Core team

Some optimistic, crazy people who want to bring some positive change in the world.

Roles in the Cyrcus Collective

  • Steph (AUT): Intervention management & business development
  • Anna (GER) : Intervention design & psycho‐social support
  • Raj (IND) : Projection Mapping & creative content development
  • Waseem (AUS) : Facilitation & educational content development

Overall sector expertise

We’ve worked in a sector related to my innovation for multiple years.

  • Steph: Policy/PM in development/emergencies (8 ys). Ethnographer, MBA.
    Ideo Design Thinking Course 2017
  • Anna: Community Psychologist & Nurse (12 ys), youth education on peace
  • Raj: Community engagement and commercial projection mappin Waseem: Engineer, Teacher for Technology Lab
  • Udo: Camera man (10 ys)
  • Kendra: Digital content editing, facilitator

Team experience in pedagogy, teaching, training and facilitation:

While each of our team members has their expertise, education somewhat criss‐crossed all our life paths (see below) and we are all convinced that education is a catalyst for development. That is also the reason why we aim at situating our intervention in an educational context in the first place.

  • Anna works as an advisor but also trainer in a youth organization. She develops training curricula, runs and evaluates these trainings. Trainings focus especially on personal development, reconciliation, conflict transformation and non‐violent action. She also taught psychology to university students prior.
  • Raj derives his inspiration for education and tech because of his upbringing with basic‐means and later in life starting a classroom/school chapter for Association for India’s Development (AID) in the slums of New Delhi himself. He witnessed how internet/tech changed access to knowledge and livelihoods in slums. He voluntarily taught in free/public schools at different capacities and also professionally taught at NYU and currently teaches in PP at RULE.
  • Waseem is a facilitator and the Liger Learning Center for underprivileged, highly talented students from 10‐18 years of age. He manages the school’s Fab Lab and teaches creative technologies including electronics, mechanics and programming, with a focus on developing technology that can help the immediate surrounding community.
  • Steph taught about technology, innovation and inclusive business models in a few MBA schools around the world before. She adds to our team that also she understands education from a policy perspective. She advised the German Development Cooperation on ICT4Education content and policies for 2 years, and over the last 2 years, the Cambodian Government on implementing vocational education and training. She focuses on linking laws, regulations and public sector processes through supporting mechanisms (e.g. PPP with schools) to implement
    demand‐oriented quality education at micro level.
  • Udo: Taught media and camera theoretically and practically to students as well as numerous teenage media trainees.
  • Kendra: Besides editing, she also teaches English.

We have our core team, which is crucial to get things done. At the same time, we apply a Collective approach which draws on various talents within our networks. Thus, during ideation as well as prototyping phase, we have continuously consulted numerous contacts to check our approaches and get additional feedback. Among them, we also ensured to get feedback from teachers of various sorts and educational content creators.
Availability of team and partners.

Worldwide networks include tech community, artists and educators
in IDN, MEX, COL, KOR, TUR, LBN, JOR, AUS, USA as well as global development/emergency response contacts in TUR, LBN, JOR, IQR and others. More concrete on request