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The DW Innovation team 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 media innovators:

Wilfried Runde

Wilfried Runde


Wilfried heads the innovation team with great vibrancy. Always thriving to improve journalism’s creative toolset, he has worked as an information specialist, freelance print and TV journalist and Online editor before joining DW back in 2002. Wilfried is a member of the EBU’s Digital Steering Committee. In his leisure time he’s regularly “spinning a tune”.

Twitter: @RunDe_W

Jochen Spangenberg

Jochen Spangenberg


Jochen has been involved in more than 20 R&D projects. He has a background in Media & Communication Sciences, worked for the BBC in London and had an exciting time in the New Economy at the turn of the century. He lectures at University, is a frequent speaker at conferences and moderates events, primarily in the media, IT and telecommunications sector. Jochen is in charge of project acquisition and overall project coordination.

Twitter: @jospang

Julia Bayer

Julia Bayer


Julia is a social media journalist and trainer at Deutsche Welle, where she has worked since 2011. She is always on the hunt for new social media platforms and loves testing new tools. Julia has a passion for verifying social media content. For the Deutsche Welle Akademie, Julia trains journalists and NGOs through workshops on social media (distribution, verification, newsgathering, online and mobile journalism).

Twitter: @bayer_julia

Ruben Bouwmeester

Ruben Bouwmeester


Ruben joined the innovation team in 2011 and 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 with a bachelor from the Hague University in the Netherlands. Ruben is specialized in UGC and verification and trains journalists how to handle and verify UGC.

Twitter: @rubybouw

Andy Giefer

Andy Giefer


Andy is in love with good design and (Apple) technology. He creates smart and artistic iOS, tvOS, and web applications and has an engineering background in telecommunication. Worked for the R&D Department at BBC and has been enriching Deutsche Welle ever since 2004.

Twitter: @andygiefer

Birgit Gray

Birgit Gray


Birgit specializes in future media and resulting changes for broadcasters, content providers, and journalists. In recent projects she focused on journalism tools, multiscreen television, emerging digital news products, organisational change and innovation approaches. She has worked as a strategic media consultant for 16 years, with 12 years spent in London. Birgit has an industry background in broadcasting and holds a Master’s Degree in Communication and Business Studies.


Twitter: @birgitgray

Nico Heise

Dr. Nico Heise


Nico joined Deutsche Welle in 2011 and is focussing on interdependencies between social media and news. Nico holds a PhD in European law and has worked as a media lawyer and in management positions in the media industry for more than 15 years. He also teaches as a Professor for Media Law in Potsdam.

Hina Imran

Hina Imran


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 Data-wrapper.

Twitter: @databird

Tim Koch

Tim Koch


Tim has been working with the innovation team since the early days. He has extensive knowledge in fund raising 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 finds numbers fascinating. She is a news-junky, absorbing what’s going in the analogue and digital world. No wonder she decided to go for an interdisciplinary education, where she could enter in the worlds of natural sciences, analytics and journalism. Eva holds a Master’s degree in Data Journalism from Tilburg University Netherlands.

Twitter: @evopez

Mirko Lorenz

Mirko Lorenz


Mirko is a hands-on journalist with software development skills. For the last 15 years he worked on technologies for newsrooms. Recently he launched Datawrapper, a free open source tool for Journalists to easily create charts. He is a co-author of the Data-Journalism Handbook. Before joining Deutsche Welle in 2008 Mirko worked for a variety of large media companies in Germany and the US.

Twitter: @mirkolorenz

Kay Macquarrie

Kay Macquarrie


Kay has been working for Deutsche Welle for three years and holds a masters in multimedia production. He is very much into archives, innovative media technologies and how to make content explorable with state of the art technologies.

Twitter: @kaymacquarrie

Alexander Plaum

Alexander Plaum


Alex is is an online editor, blogger, and media consultant with a keen interest in IT, pop culture, and politics. Before joining Deutsche Welle as a project 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

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. 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 in International Media Studies he combines a technological background with a sound knowledge of the media landscape and current trends.

Twitter: @twone2

Date

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

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