Valentina Cullmann is an expert for digital innovations and advisor for the global #SmartDevelopmentFund at GIZ, implemented on behalf of the BMZ and EU. She is passionate about bringing innovations to scale around the world and fostering strong partnerships between public entities, tech companies and civil society. Ms. Cullmann holds two master’s in international business and politics and focusses her work on the promotion of entrepreneurship, digital innovation and economic development. Over the last years, she has worked in with start-ups, SMEs and policymakers in countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America. She was also responsible for the coordination of the BMZ-EU #SmartDevelopmentHack, an innovative virtual competition bringing together a wide array of partners and receiving over 1,000 submission to help strengthen the Corona response in development countries.