Demystifying IT Spring 2021: Meet the Industry’s Experts

Discussion and Student Meet & Greet on May 6, 8PM

Students of all faculties at the University of Mannheim are invited to this spring semester’s WIT event “Demystifying IT – Job Profiles of the Future” for a unique opportunity to meet and engage with IT practitioners. After a discussion round on the future of IT and the industry’s most promising job profiles, the session will be divided into break-out rooms for direct interaction and Q&A.

You will be able to meet and talk to:

  • Nina Weingarten, Business Lead Cloud Migration at Microsoft
  • Sean Kask, Ph.D, Artificial Intelligence Strategy Officer at SAP
  • Anne Lauscher, NLP Doctoral Researcher at University of Mannheim
  • Philipp Wortmann, Program Manager at Google Cloud

To register, please send an email to: with your name and course of study. Find out more about the individual guests below!


After studying Business Administration at the University of Mannheim, Nina graduated with an M.Sc. in International Business from Copenhagen Business School. After focusing on the start-up and innovation sphere working with N26, Telekom AG, Lufthansa and others, she wrote her thesis on Strategy & Innovation in cooperation with Porsche AG. Nina initially started as Solution Specialist for Intelligent Cloud at Microsoft in 2018 and switched to Azure Business Group as Cloud Migration Business Lead last year. Fun fact: Nina enjoys all types of food – but capsicum or bell peppers of all kinds, raw or cooked, will never make it to her plate.

Nina Weingarten, Business Lead Cloud Migration @ Microsoft

With an interdisciplinary educational background in Chemistry and Biology, Sean started his career in research and analytical chemistry. After working for Gartner and INGENIO, amongst others, he started working for SAP in 2012. After various roles in Product Management for SAP Cloud Platform and Machine Learning Solutions, he took over as SAP AI Strategy Officer in November 2020. Originally from Canada, Sean holds an MBA from Tallinn University of Technology and PhD from Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. During his time in Bonn, Germany, Sean coached a 1. Bundes­liga women's basketball team and currently lives in Zurich, Switzerland.

Sean Kask, Artificial Intelligence Strategy Officer @ SAP

With an educational background in Business Informatics whilst working at SAP, Anne has vast industry experience working in BI and Text Analytics. She is currently finalizing her PhD in NLP in the Data & Web Science Group, where she focuses on the field of ethics and NLP, computational argumentation, and representation learning. After working for the AI focused software firm Grammarly in New York City, she started as an individual contributor at Allen Insitute for AI and is currently preparing for her postdoctoral research position at Bocconi University in Milan. In her free time, Anne runs a liquid light show with which she illuminates concerts, clubs, and music videos.

Anne Lauscher, Doctoral Researcher @ University of Mannheim

In his undergrad, Philipp studied business with IT focus at Augsburg University and holds a Master's degree from the University of Mannheim and University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town. He currently works in Strategic Deals & Partnerships EMEA for Google Cloud, based in Munich. Before joining Google 2 years ago, he was part of the Product Marketing Management unit at Microsoft Germany. During his studies, Philipp ran an analog camera repair and export business from his WG in Mannheim to fund his passion for film photography.

Philipp Wortmann, Program Manager @ Google Cloud

The discussion will be facilitated by Hannah Sperling,
Doctoral Student at the University of Mannheim & Analytics Specialist at SAP SE

To register, please send an email to: with your name and course of study.

WoMen in Tech Mannheim: an inclusive student network for topics around IT

For students of all fields, IT literacy is becoming increasingly important for a fulfilling life and career. Further accelerated by COVID-19, the growing relevance of the tech sector can hardly be overstated: Affecting all fields of societal, economic and private spheres, the topic mandates an open and multifaceted exchange between students of all genders, backgrounds, and mindsets.
Flexibly catering to participants’ needs, WoMen in Tech will serve as a platform for exchange, discussion and upskilling around topics like analytics, coding, data science, corporate IT, big tech in politics and more.

Specifically reaching out to undergraduates of all disciplines, WIT seeks to excite the upcoming generations about topics around IT. To enrich the world of tech with as many perspectives as possible, female students are particularly encouraged to participate.
As a truly inclusive tech network, all University of Mannheim students are welcomeregardless of gender expression, ethnicity, background, age or field of study.