The board of the Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V. has 8 members. It develops the strategical orientation.

Andreas Pawelke

Andreas Pawelke is the treasurer of the OKF DE. He currently is project manager at the World Wide Web Foundation working on open data projects in South East Asia. Previously, he has worked with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, and as a seconded employee with UN Global Pulse. Andreas lives in Freiburg and supports the local open data movement in the city. He studied Political Science in Berlin, Darmstadt, and Lausanne.


Claudia Schwegmann

Claudia is founder of the OpenAid project and 2030-Watch. Since 2009, she does lobbying work for Open Data in development cooperation, especially for the International Aid Initiative. Claudia is a political and theological theorist, and an organisation consultant. She engages in the field of development cooperation since 1996, especially in the field of evaluation. Her main concern is an effective form of developement cooperation on the basis of transparency, accountability, civic participation, and the usage of the potential of digital tools in the achievement of these goals (Open Data, social media, crowdsourcing). Claudia works as a freelance consultant and is a volunteer in the Technical Advisory Groups of IATI, that of the Land Portal and at Transparency International.


Daniel Dietrich

Daniel Dietrich has been an advocate for digital civil rights and engages intensely in different aspects of the knowledge society and the digital domain for many years. He is driven by the question of how technology can be used to improve the world around us. Within OKF DE he acts as an Open-Data-Evangelist as well as the coordinater of the Open Definition and the Open Government working group. He co-founded the Open Data Network and OKF DE. Until 2013, he was editor of the platform for public sector information of the European Comission ( Before that he was a research assistant at TU Berlin in the area of Computer Science and Society. Previously, he spent several years as a consultant and projekt lead in the Information Technology sector.

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Dr. Christian Heise

Christian Heise is Manager of the Google Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund in Europe, working on stimulating innovation in the digital news ecosystem and demonstrating new thinking in the practice of digital journalism. He is also PhD Candidate at the Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University Lüneburg, where he has handed in a PhD on Open Science. Previously, he was a manager at Deutsche Presse Agentur and worked at ZEIT ONLINE. Apart from his voluntary engagement in the board of OKF DE he is also founding and board member at Förderverein für Freie Netzwerke e.V. (


Friedrich Lindenberg

Friedrich Lindenberg supports journalists in the evaluation of public information and programs software for investigative data analysis. As a stipendiary of the Knight Foundation he has recently worked for a network of investigative media in Southern Africa, and before that at SPIEGEL ONLINE. Previously, he supported the British OKF in the crertion of the OpenSpending-Project as a developer.


Kristina Klein

Kristina is member of the board at Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland (OKF) since November 2017. She joined OKF in August 2014 as CEO of the organization.

Before moving to Germany, Kristina was the Peace Building Fund Coordinator at UNHCR and Finance Associate at the Danish Refugee Council in Myanmar. Prior to that, she worked as a Senior Program Manager at Carnegie Europe in Brussels and as a Program Manager at Körber Foundation’s Bergedorf Round Table.

She is a certified Usability & User Experience Professional (Artop - Humboldt Universität Berlin) and holds a masters in American studies and sociology from the Freie Universität Berlin.

Lucy Chambers

Lucy is a free-range tech translator, working to find common language between technologists and domain experts across a variety of fields. She is currently working as a Product Owner for eHealth Africa, where she helps design products to aid data driven decision making in public health policy. Previously she led the School of Data programme at the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF), enabling journalistic and non-profit organisations to use data to improve their workflows, investigations and organisational decision making. While at OKF, she also co-edited the Data Journalism Handbook. Many of her copious opinions about the role of data and technology in the third sector can be found at


Prof. Dr. Sören Auer

Prof. Dr. Sören chairs the professorship Enterprise Information Systems at Universität Bonn and leads a working group at Fraunhofer Institute for Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS). He is founder of several internationally recognized research- and development projects such as the Wikipedia semantification project DBpedia, the OpenCourseWare platform, or the Social Semantic Web Toolkit OntoWiki. Dr. Auer is author of more than 100 referenced sceintific publications and organiser of several scientific events. He recently lead the EU research project LOD2 - „Creating Knowledge out of Interlinked Data“. He works as an expert for businesses, the European Commission, the W3C, and is member of the advisory board at OKF DE.

Find past board members here.