Gaining Permission to Lead

GDPR Implementation across 120+ national offices

In May 2018, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation came into effect.

GDPR: The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union and the European Economic Area. It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU and EEA areas.

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Developing AIESEC’s Mobile App in 6 months.

AIESEC is a global non-profit run by youth providing leadership opportunities to young people through exchange experiences.

At that time our digital ecosystem consisted of our platform at, which facilitates the sign-up and on-boarding process and allows our customers to find & apply to opportunities and track their applications’ statuses.

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Platform Governance

The set of rules concerning who gets to participate in an ecosystem, how to increase and distribute the value and how to resolve conflicts.

This document was created for a project I am working on as CTO of AIESEC International Inc. and provides guidance to high-level executives of AIESEC in national branches of what Platform Governance means to generate buy-in to the idea of implementing means of control to AIESECs Global Information System. The ideas and concepts presented here are not mine and have all been taken from the book Platform Revolution by Parker and Van Alstyne.

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How to get approval for Shadow Software

… from your global CTO

Shadow software is software that is being used in your organization that is not part of the standard software that is approved or recommended by the organization’s IT department.

This can be something as innocent as me using Google Sheets instead of the company-wide distributed MS Excel, just because I prefer being able to share my spreadsheets more easily.

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Virtual Agile Teams

In my role as VP Information Technology of the German national office of AIESEC, I was leading a team of 4 software developers who were living spread around Germany.

It was common among my predecessors to recruit developers from within AIESEC’s 1500+ local volunteers. For most of the volunteers, this was their opportunity to work on their first real-life projects. As an NGO, we did not have the resources to recruit a professional development agency. Our volunteers work 10–20 hours a week.

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Getting things Done — Agile

I have always considered myself as someone who can get things done. Over the past years, I have refined my methods as my workload increased and the type of work I was doing became more managerial and strategical.

In the past week, I have been working on my Scrum Certification and as I was studying the concepts, I realized that I was practically doing scrum every day of my life; the process I had created for myself was mirroring the events and guidelines from Scrum and other agile methodologies.

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