Uta-Micaela Dürig
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Uta-Micaela Dürig

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Uta-Micaela Dürig


Not only is Dubai the host of the 2021 Expo, it is also where the partnership between the Education Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA) charity and the Dubai Cares philanthropic organization was established in 2018.

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Moving mountains together: Over the course of my more than 35-year career, I have gained insights in a broad range of sectors, thus giving me the experience required to see things from several perspectives. I have worked in

media | global business | politics | the foundation sector

on several continents: in India and Sri Lanka since 1985, and in China, Japan, Singapore, Australia and Malaysia since 1989. Since the 1990s, my work has taken me to North America, and to Sub-Saharan Africa since 2015.

Today, I bring my knowledge, energy, and creativity to the table, contributing my broad expertise to supervisory boards, foundation boards of trustees, universities, and consulting teams. Drawing on 21 years of experience with global corporations such as RWE, ABB, and Bosch, family-owned firms like KRONE, and several years of executive management at the Robert Bosch Foundation, I now help develop strategic solutions, move mountains, promote organizational and content-related change, manage crises, and steer through complex, fast-changing environments.

Uta-Micaela Dürig

The main focus of my work today combines all of my of previous professional experience.  Major projects that demonstrate my conceptual and strategic expertise include:

  • The Bosch Group's global sustainability governance policy
  • Several corporate transformation programs that have enhanced companies' reputations and improved their customer and employee loyalty
  • A newly established learning center for a medium-sized company in Austria,
  • The establishment of shared service centers following fair negotiations with works councils,
  • Award-winning employer campaigns,
  • The Education Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA) charity
  • Projects and studies for the further development of the health and care sector
  • The German School Portal and School Barometer
  • The German-American-Chinese Media Forum
  • The global Falling Walls Engage science communication platform.

At the interface between business, society, and science, I have been privileged to work with national and international experts. Moreover, social enterprise projects and start-up investments have provided me with an even sharper view of the big picture, especially with regard to digitization and societal challenges.

Perspectives for

In the past 30 years, innovation cycles have become shorter, entirely new competitors have emerged, and disruptions that spark change have become more frequent.

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Spanning more than two decades, the time I spent in leading positions at major global companies has provided me with a solid basis with which to advise both corporate groups and medium-sized companies effectively. My experience includes:

  • Working as member of supervisory and family advisory boards
  • Playing a central role in the development of global sustainability structures
  • Steering transformation, change, and integration management processes
  • Driving corporate culture forward and establishing corporate identity
  • Employer branding
  • Crisis management.


Intensive discussions that provided me with insights into one of the symbols of technological change and the world's increasing digitization were followed by a lunch break at the food truck.

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Perspectives for
academic institutions



Not only do I enjoy educating the next generation, I also consider it to be part of my social responsibility. This is why I have been involved in education and training at universities and journalism schools since 1996.

Beyond teaching, I have also contributed as well in advisory boards of universities to:

  • The establishment of university institutes
  • Educational projects that companies benefited from directly (e.g. learning centers for companies)
  • The development and implementation of academic studies on both economic and social topics.


The University of Cambridge's Play in Education Development and Learning (PEDAL) Institute, the Brookings Institution's Centre for Universal Education in Washington, D.C., and the Lego Foundation's Centre for Creativity, Play, and Learning form a strong partnership in exploring our children's future skills, new ways of learning, and approaches to lifelong learning.

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Perspectives for
donors and

The challenges of our time are too big to solve alone. As a former managing director of the Robert Bosch Foundation, I know the challenges that donors face. I contribute my knowledge in

  • foundation boards of trustees
  • the establishment and management of foundations
  • processes of strategic reorientation
  • the development of joint initiatives
  • the design of effective projects.

My social engagement:

My personal commitment to social issues has always been governed by the same basic attitude: don't just talk, act. Since 2014, I have been a member of the board of trustees of the Stuttgart charity Caritas, and foundations. And since 1985, I have been involved with a children's home near Colombo in Sri Lanka.


New Delhi/​Jakarta/​Colombo:

Every Child Matters! Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi initiated the "World Children Conference" in New Delhi, one of the world's largest cities with a population of around 28 million.

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Relevant social issues call for creative solutions with a lasting impact. I feel at home wherever highly motivated teams break new ground and ideas are given the space to grow.

Falling Walls Engage

Falling Walls Engage:

Finalist Aravinth Panch from DreamSpace Academy, a community innovation center in Batticaloa/Sri Lanka: Making life a little better with "maker education, social entrepreneurship, and international networking".

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Over the course of my 35-year career, I have written numerous essays, and have given many lectures.

→ A selection can be found here

What people
say about me

Franz Fehrenbach, many years Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Robert Bosch GmbH:

"Uta-Micaela Dürig has many years of professional experience, strong analytical skills, and strategic expertise. Coupled with tremendous creativity and energy, she has demonstrated her abilities very effectively at companies, universities, and foundations."

Other testimonials:

"With her vast experience in change projects and her deep strategic expertise, Ms. Dürig has been very successful in addressing socially relevant issues with effective projects. She made an important contribution to the strategic development of Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH."

"From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your great and highly professional commitment to the welfare of our institution. Our entire workforce appreciates your invaluable guidance."

“You are a person capable of creating authentic collaborative alchemy! It is a real pleasure for us to work with you!“

“With her work, Ms. Dürig made an important contribution to our company's reorganization.”

“I want to thank you for your passion and the professionalism. I have learned a lot. Working with you has always been both stimulating and fun.”

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“Your strong personality and integrative yet also goal-oriented and execution-oriented leadership style and dynamics, have proven to be a formula for success for each of our topics under often complex conditions.”

“You brought valuable insights that have definitely smoothed the implementation of our integration journey. We have come a very long way under your external leadership in a short time.“


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