AsiaBerlin, powered by the Berlin Senate Department, 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.

Marten Rauschenberg

Interim CEO, Asia Berlin Forum e.V.

Sabine Pape

Senior Office and Finance Manager, Asia Berlin Forum e.V.

Anna Grék

Project Manager, Asia Berlin Forum e.V.

Swagata Chowdhury

Junior Communication Manager, Asia Berlin Forum e.V.

Manuel Risch

Project Lead AsiaBerlin, Berlin Government

Sok-Lakana Simone Sann

Project Manager AsiaBerlin, Berlin Government

Katka Nagyova

AsiaBerlin Expansion Director

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