Léa Steinacker is an award-winning journalist, researcher, and entrepreneur. She is the Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of ada, a technology start-up for organizational development that equips workers for the future. Previously, Léa served as the Chief Innovation Officer of WirtschaftsWoche, Germany's leading business magazine, where she covered the future of work and socio-technological change. She has interviewed Heads of State, CEOs and other high-profile figures, such as German chancellor Angela Merkel, Executive VP of the European Commission Margarethe Vestager, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Nigerian best-selling author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Prior to joining Handelsblatt Media Group, Léa worked with social justice NGOs in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She was selected as a Forbes 30 Under 30 leader, one of Medium Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30 journalists, and an Atlantik Bruecke Young Leader. In 2011, she was awarded the Henry Richardson Labouisse Prize.
Léa holds degrees from Princeton University and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and defended her PhD dissertation at the University of St. Gallen on the social implications of artificially intelligent systems.