Thomas Lacker, Dipl. Ing., is founder and was managing partner of intrObest GmbH & Co KG until 2017. Today he is operation manager for the binder family group for the intrObest GmbH & Co KG and the binder ems GmbH & Co KG. He studied electrical engineering and computer science at University of Stuttgart and Northwester University in Evanston/Illinois, USA. As a SME advocate he is participating in several research projects of Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research. He is co-author of the book "MiMiK 4.0 – Der Mensch im Mittelpunk des KMU-Netzwerks im Kontext der Industrie 4.0" and co-publisher of "Modernisierung kleiner und mittlerer Unternehmen". Besides being a member of the German community of business ethics and engaging in its steering committee for Baden-Württemberg for 10 years, he is advocating for fairness and partnership as well as sustainable and economical operations.