Finalists and their solutions
in order of their appearance
Achim Lauber, M.A., graduated in Media Education and Communication, Sociology and Pedagogy from the University of Leipzig. He currently works as a researcher at JFF – Institut für Medienpädagogik in Forschung und Praxis and as a referent for media competence, research and programme at the state media authority of Thuringia. His fields of research include online media for children, media acquisition by children and youths, and youth media protection.
Prof Dr Anne Riechert is the scientific director of the Stiftung Datenschutz. Since 2009 she is a professor for “Data Protection Laws and Laws of Information Processing” at the Frankfurt University of Applied Science. There, Anne Riechert is also a member of the Center for Applied European Studies (CAES).
University Prof Dr.Bernd W. Böttiger is the director of the “Klinik für Anästhesiologie und Operative Intensivmedizin” at the University Hospital Cologne. He is also the chairman of the “German Resuscitation Council (GRC) / Deutscher Rat für Wiederbelebung”. Amongst others, a key aspect of his scientific and sociopolitical engagement is the non-professional reanimation, in particular, the training of school students with reanimation techniques.
Moderator of the YES! 2018
Conny Czymoch is an independent international moderator and journalist. She has been engaged in conference moderation for the European Union, German ministries, blue-chip German corporations and non-profit organizations covering a host of global topics.
Chief Economist, HSH Nordbank
Dr Dagmar Balve-Hauff is an economist and sinologist working at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). After her doctorate at the University of Heidelberg, she worked for the FAZ and the OECD. In 2004, she joined the BMWi to work in the areas of European economic and monetary policies, international oil and gas markets and doing research on economic and structural policies. From 2009 to 2011, she served at the German Embassy in Tokyo as a referent for economic affairs and traffic.
David Patrician is a freelance journalist and event moderator based in Hamburg, Germany.
Prior to that, he hosted a weekly show, in German, for Delta Radio. In addition, he has filed stories for the Westdeutsche Rundfunk, RTL Nord, Radio Bremen, Voice of America, Deutsche Welle and Newsweek. He worked for the Voice of America, Washington, D.C., for several years and filed stories for both the English and Korean language services. He is currently the Fulbright alumni coordinator for the Hamburg regional chapter.
Dirk-Hinnerk Fischer is a PhD student at the Ragnar-Nurkse Department for Governance and Innovation of the Tallinn University of Technology. His research fields include innovation management, regulation of the financial market and public administration – with or without algorithms. In addition, he also is part of consultations to governments, public administrations and international institutions.
Joachim Herz Stiftung
Holger D. Thiele is a professor of agricultural economics and statistics at the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel and head of the ife Institute of Food Economics in Kiel. He was born in Hamburg and studied agricultural economics, business administration, and economics. He worked at the German Universities of Kiel, Giessen, and TU Munich and the University of New England in Australia. Until 2008 he was head of the Institute of Food Economics at the Federal Dairy Research Centre in Germany. Since then he has been working as the head of the ife Institute of Food Economics in Kiel and professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel
Jil Sörensen is a research fellow at the Hamburg Media School and a PhD student at the University of Hamburg’s Institute for Media Economics.
Most of her work focuses on the economics of news markets and media bias. In a current project she, together with her colleagues, investigates the consequences of the NetzDG.
Project Manager, Joachim Herz Stiftung
Julia Plötz is a Project Manager at the Joachim Herz Stiftung where she coordinates projects in the Program Area Economics. Among others, she is responsible for the YES! – Young Economic Summit and the Economy Camp of the Joachim Herz Stiftung. Julia Plötz graduated from the University of Tuebingen and holds a Dual Masters‘ Degree in Economics from Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics in Portugal. During her studies, she worked as a trainee at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, KfW Development Bank and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
Juliane Zielonka works at the digital office for corporate development of the Techniker Krankenkasse in Hamburg. Her tasks include the digital transformation, innovation scouting and digitalisation of healthcare. She also consults healthcare entrepreneurs to find new business opportunities for digital services and is a speaker on digital health topics.
Dr Katrin Vohland is Research Director “Science Programme Public Engagement with Science” at the Museum für Naturkunde – Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science in Berlin. For years, she has been working on the interface of biodiversity research, politics and practice. She also co-organises the network forum “Biodiversitätsforschung Deutschland (NEFO)”. In addition, she supports the integration of citizens and stakeholders into science by developing networks (e.g. BürgerSchaffenWissen.de or the upcoming portal EU.citizen.science) as well as by doing research on citizen science (e.g. COST Action 15212 „Citizen Science to promote creativity, scientific literacy, and innovation throughout Europe“)
Karsten Schmidt is a Ph.D. student in the field of behaviourally informed policy at Roskilde University, Denmark. His research revolves around creating, implementing and experimentally evaluating nudges in collaboration with the Danish Business Authority.
Director, ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics
Since June 2010, ProfessorTochtermann has been the director of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics in Hamburg and Kiel. He also holds a professorship for Digital Information Infrastructures at Kiel University.
Lars Müller is CEO of the digital agency wigital GmbH in Kiel. For more than 20 years, he has been working in the fields of digital marketing, content and creation as well as product management and consulting. As the chairperson of the association “Digitale Wirtschaft Schleswig-Holstein (DiWiSH)”, he organises the exchange between the digital sector and regional companies.
Martin Foth-Feldhusen is an agricultural engineer and social scientist. He works at the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) in the regional office North, where he coordinates the activities of the federal states regarding development politics with programs of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. His previous works include projects on the coast and sea protection as well as being a consultant on environmental management and organisational developments.
Photo: (c) Stefanie Urban
Prof. Dr. Mirjma Steffensky is Professor of Chemistry Education – Early Science Education. Leibniz-Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) at the Christian Albrechts University Kiel. Her research is focused on early science education as well as competences of preschool and school teachers. She is currently speaker of the research line 1 “Frühe Bildiung” at the IPN, member of the expert group “Naturwissenschaftliche Bildung in Kindertageseinrichtungen” of the wiff-initiative and member of the TIMSS consortium.
Nora Hesse is an economic and fiscal policy advisor at the EU Commission Representation in Germany, focusing in particular on the European Semester – the framework for the coordination of economic policies across the EU. During 2015-2017 she was coordinating the macroeconomic forecast for Romania at the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission. Nora holds master’s degrees in Economics and Politics and in International relations and has taught Economics and Intercultural Communication for several years in Berlin.
Nuria Villanova works for the OECD on the coordination and mainstreaming of communication campaigns and the promotion of the OECD Better Life Index, a project on citizen engagement and measurement of well-being. Prior to working at the OECD, she worked in the private sector as a consultant for EU Government Affairs in Brussels. Ms Villanova graduated from Sciences Po Paris and holds a Dual Masters’ Degree in International Public Management and Political Economy from the Paris School of International Affairs and the London School of Economics.
Dr Ole Wintermann is the Senior Project Manager of the programme “Business in Society” at the Bertelsmann Stiftung. He is a member of the Governance 2.0 Network Germany and launched the international blogger platform Futurechallenges.org. Dr Wintermann is a co-founder of the human rights platform weye and is concerned with the future of work, globalisation, demographics, freedom of the web and open educational resources.
Sabine Hübgen works as a research fellow at the WZB and writes her dissertation in sociology at the Free University of Berlin. In her dissertation, she examined the causes of lone mothers’ high poverty risks in Germany.
Susan Djahangard studied political science in Düsseldorf, Nottingham and Berlin. As a free journalist, she wrote for several different media. She graduated from the Henri-Nannen-School for Journalism and currently works in the economics department of “Die Zeit”.
Thomas Langkabel is the National Technology Officer of Microsoft Germany. After studying aerospace engineering, he has been involved in information technology and administrative modernisation for more than 25 years. He is a member of the board of the “Digital Government” working group at BITKOM and has worked for several institutions and civil society initiatives for many years. Thomas Langkabel is Vice President of Initiative D21 and participates in the D21 working groups “Innovative State” and “Digital Ethics”. He is a member of the NEGZ National E-Government Competence Center and a member of the Board of Trustees of Fraunhofer FOKUS.
Managing Partner, KIMBRIA Gesellschaft für Beteiligung und Beratung mbH
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Grenz is Managing Partner of KIMBRIA Gesellschaft für Beteiligung und Beratung mbH, Berlin and Professor of Economics and Social Sciences at Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel. Since 2009 he is Vice President of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Entsorgungswirtschaft, Berlin.
Wiebke Weger is a freelance marketing expert with more than 20 years of working experience in the fields of digitisation of customer communication, strategy development and consumer goods marketing.
Head of Project, Young Economic Summit
Dr Willi Scholz is Head of Project of the YES! – Young-Economic-Summit. Moreover, he is Science Policy Consultant at the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and Adjunct Professor for International Affairs at the Vesalius College in Brussels.
Director of the Program Area Economics, Joachim Herz Stiftung
Dr Wolf Prieß is Director of the Program Area Economics at the Joachim Herz Stiftung. After studying business administration, he completed the subsequent doctorate at the Department for Vocational Studies and Economic Education of the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel. He also worked for several years in the formation of secondary and vocational teachers at the Institute of Education at the CAU before joining the Joachim Herz Stiftung in the program Area Economics in 2012.