AsiaBerlin, powered by the Berlin Senate Department for Economic Affairs, Energy and Public Enterprises, forms the collective platform that brings together communities within the startup ecosystems across Asia and Berlin. We enable relationship-building among investors, startups, and bridge builders by organizing monthly AsiaBerlin events and delegation trips to Berlin and Asia throughout the year. Our flagship event, the AsiaBerlin Summit is the annual summit of year-long AsiaBerlin activities where policymakers, startups, and investors meet to discuss the newest tech trends and cross-border collaboration between Asia and Berlin. We work closely with our partners in the Asia Berlin Forum e.V. (ABF) and enpact, along with the ever-growing support of our honorary Ambassadors.

Meet Our Team

Rainer Seider

Head of Unit International Affairs, Office of Governing Mayor of Berlin - Senate Chancellery

Rainer Seider, strong on 29 years’ experience in international cooperation and projects, is Head of Unit International Affairs, Office of Governing Mayor of Berlin - Senate Chancellery.

He initiated the AsiaBerlin Summit (former Asia-Pacific Week) as a platform for dialogue with Asia in 1997.

Swantje Gies

Managing Director, Asia Berlin Forum e.V. (ABF)

For the last few years, Swantje was with Brot für die Welt which is a large development cooperation organisation based in Berlin. She worked in the Asia & Pacific Department and was responsible mostly for projects with partners in India and Nepal. Her focus is on a span of topics from Human Rights, Health, Gender Equality to Climate Change. Swantje has a background in international economics; she studied in Göttingen, Istanbul and Shanghai.

Anna Grék

Communications Manager, Asia Berlin Forum e.V (ABF)

Elvir Becirovic

Head of Asia Projects Group at the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises

Manuel Risch

Project Manager, AsiaBerlin

Kalbiye Nur Yegnidemir

Senior Project Manager, enpact (AsiaBerlin Partner)

Kalbiye heads AsiaBerlin activities led by enpact such as overseeing monthly events, and delegation trips. In the last 6 months, she has overseen multimedia events for startups as far-flung as China, Singapore, and India. She brings with her more than 15 years of experience in project management and event facilitation, varying from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation to government officials and the German University Cairo. Needless to say, Kalbiye is well-versed in bridging different cultures having previously overseen high-level meetings between international heads of state.

Katka Nagyova

Chief Product Officer at betahausX

Katka is the expert on global startup ecosystems with strong strategic background. She designed and implemented numerous innovative formats such as accelerators, bootcamps, hackathons and PoC challenges with over 500 startups. Her approach focuses on building networks and providing sustainable exchange between business partners, tech hubs and startups.

AsiaBerlin Activities