Nikki Böhler, Director

We need a well informed, engaged and collaborative society in order to secure a sustainable digitalisation.”

Nikki has set up diverse initiatives such as the Social Business Club at the University of St. Gallen to raise students’ social awareness, a mentoring program for cooperative startups called CoopStarter and the online Hackathon and Incubator against Covid-19 “VersusVirus”. For her, strengthening transparency, empowerment and collaboration in Switzerland are at the heart of Opendata.ch.

Dr. Vera Eichenauer, Program Manager Prototype Fund

“I want to enable and bring together the personalities and minds that can jointly improve our understanding of problems and develop the sound solutions for the many challenges of our time.”

To this purpose, Vera has co-founded the Swiss Network on Public Economics and led the president of the European Association of Young Economists (EAYE). As a researcher in political economy at KOF Swiss Economic Institute at ETH Zurich, she is an active data user that would like to spend more time data-crunching rather than acquiring data from official sources. Her current research interests are the consequences of the creation of the Canton of Jura in Switzerland, China’s activities in developing countries and the governance of public funds in Switzerland and by international organizations.

Maud Chatelet, Community & Events Manager

“I am convinced that the challenges society faces today will only find their resolution through radical openness and intensive collaboration. We need a collaborative New Deal.”

Maud is an architect and a teacher in Art and Architecture, she is the founder of howtopedia.org, an NGO dedicated to share practical knowledge for a sustainable development.

Andrea Allemann, Community & Events Manager

Andrea is an event manager and community builder who loves creating meaningful experiences and bringing people together. With a strong background in cultural management she spends her time curating exhibitions, organizing festivals and workshops, and learning new things.

Lena Mourad, Project Lead Data Café

“Learning to understand to be in a position to participate, discuss and shape.”

Lena Mourad studies economics at the University of Zurich and has a strong interest in data analysis. She is convinced that we all need a basic understanding of the opportunities and threats that are associated with data in modern society.

Florin Hasler, Program Lead Advocacy & Prototype Fund

“Fostering open technologies by and for the people”

Born and raised in Liechtenstein, Florin has been supporting government agencies, NGOs, parties and startups in making their message heard in the political and public sphere. In his spare time, he co-organizes Züri schenkt, a donation campaign for refugees and Kino im Kocher, a free open air cinema in Bern.

Darienne Hunziker, Project Management Events & Community

“Creating safe and creative spaces where people can grow and make mistakes”

Darienne is a spoken word poet gone development economist gone community creator. Among many other things she’s founded Poetry Slam in Mexico, has worked with homeless youth and founded in 2016, a Women’s Organisation called Vulva Alpha. She cares deeply about inequality, access to resources and empowerment – and is excited about opendata’s role in this endeavour.