Kathrin Jansen | Senior Communications Manager
As Communications Manager, Kathrin focuses on telling Future 500′s story on our website, social media channels, and at conferences around the world. She is driving forward the conversation around how Corporate-NGO engagement accelerates systemic solutions to sustainability challenges.
Kathrin’s education and work experiences have spanned across the globe. She received her M.A. in Political Science from the Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat in Germany and her MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. Recent entrepreneurial initiatives include co-founding Do Good Lab, a community-based volunteer organization enabling hundreds of Bay Area residents to contribute their knowledge and skills in supporting grass-roots organizations in developing countries.
In Germany, Kathrin worked as a Program Manager for the Federal Agency for Civic Education and developed novel educational programs to introduce political participation opportunities. Past experiences in Africa include a position as a Project Assistant for the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in Uganda and as an advisor for ThinkImpact’s Social Innovation institute where she led a team of scholars in rural South Africa in building social enterprises.
Global Work Experience & Mutual Respect
Kathrin Jansen is a pragmatic problem solver: from serving as a council member in Germany to building social enterprises in rural South Africa, she enjoys translating between different groups and cultures. Her global work experience convinced her that mutual respect – even when parties vehemently disagree – is necessary to advance the discussion.
Forwarding the conversation between companies and NGOs
While getting her MBA in Sustainable Management Kathrin realized that these translation skills are also needed for the corporate sector. Literate in sustainability frameworks, systems-thinking and social media, she is now driving forward the conversation between companies and NGOs to create change that neither party envisioned.