Virtual tour

Hamburg@work invites you to take a virtual tour around our office and get to know our team in person. Enjoy your tour!

To the tour

Our thanks go to Claudia Berger and Reza Kiani from omnia360 for this impressive 360° 3D animation.


The unrivaled team at Hamburg@work  

Kati Schümann

Hamburg@work GFM mbH

Member Support + Finances | Hamburg@work

Kati Schümann is the office manager at Hamburg@work. Kati is the first point of contact in all contractual matters and also takes care of the commercial assignments of Hamburg@work. She supports the Executive Committee and the management of Hamburg@work with preparation and follow-up work for meetings of the Executive Committee, members and Management Board.

Katrin Engelbrecht

Hamburg@work GFM mbH

Events + Cooperation Arrangements | Hamburg@work

Katrin Engelbrecht has been with Hamburg@work since 2001. During her career with the association, she initially provided support for the event team and then finally took over the management of various large-scale projects. Since November 2014, when she returned from her parental leave, she has been a senior project manager especially responsible for running large events and implementing cooperation projects.

Jessica Berg

Hamburg@work GFM mbH

Interim Club Manager | IT Executive Club | Strategic Projects + Events | Hamburg@work

Jessica Berg works both as a project leader in the event team and also in further developing the range of services offered by Hamburg@work. In addition to this, she is the “face” of Hamburg@work in social video communication. On the basis of her many years of professional experience as a marketing and communications consultant, she also supports Hamburg@work with strategic planning, design and the efficient execution of our events. During Nathalie Burmeister’s parental leave, Jessica is also taking over the function of Club Manager for the IT Executive Club.

Laura Bernschein

Hamburg@work GFM mbH

Events + Editorial Work | Hamburg@work

Laura Bernschein is in charge of online communication at Hamburg@work: newsletters, social media and all manner of texts lie within her area of responsibility. She also supports the team of Hamburg@work as an event manager on small and large projects. In addition, she not only contributes her training in journalism but also many years of experience in various PR agencies as well as in festival and concert management.

Nathalie Burmeister

Hamburg@work GFM mbH

Club Manager | IT Executive Club | Hamburg@work – on parental leave

Nathalie Burmeister works as Club Manager for the IT Executive Club of Hamburg@work. She is currently on parental leave and we are already very much looking forward to her return. Jessica Berg is deputizing for her as Club Manager during her parental leave. She is available as a contact person for members of the ITEC in all issues connected with membership, events, communication and support. With the IT Executive Club, Hamburg@work creates an exclusive platform for CIOs and other IT decision-makers who bear full responsibility within user companies.

Stefanie Dreyer

Stefanie Dreyer Moderation

Digital Ambassador to Toronto | Presentations | Hamburg@work

Since 2014 Stefanie has been the moderator for Hamburg@work. She has been the go-to presenter for conferences, networking events, interviews, panel discussions, industry tours and company visits. She has worked behind and in front of the camera for a number of broadcasting formats over the years. Born in Hamburg, she is a graduate of the International Journalism Center of the Danube University Krems in Austria. In Hamburg she studied facilitation techniques, media presentation and business administration. An expert on the subject of digitization, she now is enrolled in the Fellowship in Global Journalism at the renowned Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. As a fellow of the Class of 2019, she is reporting on topics that include SmartCities, Big Data, cyber security and other digitization issues that influence the tech world. Stefanie has also taken part in the Executive Training Program of the European Commission in Tokyo. On a scholarship, she studied international management at Sophia University in Tokyo, explored Japan's culture and sharpened her diplomatic skills. As of 2018, she is the appointed digital ambassador for Hamburg@work in Canada.

Dana Kristin Funck

Schwan Communications

Project Management | Schwan Communications

Dana Funck is a literary scholar and an advertising expert and at Hamburg@work she is the “external” contact for the media and all issues of communication. For 10 years, she has been working in PR and press work, including posts with Scholz & Friends Agenda, Zum Goldenen Hirschen and the Rowohlt publishing houses. Dana manages communication projects on behalf of Hamburg@work.

Our 5-plus-1 Board  

Uwe Jens Neumann

Hamburg@work GFM mbH

Chair | Hamburg@work

Uwe Jens Neumann is co-founder and has been Chair of the Executive Committee of Hamburg@work since the association was founded in 1997 and since 2001 Managing Director of the operating subsidiary Hamburg@work GFM mbH. Within the team, he has special responsibility for the strategic orientation and continuing development of Hamburg@work to become the digital cluster in the north of Germany. After studying business administration as an officer of the German Federal Armed Forces and working as a research assistant at the Helmut Schmidt University, his professional posts led him via leadership positions with IBM, AT&T, BMW Softlab and VIAG Interkom to the Management Board of HWF Hamburgische Wirtschaftsförderung, an organization that promotes economic development in Hamburg. Since 2016, Uwe Jens has been devoting himself entirely to his tasks at Hamburg@work.

Petra Vorsteher

smaato, Inc.

Deputy Chair | Hamburg@work

Petra Vorsteher is the association’s representative in Silicon Valley and, as Deputy Chair, is responsible for all international activities of Hamburg@work. The “Mobile Woman to Watch in 2010” is a co-founder of Smaato, Inc. in Hamburg and San Francisco. Petra is particularly responsible for advancing the international networking of Hamburg@work with a focus on Silicon Valley. Petra lives in Silicon Valley and in Hamburg and is on the move throughout the world. Petra is a co-founder & Chief Alliances Officer of Smaato, Inc.

Thomas Sell

Telekom Deutschland GmbH

Deputy Chair | Hamburg@work

As Deputy Chair of Hamburg@work, Thomas Sell is particularly concerned with sponsors and new business models. In his main occupation, Thomas develops new solutions for the markets of the associations and organizations together with the sales divisions and partners of Telekom. Thomas is Head of Cooperation Development for Associations and Organizations with Telekom Deutschland GmbH.

Dirk Weipert

CFO Facelift brand building technologies GmbH

Financial Director | Hamburg@work

As Financial Director, Dirk Weipert bears the responsibility for the association’s financial and tax affairs. The lawyer and qualified auditor has been at home in the digital media and start-up industry for several years and is also responsible for all business matters of Facelift brand building technologies, where he holds the post of CFO.

Dr. Anna Schwan

Schwan Communications

Management Board Member for Communication & Marketing | Hamburg@work

Dr Anna Schwan still knows Hamburg@work from the early days at the beginning of the 1990s when, as a working student from G+J EMS, she was involved in the editorial team of what was then Since 2016, she has been closely involved with the strategic orientation of Hamburg@work as Management Board Member responsible for Communication. Anna is the owner of the agency Schwan Communications. In addition, Anna is an honorary professor at the University of Hamburg.

Klaus Liedtke

Hamburg@work e.V.

Honorary chairman & founder | Hamburg@work

Klaus Liedtke was editor-in-chief of National Geographic Germany and publisher of the personality magazine “Park Avenue”. Prior to this, he spent a long time working for the magazine STERN, including positions as White House correspondent, head of foreign affairs, war correspondent and editor-in-chief of the magazine. He wrote a book on the USA entitled: "Cowboys, Gott und Coca Cola" [Cowboys, God and Coca Cola] and presented the programme “National Geographic Explorer" on the TV channel Vox. Since 2010, he has been advising the National Geographic Society in Washington and is a member of the supervisory board and executive board of numerous international organizations. Klaus is "partially retired" and the owner of the editorial office Liedtke.

The Executive Board for the IT Executive Club  

Raphael Vaino

Senacor Technologies AG

Chair of Divisional Board | IT Executive Club Managing Director and Partner | Senacor Technologies

Raphael Vaino heads up the Divisional Board of IT Executive Clubs of Hamburg@work, which he represents in the association’s Management Board. At Senacor, he is Managing Director within the company management system and advises customers on IT transformations. As an information technologist and CTO/CIO of the stock-exchange-listed Netlife AG, he held responsibility for IT matters over many years at a very early stage in his career. Raphael is additionally involved as a Board Member of the expert council on digitization “The Interface Society”.

Karsten Kirsch

direkt gruppe GmbH

Divisional Board | IT Executive Club Managing Director | direkt gruppe

Karsten Kirsch is involved in the Divisional Board of the IT Executive Club and has already been working as Managing Director for the “direkt gruppe” for many years. The main areas of his work lie in expanding and controlling the sales activities of the direkt gruppe, “translating” customer requirements into needs-oriented services and solutions as well as the development of consultancy and service solutions with a focus on the constantly changing market.

Thomas Kopecky

Recruiting 40Plus GmbH

Divisional Board Member | IT Executive Club Managing Director | Recruiting40Plus

Thomas Kopecky is a member of the Divisional Board and responsible for the finances of the IT Executive Club. After many years in the sale of services and products connected with IT, he now provides support as the Managing Director of “Recruiting 40Plus” for companies recruiting qualified IT employees. At the same time, his activities also include developing employer branding strategies so that companies can maintain their lead in the competition for talent.

The Management Board supports us with guidance and resources  

Prof. Dr. Henning Vöpel

Hamburgisches WeltWirtschaftsInstitut (HWWI)

Management Board & Academic Advisory Council | Hamburg@work

Henning Vöpel has been Director of the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) since 2014. In 2010, Dr Vöpel was appointed Professor of Economics at the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA). For Hamburg@work he assumes the task of an Academic Advisory Council within the Management Board. His model of the “Diagonalization of the Economy” provides the scientific foundation on which the activities of Hamburg@work are based.

Prof. Jens Bley | eCultureLab@HCU

Management Board & Academic Advisory Council | Digital Ambassador to Australia & New Zealand | Hamburg@work

Prof. Jens Bley is Co-Founder of the eCultureLab@HCU. His focus is on eCulture service systems in the context of a digital city. At the core are digital cultural innovation strategies, the embedding of prototypical cultural storytelling in urban testbeds and the development and evaluation of interdisciplinary cooperation and business models. Jens Bley is the initiator of SmartSquare, a federally funded "Smart Culture in Smart Cities" project in cooperation with the Archaeological Museum Hamburg, Hamburg@Work, the cluster of digital economy, and Senior Adviser, EU Regio, International Urban Cooperation, Digital Transition / Smart Cities. Entrepreneurial activities include being the co-founder of an internet agency, an award-winning media and television producer and strategic innovation consulting. Connected with Hamburg@Work right from the start, including jointly organizing the Hamburg eBusiness Lounge for multiple years.Co-Founder of the Smart City advisory work group of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. Ten years Visiting Professor for content economy at the University of Arts Berlin. As of 2018, he is the appointed digital ambassador for Hamburg@work to Australia & New Zealand.

Dr. Oliver Gießler

Hanselaw Hammerstein und Partner

Management Board & Legal Advisor | Hamburg@work

Dr. jur. Oliver Giessler is a specialist lawyer for IT law and a member of the specialist committee for IT law at the Hamburg Bar Association. He is a partner of the medium-sized law firm Hanselaw Hammerstein and Partners and specializes in the IT, IP and agency industries. Oliver knows both sides of the table: His mandates include StartUps and medium-sized companies, as well as VCs and investors. The cooperation with Hamburg @ work already exists since the early tumultuous years of the New Economy and since then Oliver "watches" over the legal issues as our legal advisor. His motto is: Fast service in a fast moving environment - individual solutions for unique demands.

Petra Carlsen


Initiator of Women's Club | Hamburg@work Initiator of Agile HR Club | Hamburg@work Academic Advisory | Managing Director changemanufaktur

Petra Carlsen has a long connection with Hamburg@work. In 2016, Petra created the Women’s Club of Hamburg@work. Prior to that, she managed our Human Resources work group. Petra is the founder and Managing Director of changemanufaktur, which has been in existence since 2009. She advises companies on the subject of organizational development, specializing in gender and diversity management. The certified trainer, coach and mediator assists specialist and management staff with issued of leadership, communication and conflict management. For more than 25 years, her heart has belonged to the IT industry. The trained IT specialist has held management posts with companies such as Adobe Systems and DIS AG.

Klaus Täubrich


Co-founder & Honorary Member of Hamburg@work

Klaus Täubrich is a co-founder of Hamburg@work and jointly created the association back in 1997 with Klaus Liedtke and Uwe Jens Neumann. He is an honorary member as well as a member of the Management Board of Hamburg@work. As Managing Director of FÜRSTVONMARTIN GmbH and Webintelligence GmbH, he is a recognized expert for digital solutions for large companies.

Svenja Weber

Das Geld hängt an den Bäumen gGmbH

Management Board | Hamburg@work Managing Director | Das Geld hängt an den Bäumen gGmbH

Since 2014, she has been coaching management teams of various start-up companies during the growth phase. Through the experience that she has gained setting up a state-recognized private higher education institution in Hamburg and as current shareholder of an internationally oriented further education academy, she feels at home in both worlds. Until the end of 2015, Svenja was the Management Board Member responsible for Marketing and Communication with Hamburg@work.

Andrea Peters

media:net berlinbrandenburg e.V.

Management Board | Hamburg@work Chair of the Executive Board | media:net berlinbrandenburg

Andrea Peters took over the management of media:net berlinbrandenburg e.V. in 2008 and was elected as new Chair of the Executive Board in April 2014 during the process of reorganizing the association’s statutes. In addition to this, she is involved in the Management Board at Hamburg@work and in the Advisory Boards of the Investitionsbank Berlin, the Berlin Startup Unit and is Chair of the Advisory Board of the Media Innovation Centre Babelsberg. Furthermore, she is a member of the Creative Industries and Digital Economy committees of the Berlin Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Harald Kratel

smaato, Inc.

Managing Director Neptun Award GmbH Vice President Global Marketing | Smaato, Inc.

Harald Kratel is a pioneering “onliner”. He started his career in the finance section of Bertelsmann AG, where his posts included that of Chief Finance Officer (CFO) for Ufa Sports (later SportFIVE und Lagardère) and AOL Europe. After positions as Managing Director of G+J EMS from 2000 and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Parship from 2005 to 2009, he worked as the Managing Director of the full-service advertising agency MLV from 2010. In 2015, together with the digital and IT business network Hamburg@work and Tricolore Marketing, he additionally established the NEPTUN Award GmbH, which honours the best cross-media campaigns each year. Since January 2018, he has been VP of Global Marketing with Smaato Inc.

Oliver Rößling

Absolute Software GmbH

Management Board | Hamburg@work Managing Director | Absolute Software GmbH

Oliver Rössling is the expert within the management of Absolute Software GmbH for the topics of virtual and augmented reality as well as artificial intelligence. With the non-profit association e.V., he initiated one of the largest and most active event networks for a wide range of topics within the fields of digitization, management and innovation throughout Germany and Europe. Oliver is also a keynote speaker and podcaster. He supports Hamburg@work in issues connected with start-ups. In another honorary post, Oliver is the co-founder and Chair of 2017 nextReality.Hamburg e.V.

Raphael Vaino

Senacor Technologies AG

Chair of Divisional Board | IT Executive Club Managing Director and Partner | Senacor Technologies

Raphael Vaino heads up the Divisional Board of IT Executive Clubs of Hamburg@work, which he represents in the association’s Management Board. At Senacor, he is Managing Director within the company management system and advises customers on IT transformations. As an information technologist and CTO/CIO of the stock-exchange-listed Netlife AG, he held responsibility for IT matters over many years at a very early stage in his career. Raphael is additionally involved as a Board Member of the expert council on digitization “The Interface Society”.