Helene Hahn is a researcher, writer and strategist based in Berlin. Her work explores the spaces where human rights, governance and technology systems collide. She is interested in the ways how government institutions and public organisations facilitate change to become more responsive, transparent and accountable towards society.
Her academic background is in cultural and social sciences (BA). Currenty, she studies “Governance and Human Rights” at Leuphana University’s Professional School (MA) in her last semester.
Her Master’s thesis titled “Digital identification systems and the right to privacy in the asylum context” addresses the (un)intended effects of data-intensive decision-making systems on vulnerable populations on the move. By adopting a social justice approach, her scientific research explores Germany’s emerging governance mode and effort to manage migration through digital means.
Helene works with the German Federal Foreign Office as an independent strategy consultant in the field of culture and education. Following the invitation by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, she participated as an expert in the regional consultations on the right to participate in public affairs.
She served on the Supervisory Board (2019-2020) at Wikimedia Germany, an independent membership-based association that supports equitable opportunities to access to knowledge and education. In her role, she focused on strategic directions, community growth and commitments to organisational values.
From 2013 to 2018, she worked as project lead for tech and community projects at the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany on openness, using advocacy, technology and training to unlock actionable information for the public good. During that time, she served as Ambassador for Germany in the international OpenGLAM network.
Helene is co-founder of Coding da Vinci, a highly successful programme that promotes collaboration and free knowledge sharing in the cultural heritage sector since 2014.
She is a member of School of Data, a network of data practitioners and trainers working on empowering civil society organisations with skills and knowledge they need to use data effectively. She co-founded Datenschule in 2016 serving as a local School of Data chapter in Germany.