Delivering Impact

Shaping change – for 18 years, Bernstein Group has been offering strategic consulting based on sound analysis, expertise and experience. A compass in times of persistent change.

Communicating change – managing challenges

Our team of experienced experts is specialised in advising on special situations, complex political decision-making processes and regulatory issues. We stand for well-founded, cross-party, independent advice. Bernstein Group was founded in 2001 under the name Steltemeier & Rawe and has offices in Berlin and Brussels.

Experience and innovation – consulting at the highest level of professional excellence

Our consulting approach takes account of social and technological change: We combine digital data and network analysis with our personal experience and expertise in analytics, public policy and communications. We distinguish the relevant from the irrelevant to create a sound and reliable basis for decision-making and establish and ensure our clients’ capacity for action.

Reliable partners – independent and cross-party

We solidly, dependably and knowledgeably advise national and international companies, investors, start-ups and institutions in their dealings with media and politics. We work for our clients on a European as well as the federal, state and local level. We represent the concerns of our clients vis-à-vis politicians, legislative bodies, supervisory and regulatory authorities as well as media, associations and competitors.

Analytics

Reducing complexity – we find and structure the relevant knowledge.

Public Policy

Reliable and comprehensible – we bring our clients’ issues into the political arena.

Communications

Opportunities and risks, analogue and digital – we sharpen the communicative profile of our clients.

Senior Team

Sven Rawe

Founder & Managing Partner

Sven Rawe is the founder of Bernstein Group. He has worked for 25 years as a communications consultant and advisor on political and regulatory issues in Germany and internationally. He shares his passion for strategy consulting, politics and communications with Bernstein Group. Before founding his own consulting firm, he worked for an international communications consultancy in Frankfurt, where he dealt with capital market issues and special situations. Sven Rawe has several years of journalistic experience.

He is a lecturer and author. He studied political science and public law in Germany and Great Britain and completed his studies at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Sussex.

Tel +49 30 2757 2331
rawe@bernstein-group.com

Julia Spitze

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Julia Spitze has been advising companies and associations on their positioning in the political arena and developing effective political strategies for over 15 years. She has many years of experience in lobbying at the federal, state and local level. In addition, she has supported numerous clients in structuring their representation of interests. She is experienced in the political and media support of (supreme) court disputes in Germany and the European Union. Since 2003, Julia Spitze has accompanied numerous market entries and client innovations and led them to success.

She played a key role in building up Bernstein Public Policy (until 2015 Steltemeier & Rawe) and positioning it on the Berlin market, since 2011as a partner. Julia Spitze is an economist and political scientist and studied at the Universities of Heidelberg and Galway, Ireland.

Tel +49 30 2757 2342
spitze@bernstein-group.com

Florian Lottmann

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Florian Lottman is a proven expert on policy and administrative mechanisms at the regional, national and European levels. He advises international companies in the area of European regulation and accompanies infringement, competition and state aid proceedings. He is accredited by EU institutions.

He is also active in risk analysis and the safeguarding of capital market transactions in the political arena. Before joining the firm, Florian Lottman worked for more than a decade as a business and financial journalist in Germany and Great Britain, most recently for Bloomberg in London. He studied political science and law in Germany and Great Britain.

Tel +32 2420 9378
lottmann@bernstein-group.com

Ralf Kunkel

Managing Director

Ralf Kunkel is an experienced communications manager with more than 20 years of experience in communicating challenging topics in the public and political arenas. Before changing to consulting, he was Head of Communications and Marketing at airberlin and Head of Communications, Press Officer and Environmental Officer at Berlin Airports.

He has extensive experience in the organisation of change processes and citizen participation procedures, the digitalisation and dialogue orientation of communications as well as in the management, development and restructuring of communications teams. He understands the communications disciplines as innovation drivers in their organisations. He worked as a journalist for ten years and studied German language and literature, journalism and political science in Bamberg and Antwerp.

+49 (0) 30 275723 0
kunkel@bernstein-group.com

Julian Schibberges

Managing Director

Data expert Julian Schibberges is responsible for research, open source intelligence and social media intelligence at Bernstein Group. He and his team track down information, weigh and process it in text and image form. Whether in economic transactions, in the political process, in the assessment of opportunities and risks: he provides the data basis for the consulting mandates of Bernstein Group.

Before joining Bernstein, Julian spent two years as a director at LEPI Ventures, a Berlin-based investment company. Julian previously gained political experience as a research assistant to Swen Schulz, MdB and as a student assistant to Sigmar Gabriel, MdB (Members of Parliament). Julian holds a BA in Public Administration (University of Münster/Uni Twente) and an MA in Political Science (FU Berlin).

Tel +49 30 2757 2348
schibberges@bernstein-group.com

Timm Bopp

Senior Associate

Timm Bopp has been advising companies, associations and public organisations on their positioning in the political and pre-political sphere for more than seven years. In this capacity, he developed and implemented targeted public affairs strategies for various clients, in particular in the areas of consumer goods, digitalisation and mobility. Furthermore, he brings several years of expertise in political reputation management.

Before joining Bernstein Group, Timm Bopp worked as a consultant at an international Public Affairs agency in Berlin and gained experience in politics working in the office of a Member of the German Federal Parliament and in marketing, working for an SME in the energy sector. He studied in Mannheim, Copenhagen and Potsdam and holds degrees in Public Policy & Management and Political Science.

+49 (0) 30 275723 0
bopp@bernstein-group.com

Christian Gerber

Senior Analyst

Christian Gerber has been a member of the Bernstein Group for more than three years, responsible at Bernstein Analytics since September 2017 for Data Science, Big Data Analysis, Data Visualization and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). He has extensive expertise in Risk Analysis and Political Due Diligence as well as in the analysis and evaluation of political processes and the networking of the actors involved in them.

Christian Gerber previously worked as a consultant for Bernstein Public Policy where he primarily served clients in the energy, IT and mobility sectors. He majored in North American Studies and Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of California in San Diego.

Tel +49 30 2757 2355
gerber@bernstein-group.com

Perspektiven

Public Policy, Analytics and Communications – Positions and Insights, Posts and Tweets.

Blog

Analytics

Reducing complexity – we find and structure the relevant knowledge.

Our result

There is a wealth of information on every topic, no matter how specialised. We navigate our clients safely through the flood of data and research, and qualify the available information to provide the reliable basis our clients need for well-founded decisions. Whether in commercial transactions, in the political process, or in the assessment of opportunities and risks – we strengthen our clients’ decision-making and action-taking capabilities.

Our approach

We collect and filter data, find the relevant information, qualify it and present it in innovative formats in an understandable way. We rely on the targeted linking of IT, data-supported search routines and network analyses with the expertise of our experienced data and research analysts. The broad expertise of communications and policy experts, whom Bernstein brings together under one roof, is needed to create a reliable information base, especially when dealing with complex issues.

Fields of application

In-depth research, intelligence, political topic analyses, stakeholder mapping, network analyses, political and regulatory due diligence, media resonance analyses, reputation analyses, early warning systems, political risk management, KYC processes, profiling, economic feasibility studies, market studies.

Contacts

Julian Schibberges

Managing Director

Tel +49 30 2757 2348
schibberges@bernstein-group.com

Christian Gerber

Senior Analyst

Tel +49 30 2757 2355
gerber@bernstein-group.com

Public Policy

Reliable and comprehensible – we bring our clients’ issues into the political arena.

Our result

Our experienced consultants transport the matters of our clients into the political arena, reliably, on a solid basis and in an understandable form. We ensure that political and regulatory decisions can be made with knowledge of current market developments, latest product innovations and new business models.

Our approach

Even if the business of politics in our information society seems to become increasingly breathless, political decisions are not made in a vacuum. Whether in Brussels, Berlin, the federal states or municipalities, decisions are determined by multi-stage, long-term democratic processes, by the actors involved and along specific lines. For such contentious deliberations, we design tailor-made strategies for our clients to convey their concerns in a targeted manner.

Fields of application

Political positioning, argumentation development, participation in political decision-making processes, advice on topics and procedures, representation of interests, lobbying, agenda-setting, building networks, intelligence.

Contacts

Julia Spitze

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Tel +49 30 2757 2342
spitze@bernstein-group.com

Florian Lottmann

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Tel +32 2420 9378
lottmann@bernstein-group.com

Communications

Opportunities and risks, analogue and digital – we sharpen the communicative profile of our clients.

Our result

Our experienced communications experts support our clients in conveying their corporate concerns, services and products to their target groups in a clear, transparent, comprehensible and dialogue-oriented manner. We strengthen the reputation of our clients. We support them in creating a clear and reliable communications strategy based on a solid database as well as on excellent advice. We make sure our clients are well-prepared for the opportunities and risks their business model may entail in terms of communications and, if necessary, take the helm ourselves in crisis situations.

Our approach

We are crisis-tested and know how digital and analogue media work. We know the relevant players and the editorial processes, both online and offline. And we know which topics are of interest to journalists and when. Together with our clients, we evaluate the organisational setup of communications disciplines, the existing communications strategy and communications instruments. We identify strengths and weaknesses and offer our clients tailor-made packages of measures for the permanent improvement and dialogue orientation of their communications.

Fields of application

Strategic communications consulting, CEO positioning, litigation PR, reputation management, creation of communications concepts, argumentation guidelines and crisis manuals, implementation of stable processes to ensure a one-voice policy, issues management, management workshops on topics such as crisis communications, media and camera training.

Contacts

Ralf Kunkel

Managing Director

+49 (0) 30 275723 0
kunkel@bernstein-group.com

Career

Become a part of Bernstein now – we are looking for personalities with attitude, clear judgement and a passion for politics and communications.

Whom we are looking for

Do you work with a high degree of personal responsibility? Do you have a political mindset and a strong creative will? Then you have come to the right place. Because we are constantly on the lookout for personalities who do their work with passion and keep a cool head, even when faced with complex consulting mandates.

What we offer

We offer challenging consultancy mandates on a wide range of topics in a collegial and motivated working environment. The professional and personal development of our employees is as self-evident to us as good work equipment, long-term employment contracts and regular further qualification opportunities.

How we work

We know current issues, relevant procedures and the actors involved. Our working style is constructive, focused, hands-on and appreciative. We are convinced that excellent consulting is characterised by functioning teams with strong personalities.

Vacant Positions

Contact

Berlin

Bernstein Group
Neustädtische Kirchstraße 6
D-10117 Berlin
+49 30 275 723 – 0
berlin@bernstein-group.com

Brussels

Bernstein Group
Rue de Spa 24
B-1000 Bruxelles
+32 2 426 53 63
brussels@bernstein-group.com

Impressum

For Bernstein Group, Analytics, Public Policy and Communications

Bernstein Analytics GmbH
Neustädtische Kirchstraße 6
D-10117 Berlin Telefon: +49 30 275 723 -0
contact@bernstein-group.com
Geschäftsführer: Julian Schibberges
AG Charlottenburg (Berlin)
HRB 170296 B
Ust-ID. DE 304742203

Photography

The images on this website are taken from Berthold Steinhilber's photo book "Passbilder - Landschaften der Alpenpässe". The photographs are currently being shown in Bernstein Group offices in Berlin and Brussels.