Benedikt Köhler - CEO & Founder, DataLion, Germany

Benedikt Köhler is Founder & CEO of the Munich-based data storytelling and visualization company DataLion.

Benedikt Köhler studied sociology, anthropology and psychology in Munich, where he received his PhD in 2006. After founding a mobile web start-up in the late 1990s, he worked as a consultant for various Internet and media companies.

In 2008 he co-founded the Social Media Association, the first trade association for social media in Germany. 2009, he joined social media intelligence company ethority. As Chief Operating Officer, he has been responsible for all operative business in Germany and abroad. In 2012, he became Director Data & Innovation at the media research company d.core.

In January 2010, he co-wrote the “Slow Media Manifesto” on sustainable media. The manifesto has sparked a worldwide movement and has been translated in 15 languages. Benedikt is blogging about Big Data and information visualization at