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The board of directors of DIFG e.V. is elected every 5 years at the general meeting. It consists of the chairman and two other board members as well as the treasurer. The board is committed to the association on a voluntary basis and is supported by the permanent staff of the office.

Management board

Ralph Scholz

Ralph Scholz

1. chairman

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Professional Background: 

  • Since 2013 1st chairman of the DIFG
  • 2017 – 2017: Event Director of FIBO.
  • 2019: CEO of The Mirai, a subsidiary of RSGFGroup (McFIT).
  • Since 2019 Scholz is owner of Leisure-Connected, a consultancy for fitness, sports and health.
Ulrich Kürschner

Ulrich Kürschner

Board of Directors

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Professional background:

  • Studies of economics and sports
  • Passionate winter sportsman, runner and of course home sportsman
  • Various positions in the sporting goods industry in product management and sales with major sports brands such as adidas, arena, Timex
  • Since 2014 in leading management function for fitness – home sports supplier KETTLER
  • Since 2017 member of the board for the home sports section at DIFG
Christine Schacht

Christine Schacht

Board of Directors

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Professional background:

  • Sports economist (FH) and holder of several fitness and group fitness licenses.
  • Years of experience in club management and as a personal trainer
  • At IST-Hochschule für Management GmbH/IST-Studieninstitut GmbH responsible for Marketing & Sales in the Fitness Department
  • Contact person for cooperation partners and training companies, also lecturer
Walter Süß

Walter Süß

Board of Directors

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Professional background:

  • Dipl.-Betriebswirt
  • Currently consulting in the market segment of receivables management and studio operators
  • Former managing director of companies in the market segments software and receivables management

Office

Prof. Dr. Niels Nagel

Prof. Dr. Niels Nagel

Managing Director

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Professional background:

  • 20 years of management consulting for sports and leisure facilities
  • PhD in sports science
  • Besides working for the association professor for sports management

Sophie Siefen

Assistant to the management

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Professional Background:

  • Graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 2019.
  • Working at IST Studieninstitut since 2018: Supervision of the company training “Sports and Health Trainer (IST)/ Sports and Fitness Business Administrator (IST)”; advising interested parties and students.
  • Since April 2020: Master of Communication Science at the IST University of Applied Sciences.