About

Cathleen Berger is a political scientist by training. She has built her career on combining her expertise and training with her curiosity for technological developments and communication, notably with a view to cultural differences in a globalised, networked world. Her work focuses on strategy, sustainability, tech and global policies, as well as governance processes.

Cathleen currently works with Mozilla, where she is stewarding the organisation’s efforts on environmental sustainability, building up a dedicated programme, devising strategy, conducting annual greenhouse gas assessments, developing mitigation plans and training modules, and raising awareness in a creative, collaborative and open manner. Before stepping into this role, Cathleen was heading up Mozilla’s work on Global Governance, including representing Mozilla at fora such as the G20, the United Nations, or the World Economic Forum and developing policy strategy for the Office of the Chair, identifying emerging trends around technologies and their impact on society.

Prior to these roles, she worked within the International Cyber Policy Coordination Staff at the German Foreign Office where she was tasked with devising strategies for Internet Governance, promoting human rights and freedom online, as well as drafting policy concepts for capacity building and digital development. In former positions, Cathleen was a consultant for 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.

In addition, she has held voluntary roles as a fellow at the Centre for Internet and Human Rights (CIHR), a Global Governance Futures fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), an associate at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (snv) contributing to research as an expert on encryption and strategic foresight in their Transatlantic Cyber Forum, as well as a Raisina Young Fellow at the Asian Forum on Global Governance. For the term of 2019-2020, Cathleen also served as an expert on the interplay of technology and sustainability in the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Frontier 2030.


Cathleen is primarily based out of Berlin, Germany.

She shares ideas and observations (more or less) regularly on her Medium blog — comments always welcome: https://cathleenberger.medium.com/

You can find her speaker profile on: https://speakerinnen.org/en/profiles/cathleen-berger and get in touch via Twitter: https://twitter.com/@_cberger_. She speaks German and English, and understands requests in French and Spanish.

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