I am senior consultant, researcher, activist and curator at the intersection of media, technology and society. I am interested in empowering people through open knowledge and the use technology for social good.
I have extensive experience working on the technical, legal and policy aspects of transparency and accountability, open government and open data as senior consultant and policy advisor for governments and leading organizations around the world. I am a experienced developer, manager and evaluator international projects and programs in cooperation for development in thematic areas including good governance, transparency and accountability and citizen engagement. I am an effective team leader and communicator with excellent leadership and communication skills.
I am author of several studies and have organised international conferences on open government, open data, transparency, citizen engagement and civic tech, including the Open Data Handbook, the Beyond Access Report, and UN DESA’s Guidelines on Open Government Data for Citizen Engagement. I have helped co-organising several international converences including the Open Data Camp, Open Knowledge Festival, International Open Data Conference and others.
I am honouree member of the Advisory board of Open Knowledge International and co-founder and member of the executive board of its German Chapter. I am co-founder and member of the steering committee of the global civic tech network Code for All and advisor to its local implementation Code for Germany. I am also member of the steering committee of the Open Data Working Group of the Open Government Partnership and a steward of the Open Data Charter.
Today I am working at the Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries in the Open Society Transparency and Accountability as senior program manager on Open Contracting. Over the last years I have worked as a senior researcher, consultant and policy advisor with various leading organisation including Open Knowledge International, Open Data Institute, World Bank, GIZ, UNDP, and others.