Martin Wan – Digitalisation and AI expert

Martin Wan

Hi, I am a (theologian) digitalisation expert with a strong focus on AI.

Will AI ever develop consciousness? I don’t think so. Do we still have to bother with it? Absolutely! AI and algorithms are increasingly finding their way into everyday social processes and into the way we obtain information. A sound understanding of the underlying technology is therefore essential for a mature participation in our society.

Computers and philosophical questions have fascinated me since my early childhood. I started coding at age 10 and built my first website at age 14. In 2014, I graduated in Catholic theology with a thesis on artificial intelligence and anthropology. Ever since then, I have been following the latest developments in the digital and AI field, currently as a consultant in the German higher education landscape. Besides digitalisation, my piano and good coffee are important to me.


since 01/2017
Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (German Rectors’ Conference, HRK)
Head of Project Hochschulforum Digitalisierung
(German Higher Education Forum on Digitalisation, HFD)
  • Conception of a national working group for the implementation of AI competencies in higher education
  • Strategic (AI) consulting and implementation support of digitalisation processes at German higher education institutions
  • Development of a nationwide network of university teachers
  • Product owner of an integrated web platform for digital networking and certification of university teachers (
  • Conception & implementation of training and conference formats for up to 500 participants
  • Conception & thematic supervision of working groups on topics such as “artificial intelligence, algorithms and big data in higher education”, “digital sovereignty”
  • Assessment and evaluation of current trends (e.g. AI, blockchain, digital sovereignty, digital education)
  • Team management
10/2022 – 02/2023
Universität Bonn
Lecturer (Seminar Scientific Political Consulting)
08/2015 – 12/2016
Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (German Rectors’ Conference, HRK)
Program manager Hochschulforum Digitalisierung
(German Higher Education Forum on Digitalisation, HFD)
2004 – 2015
Quadratdesign Webseitengestaltung
  • Agency manager
  • Conception, layout and development of websites
  • IT and internet consulting


since 2019
Blog on AI, digitalisation and ethics
since 2024
IoT PiLab
Blog on IoT, Smart Home and SBCs
since 2021
Institut für wissenschaftliche Politikberatung e.V.

2008 – 2014
Universität Bonn
Catholic theology (Mag. theol., Master equivalent)
Thesis: “Artifical intelligence – a challenge for our future. Theological and ethical-moral reflections”
externer LinkMaster thesis (PDF)
2011 – 2014
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.
Scholarship holder

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Martin Wan
Wolfstr. 28
53111 Bonn

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