Dr. Dominique Otten-Pappas was born as second oldest of 14 cousins making up the third generation of a German business owning family. She graduated with a BA in French Studies and Psychology from Lancaster University in the UK. Afterwards she worked as HR project manager in a family owned retail business before completing her MBA in the Netherlands.
She finished her doctoral dissertation about the career decisions of male and female successors in German family businesses at the University of Witten/Herdecke. Additionally, she is family manager and advisory board member to her family’s business assisting the ownership and governance transition from the second to the third generation. She has been part of FBN Germany since 2010 and is currently a member of the German FBN board as well as academic expert to the FBNi NxG committee.