About the UNLOCK Accelerator

Powered by Wikimedia Deutschland, we believe in the power of open innovation and impact-driven ideas that make knowledge accessible to everyone.

Eine Illustration von Menschen, die mit digitalen Tools in Teams zusammen arbeiten.


Eine Illustration von Menschen, die mit digitalen Tools in Teams zusammen arbeiten.
Copyright: Kati Szilágyi für Wikimedia Deutschland e. V., Collaborating Team, CC BY-SA 4.0

The UNLOCK Accelerator is a program of the non-profit organization Wikimedia Deutschland, which was founded by volunteers of the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia in 2004. The organization is committed to strengthening Free Knowledge in our society. Wikimedia Deutschland’s vision is a world in which everyone can share, use and multiply all of humanity’s knowledge. 

At UNLOCK, we’re passionate about innovative ideas and the people behind them. Our team, key partners, lead coaches and experts do all it takes to support our program participants in achieving their goals over the course of the program.

Our team

Porträt von Kannika Thaimai, Projektleiterin UNLOCK


Porträt von Kannika Thaimai, Projektleiterin UNLOCK
Copyright: Sandro Halank and Martin Rulsch, Kannika Thaimai, CC BY-SA 4.0

Kannika Thaimai, Program lead

For over 10 years, I have guided projects and organizations through their various development phases: from the initial idea created from scratch all the way to the launch and scaling phases, with all their highs and lows. I want to create spaces where we learn from these experiences. To me, collaboration and open exchange are the key to innovation.

Fotografisches Porträt von Lucia Obst, Projektmanagerin UNLOCK Accelerator


Fotografisches Porträt von Lucia Obst, Projektmanagerin UNLOCK Accelerator
Copyright: Luobst, LuciaObst, CC BY-SA 4.0

Lucia Obst, Program management & community engagement

As a theatre scholar, I am passionate about encouraging creativity and giving people a stage. For many years in the non-profit sector I have utilized this understanding to mobilize initiatives and give voice to ideas that have the power to advance our society. In my roles as program and community manager I strive to create a space where we can make visible the potential in all of us.

Fotografisches-Portrait von Mia Kunert, Unlock Accelerator

Mia Kunert, Program & communication support

During my work as an exhibition designer, I became particularly passionate about making content accessible to a diverse audience. Now, in my master’s degree in media studies, I am looking at the role media plays in the transmission of knowledge and how we can use it to achieve a fair distribution of knowledge.

Our network

It takes a village to raise a child – and a strong network to promote and drive solutions that make knowledge more diverse, more equitable, accessible and inclusive. UNLOCK is backed by a broad and diverse network of partners, coaches and international experts. This year we are partnering with…

Ivana Madžarević, Wikimedia Serbia

I am a program and community support manager at Wikimedia Serbia, with many years of experience in the NGO sector, within which I was involved in capacity building activities, community support, event management, as well as strategic planning of the organization.

Gaia Montelatici, Impact Hub Belgrade

As co-founder at Impact Hub Belgrade and GP @Studio X Ventures, I am dedicated to generating impact and profit by triggering the power of connectivity with diverse resources and networks. I join my anthropology background with two decades of practical skills in inclusive economic development, business building, and market exploration.

Giulia Berti, Impact Hub Belgrade

I am passionate about seeing impact happening through the design and coordination of innovative international programs. As a program manager at Impact Hub Belgrade, I work to support initiatives where entrepreneurs and changemakers can build and develop ideas that bring about positive change.

Contact us

You have questions or suggestions? We might already have answers on your particular topic of inquiry in our FAQ – but of course feel free to contact us directly at unlock@wikimedia.de!

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