Cathleen Berger

Co-Team Lead and Senior Expert

Upgrade Democracy


Cathleen Berger's professional experience spans across sectors: academia, government, non-profit, corporate, and early stage start-up. Her work and research focuses on the intersection of digital technologies, sustainability, and social impact.

She currently works with the Bertelsmann Stiftung as Co-Team Lead and Senior Expert on future technologies and sustainability. In addition, she occasionally advises and works with social purpose companies and organisations on their climate and social impact strategies.

Previously, she directed the B Corporation certification process of a pre-seed climate tech start-up, launched and headed up Mozilla's environmental sustainability programme, worked within the International Cyber Policy Coordination Staff at the German Foreign Office, as a consultant with Global Partners Digital, a research assistant at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), and a visiting lecturer at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.


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