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Fabian Hänle, PhD

Fabian Hänle, PhD

Function Professor in the PhD Program for Executives


  • Leadership
  • International Management
  • Europe-China relations


Fabian Hänle's vision is to inspire people and organisations to develop in a positive and coherent way. To support people in developing their potential, to break new, innovative ground, to create healthy, growth-promoting environments and team flows, to bring cultures together across national borders and to put the most important thing at the centre with intuition and feeling: people - because they are the ones who carry a company to success.

Academic background

For his bachelor’s degree in International Business Fabian Hänle studied at the Dual University of Baden-Württemberg in Germany (DHBW) and, thanks to an awarded scholarship, at the University of California in the USA (UCSB). Years later and already as CEO in China, he graduated at the Executive MBA program of Mannheim Business School and Shanghai Tongji University as Best of Class. Continuing his pursuit for academic excellence and for bridging theory to practice, Fabian Hänle then joined the Executive PhD program at Antwerp Management School and the University of Antwerp, where he obtained his PhD in 2021 and was appointed Adjunct Professor in 2023. He is the author of multiple book chapters and academic articles in international, peer-reviewed journals. Through his business experience and continuous on-the-ground research in China, Fabian Hänle became a globally leading expert in the internationalization of German and Chinese small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and Hidden Champions.

Business background

Fabian Hänle has more than 17 years of experience in senior management and sales and marketing positions in Germany, North America, and Asia-Pacific. He has lived and worked abroad in Canada, France, USA, and China. During his eight-year tenure as China CEO he has founded and developed the Chinese branch of a German Hidden Champion firm from scratch into one of the market leaders. He is the founder and today’s Managing Partner of the international consultancy Dr. Hänle & Partners with headquarters in Frankfurt and Balingen and partner locations in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin and Beijing. Fabian Hänle speaks fluent German, English and Mandarin.