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Cathleen Berger is a highly experienced strategist who has built up and managed multiple high impact and globally distributed programmes. She brings structure to complex challenges and leverages her international policy expertise, intercultural and technical skills to lead openly and collaboratively. Her work focuses on supporting others to navigate change, primarily with a view to sustainability, tech and global policies, as well as governance processes.

She currently works with Climatiq, where she leads on developing brand voice, content, and partnerships while also stewarding the startup’s B Corp certification process.

Before pivoting to climate tech, she designed and headed up Mozilla‘s environmental sustainability programme, devising strategy for Corporation and Foundation, oversaw data collection, analysis, and visualisation for Mozilla‘s greenhouse gas emissions assessment, planned for mitigation, setting and implementing company-wide emissions reduction targets, and recruited, trained, and worked with champions across all parts of the organisation to further amplify a sustainability mindset driving organisational change. Before stepping into this role, Cathleen was responsible for 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, a mentor for feminist tech fellows at the Superrr Lab, 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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