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Ekkart Kaske, Executive Director of the European Justice Forum

Ekkart Kaske, as Executive Director of the European Justice Forum has been focusing for more than 12 years on Government Affairs and Public Policy activities of global players (Dresdner Bank AG, Allianz SE, Zurich Insurance Group). In his last corporate function he served as Head of Government & Industry Affairs of the Zurich Group in Germany. In 2013, still within Zurich Group, he became interim co-lead of a pan-European government affairs role while continuing to hold responsibility for the German-speaking community in BrusselsBuilding upon his experience in strategic communication as well as regulatory and reputational risk management, Ekkart Kaske then founded a consultancy specialized in corporate diplomacy in Berlin. 

Earlier in his career he worked for nearly 10 years in the Operations area of financial services companies - thereof four in leading positions in China. At a Telematics start-up in Trieste (Italy) he gained further experience in Business Development.

He studied Business Economics in Munich, Glasgow and Bayreuth. During his Executive MBA at Kellogg School of Management (Chicago) in cooperation with WHU (Vallendar), he focused on Political Risk Management and Government Relations.

Ekkart Kaske is fluent in German, French and English. He and his wife, a native of France, have three sons and reside in Berlin. 

 

 

Sebastian Stolzke, Chairman of the European Justice Forum

Sebastian Stolzke, Dr. iur., is a Senior Legal Counsel with the corporate law department of Zurich Insurance Group in Zurich, Switzerland. He is responsible for litigation and investigation matters of Zurich Insurance on a group wide basis, with a focus on EMEA. Sebastian Stolzke is the chairman of the European Justice Forum since 2015.

Prior to joining Zurich Insurance Group in 2010, Sebastian Stolzke worked for four years in the litigation and arbitration practice of Homburger, one of the leading Swiss law firms, in Zurich. Before that he was an associate with Latham & Watkins and Clifford Chance, practicing law in Frankfurt, Germany and New York, USA. His focus in private practice was on securities litigation, cross-border disputes, class and mass actions. Sebastian Stolzke studied law at the Universities of Heidelberg, Vienna and Konstanz and received his doctor iuris magna cum laude from Cologne University.

Sebastian Stolzke regularly publicizes on litigation and arbitration themes and is a sought after speaker at conferences on litigation and investigation topics. Sebastian Stolzke is also a board member of the Swiss E-Discovery & Investigations Association and a passive member of the Zurich and Swiss Bar Associations. He lives with his wife and son in Zurich and enjoys fishing, hiking and skiing during his leisure time. 


Arundel McDougall, Secretary General of the European Justice Forum 

Arundel McDougall is the Secretary General of the European Justice Forum, and was Executive Director from 2012 to 2017. After graduating from Oxford University, Arundel practised as a commercial litigation lawyer in several major London law firms for over thirty years, handling complex product liability and competition damages cases, including group actions. He now uses this experience to support the European Justice Forum.

   

 

Lorenz Ködderitzsch, Board Member and Past Chair (2008-2015) of the European Justice Forum

Lorenz Ködderitzsch, Ph.D., LL.M., is an Assistant General Counsel with the corporate law department of Johnson & Johnson in Brussels. He is responsible for legal support of medical device franchises of Johnson & Johnson in EMEA. Lorenz Ködderitzsch has been on the board of European Justice Forum since 2006 and served as its chairman between 2008 and 2015.

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson in 2003, Lorenz Ködderitzsch worked for seven years in one of the leading German corporate law firms in Düsseldorf and Tokyo and was an associate professor of law at the State University of Kyushu in Japan for two years. Lorenz Ködderitzsch received his legal education at the Universities of Freiburg, Tokyo and Washington (Seattle).