Daniel Abbou and Vanessa Cann manage the German AI Association. They are responsible for the day-to-day business of the association and support the board in fulfilling its tasks.
Daniel Abbou has been Managing Director at the German AI Association since May 1, 2020. His responsibilities include political and press communication as well as support for funding projects.
Daniel Abbou previously founded AI Hub Europe and advised politicians and companies. He was press spokesman in various ministries of finance and economics, including spokesman for the former Senator of Finance and current State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics Ulrich Nußbaum. In the first Baden-Württemberg cabinet of Kretschmann, he held the position of deputy government spokesman. His enthusiasm for digitization and innovation has accompanied him since his time as a television and radio journalist for new technologies.
Vanessa Cann has been Managing Director of the German AI Association since May 1, 2020. Her responsibilities include membership and partner management as well as association development.
For her commitment to Europe’s AI position, she was named one of the 30 most
exciting people under 30 by Forbes in 2022. As political scientist, she previously led the Artificial Intelligence and Future Mobility platform at the German Startup Association, where she connected startups with established companies and investors. Vanessa Cann developed her
interest in artificial intelligence in policy consulting, where she advised Fortune 500 companies on their digital policies. She mentors startups and is involved with Women in AI & Robotics.
Team German AI Association
Assistance to the management
She has been a specialist in office and project organisation since 2020. In the last 5 years, she has primarily helped shape customer communication, marketing and sales activities as well as the development of a digital product at the futurology institute 2b AHEAD ThinkTank. She is particularly looking forward to advancing the topic of AI across Germany as well as better understanding the members and encouraging their participation.
Location management Baden-Württemberg
In Heilbronn, Stefanie Baade is building and expanding the community in Baden-Württemberg and helping to shape the Innovation Park Artificial Intelligence in cooperation with many partners.
After her studies in International Management, she worked for six years in management consulting with a focus on product and project management. During this time, she mainly had contact with AI in projects with autonomous driving and is at home in the SME sector.
Dr. Sandra Bütow
In addition to a degree in natural sciences, she looks back on years of experience in network and project management. She also spent many years advising companies on investment projects and assisting them in establishing themselves in Germany. In her last position, she built up the marketing and medical affairs departments in a healthcare start-up.
Project lead OpenGPT-X
After studying linguistics and communication science at the TU Berlin, she worked for five years as an innovation manager and project manager in accelerator programmes. Here she accompanied German and European start-ups on their way from the founding idea to the conclusion of a first financing round. The focus was primarily on start-ups in the areas of high-tech, sustainability and women in tech.
In our team she is responsible for the project management of OpenGPT-X and contributes her experience in the management and acquisition of public funding projects.
Project lead AI Village and location management NRW
Communication und events
Phillip Handy is responsible for public relations and event management in the Berlin team of the German AI Association. His focus is on the association projects LEAM and OpenGPT-X. Previously, he organised events for clients in political Berlin for four years as a project manager in an event agency.
After studying political and European sciences in Cambridge and Berlin, he completed an internship at the European Commission in Brussels and worked in operations for an AI start-up.