Michael Krake is the Deputy Director General at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). He leads the directorate “Private sector; trade, employment; digital technologies”.
Over the last 15 years, Mr. Krake has served in various functions for the German Government. As Head of Political Staff, he led the Ministry’s divisions responsible for strategic planning and policy analysis, communications and relations to parliament and cabinet. As Head of Development Cooperation, he worked at the German Embassy Kampala/Uganda for three years. For two years he worked in Nairobi/Kenya as a consultant and BMZ’s regional Coordinator on drought resilience at the Horn of Africa.
Before joining BMZ he has worked as a management consultant for McKinsey &Company. Michael Krake holds a degree in Economics from the University of Bonn (Germany).
Jana Dotschkal is a Senior Project Manager in the Coordination Office of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy’s “Africa Business Network”. She has been focusing on trade and investment promotion for more than eight years: Before joining the Africa Business Network, Mrs. Dotschkal managed international projects financed by the European Union and GIZ in the area of SME development and trade promotion. Previously, she worked as a Regional Manager in the Latin American Business Association and gained professional experience in a GIZ project on private sector development in Egypt. Mrs. Dotschkal studied Economics and Political Sciences in Cologne, Paris, and Florianópolis (Brazil).
After finishing his Bachelor in Political Science & Administration and graduating with a Master in International Relations from Martin Luther Universität Halle/Wittenberg, Sebastian Kliem joined VOICE e.V. – Federal Association of IT Users in 2016. VOICE brings together IT and digital business decision-makers of leading companies of all sizes and sectors and offers its members a competent, attractive, and dynamic knowledge exchange platform. Mr. Kliem has been the contact person of VOICE’s Special Interest Groups since the beginning of 2019.
With more than 15 years of professional experience in IT project management and software selection & purchasing, Steffi Kirchberger is currently the CEO of JARO Services GmbH. She is a certified Project Manager (Prince 2 Foundation & Agile) and a certified IT Service Manager (ITIL Foundation). Mrs. Kirchberger started her career with DHL and played a key role in developing the Packstation software in preparation for the Germany-wide rollout. Afterwards, she worked with leading companies in the automotive industry and telecommunication sector as a consultant on sensible contract structure and target-oriented negotiation strategies for IT projects. Mrs. Kirchberger also worked with Zalando SE as a project manager where she evaluated, negotiated, and implemented various systems, including a Zalando-wide eProcurement solution as well as the Travel Booking and Expense solution. Using her experience from the past, she is now focusing on sustainability in digitalization.
Amel Saidane studied Electrotechnical Engineering at Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany, and also holds a Master of Science degree in Business and Digital Economy from the University of Maryland. She is the co-founder of Seedstars, which is a tech startup building and acceleration company focusing on impacting people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. Before that, she worked as an account manager in Microsoft and Nokia. Currently, she is the President of Tunisian Startups, the association giving a voice to Tunisian startups, and also works as a management consultant specializing in digital transformation and business strategy.
Christian Kallenbach has worked in the IT industry, mainly focused on the international Datacenter market, for more than 20 years. He is responsible for international sales at Cloud&Heat Technologies since the beginning of 2019. The main focus is the development of all international sales activities and winning new customers, based on the main strategic topics, sustainability and security.
After completing his Master of Business and Engineering, he worked successfully for IT infrastructure providers, such as Rittal, as well as for Datacenter companies, like Verne Global. In his various management roles, he was responsible for global, multidisciplinary teams and large global accounts from different vertical markets. Mr.Kallenbach is married, has one daughter and lives in the Frankfurt am Main area.