Hanka Holzapfel is in charge of media relations, marketing and public relations at iRights.Lab. She studied journalism, communication studies and economics at Freie Universität Berlin. She has been working in public relations and public affairs, business communication and marketing for more than ten years, e.g. for the Einstein Year (2005) and the Year of Information Technology (2006), Fleishman-Hillard International Communications, Bosch and Siemens.
Susanne Janetzki is a lawyer and event manager. She has been working for the office of corporate counsel of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Thuringian Agency for the Creative Industries and gigmit.com, a website for live music booking. Project coordinator of the conference “Kreativgipfel” (Creative Summit) in Erfurt.
Project and event coordination and project monitoring at iRights.Lab. Tutor for media education for children and youths. IT specialist by training. Worked on various projects in the IT business as management consultant, project manager and team coordinator. Most recently: conference coordinator for “Shaping Access! – More Responsibility for Cultural Heritage”.
Partner at iRights.Lab
Philipp Otto is a partner at iRightsLab, managing editor at iRights.info and project manager of iRights Cloud. He was a visiting researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and research assistant to Members of Parliament at the German Bundestag. At the Internet and Society Collaboratory, he worked as project manager and head of a working group on copyright and digital goods. In 2012, he was a member of the SPD parliamentary group’s Creative-Pact Expert Group, a member of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s Expert Committee on innovation-friendly copyright in the 21st century and a delegation member of the Chinese-German Rule of Law Dialogue.
David Pachali works as journalist on net politics, copyright and digital publics. He is editor at iRights.info. As a freelance journalist, he published at taz, ZDF Hyperland, Jüdische Allgemeine, Meedia, and golem.de, among others. David edited books and publications such as „Überwachte Gesellschaft“ (iRights.Media, 2013), “Öffentlichkeit im Wandel“ (Heinrich Böll Foundation, 2012).
Julia is in charge of management assistance and office management at iRights.Lab, project assistance, conference coordination, and organization for iRights projects. Media designer for digital and print media. She studied American studies and political science at Freie Universität Berlin.
Partner at iRights.Lab
Matthias Spielkamp is a founding partner of the iRights.Lab think tank. He advises public institutions, NGOs and private companies on online journalism, communication strategies and information security and is project lead and curator of the Groundbreaking Journalism series. Matthias serves as managing editor at iRights.info and held teaching assignments at different universities. He co-authored three books on journalism and copyright, serves on the board of the German chapter of Reporters without Borders (pro bono) and is a member of the American Council on Germany as a former McCloy Fellow.
Head of Strategy and Programs, Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications
David Deißner is Head of Strategy and Programs of the Vodafone Institute. He is responsible for the strategic development of the institute’s programs as well as heading up research and policy work in our various areas of work. He is particularly interested in digital learning and M-government. Before he joined the Vodafone Institute he was Head of the Vodafone Foundation’s Think Tank in Germany. David studied philosophy, political science and literature and holds a PhD from Oxford University. After his graduation he worked as a political editor for German newspapers as DIE WELT.
Intern for Strategy and Programs, Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications
Jost Neumann is studying Future Studies (M.A.) at Free University of Berlin. His fields of interest are potentials of digital transformation, government foresight and open source intelligence. Jost was student assistant to the Institute for Philosophy, Literature and History of Science and Technology at the Technical University Berlin. At the same time, he was employed at the Steinbeis-Hochschule Berlin. Recently, he did an internship at the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications.
Head of Communications at the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications
Christian Rapp is Head of Communications at the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications. Beyond that he is responsible for our projects on socio-political participation. He is particularly interested in the effects of digital media on political participation and the organisation of civil society. Prior to his work at the Institute, he was Head of Communications at The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Further to his work at the Institute, Christian is Chief Social Media Officer at Vodafone Germany. He studied political science and communications in Leipzig.
CEO Vodafone Foundation Germany, Executive Director Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications
Mark Speich has been CEO of Vodafone Stiftung Deutschland gGmbH (Vodafone Foundation Germany) since May 2008. He also serves as an Executive Director of the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications since August 2011. Prior to this, he was Director of the Policy Planning Staff of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Party in the German Bundestag. He started his career in the CDU Secretary General’s Policy Advisory Staff in the Konrad-Adenauer-Haus in Bonn. He was educated at Collegium Josephinum Bonn, studied history, political science and constitutional law at the universities of Cambridge (MPhil) and Bonn (Ph.D.). Mark Speich is married with five children.
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