koch_rolandChairman, Supervisory Board, UBS; Former Minister-President of Hesse; Germany

The Word Forum for Ethics in Business is an important catalyst for attitudes and experiences of politics and business. As more economically advanced a society is, as more important becomes the question of the real needs beyond life, food and housing, The total GDP may be an indicator, as margin is in business. But human beings, born to be free, have a desire for more, What is that, hoc can it be assest, what responsibility for delivering has politics, is there a consent about the objectives? the conference can help us all to realize the challenges and to search for answers.

Born in Frankfurt am Main in 1958, Mr. Koch completed his final state law examination  in 1985. From 1986 to 1999 he worked as a lawyer, with a special focus on business and labor law. Beginning in 1987 Mr. Koch served as a Member of the Hessian parliament until 2010. Concurrently, he was Chairman of the CDU parliamentary group in the Hessian Parliament from 1993 to 1999. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Koch was appointed to Premier of the Federal State of Hesse from 1999 – 2010.

From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Koch served as Chairman of the Executive Board at Bilfinger SE, Mannheim. His areas of responsibility included corporate strategy, human resources, legal compliance, project controlling, communications & marketing and group organization. Since 2011 he serves as chairman of the supervisory board of UBS Deutschland AG.

Since  March 2015 he serves also as member of the Supervisory Board of Vodafone GmbH. Today Koch runs his own lawfirm in Frankfurt/ Germany.