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.

Cathleen currently works with Mozilla where she is leading their work on Global Governance, including representing Mozilla at fora such as the G20, the United Nations, or the World Economic Forum. She is also in charge of developing policy strategy for the Office of the Chair, identifying emerging trends around privacy and security, digital inclusion and literacy, openness and decentralisation in order to remain aware and ahead of global tech policy developments. This includes looking into and thinking through processes of global governance in a strategic, future-oriented manner in an effort to make them more inclusive and participatory.
Prior to this role, 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 roles, Cathleen was also a fellow at the Centre for Internet and Human Rights (CIHR), an associate at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (snv), a Global Governance Futures fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), a research assistant at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), and a visiting lecturer at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.

Since 2017, she has been supporting the Transatlantic Cyber Forum, an effort to bridge divides in international cybersecurity policies, as an expert on encryption and government hacking. Starting in 2019, her focus in this network has shifted towards strategic foresight and the influence of artificial intelligence and machine learning on international cybersecurity policies.

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

You can find her speaker profile on: https://speakerinnen.org/en/profiles/cathleen-berger and get in touch via Twitter: https://twitter.com/@_cberger_.

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