Our team

Get to know our diverse group of professionals

Understanding and managing social impacts of technologies is no easy task. Far too often it has been left to engineers, industrial designers and programmers to figure out by themselves while developing the technologies that shape our everyday lives. At Socio-technica, we believe that both technologies and societies can improve if these tasks are assigned to dedicated professionals.
Our interdisciplinary team is specifically trained to take on issues at the intersection of technology and society. Along with philosophy of technology and society expertise we’ve all acquired under world class scholars, individual members have professional experience from fields such as engineering, futures studies, sociology, technology law and business communication.

Joonas Lindeman

CEO, Head of Research

Joonas holds an M.Sc. in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Prior to obtaining his M.Sc., he has studied sociology (obtaining a bachelor’s degree at the University of Helsinki) and futures studies in his native Finland. Additionally, Joonas has worked in market research and as a Senior researcher in a foresight consultancy in Germany. He is especially focused on different methodological approaches to anticipating social impacts of emerging technologies.

Simone Casiraghi

Associate

Simone is a doctoral researcher in law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) at the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) group. His main research interests lie at the intersection of law and ethics in ICT and Artificial Intelligence. He is also a member of the Brussels Laboratory for Data Protection & Privacy Impact Assessments (d.pia.lab), where he studies and applies impact assessment methods across different disciplines.

Selen Eren

Associate

Selen is a doctoral researcher in science and technology studies at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Her expertise lies in building and maintaining sustainable and responsible data infrastructures and knowledge infrastructures. She is a member of the Data Research Center based in Campus Fryslan, where data science and critical perspectives on its societal implications meet and feed each other.

Ammu Joshy

Associate

Ammu has earned a B.Tech degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology in India as well as an M.Sc. in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Her interest lies in identifying and improving the ethical and social impacts of technologies. She has previously worked on EU projects such as the Horizon 2020 project ABC4EU on automated border control technologies at a technology ethics consultancy.

Samantha Valenzuela

Associate

Samantha combines a creative and technical skillset to understand societal challenges. She holds an industrial engineering degree from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico and an M.Sc. in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society from the University of Twente. Having worked for the automotive, construction and consumer electronics industries, she as extensive experience in project management and process improvement, including innovation management and lean manufacturing. Education and the co-creation of smart cities are among her research interests.

Verena Zink

Associate

Verena holds an M.A. in philosophy of science and technology and a B.Sc. of Business and Information Systems from the Technical University of Munich. Her professional interests lie in the areas of sustainability, social innovation and impact, entrepreneurship as well as the connection of the public and private sectors. She works in the sustainability sector developing circular economy solutions. Furthermore, she is a member of Think Tech, a Munich-based think tank that analyses the impact of AI and digital technologies on society.