Frederik von Briel, PhD

Senior Lecturer & Program Leader @ UQ Business School

As a researcher and teacher, I help individuals and organizations identify, understand, and seize business opportunities. My work has a strong focus on broadscale changes to the macro-environment that can transform entire industries and unlock unprecedented potentials such as megatrends, black swan events, and digitization.

I have a track record of successfully working with a diverse range of industry partners, from digital hardware start-ups and manufacturing firms to business accelerators, fin-tech unicorns, not-for-profits, and some of the world’s largest retailers.

I have also been highly successful in securing and managing research funding, enabling me to initiate and conduct various successful research projects around innovation and opportunity identification. For example, I have received over $400k in funding for my own research, including a highly competitive ARC Discovery Grant, and managed over $600k of industry research funding.

In my teaching, I aim to empower students to identify and seize opportunities by equipping them with the latest approaches to innovation and entrepreneurship and letting them apply these approaches alongside their disciplinary knowledge to real-world industry challenges. This way they are primed to succeed in their future careers independent of whether they start their own companies or drive innovation in existing ones.

Before my academic career, I worked as a consultant for Hewlett-Packard and IBM where I helped clients across various industries implement evidence-based decision-making processes.

My academic credentials include a PhD from City University of Hong Kong, an MBE from Steinbeis University Berlin, and a BSc in Business Information Systems from Hochschule Furtwangen University.