Konnektiv thrives through its cross-disciplinary team with extensive experience at the intersection of digitalisation and inclusive socio-political change. Many of our core team members have been actively working in the field since the very early days of digital communication.

Together with our consulting partners and our global network of close collaborators we provide bottom-up insights, contacts, and support from the project localities, wherever possible.

Core Team

We are experts on the intersection of digital transformation and inclusive socio-political change. We combine methodological, thematic, and technological expertise. Each member of the Konnektiv team brings extensive experience and individual expertise in strategy development, implementation and/or research.

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. …

Dominik Seiler


Dominik is a specialist for the financial structure at Konnektiv. He has an eye on financial coordination, working closely with Konnektiv’s management team to streamline operational processes. Having finished his interdisciplinary studies in Communication in Social and Economic Contexts at the UdK Berlin, …

Fayrouz Eldebani

Project & Acquisition Lead

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Emi Schuri


Emi is working in our communications team. In collaboration with the project assistance and design teams she keeps track of upcoming events, manages and creates content for our social media accounts and maintains the website…


We frequently collaborate with our trusted network of project based consultants. Our partners combine a wide range of extensive expertise that has proven essential for digital innovation projects.

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

Badru Suleiman

Software Engineer

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

Lea Wrobel

Writer & Web Designer

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

Tobias Schmid


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

Interested in working with our team? Join us and be a part of our expert pool!