Jonas is a journalist turned researcher, entrepreneur and strategist with experience in media, governance and social-profit work.
Jonas serves on the digital strategy team at ARD Online. He is a member of the steering group of Eurovision News Monitoring and the European Recommendation Box at the EBU, and the founding team at Beyond Platforms Initiative. Previously, he built the voice assistant team at BR and served as a senior advisor in their news division, focused on AI-driven journalism and the digital transformation of public service media. In this role, Jonas reinvented the innovation community BR Next and co-founded its blog.
As a research fellow at the Center for Media Ethics and Digital Society zem::dg in Munich, Jonas studies the digital transformation of the public sphere and ethical implications of technological disruptions, and is completing his PhD at the Munich School of Philosophy. He has co-edited academic volumes, published peer-reviewed chapters and articles, and co-hosted several conferences. Jonas teaches in the transformation studies program at the YMCA University of Applied Sciences in Kassel.
Jonas co-founded Forum.eu, a journalistic platform using translation technology to offer Europeans access to premium articles from across the continent in their own language. And as a co-founding board member of Wikwiheba, he has been working with German, American and Rwandan partners, donors, volunteers and churches to support youth in Rwanda with nutrition, school stipends, vocational training, health insurance, business grants, energy and water infrastructure, community art and agriculture projects in a dozen locations. In high school, Jonas co-founded Coburg's city youth council, a regional association of school presidents, a ride-sharing platform, the event management firm Eventgarde, and other projects.
A regular speaker on digital strategy and the ethics of transformative innovation, Jonas has presented at media and tech industry conferences across Europe, and engages civil society organizations, as well as governance and educational institutions on the social impacts of technology and the ethics of digital communication. He also serves as patron to the School Without Racism project at Rupprecht Gymnasium in Munich.
Jonas co-founded The Lighthouse Group, a global consulting group dedicated to clear and concise expertise on the shifting shapes of governance and media. Having studied theology, philosophy and political theory in Heidelberg (Germany), Stellenbosch (South Africa) and at Yale, he brings a uniquely global sensibility to all his projects. Jonas has consulted for a digital journalism project in the Kultur- & Kreativpiloten program and co-hosted the Global Louisiana Thinking Group, delivering a strategic report on global economic engagement for the Louisiana Governor's Office.
Jonas preaches at Peace Church, an international English-speaking church community from over 25 nations. He consulted in the development of sunday - urban christian life, an unconventional church experience in Munich. Jonas serves on the board of the Lutheran Church of Bavaria's MUT innovation fund, after advising on digital transformation in its PuK think tank and prototyping the church news aggregator kirche.news.
He co-authored Wer's Glaubt, Wird Selig (2013) and published several academic books and articles. Jonas has translated a children's book series on global issues and works as a bilingual journalist, manager and strategist based in Munich, Germany.