We are experts in the fields of digital technologies, network and community development, and new media. Each member of the Konnektiv team brings extensive experience and individual expertise in the implementation of projects in the area of development.

Geraldine de Bastion

Co-Founder & CEO

Geraldine is head of the consultancy department which offers different knowledge services such as expert research and analyses, project design, and implementation. In addition, she is a popular moderator and public speaker at events on digital transformation, sustainability, and innovation…

René Schodder (Herlitz)

Co-Founder & CEO

René oversees the work of the tech department, which is offering the technical implementation of digital solutions in development cooperation and the public sector. Within our tech projects, René focuses on concept development and project management. …

Melanie Stilz


Mel co-founded Konnektiv in 2013 with René Schodder and Geraldine de Bastion. She works as a consultant and researcher in the field of digitization, education, and development cooperation. Mel currently holds a position as a Visiting Professor at Technical University Berlin. …

Christoph Herbst

Head of IT

Christoph has worked as a programmer with Konnektiv since 2014, consulting on and managing several online community platforms. In 2018, he joined Konnektiv as an official partner and has since been responsible for managing the internal IT infrastructure. …

Zoe Stroebel-Haft

Head of Operations

Zoe oversees the day-to-day operations at Konnektiv, managing all internal projects, strategic development strategies, and finances.She researches new potential national and international projects and partners in the field of international development cooperation, …

Petra Hagemann

Project Manager & Developer, Digital Communities

Petra works as a project manager for digital communities and develops software for community platforms and e-learning courses. She has extensive experience building exchange platforms with WordPress and 2D She is also Konnektiv’s data protection officer. …

Kersti Ruth Wissenbach

Research Lead

In February 2020, Kersti joined the Konnektiv team leading research and consulting work after having frequently collaborated with us since 2016. Kersti is a political sociologist working at the intersection of communication, technologies, and civic rights since the early 2000s. …

Kudzai M. Mubaiwa

Digital Tools & Economic Development Expert

Kudzai has been working with Konnektiv since 2020, focusing primarily on preparing and conducting digital tools workshops and providing technical and facilitation support for various e-learning trainings. She is the current board treasurer of AfriLabs, providing support and oversight of the financial …

Josefine Kipke

Programming & Research

Josefine works in the area of programming, research, and project management. She is currently finishing her Computer Science Master at the Technical University of Berlin with the study field Distributed Systems and Networks, where she mainly focuses on network security, privacy engineering, …

Fayrouz Eldebani

Project Coordination & Research

Fayrouz is a project coordinator assisting in the coordination and administration for projects focused on technical support and facilitation of online trainings. She is also currently involved in multiple projects providing facilitation support for trainings, conducting research, and composing articles …

Minne Nimz

Communications & Design

Minne is supporting Konnektiv in the area of graphic design and communications. At Konnektiv she creates and compiles graphics for our social media accounts, designs print media and interactive digital boards for workshops, and prepares templates for proposals and publications. …

Erik Dubs

Communications & Design

Erik is working in the field of communication and public relations, focusing on social media and content for the website. Before Konnektiv, Erik gained experience working in international youth policy and is currently studying Culture, Technology, and Philosophy (BA). …

Stella Heine

Project Assistance & Research

Stella supports the team as a project assistant in the field of digitalization in international development cooperation. Her main tasks encompass research activities, project communication, and acquisition. Currently, she is enrolled in the Master’s program Socio-Cultural Studies …


Ana Laura Mora

Digital marketing specialist & project manager specializing in content creation

Anke Nowottne

Data scientist, designer, consultant & lecturer

Asmaa Guedira

Consultant on gender, digital social innovation & community building

Björn Lefers

Expert on entrepreneurship, sustainability & education

Charlotte Tienes

Technical Support eLearning Trainings

Fernanda Navarro

Environmental engineering & sustainable construction consultant

Frank Wiemann

Freelance graphic designer & illustrator

Jay Fajardo

Seasoned tech entrepreneur & advocate of grassroots innovation

Joan Mazimhaka

Strategic consultant with expertise in business development, investment & tourism

Julia Manske

Freelance consultant on data & digital innovation

Katharina Dermühl

Business development & strategy consultant

Markos Lemma

Techie, activist & innovation expert

Matthias Brück

Freelance software developer & consultant

Paola Quesada

Politics & media consultant

Roberto Remedios

UX UI Designer & Frontend Developer

Sreekanth Mukku

Public policy, data privacy & digitization expert

Tolu Agunbiade

Educator focusing on entrepreneurship, technology & women empowerment

Victoria Wenzelmann

Systemic organizational consultant & agile coach

Yana Vidysh

Art director for graphic design specializing in branding, web design & corporate design

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