About us

We unleash purposeful DOers to use business as a force for good!

The DO empowers people to take action and create positive impact in their companies, their communities and the wider world. It is home to The DO Group, The DO School and The DO Community, as well as a virtual community of top leaders, experts and innovators from around the world.

At The DO Group, we work with companies and organizations on their purposeful transformation. The DO School is a life-long learning center that believes in the power of hands-on learning. And, as a social business, The DO Community is our effort to connect our global ecosystem in the belief that together, our actions can solve the big challenges of our time.

The DO is based in Berlin and Hong Kong with offices in Hamburg and New York.

Our Approach

SKILLS & MINDSETS

We create upskilling and lifelong learning programs that bring your people together with relevant leaders and innovators from other organizations, countries and ecosystems for your success. 

INTRAPRENEURIAL SPIRIT

Powered by a global DO Ecosystem, our team and facilitators enable your people to become effective intrapreneurs – from unleashing their purpose to measuring their impact effectively.

TURN IDEAS INTO ACTION

We engage your people to learn and grow using our award-winning DO Method that rapidly turns ideas into action around topics that are crucial for your organization’s future.

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Meet the DOers!

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MONA BRAUN

Senior Program Manager

ALEXANDER KIESEL

Catalyst Individual and Organizational Development

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SCOTT GOLDNER

Director of Entrepreneurship

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PETRA VAESSEN

Finance & Administration Officer

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CATIA DAWOOD

Director of Talent

FLORIAN HOFFMANN

Founder

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JAN-OLIVER SUER

Head of Finance and Operations

ROUVEN STEINFELD

Managing Partner DO Group & Co-Founder

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FRANZISKA WINTERLING

Digital Marketing Manager

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FRANZISKA WINTERLING

Digital Marketing Manager

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KATHERIN KIRSCHENMANN

Founder

Belinda esterhammer

Director of Innovation

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ANGELIQUE HINZ

Catalyst & Program Designer

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ULRICH BECKER

Director and Head of Growth

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EVA VANDER GIESSEN

Program and Community Manager

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FREDERIK NYGA

Director of Global initiatives and Partnerships

ANSON WONG

Head of The DO School Hong Kong

DAVID SANDT

Intern

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AMY DETAVIS

Entrepreneur in Residence & Director of Innovation

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SIMONE O'DONOVAN

Director of Communications & Marketing

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BIRTE SCHULZE RAESTRUP

Program Manager

Design & Facilitation Leadership Development Upskilling Ranch Dressing
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HAUKE STACHOW

Senior Program Manager

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CYRON CHAN

Program Manager

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Lab Catalyst

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BIANCA REMER

Manager, Founders’ Office

Product development Platform growth Lifelong learning Lord of the ring fan
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SHARON SCIAMMAS

(Ext) Director of Platform Growth 

Do you care about getting things done and making a positive impact on the world? We do. Check out our open positions and let’s find out what we can DO together.

Advisors

ALEX MARASHIAN

ANSON WONG

ASSAF HARLAP

CHRISTOPH POPPEN

DANIEL PINE

DOUGLAS WOO

FARAI CHIDEYA

GREG WACKS

JOHN DUTTON

LENA HEUERMANN

LINDSAY LEVIN

LISA WITTER

MARTHA KANTER

MARTINA NEEF

MEI WANG

MICHAEL NORTON

MIRJAM SCHÖNING

NAVRINA SINGH

NINA SMIDT

RAFAEL SAMUEL-LAJEUNESSE

SARA NIESE

SCILLA ELWORTHY

SETH TABAZNIK

SIMON HAMPEL

TANYA SELVARATNAM

TARA GOLSHAN

TONY TABAZNIK

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The DO Community is the foremost online, global community of DOers with purpose – from experts and innovators to industry leaders and entrepreneurs.

Join the DO Community to find curated learning opportunities, join thought leadership webinars, and collaborate on ventures.

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MONA BRAUN

Senior Program Manager

Mona provides structure and organization for change that matters – to the economy, to the ecology, and most of all, to people. She has experience working in project management, advertising campaign and client management, recruitment, talent experience, staffing strategy and career coaching. The common thread in all of those has always been connecting people with ideas and projects with skills.

Mona is dwelling in complex projects, inter-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder environments. So The DO Group feels like a natural habitat to her.

She is committed to connecting the dots, securing a constant flow of information, as well as making sure the valuable knowledge on sustainability and purposeful developments, created by The DO Group, is driven further and shared with everyone willing to make a contribution.

ALEXANDER KIESEL

Innovation Catalyst

Alexander übernimmt bei 24YOU vor allem die Planung und Koordination. Inhaltlich ist er in erster Linie für die Themen rund um die „Welt der Arbeit“ zuständig und begleitet euch bei eurer Challenge (das sind die Teamprojekte, an denen ihr nach der Praxisphase arbeitet).

Alexander hat lange im Jugendregatta-Bereich gearbeitet und aus den Erfahrungen im Sport ein ganz klares Ziel mitgenommen: Das Beste aus jedem Einzelnen herauszuholen. Und gleichzeitig das Beste aus jedem Team zu machen.

Wenn du Fragen an Alexander hast, dann erreichst du ihn per Mail an alexander@thedoschool.org.

SCOTT GOLDNER

Director of Entrepreneurship

Scott has experience building, developing and leading organizations, learning institutions, and programs at various phases of development – conceptual, start-up, local growth, national scaling, international scaling and improvement/turnaround. Developing people and teams and building community have always been at the heart of the programs that Scott has helped to design and has been a key part of his work with his own team responsible for delivering these programs. 

Additionally, Scott has always enjoyed coaching others to find both impact and balance in their lives and work. After his previous role as interim-CEO / Chief Educational Program Officer at Kiron Open Higher Education, Scott realized that this is what he wants to do most – to help others to do more purposeful, impactful work and to enable them to help and learn from each other.

The DO is an excellent home for Scott because it enables him to work with multiple partners and scores of participants – maximizing their learning and experience, as well his own and that of his team. The DO’s mission and vision fit so well with how Scott approaches his work – seeing purposeful DOing as the best way to work and community and movement-building as the only way for us to truly transform into a more purposeful economy and to together solve our most pressing challenges. He is thrilled to continue his journey at The DO – helping partners and participants to foster change and have positive impact through their ventures, teams, and organizations and as both individuals and part of a larger community of purposeful DOing.

PETRA VAESSEN

Finance & Administration Officer

Born in Hamburg, Petra decided to become a foreign trader after finishing high school. She gained experience working with people of many different cultures during her business travels as chief purchasing manager for a German jeans brand.

As a woman in a male dominated sector, Petra started to gain interest and get active in social and political issues, such as women’s rights and the rights of migrants and children in the early 90s. As a result she pursued a degree Political Science at the University of Hamburg. In 2005, she founded Kulturbrücke Hamburg e.V., a non-profit organization with the mission to better integrate migrant children into German society and to increase cultural awareness, reducing stigma. As a co-founder, she was a member of the executive board for more than seven years and has significantly contributed to growth and success of the organization.

Petra has a school-aged son and her passions include cooking and any kind of sport.

CATIA DAWOOD

Director of Talent

As Director Talent & Staffing, Catia puts together kick-ass diverse teams for our programs and our organisation. 
Before joining the DO School, Catia developed corporate partnerships for Plan International, a child rights organisation. She started her career in international development in Sierra Leone with the German Development Agency. In between, she managed international executive search projects at Russell Reynolds Associates. 
In her role at the DO School, she gets to combine her passion for talent development and team-building with her interests in good business and social entrepreneurship. 
Originally from Portugal, she studied Russian and German in London and then Peace and Security Studies in Hamburg. Outside of work, you will usually find her trying out restaurants and wine bars in Berlin, travelling to colourful places (when possible!) or tuning out with yoga, cooking and fiction writing. 

FLORIAN HOFFMANN

Founder

Florian Hoffmann is a globally recognized social innovator, serial entrepreneur and founder of The DO.

Florian has been recognized with numerous awards for his work championing a vision of a global economy that is sustainable and innovative. In 2017, he was named one of the World Economic Forum’s 100 Young Global Leaders. He works closely with Fortune 500 companies, governments and foundations to solve some of today’s biggest challenges, partnering with the likes of H&M or the United Nations.

Founded in 2013, The DO enables individuals and organizations to drive a purposeful economy that is sustainable and innovative. The DO operates globally with offices in Berlin, New York and Hong Kong. The DO Method is amplified by the 50 000 experts and entrepreneurs within TDS’s network. The DO’s work has positively impacted over 5 million people’s lives.

Florian regularly contributes to thought leadership on topics such as social innovation, purposeful economy and the future of work with articles, speeches and publications.

JAN-OLIVER SUER

Head of Finance and Operations

Jan joined the DO School as Head of Finance and Operations. He has over ten years experience in consulting, start-up and foundation management, designing processes and organisations, implementing systems and structures and working to enable easier and betters ways of working for a variety of organisations.

His experience stretches from public sector organisations such as development consultancies and social insurance management authorities to international organisations, private sector banking and charitable foundations. His interest has always been with the area of social impact and he is delighted to bring his experience to support the creativity and impact of the DO School.

Jan studied European Studies at Maastricht University and Université de Provence before gaining his Masters in Public Policy and Human Development from the ILO and Maastricht Graduate School of Governance.

Jan has lived in Mauritius, France, Italy, The Netherlands and Belgium before settling in Berlin. He has a passion for new technologies and enjoys gardening, reading and spending quality time with his family and friends.

ROUVEN STEINFELD

Managing Partner DO Group & Co-Founder

Rouven heads up the program delivery team at The DO, curating and implementing the different programs of The DO’s portfolio, most notably its one year Fellowship Program, the Intrapreneurship Program and the Leading for Impact Program in cooperation with the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining The DO, Rouven developed and ran programs for the Dekeyser&Friends Foundation in Geneva. His previous experience in the field of education includes an interactive exhibition project for the Anne Frank Museum in Frankfurt, and working as a teaching assistant in a London school. He has also been involved with a variety of voluntary projects, including organising an aid program for Sudanese refugees in Israel.

Rouven studied at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel specialising in international relations and conflict resolution. He then received his Masters in international history from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Originally from Frankfurt, Rouven now lives in London and Berlin and in his spare time is an enthusiastic cook, hiker and traveller.

FRANZISKA WINTERLING

Digital Marketing Manager

Franzi is part of The DO School marketing and communications team, with a focus on digital marketing and social media.

Before joining the team, she was a senior content and project manager for a Berlin-based agency, conceptualizing and executing client projects from events and content productions to talent and social media management. Her work is marked by a hands-on approach and deep understanding for a wide range of audiences. Franzi holds a degree in North American and Media studies and is passionate about cross-cultural communication and storytelling.

She is excited to bring this expertise to The DO School and communicate programs, tools and inspiring stories from our community in innovative and engaging ways.

KATHERIN KIRSCHENMANN

Founder

Katherin Kirschenmann is founder and Chief Program Officer of The DO. In the past years she has built and worked in partnership with major institutions and corporations, including IKEA, H&M, the Deutsche Bahn, Unilever, the Hong Kong Jockey Club and various UN organizations.

Katherin is an international speaker, executive facilitator, and TV host with Deutsche Welle. She draws on her wide international experience across sectors to develop new ways to co-create innovation, develop Purposeful DOers, and impact entrepreneurs. Engagements under her leadership have empowered thousands of individuals and businesses to create meaningful innovation and lasting social change.

Before founding The DO, Katherin gained 10 years of experience in consulting as well as the inter-governmental and non-profit sector

ANGELIQUE HINZ

Catalyst & Program Designer

Angelique is an innovation strategist and marketing professional with international experience across various industries. After finishing her masters in Applied Media and Cultural Studies in Germany, Angelique moved to New York City starting her career in product development and global/local brand marketing in the CPG industry. As an innovation strategist she brought experimental change, strategy and invention to Fortune 500 companies.

With the DO School Angelique has focussed for the past years on designing and implementing programs that empower people to co-create innovation and thrive as individuals by identifying and aligning their purpose with their role

ULRICH BECKER

Director and Head of Growth

Ulrich started out at the Boston Consulting Group and later led the Corporate Development of Deutsche Börse and the proprietary M&A of Credit Suisse. Before joining the DO School, Ulrich was responsible for the financial services practice at ESMT Berlin. Ulrich holds a PhD in Business from the Goethe Universität Frankfurt

EVA VANDER GIESSEN

Program and Community Manager

Eva supports The DO School’s impact entrepreneurs working on environmental and social justice, and connects them with a global community of purposeful DOers. Her background is in designing and facilitating workshops and incubators for entrepreneurs and artists to drive social change in the communities they know best. Previously, she worked with teams of Israeli and Palestinian entrepreneurs at Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow in partnership with MIT, as a facilitator in YES! Arts and Social Change Jams, and in education and vocational training alongside women and youth in Afghanistan. Eva is the co-founder of San Francisco Playback Theater and serves on the advisory boards of Afghan Friends Network and Playback North America. Her love of wild places, dance, and putting compassion into action continues to get her into the best kind of trouble around the world.

FREDERIK NYGA

Director of Global initiatives and Partnerships

Frederik enjoys to develop relations, products and initiatives. In all meterological conditions he is the liaison between The DO and its partners. Frederik has a background in economics, media and education and was the publisher of several magazines and one of the organizers of Germanys leading conventions in HR and Compliance-Management.

SIMONE O’DONOVAN

Director of Marketing & Communications

Born and raised in Ireland, Simone moved to Berlin after completing a degree in English Literature in Dublin. With 8+ years’ experience in publishing, editorial work, PR, events, communications and marketing, Simone is no stranger to Berlin’s art, culture and entrepreneurial scene. As Managing Editor at SAND journal, Berlin’s independent literary journal, she works with writers and creators from across the globe to produce a twice-yearly publication.

With a passion for all things art and culture, and a wide breadth of experience in multiple fields, Simone brings a fresh perspective and unique approach to all projects.

AMY DETAVIS

Entrepreneur in Residence
& Director of Innovation

Amy DeTavis is the Entrepreneur in Residence for The DO’s new venture, Dream Local.

She’s also the Director of Innovation, overseeing the management and growth of innovation programs.

Originally from New Mexico, she moved to New York in 2012, and eventually traded NYC for Berlin.

BIRTE SCHULZE RAESTRUP

Program Manager

Birte co-creates and delivers organisational transformation programs at The DO School, with a focus on program management and facilitation.

Before joining The DO School, she put the knowledge gathered in her studies (B.Sc. in Integrated Environmental Studies and M.A. in Ecological Design Thinking) to practical use in international projects of resource management and for the mobilization of people. Having been part of interdisciplinary teams with a variety of stakeholders, she feels comfortable with The DO School’s way of working.

As a passionate potter, she has expanded her hobby into the fields of education and community building to open up conversations about sustainability and personal development.

HAUKE STACHOW

Senior Program Manager

Hauke is a seasoned designer and facilitator with extensive experience in the sports-, consulting- and energy industry and holds a degree in economics from Leuphana University. He has built and led thriving L&D teams in the US at adidas and has facilitated major leadership development programs across Europe, North America, South America and Asia. 

After being trained as a master performance consultant in the US Hauke has returned home to Germany in 2019 and has worked for Kienbaum and Total before joining the DO School. Hauke’s experience as external consultant and internal HR and Talent expert equip him with an ability to shift perspectives easily and thus create impact learning experiences. Supporting and coaching leaders and learners in a fast changing environment is what Hauke likes most about his profession.

CYRON CHAN

Program Manager

As Program Manager at The DO School (Asia), Cyron coordinates the InnoPower JC: fellowship of social workers and responsible for the planning, delivery, and evaluation of the programs with partners in Hong Kong. His work focuses on empowering social workers to become effective intrapreneurs leading innovative change projects within social work organizations. 

Before joining The DO school, Cyron initiated and developed the start-up center for the higher education institutes to nurture young people to be future entrepreneurs. Also, he organized global startup events and helped startups to grow locally and globally. He is experienced and passionate about social innovation as well.

Cyron is graduated from The University of Hong Kong (Computer Science) & The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Social Service Management) and continued his study of impact investing in Singapore. 

Last but not least, he loves cats & music!

CYRUS WONG

Lab Catalyst

Cyrus is an event strategist specialised in engagement and experiential learning with regional experience across various industries. After graduating in Communications Studies from the University of Western Australia, Cyrus started his career by involving in some of the biggest trade-related events in Hong Kong. He then makes use of his event management skills on corporate event planning, employee engagement, and learning and development for different MNCs in the region.

With The DO Cyrus is the Lab Catalyst of the WLAB. He takes the lead to organise events for the WLAB community members with a mission of co-creating a happier and healthier Hong Kong.

BIANCA REMER

Manager, Founders’ Office

Bianca supports the Founders’ Office and the Partnerships Team at The DO School with strategic priorities and process optimisation.

With a background in executive support and programme coordination in environmental and social justice NGOs and Charities, Bianca is motivated by change, innovation and ditching siloed thinking.

Passionate about all the ways we can bring people and organisations into the conversation to build more equitable and sustainable livelihoods while enabling more people to reach their potential so that we can all live good lives, with greater consideration and purpose on a greener planet.

SHARON SCIAMMAS

Director of Platform Growth

Building digital products, teams, and startups in the last 16 years.

 Born and raised in Israel but now I am living in Amsterdam with my 3 kids, one wife and a ginger cat.

ESAN LEE

Community Manager

Esan is part of the Asia team who is entrusted with building The DO School Community in Hong Kong.

Esan came from a background of event and marketing with product marketing experience in L’Oréal, GlaxoSmithKline and Nestlé. She has later dedicated her work on “Event” as it gives her enormous satisfaction in building mega event from scratch to completion, and the ‘human touch’ any event would give. Her work is marked by hands-on approach with stress on people with deep understanding about the audience.

Esan earned a major of Bachelor of Business of Administration from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and minor in History. She is passionate about cross cultural communication and connecting people with shared purpose that make the world a better place to live in. If you can’t see her working then you will be able to find her either in a boutique coffee shop or enjoying Hong Kong style hotpot with friends.

‘Life is Good’ is her motto.