Anja Carron

Anja Carron     

She is the Founder of Theia International (TI). She has been awarded for “Outstanding Leadership” (UAE, 2022) and recognized as a Top 100 Leader in Global Education (UAE). She was also nominated for the Marion Doenhoff Prize for International Understanding and Reconciliation by the ZEIT Foundation. Anja is the first Global Chairperson for Circular Economy of the eminent women leadership network, G100. She initiated the first global youth network in the circular economy to skill-up young people and bridge them to mentors, companies, and investors worldwide. The program is funded by the joint project of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (DSSE). Alongside this program, she leads a circular grassroots-level initiative for clean villages in Ghana, funded by the Federal development cooperation (Engagement Global). Theia International has been selected by UNESCO as Best German Practice, and the Theia-Global-Citizenship-Programs are UNESCO-BNE-Partners for schools in intercultural, sustainable, mindful, and global education (SDG 4.7).

Anja strongly believes that innovation flourishes when diverse and intercultural perspectives, disciplines, and skills meet. Therefore, she founded Theia International as an umbrella and kick-starter for several global initiatives for young talents to develop the global mindset needed for creating sustainable, harmonious differences in our ever-changing societies. With her multicultural teams, she has designed over 30 partnerships and projects in the fields of sustainability and circular economy across Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, Latin America, and the Emirates.

“Change needs people with an inclusive identity that reflects their sense of connection with other people, aspects of nature – especially in the trade-off between socio-economic challenges and digital progress.”

Anja is a global networker and C-Suite Advisor to executives of international leading companies and foundations. She graduated as a lawyer in public international law, European and British law (Passau, Munich, Cardiff, Maastricht) and is certified in peaceful settlement of disputes by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. After her studies, she began her career in the leading Chinese Law Firm in Hong Kong, specializing in Public Initial Offerings (IPO). Returning to Germany, she took on leading functions in international Corporate Finance and share branding companies in Frankfurt and London. As a Share-Branding-Strategist, she successfully launched several IPOs at the Stock Exchange in Frankfurt and London (IT, Biotechnology, MedTech, Pharmacy, Healthcare, Retail, Renewable Energies, Lubricants Producer). She was one of the first female directors of German Asset Management Companies and initiated one of the first Ethical Funds and sustainable investing with financial institutes in Germany and Switzerland.

Anja is an award-winning business innovation model developer (Marketing Club Luxembourg), sustainable branding strategist (RTL-Stiftung/Mario Götze; Biotech meets German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder), initiator of a European funded resilience campus program, and a C-suite advisor in a healthcare modernization model project financed by the German Joint Government Committee.

Anja works at the interface between the capital market and non-profit, innovation and tradition, sustainability, and Circular Economies. A native German with 25 years of international experience, as a cosmopolitan, she has lived and worked on 4 continents and in over 20 countries.