Johann Christian Schiessl is an internet pioneer, yogi, and global connector bringing together people from all walks of life, aiming at the most diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. Being born as a farmer’s son near Munich, Germany he decided to transcend the family’s vocational background and boldly started an apprenticeship as a banker by the age of 16. After getting certified as a banker he earned his university entrance degree and in 1993 he moved to St.Gallen, Switzerland, in order to study Business and International Relations at the University of St. Gallen (HSG).
Mr. Schiessl, prepared for his exams in diverse catholic monasteries, where he lived together with Benedictine Monks. After earning his business degree he worked as a business consultant and wrote a book about business change published at Campus Verlag, New York / Frankfurt a major German publishing house, as well as a book on business opportunities for Western companies in China.
After starting his Ph.D. Programme in the UK with Prof. Raoul Espejo and Prof. Gerard de Zeeuw, he became the assistant to the board of directors of a major Swiss insurance company, which he already had analysed in his book business change. Living between Switzerland and London for family reasons caused strain on his marriage which led to a divorce that affected him severely enough to make him pause his Ph.D. studies indefinitely. In 2004 he bought the prestigious Junior International Club of New York (JIC), founded in 1983, and got involved in the creation of the social network A Small World with his flamboyant member Count Erik Wachtmeister. After A Small World got sold to The Weinstein Company he built the social network Internations, a global Expatriate network for his St.Gallen friends Malte Zeeck and Philipp von Plato. In 1999 he founded the HSG Alumni Club Muenchen International e.V. together with 7 friends as a registered charity organization. In 2001 he met Deepak Chopra, MD in London and got introduced to yoga and Transcendental Meditation during the Spiritual Leadership Summer school in Oxford. In the same year he founded a private yoga circle in Munich which is still active. Over time he became friends with additional spiritual leaders like Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Regula Curti and Gundula Avenali.
In 2018 he restructured his diverse celebrity, business & spiritual networks and associations under the umbrella-brand and company The ULTRA Group AG in order to serve the luxury industry as well as his ultra high net worth individual (UHNWI) clients and friends. His main goal these days is the reduction of wealth inequality in order to prevent the collapse of our economic system and promote the recognition of everyone’s individuality irrespective of their wealth.