Gero Lueben, Germany, started his career in 1997 as project engineer at Lahmeyer International in Frankfurt, one of Germany's largest engineering consulting firms. He moved to Mollie-Margot – Switzerland in 1998 and undertook his social service in St. Luc, a Non-for-profit organisation for mentally handicapped people. He came back to Germany to work at at ERM Lahmeyer International before studying at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). He received his MBA, for which he received the prestigious Handelsblatt Scholarship. With the age of 29 he was appointed as the CEO of Exorbyte, Germany, a technology leader for error-tolerant search solutions. He led Exorbyte to become one of Germany's three fastest growing technology companies (Deloitte Rising Start 2010) and one of Europe's fastest growing technology companies (Deloitte EMEA Fast 500).
Outside of Exorbyte Gero devotes all of his time to the research and practice of new social forms. He shares the co-responsibility for a non-for-profit initiative that supports mentally handicapped people independently of governmental funding. Also he shares the co-responsibility for an institute that researches, practices and trains how the values of freedom, equality and fraternity can be practiced in new societal forms (“social threefolding”).
Gero has achieved many awards since 1998:
1998 Distinguished award for thesis in Germany-wide competition
2000 1st place RSM/ Handelsblatt scholarship competition, 1st place RSM & European finalist for the A.T Kearney Global Challenge
2001 1st place, RSM StartUp Challenge and 1st place in National Dutch New Venture Business Plan competition
2007, 2009 Innovative Prize for new Product developments
2010 Distinctive Award for young companies (“Top 10 Landespreis 2010”) and Deloitte Fast 500 EMEA