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 heading up 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 technologies and their impact on society. 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.

For the term of 2019-2020, Cathleen has been appointed by the World Economic Forum as an expert on Global Digital Public Goods, joining their Global Future Council to help shape agendas on the interplay of sustainability and technology.

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 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), as well as an associate at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (snv) that she continues to support as an expert on encryption and strategic foresight in their Transatlantic Cyber Forum.

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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