Manfred Topfstädt

retired captain of Berlin Fire Brigade Manfred Topfstädt is a retired captain of Berlin Fire Brigade and the commander of various fire stations. He has been the responsible clerk in preventative fire protection and in charge of control and monitoring of public events in Berlin since 2012. Manfred is also a retired instructor in the …

Julian Arndts

mathematician, economist, philosopher and entrepreneur; founder of Kairós Institute Julian Arndts is a mathematician, economist, philosopher and entrepreneur. He is founder of Kairós, an institute doing research on the economics and philosophy of artificial intelligence and prediction markets. He teaches mathematical economics for graduate students at BiTS University, as part of the Master’s program in …

Professor Walter Bergmoser

artist, Vice Dean Faculty Art & Design / Photography, UE Professor Walter Bergmoser is an experimentally-orientated artists who has his strength in research in phenomenology and perception and how we, as human beings, perceive things in daily life. Professor Bergmoser is also Vice Dean and Academic Leader for the Campus Berlin of University of Europe …

Hartwig Lorenz

YTD Supplier Quality Manager, Diehl Metal Applications GmbH Hartwig Lorenz is a YTD Supplier Quality Manager for the Berlin-based company Diehl Metal Applications GmbH where he where he works in quality and supplier quality management. Prior to this he was a freelance engineer in the field of manufacturing process analysis and improvement, and Head of …

Melanie Piorek

chief creative officer, The Real Stuff GmbH Melanie Piorek is Chief Creative Officer at The Real Stuff GmbH – a creative consultancy with offices in Munich and Berlin.   Previously, Melanie worked for different companies in the marketing services industry, such as events and live marketing agency VOK DAMS, media production studio United Visions and …

Lysia Leal

student of City & Regional Planning, Technische Universität Berlin Currently student of City and Regional Planning at the TU Berlin Lysia Leal had a previous career as an award-winning singer. Lysia Leal first studied Music Education at The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Throughout her career as a singer, she participated in several TV …

Celine Pliverics

student, Humboldt-University Celine, born in 2001, graduated from high school in 2020 and is now majoring in cultural studies at the Humboldt-University, Berlin. Throughout the ongoing summer semester she invests more time in her part-time job as a barista in the Cookies and Cream Cafe while working on various photography and art projects in private. …

Bettina Lehmann

senior manager, Special Olympic World Games, Berlin 2023 Bettina is a senior manager for the organising committee of the Special Olympic World Games, Berlin 2023 gGmbH. She is responsible for Education, Science, Youth and Schools. Bettina has been part of the Special Olympics family since 2008 where she has been involved in the areas of …

Dr Kai Burkhardt

programme director of business management studies, UE University Dr Kai Burkhardt has a PhD in History and has worked in Media Politics, Strategic Marketing and Communications for ministries, governments, corporations and associations including the German National Government, Fifa and Mozilla.  He is Programme Director of Business Studies at the UE University and a permanent writer …

Jenny Spahl

student, Humboldt Universität Jenny joined Debating Matters in 2020 as a contestant. When she was 16 she spent a year studying abroad at the East London Science School, where she learned to love Latin. She is now in her second term, studying Latin and Philosophy at the Humboldt University.