TEDxBerlin Steering Committee - Stephan Balzer
Stephan Balzer is the founder and managing director of the communications agency red onion GmbH in Berlin. The trained media consultant is one of the pioneers of the German new media scene. He worked during his studies at Pixel Park, from 1991 to 1996 in various positions. In 1996 he founded the Agency lava, which was responsible for many innovative formats and implemented award-winning customer projects. In 1998 he was the co-founder and creative director of the Berlin festival BerlinBeta, which had its focus on future topics, exploring new technologies and trends. In 2009 Stephan Balzer was the first German TEDx conferences licensee and was recently appointed as the TEDx ambassador for Europe by the American TED organization.
TEDxBerlin Steering Committee - Gunnar Graef
Gunnar Graef, is one of the pioneers of the mobile internet in Europe. He is Founding Partner of Deutsche Ventures and Professor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at ESCP Europe lecturing in Paris and Berlin. Gunnar Graef founded Haiku in France in the late 1990s. He sold the company to Index Corp.. Later he co-founded DHL Globalmail (acquired by Deutsche Post AG). Under his leadership, the company became the #1 worldwide in its industry. Based in Singapore, as Member of the Executive Board, he managed Deutsche Post’s businesses in Asia Pacific and the Emerging Market. In 2010, he moved to Berlin to create Deutsche Ventures and to develop new digital businesses and different startup accelerators.
Prof. Graef is board advisor to a number of Forbes500 companies and mentor of various tech entrepreneurs and startups in Germany, France and in the Silicon Valley. He is also on the advisory board of Betterplace.org and Responsible Leader of the BMW Foundation.
TEDxBerlin Steering Committee - Joana Breidenbach
Joana Breidenbach is the co-founder of betterplace.org, Germany’s largest platform for social initiatives, where she heads the betterplace lab. betterplace lab is a think- and do-tank, seeking to improve the social sector through the use of digital technologies. Joana studied Anthropology in Munich, Berkeley and London and received her PhD in 1994. Since 1992 she has written many books and articles on cultural globalization, such as Tanz der Kulturen (with Ina Zukrigl), Verlag Antje Kunstmann, Munich 1998, Maxikulti (with Pál Nyíri) Frankfurt/M. Campus 2008 and Seeing Culture Everywhere, University of Washington Press 2009. She has also published contributions in brand eins, GEO and Current Anthropology.
TEDxBerlin Steering Committee - Prof. Dr. Stephan Breidenbach
Professor Breidenbach has worked as arbitrator, mediator and third party in other forms of ADR in a large number of both national and international business cases over the past 15 years. Professor Breidenbach teaches Civil Law, Civil Procedure and International Economic Law at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) and is Co-Director of the Mediation Masters Program and the Forum for Negotiation and Mediation at the Europe University Viadrina. In addition, he is Professor for Mediation and Business Mediation at the University of Vienna, Austria and has held Visiting Professorships at the Renmin University of Beijing (China), the University of Klagenfurt (Austria) and at the University St. Gallen (Switzerland).
Breidenbach is founder and Dean of Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance in Berlin, a platform for societal innovation. He is also co-founder of betterplace.org. One of his fields of expertise is innovative financing mechanisms for social organizations. He is also one of the initiators of the Social Stock Exchange Association.
TEDxBerlin Steering Committee - Jörg Rheinboldt
Jörg Rheinboldt is a serial entrepreneur. While studying management in Cologne, he co-founded the Internet consulting company denkwerk and later alando.de, a marketplace, which was later on acquired by eBay. After the acquisition, Jörg served as Managing Director of eBay in Germany for five years. Today, he focuses on early stage investments in groundbreaking Internet, telecom and media businesses as Founding Partner of M10 GmbH. Jörg Rheinboldt is a founding donor of betterplace.org, a platform for social projects. In addition, he is an advisor to companies and governmental institutions and teaches strategy at the Humboldt Viadrina School of Governance. Jörg is the co-author of SimplySeven, a guidebook to Internet Business released by Palgrave in 2011.
TEDxBerlin Steering Committee - Marc Sasserath
Marc Sasserath is the founder of the brand consulting company Sasserath Munzinger Plus of the branding group supermarque. From 2001 to 2007 he was the CEO of Publicis Sasserath and CSO of Publicis Germany. He studied Roman Economics and Humanities in Germany, France and Great Britain and started his career at the global advertising agency network Saatchi & Saatchi before becoming head of strategy at BBDO and MD/Chief of Strategy at McCann's. Sasserath is also an advisor for gut.org and betterplace.org. Furthermore, he acts as a member of the supervisory board of the international market research and consulting company vocatus AG and is also a proud supporter of the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance.
TEDxBerlin Steering Committee - Leah Stuhltrager
Leah Stuhltrager unites Art & Tech as a gallerist, curator and project manager. Highlights include projects at Lincoln Center, Coachella, E-Halle, Contemporary Istanbul, Circulo de Bellas Artes, The Hermitage Museum, The Oriental Pearl Tower, Cà Foscari Zattere during the Venice Biennale, Cyberfest & Berlin Days at Roppongi Hills, Art Meets Tech (AMT) and initiatives building industry bridges between America, Europe & Asia. Founding her project space (Dam, Stuhltrager in Williamsburg, Brooklyn) in 1998, she opened a German annex in 2009 which became THE WYE in 2012.
TEDxBerlin Steering Committee - Thomas Schindler
Thomas Schindler was born in the US and grew up in Europe in an environment dominated by natural sciences. Unfit for a scientific career, he directed his focus onto the internet, leading to a series of successful and unsuccsessful projects and ventures ranging from collaboration platforms to mobile couponing systems, least-cost-routing services and e-commerce platforms. This led to a passion of exploring the social and technological edges of new possibilites offered by technology.
TEDxBerlin Steering Committee - Beate Wedekind
Beate Wedekind, born in 1951, is one of Germany’s best-known female journalists. As former Editor-in-Chief of magazines such as ELLE and BUNTE, she founded her own company in 1995, producing TV-shows like the Golden Camera Awards and events like the Sony Grand Opening on Potsdamer Platz. She has written several books, one of which is the international bestseller New York Interiors. Beate has been working as a volunteer in Ethiopia already in the mid 1970s. In 2014 she was Interim Director of ONE Germany, the advocacy organisation founded by U2 leadsinger Bono. As a startup entrepreneur she is publishing the platform TheNewAfrica//Journal of Change.
TEDxBerlin Steering Committee - Ute Weiland
Ute Elisabeth Weiland is the Deputy Director of the Alfred Herrhausen Society, Deutsche Bank's international forum. She joined the Alfred Herrhausen Society in 2003. Since 2004 she is member of the Executive Board of the Urban Age conference series at the London School of Economics, and from 2010 member of the Governing Board of LSE Cities. Ute E. Weiland has coordinated the deutsche Bank Urban Age Award from its beginning in 2007 in seven different cities. She co-edited the book “Handmade Urbanism – from Community Initiatives to Participatory Models” together with the architect Marcos Rosa.
Ute E. Weiland graduated from the Academy of Music in Weimar. After unification she became chief of staff to the Secretary of State for Education in Saxony. In 1997 she co-founded the Erich Pommer Institute for Media Law and Media Management at the University of Potsdam and was its deputy managing director until 2003.
Ute Weiland is a member of the German-Israeli Young Leaders Exchange of the Bertelsmann Foundation and young leader of the Atlantik Brücke.
TEDxBerlin Steering Committee - Prof. Uli Weinberg
Prof. Uli Weinberg is the Director of the School for Design Thinking and the Hasso-Plattner-Institute.
TEDxBerlin Steering Committee - Frank Wernecke
Frank Wernecke works at the interface between strategy, technology, design and communications. At the age of 26, he founded his first company. He is currently working as Founder and CEO of laf.li digital GmbH specializing in the realization of innovative digital applications, and as Managing Partner of jkcampaign GmbH, a Berlin based campaigning company. He is also founder of the bettermap foundation, a non-profit-making foundation to localize Points of Social Impact worldwide.
Frank Wernecke leads a working team at the Research Group Ethical-Ecological Rating at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. He is member of the steering committee of TEDxBerlin, lecturer at the Quadriga University and member of the German Association of Political Consultants (de'ge'pol). As a member of the Supervisory Board of Fairnopoly eG he gained direct experience with co-operative models. He lives in Berlin, is married to a lawyer and father of three children.
TEDxBerlin Steering Committee - Sven Wollner
Sven Wollner, born 1971, is Managing Partner Marketing of the content & connections agency MediaCom in Düsseldorf.
He is also responsible for innovation topics in his role as “Director of Freshness” – which is like bringing TED’s “ideas worth spreading” to life in a company of 900+ people.
Sven has a diploma in media science and communication research. He is a guest lecturer at several universities since 2005, covering trend research, strategic communication planning and creative brainstorming methods. Sven started his career at Trendbuero Hamburg, then he joined the strategy agency diffferent in 2000, founded the Berlin office in 2001, and was a strategic brand consultant for about 40 brands and blue chip companies.
In 2007 he moved to Duesseldorf, and became the first Director of Freshness at MediaCom.
Sven is a father of two daughters, an amateur guitar player, and a big fan of string theory and Brian Greene’s elegant universe (because before he graduated in media science, Sven studied physics for two years.)