Jonas is a journalist turned researcher, entrepreneur and strategist with experience in media, governance and social-profit work.
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. He built up the voice assistant team at the German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk and served as senior advisor in its news division with a focus on AI-driven journalism and the ethical foundations of public service media. In this role, Jonas reinvented the innovation community BR Next and led development for its innovation blog. Jonas now serves on the digital strategy team at ARD Online.
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. He has co-edited academic volumes, published peer-reviewed chapters and articles, and co-hosted several conferences. Jonas teaches on digital media in the transformation studies program at the YMCA University of Applied Sciences in Kassel.
As a co-founding board member of the non-profit Wikwiheba, Jonas has been working with German, American and Rwandan partners, donors, volunteers and churches since 2012 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 frequently engages civil society organizations, as well as governance and educational institutions on the social impact of technology and the ethics of digital communication. He serves as patron to the School Without Racism project at Rupprecht Gymnasium 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 in the digital journalism project Die Zumutung and the Global Louisiana Thinking Group, producing a report on how to engage the global economy for the Governor's Office.
Jonas preaches regularly at Peace Church, an international English-speaking church community from over 25 nations. He consulted in the development of sunday - urban christian life, a multilingual worship service at a bar in Munich. Jonas served on the digital transformation board of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Bavaria within PuK Process & piloted the 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 dual citizen journalist, manager and strategist based in Munich, Germany.