Former members of the board

The following persons were members of the board in the past

Anna Alberts

Anna Alberts leads the EU research project She has a degree in international development studies and international relations and worked as desk officer for data- and geopolitics at the Ministry of Foreign Relations of the Netherlands. Anna develops Social Innovation projectsat the Peace Innovation Lab in Berlin.

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Christian Kreutz

Christian Kreutz war einer der Gründungsmitglieder der Open Knowledge Foundation und baute die Organisten in den ersten 3 Jahren, als Vorstandsmitglied und mit einer Reihe von Projekte im Bereich der Finanztransparenz und Bürgerbeteiligung, mit auf. Er arbeitet weiterhin an Open Data Projekten und widmet sich ansonsten vollständig seinem Unternehmen, welches neue Wege im Bereich digitaler Innovation und Open Data geht:

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. (


Eileen Wagner

Eileen is part of the team behind Code for Germany and the Prototype Fund. She studied philosophy and logic.


Fiona Krakenbürger

Fiona was a member of the OKF team from 2014 to 2018 and as Community Organizer in the project Code for Germany she supervised and advised more than 20 Open Knowledge Labs in Germany, later as Program Manager she supervised the supported projects in the Prototype Fund. She holds a degree in technical sociology and is involved in the field of digital literacy and diversity in technology development. In 2016, Fiona led the „Digital Refugee Labs“ project as part of Code for Germany, and in 2017 she led the Wahlsalons.


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.


Helene Hahn

Helene has worked as project lead at the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany from 2013 to 2018. She designed and implemented different community and tech based projects on the topics of digital literacy and participation, access to information, as well as political and cultural education. Helene is interested in how data and technologies can contribute to meaningful social change in our society. Some of her projects include Coding da Vinci, School of Data Germany, Open Parliament and Jede Schule. Currently, Helene is active in the international Civic Tech network, designs participatory workshops and speaks at conferences about data literacy, open culture and data for good. Helene has a background in Social and Cultural Sciences and is currently finishing her master’s degree in Governance and Human Rights.


Johanna zum Felde

Johanna coordinates the working group Arbeitskreis Open Government Partnership. She also contributed to the projects 2030 Watch, and Datensummit. During her studies she has accumulated experience in the field of communication for international development, e.g. with Oxfam Hong Kong and the German equivalent to the campaign “Make Poverty History’. During her masters thesis with a focus on transparency in development cooperation she has worked at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the World Bank in Washington, D.C. She previously was employed in the management of an organic fruit start-up and volunarily engaged at Transparency International, in particular for Hamburg’s Transparency Law.


Julia Kloiber

Julia was project lead at OKF DE from 2012 until 2018. Her work focuses on the areas of Open Data and Civic Tech. She has realized a number of community-driven projects such as StadtLandCode, Germanys first incubator for Civic Tech, and a number of Open Data hackathons. Currently, she is the project lead of Code for Germany, a nationwide civil tech community that builds digital tools and applications using Open Data. Julia studied Design and New Media, and worked in policy campaigns before joining the Open Knowledge Foundation. She is a member of Digitale Gesellschaft e.V. and gives talks on Open Knowledge and Open Tools.

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Knut Perseke

Knut works as a programmer with Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland since February 2015. He is currently enrolled at TU Berlin (computer science) and supports our projects with his technical expertise. He focusses on mobile applications and web development, and is founding member of the project Mnemosyne, developing new forms of access to archives of cultural heritage institutions.

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Mara Mendes

Mara Mendes is project lead of the EU research project The Digital Whistleblower: Fiscal Transparency, Risk Assessment and Impact of Good Governance Policies Assessed. The central objective of DIGIWHIST is to improve trust in governments and efficiency of public spending across Europe. Previously, she has worked in the area of advocacy and campaigning with Transparency International. Mara is interested in fighting against and preventing corruption. She holds a masters degree in Media, Communication and Development and a Bachelor in Sociology, Politics and Media Science.

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Dr. Marcus Dapp

Dr. Markus Dapp consults institutions and public administrations as the Principal Consultant of the OKF Central (UK). Previously, he initiated the e-participation project MODGy (Munich Open Government Day) as Munich’s IT strategist, which was perceived as a pioneering project and awarded on the EU-level. Around this time, he also helped to found OKF DE. Since more than 10 years Dr. Dapp engages with the design of open digital value chans in a diverse range of different areas and sectors: von Open Source to Open INnovation, from Open Data to Open Government, from Open Access to Free Culture. His understanding is challenged and advanced by the interaction with his students in his lecture series “Digital Sustainability’ at the ETH Zurich, where he did a PhD on the effects of software patents on Open Source Innovation. Dr Dapp is a freelance consultant for economic and political actors and regularly holds talks on national and international events.

Maria Reimer

Maria Reimer is project lead for Jugend hackt. She studied Public Administration and Public Policy. Next to OKF DE, she works part-time for a member of the German parliament and actively promotes the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) as a Transparency International Germany volunteer.

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Moritz Neujeffski

Moritz worked at the School of Data. He gave workshops and supported NGOs in analysing and using data for their campaigning efforts. Moritz studied European Studies and Public Policy and Human Development at Maastricht University and is also active at the Berlin Social Science Center.

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Rebecca Varghese Buchholz

Since April 2017, Rebecca manages 2030Watch, a civil society monitoring project of SDGs’ implementation in Germany. Prior to joining OKF, Rebecca worked as a Senior Policy Adviser for international trade and investment treaties at Traidcraft in London and as a Research Analyst for the United Nations Research Institute (UNRISD) for Social Development in Geneva. Rebecca graduated in Economics and Development Studies from the School of African and Oriental Studies (BA hons) and the University of Cambridge (MPhil) and holds a Graduate Diploma in Law (London College of Law).
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Sebastian Seitz

Sebastian is in charge of the Demokratielabore at the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany. Before that he worked for a non-profit foundation in the field of digitization of education and Open Educational Resources. He made his diploma in educational science at Bielefeld University with a focus on school pedagogics and media. Sebastian believes in open content as a driver of innovation in the educational sector. He is a friend of open source software and its usage in schools and classrooms.


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.