May I briefly or more fully introduce myself?


May I briefly or more fully introduce myself?


I was born in Cologne but live in Berlin since 2001. In my green party career and offices and mandates in the municipal, federal and European policy, I specialized in the organization of events, open source sofware and counseling. As an experienced founder, managing director, corporate developers and new – thinker, I am involved in the implementation of various discussions, conferences and events. I invest in young companies and see myself committed sustainably to the goal of an emancipated and knowledge-based society.


…more fully…

I was born on 24 May 1975 in Cologne – Ehrenfeld . With my parents I moved with just one year in a suburb of the Rhine capital. First extensive stage experience I gained in 1985 as Cologne Children’s Carnival Prince at the age of 9 years. During this time I completed several hundred performances with speeches and singing. Equipped with these experience, in my entire school career I was class- , students- or stages-speaker. Open for every kind of joke, I earned several stays before the classroom door. During the civil service, I was elected for the Alliance 90 / The Greens in the Council of the Municipality Rösrath. In this time I gained especially attention for the idea to grow industrial hemp in the community as well as public campaigns against the energy company RWE.



A list of publications, lectures and activities on various panels can be found here.


From re:publica to Torstraßen Festival


From re:publica to Torstraßen Festival



I am one of the founder and CEO of re:publica GmbH and, with that, one of the brains behind Germany’s number one digital business festival. I am responsible for business- and content aspects of re:publica and act as its first point of contact. This yearly event, with over 5,000 visitors, is a central meeting place for the German and international digital society.




I was the CEO of newthinking communications GmbH from 2003 – 2013. The open source strategy and technology agency employs around 30 employees and works on projects in the field of events, IT and publishing. We also provide consultancy work for business and organisations. Over the past ten years and together with co-founder Markus Beckedahl and our team, we have developed newthinking into a business with a turnover of several million Euros. Since 2014, I continue to be a company associate and advisor of newthinking.



Torstraßen Festival

The idea for a successful underground festival was inspired by the London music festival “Camden Crawl”, which takes place during the day in pubs and other locations in Camden Town. Since 2011, we have organised the Berlin Torstraßen Festival along the various locations on Torstraße. The team behind the festival consists of Andrea Goetzke, Melissa Perales and Norman Palm.



Creator Broker Owner

In summer 2015 I decided to found an additional company. I wanted to create a new basis for all the ideas that previously had been put on ice. CBO invests in Start-Ups and supports and advises young companies in creating and developing their business models and the implementation of strategies. CBO also initiates and organises its own innovative ideas.



What I can do for you


What I can do for you

Consultancy, Management & Creation

Businesses, organisations and associations face new challenges in the digital age. Dynamic progress, de-hierarchisation and transparency are the norm in today’s business zeitgeist.

Choosing new paths to reach ambitious goals requires experience and assertiveness. The ‘new’ needs to be given room to germinate and grow. Breaking from the well-trodden path demands the right mix of clear strategies and implantation.

In changing times, experience, creativity & passion are the foundations to stay on point and master the multiple tasks in areas of finance, human resources and strategy.

Consultancy, facilitation & innovative event formats support successful and sustainable change. By linking new ideas with network partners and through creative approaches, room for individualised fields of action are created.

Keynotes & lectures, articles & workshops featuring new creative methods offer new inspiration for preparing to engage with central challenges.

Core focus: Change management & format development, creative & social entrepreneurship, start-ups, open source & digital society

Volunteer Work

Engagement & Enthusiasm

Volunteer Work

Engagement & Enthusiasm

Tennis Borussia Berlin e.V.

Since summer 2013, I have been on the supervisory board of TeBe. Prior to this, I supported the work of the club as a member of its board. The “Purple and Whites” are close to my heart because I relate to the club’s traditions and stated values.


Digitale Gesellschaft e.V.

I am a founding member of the 2010 established association for securing citizen rights in the digital society. Lobbying for the rights of individuals vis-à-vis the state and businesses is an important engagement, which I support.


all2gethernow e.V.

The music association all2gethernow counts me as one of its founding members as well as a member of its first executive board. The association deals with the new and changing roles of stakeholders in the music industry as a result of digitalisation. At present, my role is in providing a source for ideas and in being a member of the advisory board.


netzpolitik.org e.V.

The association supports the journalistic work of netzpolitik.org and collects donations for this work. The association was founded in 2013 and I am its treasurer.



I am a member of the Berlin chamber of commerce’s committee on creative industries, for the legislative period 2012-2017.


Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen

With interruption, I was a member of the green party Association 90/The Greens from 1993 to the beginning of 2012.


Kultur- und Kreativpiloten

Cultural and Creative Pilots Germany is an award that is given annually to 32 companies in the cultural and creative industries. The focus is on people who pursue their ideas passionately. As honorary jury member I act as a feedback encoder and bring up my experiences in the field of digital economy.


bbw University

The bbw University is a private, state-recognized university. With the start of the master’s degree program “Management of Creative Industries (MCI)”, as a board member for the creative industries, I perceive the task of enhancing the practical aspects of the courses with e.g. guest lectures about digital economic issues.


Stiftung Zukunft Berlin

The „Stiftung Zukunft Berlin“ is a charitable foundation. Its objectives are to promote the civil participation, education and culture. In my volunteer capacity as member of the board I support and advise on all relevant topics and am involved actively in their initiatives.





Andreas Gebhard
Schönhauser Allee 6/7
10119 Berlin

T +49 30 92105 96
F +49 30 692033 799