The association

Seminars, conferences, training courses… there are many opportunities for controllers to develop their professional skills. Often, however, these are deliberately tailored to experienced professionals or are not accessible to young professionals and students due to high costs. As a result, there is no easy way to expand your professional network outside your own company and thus create new perspectives. We want to change this situation. That is why we have this initiative by and for Young Finance Professionals. We are part of the International Controller Association.

With this initiative, our aim is to give job starters, younger professionals and students the opportunity to take their own further education and career development into their own hands. To this end, we offer a platform on which interested parties can exchange information in various formats. We want to be the largest and most exciting platform for young finance professionals, promoting networking, exchange with like-minded people and the development of individuals.

Our offer is aimed at young people with an interest in the fields of Controlling/Finance/Data Science, such as those with up to 15 years of professional experience, career starters, doctoral candidates/scientific staff and students.

What sets us apart

  • Passion – We love what we do.
  • Community – We network and are all the stronger as a community.
  • Development – We support each other and do not accept standstill.
  • Fun – We also exchange ideas in private and have a good time together.


  • Exchange of experience and knowledge: All topics related to controlling/digitization/finance (exclusive Slack Channel))
  • Expansion of the professional and personal network (remote discussion rounds, meet-ups throughout Germany)
  • Professional and personal development (mentoring)
  • Access to exclusive job offers

About us 

In 2019, we started with the first ideas for the “Young Finance Professionals” project. For quite some time we had identified the problem that there was no real platform for exchange and networking for young people who share the interest and/or experience in the fields of controlling/data science/financial planning. In cooperation with the ICV (International Controller Association) we have developed an attractive and exciting concept which is the current basis for our platform. We are committed to developing our members through networking, exchange and mentoring, and we want them to think outside the box. We are constantly growing and are happy about new members who actively promote the exchange.

Initiators & Founders

Jannis Friedag
Head of Finance

Khai Tran
CEO & Co-Founder

Felix Navratil
Senior Financial Controller

Matthias von Daacke
MD & Head of Global Controlling

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Jannis is responsible for the finance department of sofatutor GmbH, a leading learning platform in the German-speaking world. Before joining sofatutor in 2019, he was an investment manager at bmp Ventures AG and also headed the controlling and analytics department of Europe’s leading online optician, the Mister Spex Group. Prior to that, he worked for many years for a corporate finance boutique in venture capital financing and M&A transactions.

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Khai has been working on the topics of group accounting and corporate management for many years. Prior to founding Valsight, he worked for many years in various IT and consulting companies, most recently as Senior Manager in the Enterprise Performance Management division of The Hackett Group. Through his work at Valsight, he turns his passion into his profession: solving business challenges with professional best practices and new technological approaches. In addition, the native Berliner volunteers at the Ausbildungsbrücke e.V. as a mentor for young people during their vocational training.

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Felix is a controller with passion. His training and work as an assistant tax consultant laid the foundation for his entry into the world of finance. He has found his professional home with a Master’s degree in Accounting and Controlling. As the first employee of the finance department he has been working for the fast growing software company Signavio GmbH since 2016. In the International Controller Association, he is involved in performance management in growth companies, especially as a speaker.

Matthias is

Managing Director / Head of Global Controlling at the BLANCO Group. In total, he has almost 30 years of controlling and management experience in manufacturing, international medium-sized companies. He was a working group leader in the International Controller Association (ICV) for many years, has been a member of the board since 2015 and has been deputy chairman of the board since 2018.

Our partners

The International Controller Association was founded in 1975 as the first controller association by graduates of the Controller Academy in Gauting/Munich. With its honorary chairman Dr. Dr. h.c. Albrecht Deyhle, the association has shaped controlling in German-speaking countries and set standards. In the meantime, the ICV has over 6,000 personal members in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland and eleven other countries in Central and Eastern Europe as well as individual members all over the world. In addition, there are more than 200 corporate members. The ICV is the international address for controlling competence.

Valsight supports the Young Finance Professionals Initiative as a sponsor. The SaaS company from Berlin has developed an agile cloud solution for financial modelling, forecasting and scenario simulation. This enables management to react flexibly and quickly to new findings and increases security and predictability in a dynamic and complex business environment. Well-known companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Commerzbank and Siemens, among others, use the software and have thus been able to improve their corporate management and increase the efficiency of planning processes. 


What does the membership cost?

Initially, membership will be free of charge for employees from Controlling/Finance/Data Science departments and students.

If your employer has corporate membership of the ICV, contributions are covered.

How long has the Initiative been in existence?

The format is available since 2019 - Feel free to bring in your wishes and ideas, we look forward to seeing you!

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

Feel free to write to us at 

I am not currently working in Controlling. Can I still join in?

Of course. Our goal is to connect like-minded people. So if you are interested in Controlling/Finance/Data Science, then we are the right place for you.

What are Young Professionals?

For us, a "young finance professional" is anyone who is at the beginning of their career. Students with an interest in Controlling/Finance/Data Science can also participate.

How can experienced controllers benefit?

Without a doubt, controlling will change - for example through digital transformation. Young professionals are digital natives, have an excellent education and bring impulses for further development.


Would you like to join us? Then register here directly. We are looking forward to you!