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:
Hala Attig is an engineer focused on machine learning applications. She is particularly interested in using NLP and data analysis to make information more accessible. Before joining DW as an Innovation Manager, Hala worked as a software developer and R&D project manager for other media companies.
Julia Bayer is an investigative journalist who dives deep online using OSINT. As a ReCo innovation manager, Julia is involved in a number of verification projects. She also trains journalists in OSINT techniques and digital verification.
Ruben Bouwmeester 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.
ReCo innovation manager Stephan Gensch 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.
Andy Giefer 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.
Birgit Gray 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.
Nico Heise‘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 teaches as a Professor for Media Law in Potsdam.
A web developer at DW ReCo, Hina Imran 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.
Angela Kea 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.
Olga Kisselmann 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 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 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.
Mirko Lorenz 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.
Kay Macquarrie 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.
Niko Para is a programmer and technologist who’s always eager to support digital verification teams by managing data, optimizing workflows, and finding creative solutions. Before taking the job of an innovation manager at DW, Niko worked with various startups and NGOs, including the Syrian Archive.
A prolific creator of concepts and tools, Nico Patz has carried out research projects for ages. His focus is usually on topics like e-learning, interactive media, collaboration, and inclusive user experiences. Nico’s M.A. in English literature and History of Arts goes back to his passion for storytelling, his skills in AV production originate from more than three decades in the performing arts. Prior to his job at DW innovation, Nico worked for public service broadcaster rbb and TU Berlin.
Alexander Plaum 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 other organizations in the media, tech and education business. Ages ago, he also obtained an M.A. in literature studies, sociology, and political science.
As the head of DW’s ReCo team, Wilfried Runde is responsible for the overall planning and coordination of projects and budgets – and always striving to improve journalism’s creative toolset. Wilfried 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”.
As head of corporate strategy, Nadja Scholz 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.
Ksenia Skriptchenko is an innovation manager, social media manager, and data analyst at Deutsche Welle. She holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering and management from the Technical University of Berlin. Ksenia started her career at DW in the Business, Science & Environment department in 2011. In 2018, she joined DW ReCo where she focuses on human language technology projects.
Daniela Späth is a project manager at DW Lab – and a DW-trained reporter, video journalist, and social media editor. She loves to experiment with new platforms, technologies, and code. Prior to joining DW, Daniela freelanced for SPIEGEL Online and Gruner + Jahr. Daniela is a fellow of MIZ, DAAD, FCP, and a graduate of the Erasmus Mundus Master’s in Journalism, Media and Globalisation.
Jochen Spangenberg 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.
Peggy van der Kreeft 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.
Tilman Wagner 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.