Which personal achievement would you most like to be remembered for?
Bringing back the joy of learning for many children.
Which life lesson would you like to share?
I would share two life lessons that are related. First, grab chances and run with them, and second, don’t be afraid of trying something out.
Who is your hero?
I don’t have one specific hero I can name because, for me, a hero is somebody who is empathetic and cares about the more vulnerable people in our society.
What hobbies do you pursue and what have they taught you?
My biggest hobby is probably skiing. I think what it has taught me is to combine energy and being outside with high levels of concentration. Skiing is not just raw energy, you need concentration on the slopes.
Which book are you currently reading?
(Laughs) I don’t really have time to read for myself at the moment, but I am currently reading the Harry Potter books to my children.
Who or what has helped you the most on your professional journey?
My co-founder Markus Gross and my mentors in general have been really helpful, combined with learning not to be afraid of criticism and accepting it. While my mentors have been very good in this regard, I haven’t always heeded their advice!
What gets you out of bed every morning?
It really is the chance to be able to support children.
If you were able to teach all children just one skill, which skill would it be?
A self-awareness skill: find out what you enjoy doing. I think doing what you like to do is important because when you like what you do, you will excel at it. So pick things to do that you’ll enjoy.
Is there a positive work-related experience coming from the pandemic?
For me it is quite a simple one: everybody tried to make things work. Partners and colleagues have been understanding, adaptive, flexible and collaborative to make things work as best as we can.
What will you do with the prize money from the Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize?
We want to further develop our tools to enable more kids to take advantage of our applications.
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