Katja Bartholmess

Events Lead Associate

Katja is a strategist and anthropologist who connects dots and solves problems around communication, transformation, and innovation. In the past she has led strategy for accounts like Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, UNHCR, and Deloitte. Now she works exclusively with companies and organisations that are making strides in sustainability. She has lived and worked across the globe in Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia. After over 10 years in NYC – and with a greencard still safely nestled in her wallet – she has returned to Europe and now splits her time between Berlin and London.

Katja’s Superpower: Exciter!

Q. How did you wake up to the change agenda?
A. I saw as a child that change on a societal level is possible. The wall came down in Berlin; me stuck on that other side of it. Nothing has to stay as it ever was—especially not if the status quo will quite literally kill us.

Q. When are you most fulfilled?
A. When I can connect people, share new perspectives with people, bring people together. Sometimes that’s out front, sometimes it’s behind the scenes but at the heart of it is always my desire to touch people’s minds and hearts.

Q. If you could solve one global problem for everyone, what would it be?
A. You mean, like snapping my fingers and—boom!—the climate crisis is solved forever and all the generations after us can live happily ever after within the limits of our natural systems? I’ll solve that one, please!

Q. What are you grateful for?
A. Freedom. Freedom is never a given, it is to be enjoyed with abandon and the only thing worth risking everything for. The life that I’ve lived so far would not have been possible had the wall that divided the two Germanies not come down. None of it.

Q. What are you most like?
A. A friend once described me as the lovechild of Dr. Seuss and Mies van der Rohe and I still feel well captured between the exuberant imagination and the minimalist clarity.