Now as an adult I still want to make a positive difference with my work. So far I've researched and taught computational social science at three universities, co-directed an international tech start-up, and managed an economic think tank to jointly advance the social-ecological transformation. I also led data for good projects and teams for an international network of data scientists, digitally transformed German government bodies and social impact organizations as a consultant and innovation project lead, served as a mentor in an intercultural development program, and openly shared scientific knowledge as part of the steering committee of a global MOOC.
These diverse experiences strengthened my interest in designing solutions to complex problems that build bridges between sectors, disciplines, and people to co-create meaningful change. By integrating analytical methods and human-centered design, I reframe those challenges as opportunities to analyze the world as it is―and explore how it might be in the future.