Dr. Ricarda Engelmeier studied politics and economics and did her doctorate in business administration. She began her career in a strategy consultancy in Germany and then moved to GIZ in India. From New Delhi, she worked on impact-oriented business models in Asia for seven years, which led to the establishment of an independent institution for responsible business. She then moved to Siemens AG, Munich, in corporate strategy with a focus on sustainability. During her own parental leave, Dr. Engelmeier founded the company MyCollective: a development program for female executives on parental leave.