Excellence Hall of Fame – Anastassia Lauterbach

Anastassia Lauterbach
Nominated by: Thomas Paulu
Seconded by: Nele Leosk and Susan Murray


Anastassia is one of the world’s leading experts on cybersecurity and artificial intelligence and in their implications for corporate governance. She was born in the former Soviet Union and, despite being interested in astronomy and piano, went to the Moscow State University (Lomonosov) to study Linguistics and Slavic Studies, graduating in 1994 with an award for excellence. She then moved to Germany to pursue her doctorate in Psychology at the University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn), graduating in 1997 and becoming the youngest PhD in the country that year.

Anastassia, started her career working for Munich Re as an underwriter specialising in international occupational accidents and occupational disease risks. While there, she wrote three books on Workers’ compensation insurance and employer’s liability. In 2001, she left Munich Re to join McKinsey where she worked for four years before moving to take on the role of Head of Business Transformations for the EMEA regions at DaimlerChrysler Financial Services.

In 2006, Anastassia moved to T-Mobile, where she served as Executive Vice President of Group Strategy until 2009 when she joined T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom. In Deutsche Telekom, her initial role was as Senior Vice President, Planning & Development, and she was also appointed to serve on its executive board with responsibility for Technology and Innovation. Nine months later, she took on the role of Acting Chief Products and Innovation Officer and, later in 2010, she became Senior Vice President of Business Development and Investments.

While with Deutsch Telekom, Anastassia was appointed to the Technology Advisory Board of Star Alliance and served in that capacity from 2009. She also served on the Communication Business Advisory Board of Intel from 2010 to 2011. In 2011, she left Deutsche Telekom and moved to the US semiconductor and telecommunication company, Qualcomm, to take over as its Senior Vice President for Business Development Europe.

In 2013, Anastassia founded her own boutique Advisory Company, Lauterbach GmbH Consulting and Venturing – which trades as 1AU Ventures in the UK – to advise Fortune 500 companies and investors on artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. In the same year she was appointed to the board of the US data company Dun & Bradstreet. She served on Dun & Bradstreet’s board until 2019 and chaired its Innovation & Technology Committee.

Still very much a fan of the piano and of the arts in general, in 2013 Anastassia founded Startups Meet Arts™ – an annual gathering of artists, musicians, company founders – to facilitate creative collaboration between global companies and individual influencers in the arts. She also joined the Board of Kaspersky Labs – one of the world’s leading anti-virus and cyber security companies – where she served for two years.

In 2016, following Goldman Sachs’ investment in eKomi – a leading provider of online reviews and ratings with over 15 thousand corporate customers around the world – Anastassia was appointed to eKomi’s board.

In 2017, she became a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company on Artificial Intelligence and, in 2018, she was appointed to the Supervisory Board of the German fintech electronic payments company Wirecard, just prior to it replacing Commerzbank on the Frankfurt’s stock exchange’s DAX index. She also became an Advisory Board Member of Diligent Corporation, a U.S. organization focusing on corporate governance, and published her book The Artificial Intelligence Imperative: A Practical Roadmap for Business, co-authored with Andrea Bonime-Blanc. The German national newspaper, Handelsblatt, recognized the publication as one of the most important books on economics ever written by a woman.

In 2018 and 2019 she chaired the board of Censhare AG, a leading European marketing software company, which she helped restructure and return to profitability and growth. On January 1, 2019, Anastassia was appointed to the board of EasyJet. Later in 2019, she contributed two chapters to the American Bar Association’s publication; The Law of Artificial Intelligence and Smart Machines.

She has just written a chapter on artificial intelligence in China for the book China im Blickpunkt des 21. Jahrhunderts. It was published by Springer Germany in November 2019, a month which also saw her invited by the Queen of Sweden to speak at the Royal Palace in Stockholm as part of an initiative to protect children from online abuse.

Anastassia is a founding member of the NASDAQ Advisory Council of Next Gen Board Leaders and a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar. She sits on the advisory boards of the Ocean Protocol (a blockchain infrastructure and IP company), and TM Forum (a non-profit global Association of Telecommunication Companies), as well as on the advisory boards of U.S. companies Evolution Partners and Analytics Ventures. She also serves as an advisor to UN’s International Telecommunications Union.

Anastassia takes her running shoes whenever she boards a plane, and loves discovering new jogging routes around the globe. Her heart belongs to her daughter Catherine, who at the age of nine won her first national competition in composing. Anastassia never misses an opportunity to see a ballet or opera performance. She speaks fluent English, French, German, Russian, and Serbian.