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Diversity of competences

Our team of experts applies insights from the fields of art & design, organization, administration, politics, research and education to address problems of the public sector.

We draw on our unique set of interdisciplinary competences. These include practical and theoretical knowledge in strategic design, organizational research, transdisciplinary research, organizational development and new learning as well as sustainable innovation and design thinking. In addition, we collaborate with experts across various fields to explore and address specific issues with people on all levels of government.

Sabine Junginger

Sabine holds a Ph.D. in Design from Carnegie Mellon University as well as an MDes. in Communication Planning and Information Design. Her theoretical and practical work explores human-centered design in policy and its role in organizational change, both in the public and private sector. She is internationally recognized as an expert and advises several governments on innovation related projects. She has been appointed to the advisory board of the Danish cross-ministerial innovation unit Mindlab in 2013 and is on the Expert Panel of Design for Europe (UK). Her latest projects involve public innovation labs in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, and she regularly partners with the OECD, Nesta (UK) and others.

Caroline Paulick-Thiel

Caroline is a sought after process facilitator and strategy developer with a track record in designing and facilitating cross-sectoral learning environments, especially in the fields of sustainable development and responsible innovation. With a BA in design and an MA in public policy, she combines extensive expertise in building participatory and transdisciplinary processes to public challenges. Caroline co-founded nextlearning, a non-profit association that supports societal transformation processes by fostering new learning environments and is a senior consultant of the German civil society research platform Forschungswende, which promotes new models of governance in research and innovation politics.

Susanne Stövhase

Susanne is an expert in 21st Century Learning and a co-founder of Nextlearning, a non-profit group that supports societal transformation processes by fostering new learning environments. Her educational background includes an MA in the Arts and an MA in Public Policy. She is concerned with educational transformation and recognized as a leader in new approaches for learning and education. She draws on her experience in project development, knowledge processing, the design of learning environments and workshop facilitation. As a social entrepreneur and co-founder of a school, she is a core team member of the Education Innovation Lab Berlin. She is currently developing learning materials for a curriculum of the future, which is based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Eva Köppen

With A Master of Public Policy, a background in business, and strategic CSR and Design Thinking experience, Veronika has worked as a facilitator and business consultant for strengthening capacity for innovation and change as well as creativity in working cultures. She is a cofounder of the co working space projekt:raum in Rostock’s Warnow Valley, which is the anchor point and inspiration for her daily work.

Anna Várnai

Mit einem Hintergrund in Psychologie (BSc) und Design (MSc) fokussiert sich Anna auf gesellschaftlich und ökologisch nachhaltige Innovationen, die den Menschen in den Mittelpunkt stellen. In ihrem aktuellen Projekt untersucht sie wie durch mensch-zentrierte Designmethoden Serviceabläufe und Arbeitskultur in der öffentlichen Verwaltung zukunftsorientiert und bürgerfreundlich gestaltet werden können.


Jenna Büchy

Jenna has extensive experience in coordinating international executive education programs for the public sector, with a focus on German-French administrative cooperation and development cooperation. During her time at the UP Transfer GmbH at the University of Potsdam, she has been cooperating with organizations such as the German Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the French Ecole nationale d’administation (ENA) und the Thai Office of the Civil Service Commission (OCSC). Jenna designs supportive learning environments and facilitates co-creation processes that take advantage of diversity – online and offline. As a trained social scientist (MA) she is interested in the dialogue between government and society and methods facilitating eye-level collaboration between actors with diverse experiences, objectives and needs.