Core team

Dr. Henriette Litta

Managing Director

Henriette is Managing Director of OKF Germany. She is a political scientist and has been thinking about the concept of sovereignty in a democratic society for 20 years now. Henriette’s goal is it to transfer good ideas from civil society to the political public in order to create an impact. Before coming to OKF, she co-created the tool Wahl-O-Mat, worked at the Hertie School of Governance during its start-up phase as well as for the think tank Expert Council on Migration.

Email:

henriette.litta@okfn.de

Twitter:

Hen_Litta

Adriana Groh

Project Lead, Prototype Fund and Code for Germany

Adriana is the head of the Prototype Fund and Code for Germany and responsible for the further development of both programs, the Prototype Fund network and project controlling. She studied Public Policy and Democratic Innovations in Maastricht and did research on participation in the EU. Previously she was a Fellow at LaunchBase Incubator and Social Impact Lab Frankfurt. After her studies she founded the project Wepublic and started a Civic-Tech-App for the federal election 2017 at the Code for Germany Wahlsalon event.

Email:

adriana.groh@okfn.de

Twitter:

avwgo

Arne Semsrott

Project lead, FragDenStaat

Arne leads FragDenStaat.de and is an expert in the domain of Freedom of Information (FOI). With a background in political science, he also works as a freelance journalist and engages with other NGOs in topics related to transparency and lobbyism, e.g. for Hochschulwatch.de and the Whistleblower Network.

Email:

arne.semsrott@okfn.de

Maximilian Voigt

Project lead, Open Education

Maximilian Voigt works on projects in the field of open education. Further more he campaigns for fabrication laboratories, is engaged in physical computing and supports free education. Before his work at the OKF he co founded the FabLab Cottbus e.V., studied technical journalism, public relations and culture and technology. His master thesis was about the educational potential of open workshops.

Email:

maximilian.voigt@okfn.de

Twitter:

ma__vo

Mechthild Schmidt

Co-Project lead, Jugend hackt

Mechthild is project manager for Jugend hackt. She is coordinates the Jugend hackt Labs and aims to scale more Labs within Germany - so Jugend hackt has an impact everywhere. Furthermore, Mechthild is in charge of financial administration.

Email:

mechthild.schmidt@okfn.de

Sonja Fischbauer

Co-Project lead, Jugend hackt

Sonja works as project lead for Jugend hackt, where she also coordinates fundraising. She studied archaeology and has worked at excavations as well as in museum education, before she traded her shovel for a laptop: As a freelance consultant since 2014, Sonja coordinated multiple community-projects in the field of technology and Free Knowledge, organised hackathons and developed diversity-measures. Since 2018 she’s part of the team at Open Knowledge Foundation Germany in Berlin.

Email:

sonja.fischbauer@okfn.de

Twitter:

sonkiki

Walter Palmetshofer

Project lead, Open Data

Walter is an economist by training and has been involved in the domain of Netzpolitik for many years. He conducts a variety of projects in the realm of open data and is interested in particular in issues of mobility and digital city development. He worked as a system administrator in NYC, before moving to Berlin, where he co-founded a start-up in 2012.

Email:

walter.palmetshofer@okfn.de

Twitter:

vavoida

More information

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