Sven C. Oehme, Founder, President & CEO
Sven C. Oehme, Founder, President & CEO














Cross-industry, cross-cultural, and

Our Team comprises decades of experience in transatlantic business development, incorporates a broad network of specialists across the US and Europe, and speaks the majority of the European Union’s principal languages.

Sven C. Oehme, Founder, President & CEO  
Mr. Oehme is a recognized expert in European-American affairs. Until 1998 he served as Managing Director of the European-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.  (EACC) with special responsibilities for the chamber's legal department. Before joining the EACC in 1991, Mr. Oehme held numerous executive positions for subsidiaries of Gruner+Jahr, the magazine and newspaper publishing division of the German media company Bertelsmann. He studied law and economics at the University of Hamburg, Germany and is admitted to the bar in Hamburg. Mr. Oehme's earned a Master of Laws degree in International Business and Trade Law with a focus on European law from Fordham University, Graduate School of Law, New York. Mr. Oehme frequently speaks at trade and professional groups, as well as universities on developments in the European Union and EU-U.S. commercial and trade relations. Specifically, his expertise includes European Economic and Monetary Union, the Euro and international trade.

Mr. Oehme is a member of the Executive Board of the Trans Atlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) which is the official dialogue between American and European business leaders and U.S. Cabinet Secretaries and EU Commissioners. He is the Senior Advisor for the Northeast Region of the United States for the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany. He is also a director of the American Foreign Law Association, a member of the Advisory Committee of the European Union Studies Center of the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Weissmann Center for International Business at Baruch College. For more than 15 years he produced and anchored a weekly news show on public access television. oehme@eabo.biz

Henry G. Meyer-Oertel, Partner
Mr. Meyer-Oertel has a strong management background gained  in leading American and German marketing and publishing companies among others as Executive Vice President of Gruner+Jahr International in New York City.  He assists clients in a wide range of industrial and business areas including communications, economic development and tourism.

Mr. Meyer-Oertel received his graduate Degree (Dipl.-Kfm.) from the Business School of the University of Vienna, Austria and his MBA Degree from the University of Chicago. He is the author of many articles on change in the advertising industry.

He is a member of the International Advertising Association in New York and a former President, Vice President and Treasurer of that organization.  He also serves as President of the German Forum Inc, a not-for-profit organization supporting German-American cultural programs. HMeyerOertel@eabo.biz

Annabelle Fischer, General Counsel

Prior to joining the European-American Business Organization, Inc., Ms. Fischer was an Associate Attorney with prestigious international law firms in Cologne (Germany) and New York City. She is experienced in representing domestic and international corporations with respect to general business, commercial and corporate law issues in both litigation and transactional matters. Ms. Fischer received her LL.M. in Corporate, Banking and Finance law from Fordham University School of Law in New York City, and her J.D. equivalent from the University of Cologne, Germany. She was admitted to the German bar in 2002 and to the New York bar in 2006. Ms. Fischer is fluent in English, German and French. annabelle.fischer@eabo.biz

John M. Zindar, Partner

With 20+ years of experience in international business development, Mr. Zindar has developed keen insights on how to bring companies together across borders for mutually beneficial results. Mr. Zindar is a specialist in assisting a wide array of industries in cross-border negotiations and due diligence, marketing, branding & distribution, PR & PA, technology transfers, private fundraising and public incentives, partnering and acquisitions. Mr. Zindar has worked in Europe and Latin America and is fluent in German and Spanish.


Formally he was a U.S. Army Intelligence officer (with Meritorious Service), trade lobbyist & journalist. He has worked as an advisor to the Minister of Economy of Germany and to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama. He was appointed Adjunct Professor of Global Economics at New York University in 2006. Mr. Zindar is widely published and a frequent speaker at industry events. Mr. Zindar is a Phi Beta Kappa with an MA in international economics from The Johns Hopkins University and has an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School. Besides his native United States, he has lived in Germany, Italy, Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico.  Zindar@eabo.biz


Tobias Dose, Senior Advisor Communications & Corporate Events to the President and CEO
Tobias Dose joined the European-American Business Organization in October 2005. His duties include cross-border communication solutions, governmental relations, public affairs and marketing communications. For the affiliate American Business Forum on Europe Mr. Dose is charged with speaker relations and management, programming ideas, as well as project coordination and execution. He holds a law degree from the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany, and an M.A. in Corporate Communication from Baruch College’s George Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at the City University of New York. tobias.dose@eabo.biz

Tiia Henttonen, Executive Assistant  
In addition to her role at EABO, Ms. Henttonen is the membership coordinator for the ABFE and the Project Manager for its Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).Ms. Henttonen received her master’s degree from the University of Helsinki, Finland, in the Department of Translation Studies. She also studied in Russia at both the Linguistic University of St. Petersburg and the Moscow Linguistic University, and has completed studies in international marketing and economics. She has worked for international companies both in Finland and the USA, especially in the travel industry and in translation. Besides her native Finnish, she speaks English, Russian and Swedish.  tiia.henttonen@eabo.biz

Caitlin F. Curtin, Senior Consultant - San Francisco

Ms. Curtin consults with organizations to create fruitful alliances that further innovation worldwide, with a focus on for life sciences and information technology. As the Associate Director, Corporate Relations for the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Ms. Curtin connected organizations with the University's institutes, departments and scientists, creating and negotiating agreements to further research, product and technology development between UCSF and companies such as Genentech, Amgen, Merck, NovoNordisk and Pfizer. In her three years at UCSF, she raised over US$10 million, exclusive of funds from corresponding licensing agreements, and she led the University of California's BIO program.

Ms. Curtin also has a personal entrepreneurial background: from start-up in 1986 to sale of her company's patents and copyrights in 2002, Caitlin led her company, Luminaire, in pioneering many of today's common technologies including database-driven enterprise web portals, mass market games and entertainment marketing web sites. Clients included companies such as AT&T, Phillips, Sony, Charles Schwab and Oracle. Ms. Curtin has consulted for the World Bank and the UNDP in private sector development, presenting in Washington DC, Paris, Berlin and Amman. She has lectured widely in Europe and the Mediterranean was featured in the WSJ, ComputerWorld, Rolling Stone and others. Caitlin@eabo.biz