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DW Innovation features a skilled mix of open minds. Multi-talented and covering a wide range of interests,  the “innos” always have the right person for the job. Here’s a short introduction to the team:

Julia Bayer

Julia Bayer

Julia is a social media journalist, trainer, and ReCo innovation manager at DW. She is always on the hunt for new social media platforms and loves testing new tools. Her passion lies in verifying social media content. Julia frequently runs workshops for journalists and NGO representatives at DW Akademie.

Twitter: @bayer_julia
Ruben Bouwmeester

Ruben Bouwmeester

Ruben brings concept development skills, profound graphical expertise, and an urgent drive to get things done. He has a background in project management, concept development, and design, holding a B.A. from The Hague University. As a ReCo innovation manager, Ruben specializes in UGC, verification, and HLT. He also trains journalists at DW Akademie.

Twitter: @rubybouw
Stephan Gensch

Stephan Gensch

ReCo innovation manager Stephan is a technologist and developer with a Master’s in computer science. He has worked for utilities companies and international research institutes in various domains including software development, project management and consulting. Stephan is also the co-founder of Vragments, a startup merging immersive technologies and journalism.

Twitter: @HelrenPDM
Andy Giefer

Andy Giefer

Andy is a ReCo innovation manager currently serving as the technical project coordinator at DW Lab. He is in love with good design and new technology. He creates smart, artistic applications and has a background in telecommunications engineering. Before joining DW, Andy worked for the BBC’s R&D department.

Twitter: @andygiefer
Birgit Gray

Birgit Gray

Birgit specializes in future media and resulting changes for broadcasters, content providers, and journalists. In her recent ReCo projects, she has focused on journalism tools, multi screen television, emerging digital news products, organisational change and innovation approaches. Birgit is a seasoned strategic media consultant, with more than a decade of work experience in London. She has an industry background in broadcasting and holds a Master’s in communication and business studies.

Twitter: @birgitgray
Nico Heise

Dr. Nico Heise

Nico’s focus is on interdependencies between social media and news. At DW ReCo, he has also specialized in drones. Nico is a former media industry top executive, holds a PhD in European law and has worked as a media lawyer for more than 15 years. He still teaches as a Professor for Media Law in Potsdam.
Hina Imran

Hina Imran

A web developer at DW ReCo, Hina is crazy about Linux and likes to work with angular.js and react.js. With great passion, she develops data-driven web applications such as dashboards, maps, and charts. Hina was also involved in the development of Datawrapper.

Twitter: @databird
Angela Kea

Angela Kea

Angela is a project manager at DW Lab, where she focuses on content. Angela loves designing new journalistic and digital innovative products. She’s also passionate about bringing teams together, facilitating ideation and prototyping sprints. She shoots 360° films and is constantly exploring new ways of storytelling in mobile journalism. Earlier in her career, Angela worked as a TV reporter for WELTN24. She is an alumna of the Arthur F. Burns and RIAS US Media Fellowship.

Twitter: @An_Kea

Olga Kisselmann

Olga Kisselmann

Olga is a trained EU Project Manager and Fundraiser with a background in Asian Studies and Political Science. Prior to joining DW’s ReCo team, she worked for organizations like GIZ or Fraunhofer IAIS where she gathered experience in interdisciplinary research and online editing. As an innovation manager, Olga is especially interested in natural language processing, social media analytics, and data mining. She is also trying to figure out how to use algorithms for the greater social good.
Tim Koch

Tim Koch


Tim has worked with the DW ReCo team since the early days. He has extensive knowledge in fundraising and the management of EC co-funded projects. Tim holds a diploma in mineralogy, which makes him the steady rock in the surf of innovation.
Eva Lopez

Eva Lopez

Eva is an innovation manager at DW ReCO and also part of DW’s data journalism team. She’s fascinated by numbers – and a news junky, absorbing what’s going in the analogue and digital world. No wonder she decided to go for an interdisciplinary education that allowed her to dive in to the world of natural sciences, analytics, and journalism. Eva holds a Master’s degree in data journalism from Tilburg University.

Twitter: @evopez
Mirko Lorenz

Mirko Lorenz

Mirko is a hands-on journalist with software development skills. For the last 15 years, he has worked on technologies for newsrooms. In the international DDJ community, he is best known for launching the acclaimed chart creation tool Datawrapper, Mirko is also a co-author of the Data-Journalism Handbook. Before joining Deutsche Welle, he worked for a variety of media companies in Germany and the US.

Twitter: @mirkolorenz
Kay Macquarrie

Kay Macquarrie

Kay is an innovation manager for DW ReCO and holds a Master’s in multimedia production. He is very much into archives — and unlocking their power with state-of-the-art digital technologies.

Twitter: @kaymacquarrie
Alexander Plaum

Alexander Plaum

Alex is an online editor, concept creator, and media consultant with a keen interest in IT, pop culture, and politics. Before joining DW ReCo as an innovation manager, Alex worked for a number of companies and institutions including O’Reilly, Access, Macromedia Akademie, and INTERACTIVE Festival. Alex holds an M.A. in English language literature, sociology, and political science.

Twitter: @lxplm
Wilfried Runde

Wilfried Runde

As the head of DW’s ReCo team, Wilfried is responsible for the overall planning and coordination of projects and budgets – and always striving to improve journalism’s creative toolset. Wilfried has worked as an information specialist, freelance print and TV journalist, and online editor before joining DW. In his leisure time, he loves to “spin a tune”.

Twitter: @RunDe_W
Nadja Scholz

Nadja Scholz

As head of corporate strategy, Nadja is responsible for DW’s strategic development. She’s also in charge of digital innovation management at the DW Lab. A passionate journalist, Nadja loves to explore innovative and creative ideas to stimulate DW’s profile.

Twitter: @nadjascholz

Jochen Spangenberg

Jochen Spangenberg

Jochen is the deputy head of DW’s ReCo team. He has been involved in dozens of R&D projects for DW in various capacities since 2003. Previous to that, Jochen worked for the BBC in London and had an exciting time in the new (media) economy at the turn of the century. His passions are (digital) journalism, verification, media literacy, and human rights issues. Jochen also lectures at Freie Universität Berlin.

Twitter: @jospang
Peggy van der Kreeft

Peggy van der Kreeft

Peggy joined DW EU projects even before the innovation team was formed. She is a brick in the wall when it comes to language, thesauri and user validation. In her leisure time she teaches French and English.

Twitter: @cammarosp
Tilman Wagner

Tilman Wagner

Tilman is an explorer of the deep sea of internet data – and an innovation manager at DW ReCo. He is always on the lookout for treasures like new tools, gems of information visualization, best usability practices and audiovisual jewels. With a diploma in media technology and a Master’s in international media studies, he combines tech savviness
with a sound knowledge of the media landscape and current trends.

Twitter: @twone2

Date

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

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