STATE is a collective endeavor that is driven by the passionate work of a network of dedicated individuals from a variety of different backgrounds, including science, culture, business and communication.
Dr. Christian Rauch
Founder at STATE
Christian is founder and director of STATE and mainly responsible for creative concepts and strategy.
Before founding STATE, Christian was a researcher in nanotechnology and graduated with a PhD in Applied Physics as EU Marie-Curie Fellow from Aalto University, Helsinki. With a passion for the intersection of science, culture and innovation and a firm conviction about the power of interdisciplinary collaboration, he has worked in Technology Transfer for Paul-Drude-Institute for Solid State Physics, has co-founded and initiated the first Science Slams in Finland and helped organize Science Hackdays in Berlin. Apart from his work with STATE, Christian is guest lecturer at the European Centre for Executive Education (CEDEP) at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and serves as an ambassador for the US-based XPRIZE Foundation for the AI XPRIZE and the Avatar XPRIZE.
Johanna Teresa Wallenborn
Program & Communications
CO-Founder at STATE Studio Berlin
Johanna is responsible for the exhibition program and communications at STATE Studio. After having worked with STATE as a freelancer since 2014, Johanna has joined the permanent team in 2018 as co-founder of STATE Studio Berlin, where she contributes her experience with building cultural spaces and contributes her passion for creating opportunities and connections between people, practice and places.
Before joining STATE, Johanna has worked in a variety of roles at the intersection culture and technology. After graduating with a B.A. from University College Maastricht, she co-founded LEHRTER SIEBZEHN Open Project Space Berlin, acted as program coordinator for the German-Mexican Year, served as director of NODE Forum 2017, and worked as Head of Communications at MESO Digital Interiors GmbH. Next to her work with STATE, Johanna lectures at the department of Electronic Media at Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach.
Events and Hosting
CO-Founder at STATE Studio berlin
Veronika is responsible for events and hosting at STATE Studio and has supported STATE since 2015 with creative production and partnerships. In 2018, Veronika joined as co-founder of STATE Studio Berlin.
Veronika is a photographer, stylist and creative producer. After graduating with a degree in Fine Art, Print & Digital Media from Wimbledon School of Art, Veronika has worked in variety of roles in creative production for companies such Shotview, Le Book and Springer and since 2013 worked as freelance photographer and stylist. Her independent street photography has been exhibited internationally and captures the intimate details in everyday situations around her. She never leaves the house without her camera.
Program Assistant and Cultural Producer
Christina is working as program assistant and cultural producer at STATE Studio to bring to live the gallery’s exhibitions. She has joined STATE in 2018.
Christina is currently finishing her thesis in history of arts at Freie Universität Berlin and is also working as studio manager at Atelier Roman Lipski. Previously, Christina has gained experience in exhibition planning, communications and marketing in several roles at institutions such as Gallery the Ballery and Carl & Friends Advertising.
Julia is currently working at STATE Studio as an intern with main focus on visitor engagement and partnerships.
Julia is currently studying politics and social sciences at Freie Universität Berlin. Before joining STATE, Julia has worked in the visitors reception at the Bundestag in Berlin.
Over the years, we have had the honor to work with many talented people, including:
Aino el Solh, Andrea Abendroth, Alex Hitchcock, Claire Krahulec, Daniela Silvestrin, Danielle Hitchcock, Eimear Bruen, Emily Green, Esther Masemann, Hannes Fürst, Hendrik v. Beust, Isabel Prugger, Jan Baumann, Johanna Dreyer, Stefanie Greimel, Johanna Karstila, Julia Kopper, Julio Brandl, Katerina Michailidi, Katharina Meyer, Katharina Weiss, Lindsay Petley-Ragan, Lucy Patterson, Maria Nunes, Martin Wunderer, Michael Rauch, Pablo D. Rojas, Peter Rothmeier, Robert Wöstenfeld, Samantha Wareing, Sibylle Kerlisch, Teresa Dillon, Tobias Pieper, Vena Ward.
Board of Advisors
We are grateful to our ambassadors and advisors for their support and guidance.
Amir Banifatemi, General Manager at XPRIZE Foundation
Jens Meyer, Dean of Programs at European Center for Executive Development (CEDEP)
Jonathon Keats, acclaimed artist and experimental philosopher
Markus Weißkopf, General Manager at Wissenschaft-im-Dialog
Michael-John Gorman, Founding Director at BIOTOPIA and Professor for Science and Society at LMU München