2017 Fellows

The TDD 2017 fellows come together for two dialogue sessions in Germany (May 29–June 2, 2017) and the US (November 4–11, 2017) to debate the challenges that arise from the digital transformation of our societies. TDD 2017 is the second cohort of the Transatlantic Digital Debates. Learn about the first cohort

Kendra Albert is an associate at Zeitgeist Law PC, a boutique technology law firm in San Francisco. Previously, they worked as a research associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Kendra has also held positions at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Citizen Litigation Group, and Cloudflare. Kendra received a juris doctor from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree in lighting design and history from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They also serve on the board of Double Union, a feminist hackerspace in San Francisco.

Kajetan Armansperg is a co-founder of Leapsome, a real-time employee feedback platform that enables continuous learning in the modern, rapidly changing workplace. Before co-founding Leapsome, he helped to conceptualize, build, and scale the European platform of Funding Circle, a global peer-to-peer lending marketplace that facilitates access to capital for small businesses. He holds a master’s degree from HEC Paris and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mannheim. During his studies, he studied abroad at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and received a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation.

Natasha Cohen is a member of the Cyber Defense practice at K2 Intelligence. She previously worked as a management consultant for PwC, the Rare Wine Co, and several other small companies and nonprofit organizations, advising clients on strategy and operations.  She also worked on the Iraq and C-ISIL Coalition desks of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, part of the United States Defense Department, and conducted research for the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. She was also a co-founder and served as the first President of the SIPA Digital and Cyber Group. Natasha holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and graduated summa cum laude with distinction from Boston University after completing a thesis on the use of social networking in Kyrgyzstan.

Cornelia Dörfler is consultant to the Program Director of Das Erste (ARD), one of Germany’s largest television channels. In this role, she advises the program director on content strategies and corporate development issues and helps to define the digital strategy of Das Erste. Prior to working for ARD, she was a senior consultant for media, telecommunications, and technology clients at Solon Management Consulting in Munich and Altman Vilandrie & Company in Boston. Cornelia holds a German and French double diploma in international cultural and business studies with focus on French and Czech culture and politics. She was a fellow of the German National Academic Foundation from 2004 to 2008.

Hauke Gierow is a journalist covering IT security and data protection for Golem.de. Prior to joining Golem.de, he served as head of the Internet Freedom Desk at Reporters Without Borders Germany. He was also a research associate at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), where he still serves as a policy fellow. His research at MERICS focused on cybersecurity and internet governance in China. Before that, he contributed to the work of the Open Knowledge Foundation. Hauke holds a degree in both political science and sinology from the University of Trier.

Constantin Gissler heads the European Union Office of Bitkom, the German Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media. He covers the full range of policy initiatives impacting the technology sector in areas such as copyright, privacy, cybersecurity, and online consumer rights. Previously, he served as a legislative staffer to a member of the European Parliament, whom he advised on procedures in the internal market and industry committees. Prior to that, Constantin was a government affairs advisor for a global law firm in Brussels, Belgium. Constantin holds a master's degree in European administrative and political studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and a bachelor's degree in comparative and European law from Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, Germany. During his studies, Constantin received scholarships from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as well as from Adolf Würth GmbH & Co.KG.

Malcom Glenn is a strategic partnerships manager at Uber Technologies in Washington, DC, where he focuses on policy and community engagement with national organizations. He spearheads Uber’s outreach around increasing opportunities for drivers facing barriers to work, expanding Uber to areas with limited transportation options, and increasing the accessibility of the platform for people with disabilities. Prior to joining Uber, Malcom was an executive communications manager at Google in Mountain View, CA, where he developed strategic communications for Google’s chief financial officer and his leadership team. Before joining Google, he was the national director of communications at the American Federation for Children, an advocacy organization focused on expanding educational options for children from low-income families, and previously worked on issue campaigns at the polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. Malcom received a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard College, where he was the president of The Harvard Crimson.

Johanna Hartung works at the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) as a Policy Advisor to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Her fields of work include G20 partnerships on digitalization during the German presidency in 2017, digital inclusion, and women’s empowerment in the digital age. Prior to joining GIZ, Johanna worked in different positions at the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Humboldt University in Berlin, and the consultancy company FAKT. Johanna earned her master’s degree in media and political communications from the Free University in Berlin with a thesis on mobile phone use patterns in West Africa. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Konstanz, and studied abroad at the University of Warwick.

Scarlet Kim is a legal officer at Privacy International, a London-based human rights NGO focused on issues arising at the intersection of privacy and technology. She is involved in the litigation of cases concerning bulk interception, signals intelligence sharing, government hacking, and freedom of information in the courts of the US, the UK, and Europe. Previously, she worked as an Associate Legal Adviser at the International Criminal Court and as a Gruber Fellow in Global Justice at the New York Civil Liberties Union. She also clerked for the Honorable John Gleeson of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Scarlet received her juris doctor from Yale Law School and a bachelor’s degree in history and international studies from Yale University. She is a US-qualified lawyer and is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Niklas Kossow is a doctoral candidate and research associate at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. In his research, he examines the work of grassroots anti-corruption movements and the use of digital technologies in this context. He previously worked as a consultant and analyst for Freedom House, Transparency International Cambodia, the World Wide Web Foundation, and the United Nations Development Programme. In these roles, he was an author of several publications and contributed to ongoing research on the use of open data for government transparency and accountability. Niklas holds a master’s degree from the Hertie School of Governance and a bachelor’s degree from University College London. He also studied abroad at universities in St. Petersburg and Moscow. Niklas is a scholar of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation.

Laura-Kristine Krause is head of the “Future of Democracy” program at Das Progressive Zentrum, a Berlin-based, independent think tank. Das Progressive Zentrum has a special focus on European integration and transatlantic partnership and facilitates projects on democracy, innovation, and sustainability. Previously, Laura was a senior associate at the Bernstein Group, a public affairs consultancy in Berlin. In 2016, she was elected co-chairwoman of D64 – Center for Digital Progress. Laura has worked on nationwide election campaigns in Germany and the United States and has published work on digital policy, party reform, and women in politics. She was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle and holds a master’s degree from the Free University in Berlin and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Passau. During her studies, she received scholarships from the Foundation of German Business and the German National Academic Foundation.

Joshua A. Kroll is an engineer working on cryptography and internet security at the web performance and security company Cloudflare. He is also an affiliate of the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, where he studies the relationship between computer systems and human governance of those systems, with a special focus on accountability. In his research on how technology fits within a human-driven, normative context, he is especially interested in the governance of automated decision-making systems and the technical aspects of cybersecurity policy. His previous work spans accountable algorithms, cryptography, software security, formal methods, Bitcoin, and cybersecurity policy. Joshua holds a PhD in computer science from Princeton University, where he received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2011.

Tiffany Li is an in-house attorney at General Assembly, the global technology education company. She is an expert on privacy, intellectual property, and the intersection of law and policy at the forefront of new technological innovations. She is also a fellow in the Internet Law and Policy Foundry and an affiliate of Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. She holds CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPT, and CIPM certifications, and she was awarded the Fellow of Information Privacy distinction from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Tiffany’s previous experience includes legal positions at the Wikimedia Foundation (Wikipedia), Ask.com, Amazon, the US Department of State, and the US Federal Communications Commission. She holds a juris doctor from Georgetown Law, where she was a Global Law Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles, where she was a Norma J. Ehrlich Alumni Scholar. 

Sean Morgan serves as Cybersecurity Policy Advisor at Palo Alto Networks, where he supports the development and implementation of the company’s cybersecurity strategy and policy activities.  In this role, Sean serves as a liaison to governments for a variety of public-private sector partnerships, including cyber threat information-sharing initiatives and the US President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.  Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, Sean spent five years serving in a variety of the roles in the US government.  Most recently, Sean worked in the Cybersecurity Directorate of the National Security Council at the White House.  Prior to that, he was a cybersecurity policy and telecommunications analyst with the US Department of Defense. Sean received a bachelor’s degree in political science and business, cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh.

Samuel Rothenpieler is an international relations advisor at the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), where he is responsible for EU relations and the European dimension of cybersecurity. In this capacity, he participates as national non-technical expert in various EU committees. In addition, Samuel is the appointed National Liaison Officer to the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). Prior to BSI, he worked as an external consultant to the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research at Research Centre Jülich, and as a project manager for critical infrastructure security research projects funded by the European Commission and the National Security Research Program. Samuel holds a master's degree in international relations from Jacobs University in Bremen and the University of Bremen, as well as a bachelor's degree in political science, communication studies, and sociology from University of Düsseldorf. He also studied abroad at the University of Copenhagen.

Francesca Spidalieri is a Cybersecurity Senior Fellow at the Pell Center at Salve Regina University, where she leads the Cyber Leadership Project and the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative. Francesca also serves as co-principal investigator for the Cyber Readiness Index project at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, and as a distinguished fellow at the Ponemon Institute. Her academic research and publications have focused on cyber leadership development, cyber risk management, and assessments of states and nations’ cyber preparedness levels. Francesca holds a master’s degree in international affairs and security studies from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in Boston, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from the University of Milan. During her studies, she studied abroad at the Paris-Sorbonne University and the University of Barcelona, and completed additional cybersecurity coursework at the US Naval War College's Center for Cyber Conflict Studies.

Murat Vurucu is a consultant at the Berlin-based consultancy Torben, Lucie und die gelbe Gefahr (TLGG), where he focuses on digital transformation. He is also a co-founder of Makea Industries GmbH, Fab Lab Berlin, and Freunde des Fab Lab Berlin e.V. Through these endeavors, he has built innovative solutions in the field of digital fabrication, using and developing data-driven parametric and generative design algorithms to make direct manufacturing more accessible to the public. Murat will complete a master’s degree in management studies at ESCP Europe this year and holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the Technical University of Brandenburg. During his studies, he studied abroad at the Istanbul Technical University and Tongji University Shanghai, and received scholarships from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the ESCP Europe Alumni Foundation.

Graham Webster is a lecturer and senior fellow for US–China relations at Yale Law School's Paul Tsai China Center. Since joining Yale in 2012, he has been responsible for the Tsai Center's US–China Track 2 and Track 1.5 dialogues on a wide range of security and economic issues, and he also currently leads a project on cyberspace and technology policy in US–China relations. Graham writes and publishes the independent US–China Week newsletter and is also a fellow with the EastWest Institute. In the past, he wrote a CNET News blog on technology and society from Beijing, worked at the Center for American Progress, and taught East Asian politics at NYU's Center for Global Affairs. Graham holds a master's degree in East Asian studies from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.