Michaela holds a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Brewing and Beverage Technology from the Technical University of Munich, Weihenstephan and a PhD in Brewing from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland.
Currently, Michaela is finalizing her EMBA Master thesis exploring the success factors of ‘Women in Leadership’. She received from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling the ‘Young Brewer of the Year Award’ in 2008 and the ‘IBD Cambridge Prize’ in 2010 for “outstanding academic achievements in brewing science”.
Following internships and academic exchange programs at UC Davis (USA), Griffith University and Carlton United Breweries (Australia) Michaela commenced her brewing industry career in the UK with Molson-Coors as Innovation Manager and then as Supply Chain lead for the Molson-Coors International business.
In 2011 she joined SABMiller to lead the regional technical Innovation agenda in Europe. In 2016 Michaela joined AB-InBev as Global Director leading the technology development for non-alcoholic beer and beverages, by-product valorization and various start-ups within the AB-InBev business.
Since July 2020 Michaela leads the AB-InBev Zone Innovation and Technology Center with responsibility for all product, process and packaging innovations for beer and beyond beer in Europe. Since 2015 Michaela is the Chair of the IBD International Section.