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Dr. Victor Henning

Co-Founder/CEO, Mendeley & VP Strategy , Elsevier
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Research field: Psychology - Cognition
Emotions, Decision Making, Theory of Reasoned Action, Intertemporal Choice, Motion Picture Economics


Awards and Grants

  •  Jan 2011 
    Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts View website
  •  Sep 2005 
    Doctoral Dissertation Grant, Foundation of the German Economy View website
  •  Aug 2005 
    Overall Best Conference Paper Award, 2005 Summer Marketing Educators' Conference View website
  •  Aug 2005 
    Best Paper in Track Award, E-Commerce and Technology Track, 2005 Summer Marketing Educators' Confere View website

Biographical Information

Victor is the CEO & Co-founder of Mendeley. Max Planck famously said: "Science progresses funeral by funeral". Victor thinks there must be gentler methods.

Victor holds a Ph.D. from the Bauhaus-University of Weimar, where he researched the role of emotion in consumer decision making. His research was published in Psychology & Marketing, the Journal of Marketing, and in Media, Culture & Society. In his first year as a Ph.D. student, he also won the Overall Best Conference Paper Award at the largest academic conference in the field of marketing, the AMA's 2005 Summer Conference in San Francisco - and was told by the conference chair that his academic career could only go downhill from there. Nonetheless, the Foundation of the German Economy kindly decided to grant him a doctoral dissertation scholarship in 2006, and the Royal Society of Arts elected him a Fellow in 2011.

At the Bauhaus-University, Victor was also frequently cast in student short films, despite a visible lack of acting talent. He compensated by organizing the "Guru*Talk" lecture series with German film industry luminaries, which was later turned into a book on the future of the film industry, and consulted for film production companies. Prior to having had all this fun, he completed an MBA at the WHU Koblenz, the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and the Handelshøyskolen BI Oslo.

Victor has also worked as a Talent Scout A&R for Sony Music/Columbia Records in Berlin, and in various roles at punk/garage label Revelation Records in Huntington Beach, California. Realizing that one couldn't make a living with the music he loved, he moved on to Munich-based film producer/distributor Helkon Media, which promptly went bankrupt (not Victor's fault). Later, in parallel to writing his MBA thesis, he also co-founded the Korova Bar in Vallendar which, if nothing else, taught him how to use dangerous power tools.


Professional Experience

2013 - Present
Co-Founder/CEO, Mendeley & VP Strategy at Elsevier
Amsterdam, Netherlands
2007 - Present
Co-Founder & CEO at Mendeley Ltd.
London, United Kingdom
Oct 2004 - Dec 2010
Lecturer / Doctoral Student at Bauhaus-University of Weimar
Weimar, Germany
Classes taught:
The Kid Stays In The Picture: Economics of the Film Industry
Guru*Lab: Production and Distribution of a Major German Motion Picture
Guru*Talk: The Film Industry in the 21st Century
Hedonic Consumption
May 2003 - Aug 2003
Summer Associate at Oliver Wyman Consulting
Munich, Germany
Jun 2002 - Aug 2002
Film Production / Business Affairs Dept. at Helkon Media AG
Munich, Germany
May 2001 - Aug 2001
Product Management / PR Dept. at Revelation Records
Huntington Beach, California, United States
Jan 2000 - Oct 2000
Junior A&R, Talent Scout at Sony Music Entertainment/Columbia Records
Berlin, Germany
Consulting Services

BurkertBareiss/TV60 Film, Cass Business School/Film Business Academy, CineStar, Kinowelt, Neue Bioskop Film, UK Film Council

Contact Information

Address: Radarweg 29, Room 23.106, Amsterdam, 1043 NX, Netherlands


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