Management and Team


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

Managing Director

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

Managing Director

Vanessa Cann has been Managing Director at the German AI Association since May 1, 2020. Her  responsibilities include membership and partner management as well as association development.

The Political Scientist previously led the Artificial Intelligence and Future Mobility platform at the German Startup Assocation, where she connected startups with established companies and investors. Vanessa Cann developed her interest in artificial intelligence in political consulting, where she advised Fortune500 companies on their digital policies. She is involved as a mentor for startups and with Women in AI.

Team German AI Association

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.


Wiebke Dorfs

Governmental Affairs

Franziska Fink

Press Relations

Julia Sartisson

Public Relations

Esther Schragmann

Community Management

Valentin Roth

Governmental Affairs & Public Relations

Shania Wipper

Community Management

Team LEAM & OpenGPT-X

Camilla Leathem:

Project Lead Open GPT-X

Alex Dickmann

Communications Manager Open GPT-X