Kora Cora Krause

Senior Corp. Strategy and M&A Manager focusing on ESG (VP level)

Frankfurt, Germany


Strategy and M&A | passionate about Sustainable Finance and Innovation | ESG | Climate SUMMARY +12 years of experience in driving strategy and business development in the investment management, banking and NGO sector focusing on ESG/sustainable finance (esp. climate-related risks and opportunities) and innovation; ESMT/Peking U MBA. CORE STRENGTH: excellent conceptual and analytical skills, innovative & entrepreneurial self-starter, creative, team player / connector STATUS: After +6 yrs with DB/DWS I am opting for some new challenges: open to freelance advisory work as of January 2022

Domain experience

Relevant Total Experience: 12 years

Seniority Level: Senior

Sector Experience: 

Communication Services Consumer Discretionary Consumer Staples Energy Financials FinTech Health Care Industrials Information Technology Materials Real Estate Utilities


Skilled in: Corporate Strategy, Portfolio Services & Add-on M&A, Corporate Governance & ESG, Corporate Development

Technical Skills: Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Office

Languages: German, English

Work Experience

DWS Group

Senior Corp. Strategy and M&A Manager focusing on ESG



- 01/12/2021

• Played a critical role in orchestrating DWS’s ESG Strategy initiative (develop and execute vision on an 18 months’ time horizon) • Co-Created DWS’s 1st Climate Report 2020 | content responsibility • Led strategic ESG partnerships initiative resulting in the co-development of innovative investment product i.e. a Blue Sustainable Economy strategy with a leading NGO • Closed two M&A acquisitions in the artificial intelligence & ESG sector (member of deal team)

Deutsche Bank

Vice President, Environmental & Digital Innovation | Enterprise Risk Mgmt



- 01/01/2019

• Led innovation across the Risk Management function globally • Launched Innovation Community w/100 members and Enabling Group (board -1 participation); developed framework leading to first-time fintech onboardings • ESG/Sustainability: led cross divisional working group on Climate-related risk management

Deutsche Bank

Assistant Vice President, One Bank Leadership Programme



- 01/01/2017

• Cross-divisional general management development program with three rotations of 6 months each in: enterprise risk, corporate strategy and trade finance


Advisor Investor Initiatives | DACH



- 01/01/2014

CDP provides environmental information to the capital market to push forward a low-carbon transition • Served as a consultant advising on liaison with institutional investors, e.g. orchestrated CDP’s Institutional Investor Conference 2014


Senior Relationship Manager | Business Development DACH



- 01/01/2013

• Sealed new partnership/sales contracts e.g. with German stock exchange (Deutsche Börse) • Built Austrian business from scratch: established partnerships with strategic stakeholders, various institutional asset managers, local media and stock exchange (Wiener Börse)


Project Manager | Business Development DACH



- 01/01/2011

• Built relationships with institutional investors, doubling investor base by 30 accords • Supervised external communications in the DACH region and continental Europe


MBA Consultant | Global Public Sector Business Development



- 01/01/2013

• Public sector practice: in-house assignment in cooperation with a cross-sectoral KPMG team (eight weeks)

WWF Germany

Project Consultant | Energy Policy and Climate Department



- 01/01/2010

• Analyzed strategies and relevance of German large corps in a net-zero economy (4 months assignment)


Financial Reporter | Freelancer full-time on staff



- 01/01/2010

• Researched, composed and published articles focusing on the financial crisis, PE / VC, investment products and sustainability • Spent several months on assignment at the US Correspondent’s Office

Citigate Dewe Rogerson

Trainee and Junior Executive



- 01/01/2007

• Assisted account directors in consulting on financial communication focusing on transactions (M&A) and IPOs for clients such as 3i, Blackrock, Threadneedle and ML


Guanghua School of Management - Peking University




- 01/07/2014

International MBA - semester abroad


Technology Management and Responsible Leadership



- 01/12/2013

#1 Business School in Germany (Financial Times) Final thesis: Investor activism - How investors influence portfolio companies in the DACH region

HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration




- 01/09/2007

Final thesis: Analysis of the importance of corporate communication for private equity companies in the German market and derivation of recommendations

Licenses / Certificates

EFFAS - European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies

Certified ESG Analyst (CESGA)




Designing a Business, Advanced Design Thinking Certificate



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