Team

Our team is mainly based in Munich, Erlangen, and Berlin, Germany, and we are happy to introduce ourselves here.

  • Carola Schwank


    Head of Network

    Carola joined Siemens Stiftung in 2009 and works within the area of Development Cooperation. She is in charge of empowering people. Network and leads the empowering people. Award. She manages epNetwork’s partnerships within the development ecosystem and pushes the issue of ‘access to finance’ for social enterprises in sessions and reports. She was also overseeing an extensive study, including its subsequent dissemination, that explored the potential of social enterprises as job creators in Africa.

    Carola studied German, History, Political Science, and Sociology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. She enjoys working in her organic garden and singing in an oratorio choir. You can follow her on Twitter at @Carola1512 and contact her via email.

  • Anna Balas


    Capacity Development / epMentoring / Acceleration Program

    Anna joined Siemens Stiftung’s Development Cooperation team in 2018. She leads the epMentoring program and works on continuously developing the Capacity Development offering for social enterprises within the empowering people. Network.

    Anna holds an MSc in Sustainable Resource Management from the Technical University of Munich and a BA in International and Cultural Business Studies from the University of Passau (Germany) and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). Anna likes to cook and travel and can strongly relate to Sabine’s fear of spiders. You can follow her on Twitter at @AnnaBalas78 and contact her via email.

  • Sabine Baumeister


    Capacity Development /  Acceleration Program / Communications

    Sabine has been a Senior Project Manager in the area of Development Cooperation at Siemens Stiftung since 2009. She is a part of the empowering people. Network team and is responsible for epNetwork’s Capacity Development program and communications, including the Network’s social media channels and blog platform.

    Sabine studied languages and literature at the LMU Munich, likes to lift things, has a fish pond on her balcony, does not enjoy flying, and is afraid of spiders. You can follow her on Twitter at @s_baumeister and contact her via email.

  • David Hoffmann


    Social Venture Support

    David is a Project Manager at Siemens Stiftung – a true development economist and geographer at heart – with a strong focus on social technology start-ups in developing regions. Over the last 8 years, he has worked with early-stage start-ups in Africa and Latin America. He has supported them in their business development and is constantly looking for ways to leverage their systemic change potential. His main interests are the sociocultural and financial barriers (particularly the funding gap) that prevent social start-ups from achieving greater social impact. He is responsible for overseeing early-stage funding to promising and business-driven innovations.

    David is an early-bird and while he loves to be the first one online in the morning, he certainly knows when to call it a day to go swimming, cycling or do any other outdoor activity. You can follow him on Twitter at @davidutt and contact him via email.

  • Ann-Sophie Knittel


    Working Student

    Ann-Sophie joined Siemens Stiftung in May 2021 as a working student on the Development Cooperation and empowering people. Network team.

    Since completing her studies in German Language, Literature, and Cultural Anthropology (B.A.), Ann-Sophie is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tübingen (Germany). Her favourite ways to spend free time are in nature or travelling, where she loves to try out all the local delicacies and bring them home. You can contact Ann-Sophie via email.

  • Bastian Müller


    Impact Finance

    Bastian joined Siemens Stiftung in 2020 as a Senior Expert for Impact Finance. He is growing the Foundation’s social enterprise portfolio and leading development regarding new financing instruments for early-stage social enterprises in emerging economies. Bastian brings over 10 years of experience in international development, working with institutional investors, multilateral organizations, family foundations and senior philanthropists on impact-first investing, blended finance and pay-for-success models as well as screening and financing early-stage social enterprises in emerging markets.

    Previously, Bastian served as Director, Investor Relations at Yunus Social Business, a social venture fund co-founded by Nobel Peace Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus, which serves over 13 million people in frontier markets. Bastian loves to play the guitar late into the evening, very much to the resentment of his neighbors. You can contact him via email.

  • Lisa Preiss


    Working Student

    Lisa joined Siemens Stiftung in March 2021 as a working student supporting our team in the empowering people. Network and Development Cooperation.

    She obtained her BA in Management and Economics before she started her Master’s degree in Development Economics and International Studies at FAU Nuremberg in 2020. Lisa has played handball at her local club for 20 years now and often laughs the loudest at her own jokes. You can contact her via email.

  • Jessica Sandler


    Social Venture Support

    Jessica has been part of the empowering people. Network since first joining our Erlangen office as a working student in March 2019. She started working full time for Siemens Stiftung in April 2021.

    Jessica holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics and International Studies from the University of Nuremberg (FAU). Before that, she completed her BA in Social Economics, with an international focus. As part of a semester abroad, Jessica also had the opportunity to live in Montpellier, France. Eager to contribute to the fulfillment of the SDGs, Jessica also gained experience as a volunteer for the United Nations Society of Nuremberg e. V., UNICEF, DGVN e. V. and AIESEC. In her spare time, Jessica loves biking in the mountains and bouldering. You can contact her via email.

  • Ann-Kristin Schmidt


    Capacity Development / Communications

    Ann-Kristin joined Siemens Stiftung and the epNetwork team in September 2018 as a working student. Since May 2021, she is a Junior Project Manager focusing on Capacity Development activities for epNetwork members and Communications.

    Ann-Kristin studied in Passau (Germany), Guadalajara (Mexico) and Munich, and holds a BA in International Cultural and Business Studies and a MSc in Human Geography and Sustainability. Ann-Kristin loves breakfast, yoga and dancing, and is happiest when spending time with friends in nature. You can contact her via email.

  • Julia Wachsmann


    Social Venture Support

    Julia has been part of the Development Cooperation team at Siemens Stiftung since 2009. She has worked with early-stage businesses in Latin America and Africa, where she accompanied founders on their way to organizational development, growth, and economic independence to foster their social impact.

    Julia studied Spanish and German Literature at the University of Regensburg (Germany) and Universidad de Granada (Spain), and has several years of professional experience in communication and social responsibility at the Siemens AG. Julia enjoys photography and getting her hands dirty in nature. You can contact her via email.