Our Team

Our program teams are based in our headquarters in Berlin, Germany and we also have team members based in Cologne, the UK, Ireland and the US. Key strategic decisions are taken by the Strategy Committee consisting of Philipp Hirche, Laureen van Breen, Theresa Heithaus, Richard Mills and Ethan McCutchen.

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Philipp Hirche
Founder and Chairman

Originally from Berlin, WikiRate’s Founder and visionary Philipp Hirche currently resides and works in London. As well as working in the field of renewable energy advisory, he supports the team by managing and securing resources, setting up organizational structures, and developing strategic partnerships.

Laureen, coming from the Netherlands, joined the WikiRate team in Berlin in 2016. She works as a Program Manager on the Legislative Frameworks, Transparent Value Chains, and Benchmarks program. Apart from the strategic development of these research programs, she also co-leads the organization, setting up organizational structures, advocating for open data practices, and securing funding that enables the organization to flourish.

Theresa joined WikiRate in 2016 and manages program development focusing on topics including Climate research, the Sustainable Development Goals and Transparent Value Chains. In addition, she co-leads the organization, securing new partnerships and resources, and advocating for shared, open data on corporate sustainability performance. Theresa comes from Oregon and resides in Berlin.

Richard spent almost five years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the University of Cambridge, initially in the Department of Psychology and then in the Department of Sociology. Richard's main research interest is in online peer production communities, and he has a PhD in Applied Social Statistics focusing on peer production sites with voting mechanisms. Through the WikiRate project, Richard discovered a strong interest in and enthusiasm for developing and participating in peer production endeavors.

Aileen has been project manager at WikiRate since early 2018. She works as part of the Program team to scope out and set-up research projects and communicate with the researchers and organizations who use our platform. Aileen is from Scotland and based in our Berlin headquarters. 

Lucía joined WikiRate in April 2018. She coordinates ongoing and new research projects with partner organizations and universities. She also suggests and tests improvements and new features on the platform before deployment. Lucía comes from Mexico and is based in Berlin.

Ethan is the chief architect for WikiRate and the Decko platform. WikiRate is built using Decko, a free and open-source platform for building web systems from simple wiki-inspired building blocks. Ethan is based in Pennsylvania.

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Philipp Kühl
Lead Developer

Philipp is the lead developer for WikiRate and the Decko platform on which it is built. Philipp is based in Cologne.