The CSM Team
Meet our Staff and Doctoral Students

Staff

Maria Dahl

Team Assistant

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Maria Dahl works as Personal Assistant at the Center for Sports and Management since 2017. She takes care of the everyday business process at the center and supports the team in research, teaching and events. After her apprenticeship as management assistant in wholesale and foreign trade, she worked as a team and management assistant at various companies and graduted avocational with a Bachelor in Business Administration at FOM. Recently, Maria worked at Handelsblatt. In her leisure time, you can find her with her son at the playground or suprising her friends with culinary delicacies. She also likes to swing her racket at the tennis court.

Kerstin Forword

Project Manager

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Kerstin Carolin Forword joined the Center of Sports Management in June 2016 as Project Manager. She has worked in People Services roles with McKinsey & Company and Booz&Co., both in Germany and England for more than ten years. Being a mother of two, she often spends her spare time on playgrounds or practicing Yoga and playing Tennis. Kerstin loves wake- and snowboarding and also tries to find some spare time to run and read.

Research Assistants/Doctoral Students

Daniel Beiderbeck

Doctoral Student

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In his doctoral studies, Daniel investigates the future of eSports and serves as point of contact for the SPOAC. Prior to joining CSM, Daniel studied industrial engineering at RWTH Aachen, Harvard University, and the University of Cambridge. Afterwards, he joined McKinsey & Company for 2 years, where he supported clients from various industries during their digital transformation. Daniel recently ended his active career as amateur footballer, but still loves to play and watch ball games in his leisure time. Additionally, he occasionally tries to compete with the new generation as amateur eGamer. 

David Damjakob

Doctoral Student

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David joined the CSM to bring together his passions for digital and technology topics and the world of sports. Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, focusing on (digital) transformations across industries and countries. David has graduated cum laude from the Rotterdam School of Management at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Booth Business School at the University of Chicago with two MSc degrees in Finance and Business Information Management, respectively. Off the job, David can be found on the football pitch or basketball court. His 'kindergarten love' for Bayern Munich has faded over time, these days he is a fan of high pressing, attacking exchanges and close results. 

Sebastian Flegr

Doctoral Student

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Prior to starting his doctorate at the CSM, Sebastian studied Physics and Management at the University of Ulm and during his Master at the University of Vienna and the Uppsala University in Sweden. Following his master's degree, he worked as a management consultant for Digital McKinsey for 2 years in various industries and countries with a focus on digitalization and data analytics. Sebastian's free time is strongly influenced by sport. Whether as a football referee and player on the sports fields of Baden-Württemberg, or as a basketball fan of his home-team Tigers Tübingen – Sebastian is always to be found near sports venues.

Johannes Fühner

Doctoral Student

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Johannes started his doctoral studies at the CSM to follow his passion for sports. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company across various industries, functions, and geographies. Johannes studied International Management (CEMS) with a focus in Finance at the University of Cologne, Bocconi University, and Lund University. In his spare time, Johannes loves to play soccer and try any sports involving a ball. He roots for his 'kindergarten love' FC Bayern Munich as well as for his local team 1. FC Köln.

Christoph Schlembach

Doctoral Student

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Christoph joined the CSM to explore and shape the future of sports. Previously, he worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company and Simon-Kucher &Partners focusing on marketing and pricing. Christoph studied finance and information management at the Technical University of Munich and Augsburg University, as well as mathematics at the Technical University of Munich. During his studies, he also researched at the University of Sussex and the RMIT in Melbourne. In his spare time, Christoph enjoys playing football or umpiring, but also (kite-) surfing and scuba-diving. Based in Munich and Düsseldorf, he likes to explore the various football stadiums in his neighborhoods.