Managing Director, Brakeley GmbHMunich, Germany

Johannes Ruzicka started to work in higher education fundraising in 2002 at Technical University Munich, where he set up and headed the fundraising department of the university. TU Munich was the first German public university to pursue major gifts fundraising in a strategic way, with donations adding up to €274 million until today. In 2004 Johannes transitioned to major gifts fundraising consultancy for higher education institutions, and later also other institutions with an interest in raising major gifts. He has been Managing Director of Munich-based Brakeley GmbH since the end of 2008.

Johannes has been helping to set up and professionalize major gifts fundraising for numerous organizations, such as Technical University Berlin, European University Viadrina, University Graz, Technical University Graz, Medical University Graz, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Veterinary University Vienna, University of Applied Science Vienna, University of Applied Science Kufstein Tirol, Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, European Southern Observatory, Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique, Academy of European Law, Goethe Institute, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for COPD and Respiratory Epidemiology, Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Alanus University for Art and Society, acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering.

Prior to becoming a fundraiser and fundraising consultant, Johannes worked for three years as a Project Manager for CAMET Research Inc., a scientific company based in Santa Barbara, California, where he set up a new department. He then went to New York University Stern School of Business to complete a fulltime MBA program. He worked as a Summer Associate for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and as a Consultant for the Urban Business Assistance Corporation. Prior to his time in the United States, Johannes completed an engineering degree in Environmental Science at University of Applied Science Munich.

Johannes frequently speaks at fundraising events, such as the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) in the Netherlands and the annual congresses of the German and the Austrian Fundraising Association. He has been teaching on fundraising and sponsoring at Technical University Munich and is co-author of three German books on Fundraising. Johannes is member of the German Fundraising Association.