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 a bilingual (en/de) political scientist with an intercultural background and experience working with activists, governments, startups and NGOs across the world. 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)

Co-Founder & CEO

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

Chief Operations 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…

Petra Hagemann

Project Manager & Developer, Digital Communities

Petra is a social and a computer scientist and has been working in international cooperation for over 10 years. At Konnektiv she works as a project manager for digital communities and develops software for community platforms and e-learning courses. She combines knowledge of international political frameworks and the opportunities digital transformation…

Kersti Ruth Wissenbach

Research Lead

Kersti is a political sociologists working at the intersection of communication, technologies and civic rights. She frequently collaborated with Konnektiv since 2016 and joined the team in 2020 leading acquisition and consulting work. She is a participatory communication expert, working with a variety of co-creative methods…

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 eLearning trainings. She is the cofounder of iZone Hub, a Zimbabwean hub that serves makers, innovators, creatives and small business owners and managing consultant…

Josefine Kipke

Programming & Research

Josi joined the Konnektiv team in the summer of 2020 working in the area of programming, research and project management. Previously, Josi worked as an assistant at the Institute for Multimedia and Interactive Systems at the University of Lübeck, where she was participating in the DFG research transfer project…

Clara Gambaro

Technical Support eLearning & Research

Clara joined the Konnektiv team in early 2021 and mostly supports data governance and smart city projects, assisting in research and project management. She also provides technical and facilitation support…

Fayrouz Eldebani

Project Manager & Technical Support

Fayrouz is the newest addition to Konnektiv, joining the team in April 2021. She is a project manager for the project “Technical Support for Online Trainings” assisting in the coordination and administration of the project. She also provides technical and facilitation…


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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