner for a Smart Factory app store; set up the product management department, and agile coach for product owners.

    Set up a company builder/incubator with over 20 initiatives and 100+ employees w/ offices in Europe and Asia.

  • Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe: B2B Chatbot Launch
    Project lead, product development, and launch throughout three major development stages.

    Development of a chatbot for the internal workflow management of the investment bank DekaBank.

  • Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe: B2C Banking Chatbot Launch
    Development of go-to-market strategy and product ownership; onboarding of customers; 73% accuracy; reach: 3+ million users.

    Development and market entry of a customizable customer service chatbot for retail banking clients.

  • Volkswagen: Data Platform for Vehicle Data
    Strategic foresight, market landscape analysis, project setup, and design of technological blueprint.

    Business model development of the data platform for vehicle data.

  • Volkswagen: Connected Car Launch
    Business case development, product management consulting, and supply chain and operation strategy.

    Development of a car-on-demand/car sharing platform using a Telematic module, cloud back end, and mobile app.

  • Munich Re: IoT Platform/Data Lake Project
    Led requirements analysis and MVP design and business case modeling.

    Feasibility study of an IoT risk management platform in order to consolidate group-wide structured and unstructured data sources.

  • ERGO Digital: Smart Home Product Launch
    Product strategy and management for collaboration of ERGO and Telekom for a joint product launch.

    IoT Product management of the joint venture product "SmartHome Schutzbrief" from Telekom and ERGO.

  • DHL Express: Capability Management Project
    Led a team of six to implement a capability lifecycle process across the clients' organization.

    Process analysis and design of an IT governance framework with regard to the capability lifecycle.

  • Audi: Social Media Excellence
    Data analytics of social media streaming data, benchmarking of dealer's performance, and derivation of actionable metrics.

    KPI-based social media analysis of Audi's dealer network and derivation of respective measures.

Education
  • Master's degree in IT Systems Engineering and Management
    2012 - 2015
    Technical University of Berliin - Berlin, Germany
  • Exchange participant in MBA program
    2013 - 2014
    Siam University Bangkok - Bangkok, Thailand
  • Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering
    2008 - 2011
    Technical University of Dresden - Dresden, Germany
Certifications
  • PRINCE2® Foundation Certificate in Project Management
    APRIL 2019 - PRESENT
    AXELOS Global Best Practice
  • AWS Fundamentals: Building Serverless Applications
    APRIL 2019 - PRESENT
    Amazon AWS
  • AWS Fundamentals: Going Cloud-Native
    DECEMBER 2018 - PRESENT
    Amazon AWS
  • Microsoft Enterprise Security Fundamentals
    NOVEMBER 2018 - PRESENT
    Microsoft
  • Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I)
    MAY 2018 - PRESENT
    Scrum.org
  • Big Data Analytics
    JANUARY 2018 - PRESENT
    Hasso Plattner Institute
  • Professional Scrum Master Level I (PSM I)
    MAY 2017 - PRESENT
    Scrum.org
  • Machine Learning
    DECEMBER 2016 - PRESENT
    Stanford Online

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