Maral Koohestanian

Founding Curator

Maral works in urban governance innovation at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO in Stuttgart. Co2 neutral smart cities is a salient focus of her work. Maral has an academic background in architecture and development studies. Fluent in seven languages, she also works as an interpreter and translator in diverse professional spheres.

Email me: maral.koohestanian@global-shapers-stuttgart.org


Philipp Rathjen

Founding Vice-Curator

Philipp is an entrepreneur, founder of the B2B venture Prospeum based in Stuttgart and Munich, focusing on the development of AI powered procurement technology. Prior to this, Philipp studied economics and technology management in Mexico City, Mannheim, Munich and New York.
His passions include renewable energy, technology and building an inclusive society.

Email me: philipp.rathjen@outlook.com


Sophie Mok

Founding Shaper

Sophie has a background in environmental sciences and bioeconomy and works as researcher and project manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO). Her work focuses on how green and nature-based solutions can help cities to become more resilient and adapt to climate change. Originally from Stuttgart, she returned after living in different cities such as Milan, Freiburg, Kaohsiung and Christchurch. Sophie loves cooking, yoga and urban gardening.

Email me: sophie@mok.de


Nikita Shetty

Founding Shaper

Nikita is a Consultant at BABLE UG, a spin-off from the Fraunhofer Institute. She works with municipalities, private sector and academia to improve urban life using technology and data. The advancements in technology have a huge potential to tackle our global and urban challenges.

Email me: nikitashetty08@gmail.com


Raoul Schönhof

WEF Global Shaper

Raoul ist an engineer, passionate about AI Systems, particularly their application in product design, juggling legal, ethical, and technological constraints and implications. He is actively involved in diverse local institutions, working towards a Stuttgart the works together in a more altruistic manner and embodies a technology Eldorado.

Email me: rschonhof@icloud.com


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