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


Geraldine de Bastion is a bilingual (en/de) political scientist with an intercultural background and experience working with activists, governments, startups and NGOs across the word. Her work focuses on digital transformation and international cooperation, innovation, and human rights. Geraldine co-founded Konnektiv in 2013, advising various organisations on digital transformation…

René Schodder (Herlitz)


René has been advising on activities at the intersection between technology, education, and development cooperation in various countries and contexts since 2004. He studied computer science with a focus on ICT in education and society as well as geography with a focus on development studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Universidad de La Habana. Before…

Melanie Stilz


Mel works as a consultant and researcher in the field of computer science, education, and development cooperation as well as in evaluation of media projects. Before co-founding Konnektiv, Mel worked for the Centre for International and Intercultural Communication (ZIIK) at TU Berlin, primarily managing technology and education related projects in Afghanistan. Other previous cooperations include…

Christoph Herbst

Head of IT

Christoph has worked as a programmer with Konnektiv since 2014, consulting on and managing several online community platforms. Previously he worked as a lecturer and tutor at the Centre for International and Intercultural Communication (ZiiK) in the area of software engineering. Within this framework, he worked several times in Afghanistan at the University…

Zoe Stroebel-Haft

Operations & Project Officer

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, prepares proposals, and assists on and leads newly acquired projects. She also coordinates with our network of freelancers, overseeing…

Sreekanth Mukku

Project Manager, Data Privacy in the Global South

Sreekanth is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt, Germany with a specialization in European Public Policy and Digitalization. He recently submitted his master thesis titled “Data Privacy Approach in National Artificial Intelligence Strategies: A Comparative Study of Germany and India”. His previous experience includes 14 years of advising some of the leading multinational…

Melissa Heise

Student Assistant

Melissa supports the team with administrative and research tasks, as well as other project related work. She is currently enrolled in the North American Studies Master’s program at the Freie Universität Berlin with a focus on Political Science and Cultural Studies and is taking part in the Hasso-Plattner-Institute’s Design Thinking program…


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

Fernanda Navarro

Environmental engineering & sustainable construction consultant

Frank Wiemann

Freelance graphic designer & illustrator

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

Kersti Ruth Wissenbach

Consultant, researcher & lecturer in inclusive governance, communication & civic tech

Matthias Brück

Freelance software developer & consultant

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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