Igniting Innovation 2018

Mariana Cerdeira

Gunay Kazimzade

Christin Mey

Kristoffer Lundberg

Lamine Cheloufi

Sebastian Winter

Helen Winter

Mariana Cerdeira


Mariana Cerdeira has recently finished her PhD in Medical Neurosciences at the Charité and Humboldt University and is now a consultant in biopharma strategy.

Previously, she obtained a Master’s degree in Neurosciences with a double diploma from the Universities of Göttingen and Bordeaux, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences in her country of origin, Brazil. So far, Mariana has lived in 4 countries and speaks 5 languages.

Since the beginning of her PhD, she has been involved in projects to improve career support for graduate students, promote the public outreach of science, and raise awareness about issues prevalent in academia.

In her talk, Mariana will unveil what goes on behind the scenes of scientific research and address the need for a culture change in the academic world.

Gunay Kazimzade

Gunay Kazimzade is working at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society (the German Internet Institute). The Institute investigates the current changes in all aspects of society occurring in response to digitalisation. Their goal is to develop a comprehensive understanding of these changes based on rigorous academic analysis and to offer informed strategies to address them at a political and economic level.

Gunay is also a PhD student in Computer Science at TU Berlin. After Applied Mathematics and Computer Science degrees, she was involved in the education field and managed two social projects focused on women and children CS education that trained over 3000 women and children in STEM fields!

Currently, she is working at Research Group “Criticality of Artificial Intelligence-based Systems”. She will be devoting her TED Talk to her main research directions: Gender and racial biases in AI, inclusiveness in AI and AI-enabled education.

Christin Mey

Christin Mey (MA, MSc, cert. Business Trainer, cert. Coach for Executives) is on a mission to help you “Build the Brain You Want”, translating scientific research into hands-on strategies that impact everyday decision-making and enable the development of game-changing habits. After experiencing an inordinate amount of adversity, Christin decided to explore these occurrences from different angles, a strategy that kept her sane whilst her circumstances were not. This turned into a full-blown love-affair with the research of the factors that build mental resilience and exhilarate performance. She found answers in the small – but mighty – space between our ears: the brain. Instead of learning how to cope, she explored how to thrive, turning this knowledge into practical concepts. Her “Follow the Fun” teaching techniques make complex things simple and heavy things lighter, whilst targeting an area in the brain which focuses on long-term information retention. A former strategist for international advertising networks, Christin taps into strategies used in advertising and applies behavioural science to business and self-efficacy contexts, marrying a powerful combination of business development and personal growth. Having lived in seven countries, Christin has become a global player and expert on how to excel in our ever-changing environment.

Sebastian Winter & Helen Winter

Mr. Sebastian Friedrich Winter is a senior medical student and M.D./Ph.D. candidate at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany, pursuing joint doctoral research at the Charité Department of Neurosurgery and the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. With a background in clinical neuroscience and public health, he co-founded R3SOLUTE in 2017 and presently serves as its Chief Medical & Scientific Officer, overseeing the development and implementation of the NGO’s mental health awareness program, M3NTAWARE, as well as academic and medical capacity building. He holds a First Class B.Sc. Neuroscience degree from King’s College London and previously interned at the Division of Health Systems & Public Health at WHO Europe and, later, the Division of Science Policy & Capacity Building at UNESCO Headquarters. Beyond the clinical domain, his work includes academic research, policy design, science education, and social entrepreneurship.

Ms. Helen Winter is an avid mediator and lawyer. She previously worked as a mediator with L. A. Superior Court and consultant with OnDeckMediation where her expertise included anti-discrimination law. In addition, her experience includes working with the United Nations Office of the Ombudsman and Mediation Services where she analyzed and addressed systemic issues within the organization. In 2017 Ms. Winter has founded R3SOLUTE, an organization that seeks to empower refugees by means of dispute resolution, peer mediation and mental health awareness trainings. In her role as the CEO of R3SOLUTE she is responsible for business development, co-designing the curriculum and working as an intercultural trainer. Helen Winter holds a law degree with focus on International Public Law and Human Rights Law from Heidelberg University, and LL.M. with a specialization in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine’s famous Straus Institute. She is also pursuing a PhD in Alternative Dispute Resolution at the European University Viadrina.