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Hans Leister


Hans has over 28 years of extensive experience in the German rail sector and is supporting Rock Rail in the introduction of its innovative, competitive and 4th Railway Package compliant funding solutions to the German railway market.

He started his career in the federal states of Brandenburg and Berlin after German reunification, drawing up the future regional railway map for the capital and its surrounding region. In the 1990s, he moved to Deutsche Bahn (DB) and made the project a reality, as head of DB’s regional trains’ unit and group representative for the federal state of Brandenburg.

Hans went on, in 2001, to restructure the passenger rail business of Connex (now Transdev) in Germany, and then gained an additional five years’ experience with the Keolis group, restructuring the German rail business, after they encountered difficulties with the award of a contract.

In 2013/2014, he returned to Berlin/Brandenburg for an interim position as manager of VBB, the regional transport authority, in charge of tendering and contract management. Since then he has had engagements as consultant for different clients in the rail sector, including DB Netz AG and the Railroad Development Corporation (USA).

The German rail system’s current long-term rail development strategy, the “Deutschlandtakt” project, follows the timetable-based expansion of the rail network approach which Hans developed with other rail experts and regional authorities back in 2008.