Club leadership

Club leadership

The Düsseldorfer Toastmasters leadership team is voted on each year. Being a club officer can be a lot of fun and can also help to develop valuable leadership skills.

Club year 2020/2021


Malte W. Wilkes, President

Malte is a self employed business consultant as well as an honorary president of the BDU “Bundesverband Deutscher Unternehmensberater”, the author of several books, a columnist and a commentator. Malte has had over 1000 public speaking engagements as a member of discussion panels, a moderator and as a key note speaker. He has also been on TV and on the radio. His key subjects are customer centricity as a key business element, leadership, marketing, sales, cooperate communication, change, future and creativity as well as innovation and health care. Malte joined Toastmasters in 2013 to optimize his “5-minute-speech-giving” and to experiment with different speaking techniques. He has acheived the highest level as a speaker ACG (Advanced Communicator Gold).


Maximilian Müller, Immediate Past President 

Especially at the Toastmasters in Düsseldorf he appreciates the unbelievable diversity in the club and the new thought-provoking impulses connected with it. Maximilian Müller has been a passionate member of the Düsseldorf Toastmasters since 2016. Already in 2017 he became an elected member of the presidium. He works as a financial controller in his hometown of Düsseldorf.  The attraction of Toastmasters for him is that he always leaves his comfort zone and continues to develop.



Christine SommerfeldtVice President Public Relations

Christine is a self employed photographer with her own studio in Düsseldorf. She is specialized in business photograhy and executive portraits. When she joined Toastmasters in 2013, she was looking for a way to help her clients to have a more confident appearance in front of the camera and in their photos. As a photographer, she speaks publically about body language and presence as well as about the importance of having excellent photo material.


Boris Rickmann, Sergant at Arms

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the treasurer of the Düsseldorfer Toastmasters also works in a bank. He uses his newly aquired speaking skills to impress his co-workers and clients. Knowing how to properly give a presentation for difficult projects is a very helpful skill. Boris is also able to use his speaking and leadership skills in his family of four children. The combination of professional training scenarios along with the familiar atmosphere at the meetings is what convinced Boris that Toastmasters is right for him.


Björn Schulz, Vice President Education

Björn studied computer science and marketing and is working on a product information system for a large retail group. In his spare time he loves to produce music in his mixing & mastering studio. At a communication seminar in July 2018 he got the tip to visit the Toastmasters which he followed. At the Toastmasters he appreciates the versatile environment and the atmosphere in which members grow as speakers and also in their personality. Since July 2019, he has taken over responsibility for the education program.



Jakub Kratochvil, Immediate Past President

Jakub is from the Czech Republic and has a degree in computer science and a master in international relations. He works as a software tester and is developing his own online business trading chocolate and rum. He started his Toastmasters career in 2012 in Prag before joining the Düsseldorfer Toastmasters club in 2013. He is interested in bettering his speaking and leadership skills, but also enjoys the networking aspect of the DTM club. Jakub speaks about the subjects of software testing, quality control, applied mathematics and internatinal relations.


Marcus Bonsiepen, Vice President Mentoring

Marcus works in the corporate development department of a bank. Through his membership of the Düsseldorf Toastmasters he wants to improve his speech and leadership skills and broaden his horizons. At Toastmasters, he enjoys being in contact with people from different cultural and professional backgrounds and the resulting diversity of exciting speech themes. In his spare time Marcus enjoys playing tennis and piano and is committed to nature and animal welfare. He is responsible for the mentoring program.


Andrea Steinforth, Vice President Membership 1

Andrea is a true family person, so it’s no surprise that she is enjoying her time as Vice President Membership. She is pleased to welcome guests to the Toastmasters in Düsseldorf and to familiarize them with the Toastmaster world. Professionally, Andrea studied foundry engineering and has built up a further mainstay in addition to her activities in the family casting business. So she is a lecturer for budding foundry masters and volunteers to assist students in their career choices. She has been a member of the Toastmasters in Düsseldorf since 2015 and finds the development and practice of her ability to speak in combination with organizational tasks very enriching.


Jutta Büchel, Vice President Membership 2

As a product manager for a financial services provider, Jutta’s job is to collect requirements, analyze proposals for solutions with colleagues, and then present them to different groups. Through the Toastmasters, Jutta wants to improve her speech and communication skills. She finds the variety of members particularly exciting: from speech beginners, students and non-native speakers to professional “speakers”. Thanks to the appreciative feedback and the informal atmosphere she learns a lot. In the presidium, Jutta, Claudia and Andrea are taking care of guests and new members.


Claudia Wiegmann, Vice President Membership 3

Claudia Wiegmann studied business administration and is now a project manager for a company based in Essen. While studying for her master’s degree in Denmark, she was invited by a fellow student to the Toastmasters and immediately loved the unique learning environment. Above all, she appreciates that the advancement of each individual member is supported by constructive, benevolent feedback. Claudia also appreciates the opportunity to gain valuable impulses that will help her in a professional context. As Vice President Membership, she, Andrea and Jutta take care of all matters relating to the membership at the Toastmasters in Düsseldorf.


Dr. Maik Adelt, Treasurer

He is a department manager in the internal audit group of a Dax Company. He regularly faces the challenge – in German and English – to convince employees, colleagues not only in content, but also emotionally. Toastmasters helps him develop these skills. The German and English club evenings give him the opportunity for rhetorical experimentation. He appreciates the friendly, motivating and constructive feedback from the other club members.



Viktor FinkVice President Digital

Viktor Fink is CEO of a web and advertising agency in the Düsseldorf area. Through his job, he gained a lot of experience in the areas of social media marketing and online presence. He offers these skills to the Toastmasters in his role as “Vice President Social Media”. At first, Viktor heard about the Toastmasters through a friend, but it was not until weeks later when he read the term “Toastmaster” in a book that he decided to join the club. Since 2015 he is a committed member of the Düsseldorf club.


Magdalena NoldeAgenda Master

Magdalena Nolde was born in Warsaw, where she studied International Relations. Her wish was to live abroad later and get to know new cultures. She finds it very inspiring to have contact with people from different countries and cultures. That is one reason why she enjoys been a member of the Toastmasters. In passing, she improves her communication skills and trains creative thinking, which is enormously helpful for her work as a consultant. At Toastmasters, Magdalena is responsible for the agenda for the evenings.